Simon Haynes (BSc ’98) got a glimpse into the world of geology early in life.
His father, Simon Haynes Sr., was a professor and economic geologist in the Earth Sciences Department at Brock University. Growing up, Haynes often accompanied his father on field trips and the occasional excursion to hunt for fossils.
Now a geologist himself, Haynes went on to make a name for himself in the field. The Brock graduate was recently appointed President of the Canadian Energy Geoscience Association (CEGA) — an organization dedicated to advancing the professions of the energy geosciences.
Though he had a clear connection to geology early on, it took Haynes time to determine which path to pursue professionally.
“After high school, I was a bit aimless and it took me a while to figure out what I was interested in pursuing,” he said. “I worked at an environmental company and took some schooling in Barrie, but it wasn’t until I found success in a Geology class that I knew what I should do with my career.”
Haynes enrolled at Brock and completed his four-year degree in Earth Sciences. After graduation, he discovered his talent through a series of job experiences out west that layered new skills and accomplishments on the bedrock of his upbringing and education.
He worked his way up through oil companies, with time in the Fort McMurray oil sands and at Shell Canada Ltd.
As President of the CEGA, which was previously known as the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, Haynes is focused on rebranding, rebuilding and re-engagement.
“With the recent name change and challenges throughout the COVID pandemic, now is the perfect time to re-engage with the earth sciences community,” he said.
Haynes said the name change modernizes the organization and reflects a transition to a different future.
“Right now, the public is focused on decarbonizing, and we feel it’s important to look at things like geothermal energy, lithium and critical minerals, carbon capture and underground storage to augment oil and gas exploration and production,” he said.
Haynes believes the change will help increase the association’s 1,700-member roster and make it easier for students to discover benefits the group provides.
“CEGA is a boon for students interested in earth sciences, offering free student membership, networking opportunities, mentorship and short courses,” he said. “We want to provide as much value and service to the community as possible.”
For more information, visit the CEGA website.