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Opening Session

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 8:00 a.m.–9:25 a.m.  |  

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Start your ACE 2020 Online adventure with the Opening Session chaired and moderated by ACE General Chair and BP America Senior Vice President, Cindy Yeilding, and AAPG Foundation Chair, Jim Gibbs.

The program features the AAPG Foundation’s Teacher of the Year Award winner, Rebekah Kienenberger, and the 2020 Halbouty Lecturer, Bernard Duval.

AAPG past-president, Mike Party, will add closing remarks to set the tone for a convention filled with knowledge sharing, camaraderie and great experiences.


  • Welcome: General Chair Cindy Yeilding, BP America Inc.
  • Foundation Chair: Jim A. Gibbs, Five States Energy Co.
  • Teacher of the Year: Rebekah Kienenberger, Arete Preparatory Academy
  • Michel T. Halbouty Lecture: Business Acumen and Soft Skills in an Everchanging Exploration World: Bernard C. Duval, IFP School
  • Closing Remarks: J. Mike Party, Beryl Oil and Gas, LP

Celebrate with AAPG’s 2020 Honors and Award Winners

The AAPG Honors and Awards program is always an exciting, much-anticipated part of the opening ceremony at ACE. Mirroring the Association’s pivot with ACE Online, you can enjoy a virtual celebration of this year’s honorees.

The show provides a colorful, entertaining and informative salute to the outstanding geologists recognized this year for their achievements and contributions to the science, industry, profession and Association.

You can view the program in its entirety or select and watch your colleagues, friends and family members. Either way, it’s free and easy to access on your favorite devices.




Opening Session