2018 SPEE Election Results

The 2018 SPEE BOD election has concluded and the results are in!  The membership has elected three new Board Members who will take their seats in January 2019 for a three-year term, concluding in December 2021.  The new Board Members elected are:

  • Chuck Boyer (Pennsylvania)
  • Stephen R. Gardner (Local Chapter Affiliation: Houston)
  • Douglas M. Wright (Local Chapter Affiliation: Calgary)

We wish to thank all of the SPEE Members who ran for election.  SPEE Board members represent the Society as a whole, generating, defining, executing and supporting various initiatives for growth and progression of the Society.  It is the active participation of the membership at large, and especially, the elected leadership of the SPEE, who continue to make this society highly respected across the industry.  This year, 32% of the membership voted in the election.  If you voted, we are grateful for your participation.  If you didn't vote this year, we encourage you to participate in the voting process next year.

Thank you for your consideration,

SPEE Executive Committee
Floyd Siegle, Past President & Nominating Committee Chair
Simon McDonald, 2018 President
Jennifer Fitzgerald, 2018 Vice-President
Robert Green, 2018 Secretary/Treasurer


Chuck Boyer

Chuck Boyer joined Schlumberger as a Senior Geologist and is currently Scientific Advisor – Unconventional Reservoirs and the HUB Manager for the Pittsburgh Consulting Services office.  His primary responsibilities focus on managing and operating the Pittsburgh consulting practice which focuses on reserves/A&D, gas storage, and unconventional hydrocarbon evaluation and assessment.  

Chuck started his career at the U.S. Steel Research Center initially as a palynologist and coal petrographer, eventually becoming manager of methane control research which included the Oak Grove 23-well grid - the first commercial coalbed methane production field in the world.  Following this, in 1986 Mr. Boyer co-founded the Unconventional Energy Group, which concentrated on unconventional gas exploration/development; joined ICF Resources in 1988 as Vice President and managed the gas consulting services; co-founded Advanced Resources International in 1991 and as Senior Vice President managed the conventional and unconventional gas consulting practice; founded Dominion Energy Advisors in 1994, serving as a private consultant to domestic and international companies and public institutions; and joined S.A. Holditch & Associates in 1998 following their acquisition by Schlumberger.  

Chuck is one of the few (11) SPEE members located in the eastern US and would like to grow membership in the area such that a section could eventually be formed.  Toward that end, he assisted Joe Young in coordinating the Monograph 4 short course in Pittsburgh in 2017, a first for the region.  Chuck has served as Section Chair of the Pittsburgh Petroleum section of the SPE, as Treasurer of the Energy Minerals Division of the AAPG, was awarded the SPE Regional Service Award, the AAPG Gordon H. Wood, Jr. Memorial Award and the Potential Gas Agency Distinguished Service Award, was recognized as a Centennial Fellow of the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and was an SPE Distinguished Author.  He received a BSc in Geological Sciences from Penn State and is a Registered Professional Geologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Petroleum and Coal Geologist of the AAPG.  

He and his wife Suzanne currently reside near Pittsburgh while their daughter Anna, a recent petroleum engineering graduate of UT Austin, attends the University of Houston Law School.

Stephen R. Gardner

Stephen R. Gardner joined BBVA Compass Bank in 2012, bringing four decades of petroleum engineering experience in domestic and international upstream project evaluations.  He previously worked for El Paso E&P (now EP Energy), DeGolyer and MacNaughton, Williams Energy, and Schlumberger.

Stephen has reservoir and project management experience domestically and internationally and is skilled in economic and government reserves reporting.  He has led diverse personnel groups that have included engineers, geologists, business analysts and IT professionals.  

Stephen earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo California and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston.  He is a 35+ year member of SPE and served on the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee on the 2017-18 update to PRMS. Steve is a member of SPEE and is a registered PE in Texas.

Douglas M. Wright

Since 2012, Doug has held a variety of roles within the Calgary Chapter. Starting as Vice-Chairman in 2012, he moved up to Chairman in 2014 and Past Chairman in 2016. Doug has continued to be active at the local chapter level having just completed chairing the committee updating the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook, which was released in early September 2018. Doug is looking forward to serving on the SPEE board of directors and continuing to contribute to SPEE.

Doug is currently working as an independent consultant, providing evaluation advice to various companies and banks.  He has worked at several companies including Texaco, Imperial Oil, Ocean Energy, ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, Perpetual Energy and Strategic Oil & Gas.  Because of this varied experience, Doug has become well-versed in both NI51-101 and SEC Disclosure over the years.

Doug graduated in 1983 with a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. Doug has been a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta since 1985. In 2005, Doug received his Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University’s Centre of Innovative Management.

Doug’s father, Walter Wright, founded the Calgary Chapter of SPEE and introduced him to many of the members very early in his career.  Doug became a member of SPEE in 1998.  Early in his tenure as a member, Doug served as Treasurer of the Calgary Chapter and also helped coordinate the SPEE Annual General Meeting in Whistler, BC.