BY HEATHER FRANTZ
Public Relations Coordinator
Dr. Johannes (Hans) Den Boer, P.Geol., P.Geoph., has been
a member of APEGGA since 1976 and became a life member last
year. Hans graduated with a bachelor of science from The Hague,
the Netherlands. He also received a master's in science and
a PhD (cum laude) in geology, geophysics and petrography from
the State University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Among his
work highlights are terms as a mining geologist with Clough
Engineering in British Columbia, and geophysical manager with
both Mobil Oil Canada and Mobil Oil Indonesia.
Dr. Den Boer has been a dedicated supporter of his fellow
APEGGA members through his volunteer experience on numerous
committees. In the past Hans has been a member of the Board
of Examiners and chair of the Professional Practice Examination
Committee and the Oil & Gas Reserves Estimation Inquiry
Subcommittee. He is currently the Chair of the Practice Review
Board and a member of the Acts, Regulations & Bylaws Committee.
Hans lives in Calgary where he continues his volunteer work
with a number of other organizations. With his vast work and
volunteer experience to share, it's time we got to know Hans
Why do you volunteer with APEGGA?
I value the commitment of APEGGA to engender the highest professional
standards, both technically and ethically, in our membership.
I also value the association with other APEGGA volunteers
who invariably demonstrate these high standards. I have found
the association and interaction with professionals who are
tops in their fields to be both exciting and educational.
Do you have a particularly memorable volunteer experience?
Being chair of the Oil & Gas Reserves Subcommittee of
the Practice Review Board. The members of this committee are
without exception outstanding professionals in their respective
fields, making each meeting and each discussion an exciting
What are your hobbies and interests?
I do a fair bit of community volunteer work (Community Mental
Health Association, Church, Inn From The Cold). I am an avid
reader and enjoy music (play the clarinet in the church's
Praise Band). My wife and I are enthusiastic (and lousy) golfers
and are keen travellers. We have visited all the continents,
What high-tech product could you not live with?
My computer! My wife declares that I love my computer more
than her (which is not true). I do spend a significant amount
of my day doing all kind of chores on my computer; I even
write my clarinet music on it. I don't spend much time surfing
the Net, but there are plenty of other things: all financial
and investment matters, e-mail, music, APEGGA matters, church
affairs, etc. I don't think there would be enough time in
the day to do all this "the old way."