Honors and Awards Committee
Honorary Member of the House
Citation: To John Richard Hogg, whose global vision led to the formation of the AAPG’s Regional structure, in recognition of his passionate leadership and continuous dedicated service to the House of Delegates for the past 25 years.
Honorary Membership in the House of Delegates is the House’s highest award and is presented “in recognition of a record of consistent, dedicated, and exemplary service to the House of Delegates through committee work and officer service.”
When drafting the qualifications for this award, the House’s leadership must have been reviewing John’s list of House assignments and achievements over the past quarter century. John has been a member of or chaired almost every House committee culminating in his election to Chairman of the House in 1999-2000.
It was John’s vision and leadership that led to the formation of AAPG’s Regional structure and full representation of the Association’s international membership in the affairs of the AAPG. Fittingly, John was elected by the Association’s membership to be the first Vice President, Regions in 2007-2009. Clearly, John is one of the architects of AAPG’s global growth and an enabler of AAPG’s position as the world’s preeminent geological organization.
John’s House contributions are impressive and form the backbone of his AAPG service but his other AAPG achievements are significant – Investment Committee, International Pavilion Board, Visiting Geoscientist Program, Distinguished Lecture Committee, Research Committee, DPA Councilor, General Chair of the 1995 Annual Convention in Calgary, General Chair of the 2010 International Convention in Calgary and two term member of the AAPG Advisory Council. During his tenure on the Advisory Council, John was a key player in restructuring the Council to being a more open and democratic body. John’s numerous contributions to the AAPG were recognized in 2010 when he was awarded Honorary Membership in the Association.
In addition to John’s numerous contributions to the AAPG, he has also been active in the AAPG’s Canada Region and his local Society, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists where John served as the Society’s President in 2004. John is also a councilor to the executive committee of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.
John has somehow managed to fit this extraordinary resume of volunteer activities to professional societies into an eminent professional career. John earned his B.Sc. in geology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1981. Since graduating, John has worked as an explorationist and researcher for a number of oil and gas companies in Calgary including Gulf Canada Resources, Husky Energy, Petro-Canada, PanCanadian, Encana, Burlington Resources, ConocoPhillips and is currently Vice President of Exploration for MGM Energy. Much of his work has been focused on exploration projects in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans and Mackenzie Delta. Over his career, he has been involved with the drilling of more than three dozen offshore exploration and delineation wells in these frontier areas. Over his 30 year career, John has distinguished himself in our profession and industry through innovative exploration philosophy, perseverance and leadership. His rare passion for the geosciences and exploration has been an inspiration for young geoscientists and colleagues throughout his career.
John’s achievements in the House of Delegates, AAPG, CSPG and throughout his professional career have honorably advanced our science, profession and industry. We have all benefited from his integrity, leadership and friendship and will look forward to what’s next from his remarkable career.
— Marty Hewitt