2022 Symposium Honouree

Marco Perez

Marco Perez

Written by Daniel Perez

Inspired by his father, a Mining Engineer, Marco Perez’s passion lies within the natural sciences and mathematics. Destined by his namesake, he excelled at sciences in school and found a career that allowed him to utilize his interests in the Canadian energy industry. Over his 20-year career, Marco has gained peer recognition for his ability to identify and integrate new disciplines outside of conventional geophysics and apply technical innovative workflows that practically impact business metrics.

Marco graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. in Physics in 1999 and continued to complete his M.Sc. in Geophysics at the University of Calgary, focusing on anisotropic travel time tomography for his thesis. His career in Calgary started at PanCanadian Petroleum within the Centre of Excellence program under Bill Goodway’s mentorship. Here, he was first introduced to rock physics, AVO analysis, inversions, and other quantitative interpretation techniques. These passions later took Marco to Apache Canada and then to Parex Resources, where he currently holds the role as Senior Geophysical Advisor. Although Marco’s focus has been on the Montney unconventional play, he has also taken on international projects in the North Sea and Argentina. Throughout his career Marco has used leading-edge multi-disciplinary geoscience techniques to not only achieve superior results for companies and their assets, but also, to help evolve the way geoscientists approach challenges and problem solve. Marco’s multi-disciplinary approach encompasses AVO analysis, inversion, microseismic, VSP’s, rock physics (and their templates!), geomechanics, LMR, hydraulic fracture analysis, and production stimulation. His learnings have been shared in over 25 talks, abstracts, and articles within the TLE, the Recorder, CSEG Technical Luncheons, Lunchbox Geophysics and both the SEG and CSEG annual convention. In 2010, Marco was awarded the CSEG Recorder Best Paper and in 2018, co-authored the Best CSEG Oral Presentation.

Marco has instructed many courses including the well attended “Seismic Rock Characterization for Unconventional Resources” for the CSEG Doodletrain Continuing Education Program and “Shale Gas Geophysics for Non-Geophysicists” under the AAPG.

Recently, his work entails integrating geophysics with engineering, production, and geologic data with a focus on using microseismic to assess the link between static in-situ reservoir characterization and the dynamic aspect of reservoir production. Marco’s goal is to show the value geophysics adds to unconventional plays and demonstrate to our discipline and industry that progressive techniques are needed to adapt to modern expectations.

Outside life in geophysics, Marco enjoys spending time with his family, running, golfing, playing hockey and tennis and is an avid sports fan. Marco enjoys movies and reading books on the human decision-making and logic and geomechanics and is working on his own book, titled: Eureka! Life Beyond Geophysics.