Geoscience BC Appoints Three New Directors to the Board

Vancouver, BC — September 14, 2010 — Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the appointment of the following new Directors to its Board: Richard Dunn, Vice President, Regulatory and Government Relations Canadian Division, Encana; Geoff Freer, principal of Firth Group; and Stephanie Killam, Mayor of the District of Mackenzie.

Richard Dunn's responsibilities as Encana's Vice-President, Regulatory and Government Relations, include Federal and Provincial government relations and policy development. In this capacity, he has been significantly involved with the formulation and implementation of strategies which have stimulated increases in Canadian oil and gas activity. He graduated from the University of British Columbia (Applied Science - Mechanical Engineering) in 1978, and joined PanCanadian Petroleum in 1986, where he held various technical and leadership positions, rising to the position of Chief Production Engineer. He joined Encana in 2002.

Geoff Freer has more than 30 years of diverse leadership and project management experience across a number of public and private sectors in Canada, including mining and minerals, transportation, forestry, environment, land use and adventure tourism. As a former Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Mining and Minerals Division of the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Geoff was known as a problem solver and leader in supporting the industry and communities across the Province. Geoff currently leads a consulting firm managing planning, approvals, development and implementation of large infrastructure projects. One of his most recent critical files was serving as Vice President of Venue Construction for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mayor Stephanie Killam has lived in Mackenzie, BC, since 1972, and recently retired as the senior secretary at Mackenzie Secondary School, a position she held since 1979. She is committed to the community and the region, promoting initiatives which improve economic, health and educational opportunities. She is well-versed in environmental issues and the balance that is required between those concerns and the economic development of the community's future. Stephanie has been a municipal councillor for nine years, elected the Mayor of Mackenzie in November 2005 and re-elected in November 2008. She is a member of a number of municipal and regional organizations and associations.

These new directors join the following continuing Directors: John Thompson, Vice President, Technology and Development at Teck Resources Limited and Chair of the Board; David Caulfield, Co-Chairman and Director of Business Development of Kiska Metals Corporation; Tony Fogarassy, energy and natural resources lawyer and geologist, and principal of Dunbar Law Corporation; James D. Gray, Partner of Vancouver-based De Visser Gray Chartered Accountants LLP; Calvin Helin, principal of Calvin Helin Personal Law Corporation; David James, Senior Consultant to the oil & gas industry and formerly Manager of Geology with Anadarko Canada; David Strong, consultant and former President of the University of Victoria; David Taylor, Vice President, Business Development and Exploration, Parex Resources Inc.; and 'Lyn Anglin, President and CEO of Geoscience BC.

Byng Giraud, Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Imperial Metals Corporation, and Dan Miller, member of the board of BC Ferries, the BC Safety Authority and the Canada West Foundation, and former Premier of British Columbia, have completed their three year terms on the Board. Greg Reimer, Executive Vice-President of BC Hydro's Transmission and Distribution business group, is also stepping down from the Board at this time.

"One of the great strengths of Geoscience BC is the quality and commitment of the volunteers that help develop and guide our activities," said Dr. John Thompson, Chair of the Board of Geoscience BC. "At this AGM we express our gratitude to retiring directors, Byng Giraud, Dan Miller, and Greg Reimer, for their contributions to the success of Geoscience BC. We welcome our new directors, Richard Dunn, Geoff Freer and Stephanie Killam, all highly accomplished individuals who will bring new insights to the organization. The new Board will continue to support Geoscience BC and seek ways to create maximum value for British Columbia."

For more information about Geoscience BC's Board, including biographies, please visit our website at

About Geoscience BC

Geoscience BC is an industry-led, industry-focused, not-for-profit society. Its mandate includes the collection, interpretation and marketing of geoscience data and expertise to promote investment in resource exploration and development in British Columbia. Geoscience BC is funded through grants from the Provincial Government and works in partnership with industry, academia, government, First Nations and communities to attract mineral and oil & gas investment to B.C.

For more information, please contact:

C.D. ('Lyn) Anglin
President & CEO
Geoscience BC
(604) 290-1194