Board of Directors

Allan Huber - Chair 
Shell Canada Ltd

Emile Coetzer - Director
Chevron Canada

Kevin Brunel - Secretary
Brunel Analytics

Robert Best - Vice Chair

Trudy Curtis - Director (CEO)
PPDM Association

Curley Thomas - Director 

Jamie Cruise - Director

Paloma Urbano- Vice Chair 
Conoco Phillips

Tarun Chandrasekhar - Director

PPDM elections are held annually. Each board member has a two-year term, with half of the board seats rotating for elections every year. The PPDM Nominations Committee oversees the Nominations process.

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David Hood - Director
geoLOGIC Systems Ltd.

Jim Soos - Director

Peter MacDougall - Treasurer
IHS Markit

Trevor Hicks - Director
Stonebridge Consulting

Job Description

Responsibilities and Expectations of a PPDM Association Board Member

This following outline of the responsibilities and expectations of PPDM Association Board membership has been prepared for the information of potential candidates. Please review and consider these items if you are contemplating standing for election.

You are eligible to stand for election to the Board if you are employed by a company that is a voting member of the PPDM Association in good standing, if you are an individual PPDM Association member in good standing or if you are an honorary member of the PPDM Association.

Board Objectives
The Board is responsible for the overall strategic management of the PPDM Association. It is expected to provide leadership and governance for the PPDM Association and act in the best interests of all the members of the PPDM Association by promoting the PPDM Association’s goals.

Becoming Familiar with the PPDM Association
The PPDM Association is a not-for-profit professional society with an international membership. Members include thousands of data management professionals and a broad range of energy companies, government agencies, software application and data vendors, and service companies. To quickly become more familiar with the PPDM Association, please click on the About tab on the PPDM Association home page.

Each Director is elected as an individual, not as a representative of their company and has an individual fiduciary responsibility to the members of the PPDM Association which transcends the individual's relationship to their employer. Directors are expected to work in a co-operative fashion and decisions are achieved by consensus as much as practicable.

Directors should
  • Take every opportunity to meet with members of the PPDM Association to understand their needs and promote the benefits derived from membership.
  • Promote the benefits of the PPDM Association to the upstream petroleum industry and seek financial resources and volunteer participation in support of the PPDM Association. 
  • Define, communicate, monitor and refine the PPDM Association's values and strategies.
  • Delegate to the Chief Executive Officer the responsibility and resources to achieve the stated ends, within the limitations of the Board’s definition of acceptable practice.
  • Operate within the limits defined by relevant statutes and the PPDM Association's Bylaws.
  • Plan for succession at each Annual General Meeting.
  • Demonstrate leadership by embracing the spirit of voluntarism.

Time Commitment

The job of a Director requires the following time commitment:
  • Annual/general meeting of the members that is held on such day in each year and at such time as the directors may determine;
  • Sufficient advance preparation and active participation at Board meetings;
  • Active participation in ensuring performance in the interests of the members; 
  • Willingness to spend at least 5 hours per month on Board affairs in addition to attending quarterly one or two day Board meetings. 


The Board consists of Directors elected at each Annual General Meeting of the PPDM Association, which is normally held in October or November of each year. Directors who wish to remain on the Board are required to stand for re-election at each AGM.  Each successful candidate must receive 50% plus one of the votes cast at the Annual General Meeting. 

Directors may hold office for a term of two years.  The directors are elected to hold office for a term of two years, which shall be from the date of the meeting at which he is elected until the close of the second annual meeting following his election or until his successor is elected.  Fifty percent (50%) of the Board shall be retired at each annual meeting but shall be eligible for re-election if otherwise qualified.

Size of the Board
The Bylaws of the PPDM Association restrict the size of the Board to between 7 and 12 elected members, as set by the Annual General Meeting. Within those limits, the Board may fill any vacancy that arises during the year. The Board governs the PPDM Association by emphasizing strategic direction and values.

Board Officers
The Board must elect from its members the following officers: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. From time to time, sub-committees under the leadership of a Board member (or members) are struck. Board members are expected to participate as they can contribute and as opportunities for leadership arise. Nominees should consider their availability and qualifications to serve in these capacities.

All expenses by Directors are for their own account (or that of their employer), except in special circumstances.

Board Meeting Location
Board meetings are scheduled to allow participation in person by as many as possible, most often in Calgary or Houston, although other locations are not precluded. Participation by tele- or video-conference is acceptable, but in-person attendance is strongly encouraged for at least 3 meetings per year. Considerable discussion among Directors is encouraged between meetings either by e-mail or through the Board forum on the PPDM Association website.