An undersea explorer, a Canadian energy expert and an expert on ethics in
the profession will be the special
luncheon speakers in Calgary during the
AAPG Annual Convention.
All three ticketed luncheons will begin
at 11:30 a.m. in the Upper Level Big Four
Building at Calgary’s Stampede Park.
Of the three, one of the speakers is a
late addition to the lineup.
Scott W. Tinker, this year’s AAPG
Distinguished Ethics Lecturer, will be the
speaker for the Division of Professional
Affairs luncheon, which will be held
Tuesday, June 21.
Tinker has agreed to step-in for
Kenneth Vollman, chairman of Canada’s
National Energy Board, who will be
unable to attend the meeting due to a
Tinker will be speaking on “The ‘I’ In
BusIness EthIcs,” a topic that he’ll be
exploring throughout the year with his
Ethics lectures. (May EXPLORER)
Tinker’s talk assumes that some
ethical situations can be guided by rules,
laws and policies – but many situations
are “neither wholly right nor wholly
wrong,” and introduce difficult dilemmas
that carry justifiable alternatives and
Is it possible, Tinker asks, to frame an
approach for ethical decision making in a
world where no society, culture or religion
holds the ethical high ground?
Tinker is director of the Bureau of
Economic Geology at the University of
Texas at Austin. He’s also a professor in
the school’s Department of Geological
Sciences and serves as state geologist
Other luncheon speakers set for
Dr. Joseph MacInnis, a physicianscientist-
undersea explorer and author, is
the speaker for the All-Convention
Luncheon, which will be held Monday,
MacInnis plans to talk about some of
the individuals and events that taught
him about leadership, and to show video
clips of some of his dramatic deepwater
dives, including one to the decks of the
Titanic with Hollywood director James
Cameron. (See story)
Jim Dinning, chairman of the
Canadian Clean Power Coalition, is the
speaker for the joint Division of
Minerals Division luncheon, to be held on
Wednesday, June 22.
Dinning, who describes Alberta as
“the sweet spot where geology meets
geography,” will talk on “Marginal Carbon
Fuels: The Key to Prosperity.”
Dinning plans to speak specifically
about clean coal technology, particularly
as it applies to providing energy and
feedstock to Alberta’s expanding oil
sands and petrochemical industries.
(See May EXPLORER.)
Information on all three events can be
found online at www.aapg.org.