Scott earned his Bachelor of Science (Geography – Co-Op) in 1998, with a minor in Political Science and Certificate of Liberal Arts which meant that he has taken courses from almost every department. Scott earned his M.Sc. in the newly opened Earth Science department. His thesis, “Sedimentological and Ichnological Characterization of Reservoir Types in a Transgressive Systems Tract, Cretaceous (Albian) Basal Colorado Interval, South Central Alberta” Scott’s Thesis won the 2000 Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) Best M.Sc. Thesis Award. He was also Dr. James MacEacherns’ first Graduating M.Sc. student.
Scott’s current role is Manager of Geology at Long Run Exploration; a Calgary based intermediate div-co focused on light-oil and natural gas development in Alberta. Scott is responsible for management of the Geology Team as well as supporting Long Run’s exploration strategy, programs, geological operations, exploration performance, technical training, recruiting and mentorship.
Scott has over 15 years' experience in the oil and gas industry. Career highlights include various roles in exploration, exploitation, J.V., and Business Development as well as serving on the CSPG executive (2009-10 Program Director, 2015-2016 as Finance Director elect) and Technical Chair of the Geo-Convention (2008). Scott is also affiliated with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and the Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
Why did you choose to go to SFU?
I grew up in Coquitlam and SFU was a logical choice as UBC was a longer commute and I was not sure about what I wanted to study (started in Business Administration).
Where did you spend the most amount of time on campus?
In my early days I spent a lot of my time under the AQ tucked in a corner with a great group of friends, but during my MSc I spent a lot of time in the Earth Science Department in my converted Classroom office.
What is your favourite memory from your time at SFU?
Lots of great memories, but the best was walking out of my open thesis defense which was attended by both my friends and family. Having passed, it was a satisfying culmination of a long academic career, and the start of my professional one.
Who was your favorite SFU professor and why?
My favourite professor is Dr. James MacEachern whom I took several undergraduate and graduate courses with. I was also James’ Research Assistant for two years and he was my M.Sc. Thesis supervisor. James taught me everything from Sedimentology, to Ichnology from Dinosaurs to BBQ’ing . He also introduced me to the Petroleum Industry and its large networking system, and opened the door for my career in Calgary.
How has your SFU degree impacted your career?
My first degree at SFU was long and winding. I took a bit of everything and really learned what I did NOT want to do. It was not until the Earth Science Department opened that I really discovered what I wanted to do with my life. My M.Sc. under James MacEachern was completely focused on exiting as a Petroleum Geologist in Calgary, more specifically with PanCanadian Petroleum (now EnCana). My courses, my thesis, and my summer work all helped me achieve that goal and I have not looked back.
What is your favorite SFU snow story?
Driving one of the Geography vans back from a field trip late one night we climbed the hill in a storm and as we drove along the back ring road on the North side of the campus we had to pick our way through the two feet of heavy late spring snow. The wet snow covered the trees which already had their leaves on them and bent (and broke) them all across the road. We had to swerve in and out of the downed branches and may have “aged” the vans a bit in the process…
If you could give advice to students today, what would you tell them?
Figure out what you ultimately want to be when you grow up and then steer towards that from the start. Pick something you love, aim high, and enjoy the journey.
What is the one thing about SFU that must not change?
Life is change. Change is good.