August Association News: New Canadian organization, Natural Gas Supply Association

August 2009 Vol. 236 No. 8

The Boards of the Petroleum Society of Canada and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) have approved a merger agreement that will create a new Canadian organization, SPE Canada, to serve the combined membership of approximately 4,500 in Canada.The Petroleum Society office in Calgary will become the SPE Canada office, continuing support of services to Canadian members and publication of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology.

SPE has three current sections in the Canada Region: Calgary, Edmonton, and Atlantic. Two new sections are pending SPE board approval: South Saskatchewan and Lloydminster. Helen Chang, Nexen Inc., represents the Canadian Region on the SPE International Board of Directors until October 2010, when her term on the board expires. She additionally will serve on the SPE Canada Board of Directors, which will be made up of members of both societies. Membership information is posted at and at

The Natural Gas Supply Association has hired a long-time energy professional to take over its day-to-day public relations efforts. Daphne Magnuson has joined NGSA as director of public affairs.