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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

The shale gas bonanza: opportunities and challenges


Denis Lavoie, Natural Resources Canada

The search for oil and gas is taking us to new settings on the Canadian landscape, testing the limits of our technology and geological knowledge. Among the more publicly discussed of these innovative ventures has been the exploration in shale, where large quantities of natural gas may be found. Researchers with the Geological Survey of Canada are beginning to understand how unconventional sources of oil and gas form in these underground structures, which will be important to assessing the challenges of extracting these resources.

Denis Lavoie, an expert on the oil and gas potential of the sedimentary rocks of Eastern and Northern Canada, will explain just how much we know — and don’t know — about operating under these conditions. As a research scientist at the Quebec Office of the Geological Survey of Canada, Lavoie leads projects on the conventional hydrocarbon potential in Arctic regions, as well as on shale gas and tight oil exploration and development in southern Canada. He served as an external expert in hearings that investigated shale gas potential in Southern Quebec, seismic exploration in the St. Lawrence estuary and that produced the first quantitative assessment of the conventional oil and gas potential in Eastern Canada.

This will be a bilingual presentation.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) and Mr. Joe Comartin, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons

February 3, 2015, 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after January 29, 2015.
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Thursday January 29, 2015