A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), and the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers (CSSE), Dr. Asgarpour has over 35 years of diversified technical, business, and operations experience in the oil and gas industry, and several private and not-for-profit organizations.
He has served as President of the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) since 2007 where he launched and provided oversight for over 500 R&D projects to develop best practices, assisted policy makers and regulatory bodies with the development of smart policies and regulations, and commercialized technologies to reduce environmental footprints of the oil and gas industry. Dr. Asgarpour has formed and provided oversight for a consortium of lab and field methane detection, quantification, monitoring and mitigation testing facilities. Additionally, he provided oversight to several consortia, which develop, field test, and commercialize technologies to reduce the oil and gas sector’s methane emissions.
Prior to joining PTAC, Dr. Asgarpour served as Business Leader of Oil Sands for the Alberta Department of Energy (ADOE). Prior to working for the Department of Energy, he held executive positions with mid- and large-size oil and gas companies.
He has published technical and business articles in the areas of reservoir engineering, production engineering, enhanced oil recovery, horizontal drilling technology, risk analyses, reserves estimation, economic evaluation, statistical analyses, heat transfer, solar energy, and nuclear technology. He is a distinguished author of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology and co-author of the first Petroleum Society Monograph, “Determination of Oil and Gas Reserves.”
Dr. Asgarpour earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He completed the Western Executive Program at the Western Business School of the University of Western Ontario and the Leadership Program at Yale University
He has served as First Vice Chairman of the Petroleum Recovery Institute (PRI); President of CIM; Chairman of the Petroleum Society of CIM (PSC); President-Elect of CAE; and as Director of the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations, the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), CIM, PRI, PSC, and CAE.
He is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), CIM, CSSE, CAE, APEGA, and the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has received numerous awards recognizing his technical and business leadership, commitment to advancing new technology, and excellence in promoting and developing Canada’s resource industry.