Daniel Schiffner spent 10 years working as a radiation therapist in Calgary, AB providing treatment and support to cancer patients. During this time, he also attended the University of Calgary part-time and earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Risk Management. After a year working abroad in New Zealand, Dan returned to Canada and attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) where he obtained a diploma in Petroleum Engineering Technology. While at SAIT, Dan received several scholarships for academic performance and served as Treasurer of the SAIT Student Petroleum Society.
After graduating with his diploma, Dan spent four years with petroleum producer TAQA North working as a reserves analyst; maintaining and updating the database estimating company reserves and values. While at TAQA, he developed and wrote the company manual for managing the reserves database and oversaw the implementation of upgraded reserves software. He also enjoyed working on long-term strategic planning exercises determining optimal economic strategy for development of key oil fields.
Currently, Dan is working on a Master of Science degree in the Risk and Community Resilience department of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences (ALES). His primary research interest, working with Lianne Lefsrud and principal investigator Jonathan Banks at the University of Alberta, is in the policy and economic feasibility of converting mature end-of-life oil and gas wells into wells producing geothermal energy.
After a day of investigating how to create energy Dan enjoys expending his own energy running, cycling, curling or reading a Neil Gaiman novel.