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2015 Luncheon Schedule
 ~ Our monthly luncheon meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. 
    ~ Summer break: June-August
     - Monthly luncheons resume in September

2015 John W Davies Memorial
     Award Open for Applications

Deadline for applications: Friday, June 26, 2015
This scholarship is awarded annually to a full time graduate student enrolled in a recognized university in Canada or the US State of Alaska, whose research will assist in providing solutions to problems encountered in the Arctic or cold ocean environments.
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Join us at ICETECH 2016
August 14-18, 2016 in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
The Arctic Section and co-host Institute of the North are gearing up for the next ICETECH conference. Visit www.icetech16.org. Email the ICETECH Secretariat to discuss participation or to join our  confidential email distribution list.

Longtime Arctic Section Member Honoured.
Dan Masterson was inducted as a Fellow of SNAME
at a Ceremony and Celebration on Monday, December 1, 2014. SNAME President Peter Noble awarded the Fellow certificate. Alex Brovkin and Bill Maddock spoke eloquently about Dan, his professional accomplishments, and his career in the Arctic offshore marine industry that spans more than 40 years. Colleagues, family, and friends attended the ceremony at the Glenbow and the celebration afterwards at the James Joyce Pub.
>> Dec 1 Program >>      >> Dec 1 Photos >>  
Dan was also recently honoured at the Arctic Technology Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark (March 23-25, 2105).

Arctic Section Fellow Dr Dan Masterson Winner of the First ATC "Distinguished Achievment Award for Individuals. Dan, long-term SNAME member form the Arctic Section, was deservedly recognized as the first recipient of this ATC award. Dan has been a pioneering leader for over 40 years in arctic and ice engineering and sciences. His work, now codified in the primary standards for arctic offshore design and construction, enables offshore exploration operations.
Visit ATC for more information.

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             SNAME Arctic Section Luncheon Meetings

Next luncheon meeting in September 2015 
Our final luncheon meeting before our summer break was held on Wednesday, May 20 at the Westin Hotel.
Dr Hester Jiskoot (University of Lethbridge,
Associate Professor of Physical Geography and Glaciology,
and Director of the Glaciology & Geoscience Laboratory) presented:  Dutch Whale of a Tale: Arctic navigation, weather and sea ice in 1710​. This presentation was really enjoyed by our audience, and we look forward to keeping in touch with Dr Jiskoot on her continuing research and upcoming book. More...


  About the SNAME Arctic Section Luncheon Meetings 

We maintain our monthly luncheon schedule from September through May, meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. (Our summer break runs June to August). Presentations cover a large variety of topics, including marine, Arctic, logistics, scientific research, ice monitoring, ice management, and more.
Contact: Luncheon Coordinator - Alex Brovkin - Email, Phone (403) 234-5481
                 Luncheon Secretariat Email

Luncheon invitations are sent by email to our contact list in advance of each event. Please contact us if you wish to receive information on future Arctic Section events or if you are interested in presenting at a luncheon meeting.

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2015 Luncheon Photos  
 Tom Brown, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary started off our 2015 luncheon series with his presentation Flexural Failure of Ice: What We Have Learnt on Confederation Bridge. Tom (centre) shown here with Jim Bruce and Alex Brovkin. On February 18, Ken Croasdale presented Engineering for Canada's Northern Oceans (a study being conducted under the auspices of the Canadian Academy of Engineering). Ken (centre) is pictured with Waleed Jazrawi and Dan Masterson (left), and Alex Brovkin, and Jakub Ciring (right).  The April 15 luncheon featured Frank Bercha presenting Molikpaq Sakhalin EER Inspection and Analysis.  Frank (left) received the Arctic Section's thank you from Merv Edgecombe (centre, past Section Chair), and Azmy Aboulazm (right, current Section Chair).  Merv Edgecombe, past Arctic Section Chair, received the official SNAME certificate of appreciation at the April 15 luncheon meeting. Merv is pictured here with Frank Bercha (left) and Alex Brovkin (centre, who  has served as the Arctic Section's Luncheon Meeting Coordinator for many years).
 Photos from December 1, 2014  
 Dan Masterson was inducted as a SNAME Fellow on December 1.  Pictured here with his wife, Ginny. Bill Maddock and Peter Noble (SNAME President) with Dan.  Friends and colleagues from Dan's over 40-year career were there   The celebration at the pub

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 2014 Luncheon Photos      
 Sudhir Pai wrapped up our 2014 luncheons with his presentation on the autonomous marine vehicle, Wave Glider. Sudhir is Vice President of Liquid Robotics Oil and Gas, a joint venture with Schlumberger. 
Canatec President, Chris Hill, presented The Arctic Energy Gatesway on November 12. The Arctic Section's thank you gift was presented by Alex Brovkin. David Currie, President of GeoAnalytic Inc gave the October 15 presentation: Results of a study of polynya duration and extent
in the Canadian Arctic and Northwest Greenland
. Karen Muggeridge presented the Arctic Section's thank you gift.
Len Maier, currently retired, formerly Halliburton's VP of International Operations, presented Killing the World's Most Northerly Blowout at the Westin on September 17. Pictured here (left to right): Ron Maier, Len Maier, and Alex Brovkin. 
  Bruce Seligman of ARKTOS presented an overview of ARKTOS development on May 21. Bruce called on the audience to discuss existing or new evacuation challenges. On April 16, Bastiaan Lammers (Boskalis) and Gerry Sarlis (Dockwise) gave a joint presentation on Integrated Marine Approach for Preparation, Transport and Installation Operations in the Arctic. Roger Pilkington spoke on Arctic Offshore Development Concepts - History and Evolution on March 16 at the Westin.    In The Base for the Beaufort on January 16, Doug Matthews addressed the opportunities and challenges of a Tuk port. 
  SNAME is the premier North American society for professionals engaged in ship design, construction and operations.
Its Arctic Section is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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