seems to be a unique karma surrounding this year's International
Pavilion at the AAPG annual meeting -- and there's a pretty good
This year, the IP is returning to its roots.
That has organizers feeling especially excited about
once again making the IP an integral part of the annual meeting
It was in 1994 -- the last time AAPG held its annual
convention in Denver -- when meeting organizers first conceived
the idea of designating a special section of the exhibits hall for
In the IP, they said, representatives would display
oil and gas exploration and development opportunities in their countries.
That initial venture was very successful -- officials
from about 52 countries participated -- and a new component of annual
meetings had been born. It even became a part of the annual international
International Pavilion Committee co-chairs Susan
Morrice, with S. Morrice & Associates, and Debbie Sycamore,
with Aspect Resources, both in Denver, want this meeting to be another
step in keeping the IP's growth steady and vital.
"We are trying to keep a high level of excitement
and interest in the International Pavilion so we don't get lost
in a sea of conventions," Sycamore said. "We hope the Global Forum
(a post-meeting "bonus") will help attract higher level international
delegates to AAPG's annual convention."
The Global Community
This year the International Pavilion will include
40 to 45 countries, some that have participated for years and some
that are new.
Also, the "virtual pavilion" will be back this year
-- an online version of the IP that is open year-round.
(During the Denver meetingthe IP will seek to highlight
the phenomenal growth of global electrification from natural gas.
Anyone can join ministerial officials, power producers and explorationists
working together to create synergies from upstream through downstream
"The International Pavilion Committee has worked
hard to make this year's pavilion the best yet," Morrice said. "We
do live in a global community today, and it's important to keep
the lines of communication open worldwide."
To that end, organizers are offering the new Global
Forum June 6-7, after the convention officially closes. The program
A field trip that will showcase the vertical stream of natural
A workshop, chaired by AAPG president Marlan Downey, that
will focus on lessons learned from successes and failures in
joint ventures between countries and oil companies.
"This seminar will highlight the importance of empowering people
and what makes good business deals work," Sycamore said.
A luncheon, which will feature a discussion on networking
plus a panel discussion featuring:
- Don Felio, with BP Amoco, who has 20 years of international
exploration experience and is known for his skill in identifying
the key elements to a long-term successful joint venture relationship
between countries and companies.
- Tom O'Connor, a petroleum management advisor working with
several foreign governments, international oil companies and
- Shawky Abdine, past chairman of the board and managing
director of GUPCO in Egypt.
- Akif Narimanov, chief geologist and vice president of SOCAR
Other invited participants will be Robbie Gries,
AAPG president-elect; J.C. Whorton with Andersen; George Kronman,
with Landmark and co-author of AAPG's "International Oil and Gas
Ventures -- A Business Perspective"; and Charles L. Clemmons, president
of I.H.S. Economics and Consulting Services.
"The whole intent of the global forum is to complement
the International Pavilion," Morrice said. "The forum is a nice
venue to discuss how to consummate business deals and make them
the best possible ventures for everyone involved."
Morrice also said the AAPG will honor Jay Gallagher,
a driving force in the IP's success story who died earlier this
year after a battle with cancer.
Gallagher, who was editor of the IHS International
Oil Letter, worked together with Rosemary Jaworskyj of The Energists
forthe past seven years to ensure the International Pavilion's contributions
to the annual meeting. His country contacts and her fundraising
were -- and continue to be -- instrumental to the IP's success.
Gallagher also will be honored at the convention's