David Johnson, professional geoscientist, earned his bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Calgary in 1980 and his PhD in geological oceanography from Dalhousie University in 1995. He has worn many hats during his more than 35 years in the profession: he’s been an explorer, a research scientist, and a consultant. He has practised in the petroleum industry in Alberta, the Canadian frontiers and petroleum provinces around the world.

Johnson is currently a senior adviser at Petrel Robertson Consulting, where he combines technical and operational leadership and draws on his core strengths, such as project management and risk assessment. He has a strong focus on helium and natural gas in Alberta.

Notable career accomplishments include launching a public, international start-up and leading teams to significant discoveries in Canada and China. Johnson also lends his time to the Canadian Global Exploration forum, having volunteered as a chair and currently serving as director.