New Members Welcomed to Geoscience BC Energy Resources Technical Advisory Committee

Vancouver, BC – January 10, 2022 – Geoscience BC is welcoming two new volunteers to its Energy Resources Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), boosting the Committee’s energy expertise.

David Bechtel (Canadian Natural Resources Limited) and Victoria Biersteker (Spartan Delta Corp.) were approved as new members of the Energy Resources TAC by Geoscience BC’s Board of Directors on December 16, 2022. Also, at the end of December 2022, Neil Wildgust (formerly BC Geological Survey) resigned from the Minerals TAC.

Commenting on the news, Geoscience BC President and CEO, Gavin C. Dirom said: “It is always exciting to welcome passionate volunteers to our Technical Advisory Committees. They bring additional subject matter expertise, experience, and skills, and are key to Geoscience BC’s success. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Neil Wildgust for his contributions to our Minerals Technical Advisory Committee”.


New Energy Resources TAC Members

David Bechtel is a geologist at Canadian Natural Resources Limited based in Calgary, Alberta with nearly 30 years’ experience in the energy industry. David’s experience has been predominantly with technically challenging resources ranging from heavy oil, thermal and mining bitumen, and most recently tight gas reservoirs. He has spent the past 5 years focused on Montney development and completions, predominantly in British Columbia.

David had previously worked for the Alberta Geological Survey mapping saline aquifers considering carbon sequestration and modifying regulations to adapt to current industry practices.


Victoria Biersteker is a professional Geologist with over 20 years of experience in both carbonate and siliciclastic unconventional oil and gas reservoirs across the Western Canadian and Williston Basins, most recently employed with Spartan Delta (formerly “Velvet Energy”) as Montney Geoscience Manager. Prior thereto, from 2013-2017, Mrs. Biersteker was employed with Saguaro Resources, as senior Geologist. Before Saguaro Resources, Mrs. Biersteker held the role of Exploration Lead at Shell Canada from 2011 to 2013. Prior thereto, from 2002 to 2011, Mrs. Biersteker was employed by EnCana Corp. where she held various geoscience and operational oriented roles.  From 2000-2002, Mrs. Biersteker completed a Master’s of Geology with a focus on carbonates and geochemistry. Mrs. Biersteker is an active member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (“APEGA”), and the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (“EGBC”).


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