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I currently live in Calgary in Alberta, Canada, where I teach drilling courses at the University of Calgary and petroleum engineering at a downtown institute - PEICE. Mycompany is called "Lowell Professional Services Limited".

Professional affiliation - Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Clubs: Zoological Society of London (Fellow), Royal St David's Golf Club, Harlech, and the University Club of Montreal - I just wish I could be in Montreal more ofetn to take advantage of their fantastic food and events.

Up until November 1999 I worked for Shell International Exploration and Production in The Hague on Intellectual Property management and competitive intelligence (CI) - with an emphasis on competitive technical intelligence (CTI).

I am pretty active with Rotary, having been the President of the Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial which is a downtown breakfast club. I also volunteer as webmaster for several non-profit websites: The Rotary Action Group for Microcredit (RAG), Rotary District 5360, Rotary Centennial (above), and The Angilcan Church of St. Laurence in Calgary.

Elspeth is here in Calgary too. Born Elspeth McGreevy, she is a graduate of Mount Allison University, New Brunswick.

Our son Adam is in Calgary, whilst our daughter Susannah, is in Vancouver working as a librarian with Lawson Lundell.

I'm interested in gadgets, and I've listed some of them here.

Other than that we're interested in food and wine and gardening, although the latter is a challenge in Calgary, with frost and snow possible any month of the year.

Our house was in use for the external shots of the Szalinsky residence in the TV series "Honey I shrunk the Kids".  Unfortunately after three years, they axed the series, so no more film crews.

I am a graduate of Leeds University, with a BSc. Degree in Applied Mineral Sciences which I got in 1967. The same year I got married and joined Shell International, with whom I worked until I retired in October 1999. In chronological order, I have worked in:

The Netherlands (The Hague),
The UK (Lowestoft and London),
Italy (Sicily - Siracusa),
UK (Aberdeen),
Netherlands (Rijswijk),
Maracaibo, Venezuela and
The Netherlands (The Hague and Rijswijk).

Last updated 7 September 2007