Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Michael Edward Hriskevich
March 7, 1926 - January 31, 2014

The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering regrets to announce the passing of Dr. Michael Edward Hriskevich on January 31, 2014 at the age of 87 years.  
Dr. Hriskevich was a Queen’s University Geology graduate, BSc ’47 and MSc ’49. He later obtained a PhD from Princeton University. Dr. Hriskevich was a Life Time Member of APEGGA, an inductee into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Stanley Gold Slipper for over 20 years of service with the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists in 1990, the same year the American Association of Petroleum Geologists honored him with a distinguished service award.

Dr. Hriskevich is credited with starting some of Canada's richest exploration plays by astutely refining the accumulated knowledge of Devonian formations to unlock the Middle Devonian Reef at Rainbow Lake, Alberta. More than 700 wells in 150 Rainbow Keg River pools have yielded more than 685 million barrels of oil and 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas. An additional 1,500 wells have produced from the associated Muskeg, Sulphur Point, Slave Point and Bluesky formations.

While he is respected for rising to the top ranks of the Banff Oil Ltd., Aquitaine Company of Canada Ltd. and Canterra Petroleum Inc. organization during these discovery years, it is noteworthy that his accomplishments created countless jobs in exploration, production, processing, transportation and continuing benefit of Albertans and Canadians. Technical advances based on his work have since been adapted to the Upper Devonian Reef in the Rocky Mountain House area of southwest Alberta with similar far-reaching economic benefits.

Dr. Hriskevich was a wonderful supporter of the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering. He established the Dr Michael Hriskevich Geological Field Studies Program, which provides financial support for undergraduate field education. Further information can be found in the most recent Field Studies Newsletter.

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Dr. Michael Hriskevich and Roger Smith

Dr. Michael Hriskevich (left) with Roger Smith (right)