Ron Stefik, AScT

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Ron Stefik, AScT

Sr. Tech Advisor, Reservoir En

  • Classification: Applied Science Technologist
  • Discipline: Gas & Petroleum Engineering
  • Current Employer: BC Oil and Gas Commission
  • Position: Senior Reservoir Engineering Technologist
  • Post Secondary: Geological Engineering - Cambrian College & Hydrocarbon Engineering - NAIT
  • High School: Tecumseh Secondary School - Chatham, Ontario

Career Experience

Upon graduation from high school I completed a 3-yr diploma in Geological Engineering Technology at Cambrian College, in Sudbury, Ontario. Summer jobs between classes had me working in remote northern camp locations, prospecting for uranium and gold deposits. Pretty exotic stuff when all my friends were working summer jobs at grocery stores and restaurants. Upon graduation I worked for several geological consulting firms and mining companies, always in the field, and on a seasonal basis. I had great experiences, riding all over I helicopters in the Arctic and mountains of BC, exploring in locations so remote that likely no other human had ever visited before. However, the mining industry was in a period of low activity, so after a couple of years I decided I had better return to school, for a career with more stability. What better pace to strike it rich that oil and gas!

The 2-year Petroleum Engineering Technology program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology was a very demanding program, and very interesting. Class sizes were small and personal, a lot of discipline was required to complete assignments but the instructors were great, experienced and knowledgeable. So much for not wanting to spend 4 years in school, now I had spent 5!

I working initially for a large oilfield equipment fabricator in Edmonton, in the design and construction supervision office. An office job with some field installation work, I was able to use my school knowledge to computerize some of the work and expand my role. I supervised the movement of some of the largest items ever to move by road in Alberta at the time, steam generators going to Cold Lake for heavy oil recovery. But, my favourite courses in school were in reservoir engineering, so when I saw a job ad in 1989 I applied, resulting in a move to Victoria to work for the Petroleum Branch of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

Now employed by the BC Oil and Gas Commission since, I am the Senior Reservoir Engineering Technologist for the province of BC. I was fortunate to be mentored by a very experienced reservoir engineer before his retirement, who gave me plenty of responsibility and latitude to gain experience and challenge myself.

My role in regulating development of oil and gas pools places me in daily contact with engineers, technologists, geologists and executives of oil and gas companies, principally in Calgary headquarters.

Why I Became A Technology Professional

  • As an Applied Science Technologist, I am recognized by my peers, my employer and industry as a responsible qualified professional. Membership has aided career and pay advancement.

Career Highlights

  • Winner of 4 Provincial Employee Recognition Awards
  • Article published in industry journal

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member of ASTTBC
    Education volunteer