Geothermal energy is delivering clean, base-load and low cost electricity in 25 countries as well as heating in 70 countries for fish farms, greenhouses, breweries, and much more! While not yet fully utilized, geothermal energy is an important part of Canada’s energy future, creating new investment and jobs in Canadian communities while also contributing to a cleaner environment for future generations.
Not familiar with the environmental, social and economic benefits of geothermal power, or would like to learn more? Our Geothermal 101 Workshops explain what geothermal energy is, where it comes from, and how it is used in a manner that can be understood by people from many different backgrounds. We also cover geothermal resources and projects in Canada, so you can be aware of what is moving forward and what is hindering the geothermal industry.
The Geothermal 101 Coffee Break meant as an introduction to our Technology Transfer Workshop with the Oil & Gas Industry. If you cannot attend the whole day, but are still interested in geothermal power, join us for this two hour session to learn about geothermal opportunities and mingle with those attending the day-long event.
About the Presenter:
Geologist, Entrepreneur, Energy fanatic and lover of earth, Craig Dunn is always on the go. He is the co-founder of multiple organizations in a variety of fields, including geopower exploration, technology and social good; as a father of two, he is always thinking of the world that we are leaving for the next generation. He lives by the idea that “Make beautiful ideas reality and the world will follow”.
After moving to Calgary and working in the environmental sector, Mr. Dunn got his first taste of what the energy industry was all about. In 2003, Mr. Dunn founded WellDunn Consulting, a geological consulting firm for the oil and gas industry in both conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration across the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Always pursuing the cutting edge projects, Mr. Dunn worked on many early stage programs from the Bakken in SE Saskatchewan to tight gas plays in NE BC. With a passion for renewable energy, he moved on to work multiple geothermal exploration projects in the US and Canada with some of the first public geothermal companies in Canada.
Mr. Dunn was one of key personnel involved with the resurgence of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) on the board of directors and as the Outreach Director. His work has helped to establish CanGEA’s education program, helped to promote a national study for geothermal potential in Canada and co-authored many geothermal reports including Geothermal Policy Best Practices (2009). His work with CanGEA, led him to his role as founder and Chief Geologist with Borealis Geopower. He is considered one of the leading experts and pioneers in geothermal energy exploration and development initiatives in Canada. Mr. Dunn supplies both project management and geological expertise for the development of high temperature geothermal energy. Borealis Geopower has multiple ongoing geothermal power projects across Western Canada working to bring the first Geopower projects online.
In his limited spare time, Mr. Dunn is not one to sit around. Mr. Dunn is an active volunteer with Alberta Science Network and he is still actively playing soccer and hockey in his ‘old age’. Mr. Dunn also co-founded the tech startup WaterSeal Technology, which created a revolutionary process that applies a microscopic coating to your electronic devices to protect them from accidental exposure to liquids. During the Calgary Flood of 2013, Mr. Dunn shot out a ‘#yychelps’ tweet from his twitter account (@LoveYourRock) which went viral and then he helped build, the grassroots organization YYCHelps which organized over 100 volunteer projects and registered over 14,000 volunteers.
Mr. Dunn will be delivering a talk on Geopower development, the potential of geothermal power in Canada, and ongoing Borealis Geopower projects.