Geoscience BC welcomes new members to Board of Directors

Vancouver, BC - September 21, 2017- Geoscience BC is pleased to welcome Christine Ogryzlo and Donna Phillips to its Board of Directors effective September 21st, 2017.

The appointments were made at a Board meeting where Randy Smallwood also stepped down from the Board at the end of his term.
"The Board of Geoscience BC plays a pivotal role in guiding the strategic planning and development of the organization," said Mike Cathro, Chair of the Board of Geoscience BC. "Our new Board members bring depth, expertise and energy and we are very fortunate to have Christine and Donna join our already strong Board. We would also like to extend our thanks to outgoing director Randy Smallwood for his contributions to Geoscience BC and wish him all the best in the future."

For more information about the Geoscience BC Board of Directors, including full biographies, visit

Christine Ogryzlo
Christine Ogryzlo taps into her experience as a communicator to help bridge the gap between the minerals industry and the communities near which they operate. Christine has decades of experience as a journalist, business researcher and communications manager. She was a producer with CBC radio for 12 years.

In 1994 she established her own business research and communications company. Over the next 10 years, she chaired two committees of the Vancouver Board of Trade and served on its board of directors in 2001 and 2002. In 2004 she was on the founding committee for the Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining in Smithers and sits on its advisory committee.

Christine is President and Communications Manager for Smithers Exploration Group, which represents the minerals industry in northern BC. She is finishing a term as a director with the Association for Mineral Exploration. She has served on several AME committees, including Communications and Aboriginal Relations and will continue to work at the committee level when her board term expires.

Donna Phillips
Donna Phillips has thirty years of professional experience in business with particular focus in the areas of finance, corporate planning, land negotiations, business development, government relations, stakeholder/community relations and Indigenous negotiations in the energy industry. (br> Ms. Phillips is the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Canbriam Energy Inc. a company with an organic growth story now producing >30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Prior to joining Canbriam in 2007, Donna held the position of Director and Vice President, Land at Direct Energy/Centrica Canada Ltd. She began her oil and gas career in Finance at SaskOil, following which she worked in Corporate Planning, Asset Management and Land at Wascana Energy/CanOxy (now Nexen).

Donna is actively engaged as a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers British Columbia Executive Policy Group. She is an active member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen and is currently President of the Petroleum Acquisition and Divestiture Association where she has been a board member since 2006. Ms. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina and a CPA CMA certification.

About Geoscience BC

Geoscience BC is an independent, non-profit organization that generates earth science information in collaboration with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector. Our independent earth science enables informed resource management decisions. Geoscience BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

For additional information, please contact:

Richard Truman
Geoscience BC

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