Chaz Osburn, Director of Content

Chaz Osburn, interim publisher, joined JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group in 2007 after spending seven years as national editor of Automotive News, a trade publication for the global automotive industry headquartered in Detroit. Before that, he worked at daily newspapers in the United States for more than 15 years in a variety of reporting, editing and management roles. He enjoys travel and meeting new people, running, fishing, sports of all kinds and a good martini--shaken, not stirred.

Maurice Smith, Editor

Maurice returned to his native Calgary in 2001 after gaining 11 years of experience writing for and editing newspapers in British Columbia. The Journalism graduate became immersed in the energy industry while reporting for the Daily Oil Bulletin prior to being named New Technology Magazine editor in 2003. He is the recipient of various industry awards for news and features writing before and after joining JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group. Outside the office, Maurice is an avid hiker and long-distance runner and cyclist. In 2007, he completed the Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) cycling event, a 1 200-kilometre “ride” from the outskirts of Paris to the Brittany coast and back, which must be completed in 90 hours or less.

Elsie Ross, Writer

Elsie started at JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group in 1997 as a reporter for the Daily Oil Bulletin. Prior to that, she spent 15 years at the Calgary Herald as a reporter including the City Hall and education beats (but never business) and later as a copy editor. At the DOB, her main areas of coverage are pipelines and regulatory issues although she also likes good exploration stories (the trick is getting someone to talk about them). Outside work, she is interested in politics (all levels) and municipal planning issues. Elsie also enjoys baking and listening to her eclectic collection of CDs -- everything from jazz to rockabilly.

Pat Roche, Writer

In his work for New Technology Magazine, Pat has been honoured with several awards for his writing. In 2005, he won the Gold Award for Best Profile of a Company at the Canadian Business Press-sponsored Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, for his story Air Force. That article told the story of how Craig Dobbin turned CHC Helicopter Corporation into a successful oilpatch service company. In 2007, Pat won a Silver Award for Best Resource Article at the KRW Awards for his story Carbonate Klondike: The Next Oilsands?, which described Shell’s land purchase in northern Alberta to pursue a bitumen-carbonate play.

Jim Mahony, Writer

Before turning to journalism, Jim practised law, moonlighting as a writer. With JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group since 2000, Jim contributed freelance articles before joining the company. His interests include the legal side of coalbed methane development and science-related technology. Outside the office, he follows politics, photography and history, not always in that order. In the fall of 2006, Jim’s book, A Guide to Alberta Courts, was published. An introduction to the courts, the book is also a look at court traditions, such as the lawyer’s custom of wearing gowns in court, and the roles played by judge, jury and the accused in today’s courtrooms. A second book is in the works.

Lynda Harrison, Writer

Lynda began working at JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group in 2002. She started her reporting career at newspapers in British Columbia. She has a wide variety of reporting interests, with particular emphasis on the oilsands. Lynda was part of the New Technology Magazine staff that in 2005 won the ASTech Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Journalism Prize: Specialized Publications.

Paul Wells, Writer

Paul joined JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group in 2006 as a Daily Oil Bulletin reporter, where his beats include environmental issues and unconventional resources. From 1992 until 2002, he was an editor for two Bowes publications (Cochrane Times and the Airdrie Echo). As well, Paul was a staff writer for Sun Media from 1999 until 2005 (special sections). Paul had his own freelance business from 1995 until 2005 and regular clients included the Calgary Herald and Alberta Report.

Richard Macedo, Writer

Richard started at the Daily Oil Bulletin as a reporter in 2006 after writing for publications in all corners of British Columbia, including three years covering oilpatch issues at the daily newspaper in Fort St. John, the service centre of B.C.’s burgeoning oilpatch. Richard was once able to put his Portuguese to good use by interviewing Carlos César, president of the Azores.

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