Meet our board
Board of Directors
David D. Miller
Position: Acting Chairman
David Miller is a retired geoscientist most recently with Shell Canada as the Regional Chief Unconventional Exploration Geoscientist. He has over 32 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has worked in Canada, U.S.A. and Austria as well as travelling to many parts of the world on assignment. David has a B.Sc., Honours, in Geology & Geophysics from the University of British Colombia and a law degree, J.D., from the University of Victoria. He maintains registration as a professional geophysicist in Alberta with A.P.E.G.A. and makes Calgary his home. David joined The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation as a director and treasurer in 2016.
Dr. Nathaniel Rutter
Nat is a Quaternary Geologist. After graduating with his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Nat joined the Geological Survey of Canada in Calgary focusing on the glacial history and climate change of Western Canada. After a short stint as Environmental Advisor with the National Energy Board in Ottawa, he returned to the University of Alberta as a Professor, and then as Chairman of the Department of Geology, and later Associate Dean of Science. He, and his graduate students carried out climate change research not only in Canada, but also in China, Europe, Africa and South America. He has published over 250 scientific papers, and has supervised 44 graduate students. Nat is a distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
During his career, Nat has been the President of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), been a founding member of the international IGBP on Past Global Changes, founder and first Editor-in-Chief of the scientific periodical Quaternary International, and is a founding member of The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation. Nat's honours include among others, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, Honourary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Northwest University (Xian), Honourary Doctor of Science degrees from the University of Alaska and the U. of Cordova (Argentina). He also has distinguished career awards from the Geological Association of Canada, The Geological Society of America and the Canadian Quaternary Association. He was awarded the 1st Distinguished Service Medal from INQUA in 2015, and has received the University of Alberta Distinguished Alumni Award.
Marshall joined the Board in 2016, and previously acted as a guide for the Foundation for many seasons. He is responsible for the Foundation’s Business Plan, as well as “Development and Sustainability”. Marshall most recently worked for Shell Canada in northern exploration and in other positions. His background includes arts and sciences, polar studies (Scott Polar Research Institute) and law. He resided in the NWT for 10 years prior to moving to Calgary.
Kevin Root is currently employed at Griffiths Energy International where he works on oil exploration and development projects in Chad. He has previously worked at Nexen, EnCana, Shell, and the Energy Resources Conservation Board. His primary professional interests involve working on structurally and stratigraphically complex hydrocarbon plays, and he has worked in a variety of regions in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Other geoscience passions include trying to gain a better understanding of the development of the ancient continental margin that was present on the western side of North America during the Neoproterozoic and Paleozoic, and the later Mesozoic and Tertiary deformation that converted the margin into the Rocky Mountain Thrust and Fold Belt. Additional passions include hiking, scrambling and skiing in the mountains, sea kayaking, and music. Kevin has a PhD in structural geology from the University of Calgary.
Karla Gaffney joined the Board of the Foundation in April of 2016. She has worked in many aspects of oil and gas exploration since 1995. Her career in seismic data acquisition for various companies has taken her to Canada’s North and Western Arctic regions. Throughout her travels she has worked closely with First Nations communities in various locations, engaged in learning from others. Karla has lived in Field, BC since 1991. As a longtime resident and community volunteer, she is passionate about Yoho, in particular its geologic history. She enjoys sharing the wonder of Yoho with all who visit.
Debbie Rheinstein is a geoscientist and educator who joined the board in 2017. She completed her B.Sc. in geology at University of Toronto and then a M.Sc. in biogeochemistry at University of Guelph and a B.Ed. at University of Toronto. She has been working at the Calgary Board of Education for over ten years and is passionate about teaching students about science and outdoor education.
Darcie Greggs has worked in everything from conventional oil and gas to oil sands and Deep Basin tight gas, even gold and gravel. She started with Husky in the fall of 2010 and is presently the G&G Technical Integrity Manager; prior to Husky she was working for Shell on their Deep Basin tight gas play. Darcie`s education dates from sitting in roadside ditches while her father measured outcrop sections to an undergrad from Queen’s, then mid-career she did her Master’s and doctorate at The University of Calgary. Her doctoral thesis was on the effects of reactivating basement tectonics on Devonian rocks – reflecting a long-time interest in geodynamics and cracked rocks. She has been co-chair of the CSPG Structure Division for about 10 years and has volunteered extensively for both APEGGA and CSPG. Currently, Darcie is a member of the CSPG, AAPG and APEGA.
Brent Lennox joined the board in 2017. After completing a B.Sc. at University of Toronto and then an M.Sc. at Acadia University, Brent has been working as a hydrogeologist with Waterline Resources for the majority of his ten-year environmental consulting career. Brent enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing, and spending time in the mountains in his free time.
Philip Benham is Regional Discipline Advisor of Production Geology for Shell Canada Limited. He is also Chair of the Paleontology Division for the CSPG and is the past Technical Program Coordinator for the Alberta Palaeontological Society. He is an active board member of the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation. One of his key roles for the Foundation was the development and running of the High School Teacher’s Geology Workshop. He has given numerous talks on his travels in the high Arctic, Indonesia, Madagascar and East Africa. He defines his life by adventure, fulfilling his passion for knowledge and hopefully turning others on to the natural and cultural wonders of the world.
Chris Boyd joined the board in February of 2018. Chris completed his Ph.D. in palaeontology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His thesis focused on three-dimensional modelling and characterisation of a Carboniferous shoreface fossil assemblage. While completing his degrees he ran an international photography business specialising in humanitarian photography. Chris started work with a major oil and gas in 2016 and is looking forward to working with the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation.
Position: Honorary Member
Jon has been involved with the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation since 1998 and he has served as a guide, technical advisor, Teacher Workshop instructor and outreach volunteer. Jon is currently serving as current Chair of the Education Committee.
After retiring from a 26 year career as a professional geologist, Jon continues to pursue his passion for geology and public education not only through his involvement with the Foundation, but also as a Research Associate with the Arctic Institute of North America and as a geology interpreter on Arctic expedition cruises.
Jon earned degrees in Geology - a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary. He is a registered Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada.
Roderick B. Davison
Position: Honorary Member
Roderick is a senior partner in Parlee McLaws Edmonton office and practices primarily in the area of civil litigation, with particular emphasis on all matters pertaining to the insurance industry, product liability litigation, professional liability claims and employment law.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Rick attended university in the Maritimes before moving to Edmonton, where he articled under the late J.C. Cavanagh of Parlee, Irving, Henning, Mustard & Rodney.
He has appeared before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories and the Federal Court of Canada. He has been certified for specific litigation matters in the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon Territory.
Rick is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, as well as the Edmonton Bar Association. He has been lecturer for the Bar Admission Course, the Trial Advocacy Course in Calgary and for various programs presented by the Legal Education Society of Alberta. He has also participated as a panel member in providing seminars to the insurance industry.
Godfrey S. Nowlan
Position: Honorary Member
Godfrey is a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (B.A.), Memorial University of Newfoundland (M.Sc.) and the University of Waterloo (Ph.D.). He is expert on Lower Paleozoic stratigraphy and biostratigraphy with special interest in phosphatic microfossils and has published more than a hundred refereed scientific articles. Godfrey is active in promoting public awareness of science through local, national and international organizations. He is co-founder of the Calgary Science Network and the Alberta Science Literacy Association. He has served two terms as Chairman of the Canadian Geoscience Education Network and is a member of the board of the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences. He was Program Chair on the Canadian National Committee for the International Year of Planet Earth and is the Chair of the Canadian National Committee for Geoparks. He is a recipient of the E.R.W. Neale Medal for public education and outreach (Geological Association of Canada 1995), the McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for scientific outreach (1996) and the Ambrose Medal (Geological Association of Canada 2005) for service to the geological profession.
Position: Science Advisor
Paul Carriere is the Superintendent of School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) in British Columbia. The District has 19 schools, and covers the area from Field, BC through Golden, and down the Columbia River Valley through Invermere to Kimberley. Paul began his teaching career in School District No. 35 (Langley) and served as a Secondary School Vice Principal before moving to a Principalship in School District No. 81 (Fort Nelson) in 1995. Paul came to Rocky Mountain in 1998 where he has served as both an Elementary and Secondary Principal, and as Assistant Superintendent with responsibilities for Human Resources and Technology Services before being appointed to his current position in August, 2010.
Position: Science Advisor
Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta - Paleontology
Brian Chatterton earned his Bachelor of Arts (Natural Sciences) degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University. He came to the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1971 and served as Chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences for five years, from 1989-1994. Brian brings a wealth of field experience in stratigraphy and paleontology.