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Katalyst is proud to dedicate time and resources to the non-profit organizations and events below. Click to learn more about each organization or visit our Facebook or Twitter page for photos from recent events.


Alberta Cancer Foundation
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)
Marine Toys for Tots Program
Adopt A Family
AARCS | Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society
The Mustard Seed
Toy Mountain
Scouts Canada
Star of Hope


Denver Geophysical Society
Geophysical Society Houston
PES GB Sustaining Sponsor
Calgary Geoscience Data Managers


CSEG Doodlespiel
CSEG Ski Spree
CSEG Doodlebug Golf
WiSE - Women in Seismic
Pay It Forward Networking Programs
CSEG Junior Geophysicist Forum

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Our very own Grace Yang from our Perth office was voted PPDM Volunteer of the Month for July 2019.  She was recognized for her work behind the scenes organizing events and handling onsite logistics in her role as secretary of the Australia West Leadership Team.  We are very proud of Grace and her eagerness to support the data management community!
About PPDM Leadership Teams

Congratulations to Pat Meroney, PPDM’s June 2019 Volunteer of the Month!  Pat has served on the PPDM Professional Development Committee since 2017 and participates in the planning and execution of many PPDM events.  “We are fortunate to have an ambassador in Patrick,” stated the chief of professional development with PPDM.  We’re proud of you, Pat!
About PPDM Professional Development

The Calgary office was excited to once again to send a group of volunteers to the Earth Science for Society Event that took place at Stampede Park in Calgary on 17-19 March 2019. The event had record participation with over 2,920 school children in attendance.  The educational geoscience outreach event allows students, families, youth groups, and the public an opportunity to explore the wonders of Earth science.
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To get the holiday season off to a good start, our Houston employees had a collection for Star of Hope Teens and Toys for Tots.  Donations were collected throughout December 2018, and there were enough funds to support 13 teens in the Star of Hope program.  In addition, the office collected a large box and two bags filled with toys, games, stuffed animals given to Toys for Tots.
About Toys for Tots

In November 2018, employees at the Calgary office decided to beat the corporate rush, and don comfy shoes and hairnets to help out at the Mustard Seed. In teams of four on November 9th and 14th, volunteers did food preparation, served it to the hungry patrons and then helped clean-up when the guests were finished.
About The Mustard Seed

Originally scheduled for early September but delayed due to heavy snow, the 2018 Women in Seismic golf tournament (WiSe) took place on a much warmer September 26th in Calgary. According to WiSe Chair Trish Mulder, the tournament raised over $4,500 for breast and ovarian cancer research and $1,000 for the CSEG Foundation scholarship program. Once again, Katalyst sponsored a hole at the event and our own Kristy Manchul’s foursome took home the Sean Callaghan Spirit Trophy.
About WiSE

On August 10th, a team of Houston employees volunteered to serve lunch at the Star of Hope’s Cornerstone Community Women & Family Development Center, a local charity that provides services for homeless single women and families. This location provides three meals a day, 365 days a year, to approximately 130 families and 160 single women.
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Our Calgary office hosted a Stampede Breakfast for employees on Friday, July 13, 2018.  The event catering was done by the Lions Club, and all proceeds from the breakfast went to charitable community services, which include the Women’s Emergency Shelter, Calgary Food Bank, Hospice Calgary, Boys & Girls Club, to name just a few.

The PurpleStride Houston 5K Walk took place on May 19th, 2018.  The Katalyst Krew team led by Holly Riopelle raised over $2,900 to advance research, support patients, and create hope for the pancreatic cancer community.  PurpleStride walks are among the largest sources of funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
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The Earth Science for Society Event took place at Stampede Park in Calgary on 18-20 March 2018 and was a great success. The team from our Calgary office was excited to be part of the geoscience volunteer effort organized by the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) Foundation. The outreach activity encourages students, families, youth groups, and the public to explore earth science fundamentals.
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Congratulations to Sue Carr, who was recently honored as PPDM Volunteer of the Month for February 2018 and CSEG Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for 2017! Sue is the chair of the PPDM Calgary Leadership Team and also serves as the President for the Calgary Geoscience Data Managers Society. Sue has more than 35 years of implementing data management systems and leading subsurface data teams, and is currently the subsurface consulting services manager for Katalyst. She was presented with her Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award at the CSEG Symposium on March 15th. Way to go Sue!
About PPDM | About CSEG

Our Houston office is exciting to be holding monthly drives in 2018 for much needed items for the Star of Hope! Visitors to our Westpark location can bring size 5/6 diapers, towels and toiletries to help us reach our monthly contribution goal, and we will deliver the items once each drive is completed. In the months of January and February, we collected over 3,000 diapers and 60 towels! The Star of Hope is dedicated to ending homelessness in the Greater Houston area, one life and one family at a time.
About Star of Hope

To end 2017 on a good note and begin 2018 on the right foot, our Houston office enjoyed volunteering at the Star of Hope on December 29, 2017 and January 5, 2018. The team worked in the kitchen serving meals to those in need. The Star of Hope is dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse.
About Star of Hope | Group Photos

Our Calgary office was pleased to participate once again in the 2017 Women in Seismic (WiSE) Golf Tournament at the Fox Hollow Golf Course in September. The event raised over $9,000 to support breast and ovary cancer research through the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Katalyst’s Trish Mulder and Kristy Manchul participated, with Kristy’s team winning the Spirit Award.
About WiSE

Katalyst and its employees donated over $11,000 to staff members whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, the company donated $10,000 to the J.J. Watt Hurricane Harvey relief fund. The funds will go directly to our local community and help those most in need. The J.J. Watt Fund has collected over $37M to help the Houston area.

Katalyst is pleased to help support Scouts Canada at the 2017 Family Training Event for the Western Training Committee. The committee’s purpose is to provide and facilitate training and information sessions to aid their volunteers in the delivery of quality program for youth and leaders of tomorrow. The 2017 Family Training summer camp will take place on August 12-20, 2017.

Katalyst Data Management was pleased to host an office tour and iGlass demo for the Pay It Forward Networking Program, an organization dedicated to help professionals in job transition. The event took place at our Houston office on Tuesday, June 21, 2017 and had 18 oil and gas professionals in attendance.

The Annual Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer was in Houston on April 22-23, 2017. Katalyst was proud to sponsor Jennifer Broadbent from our Houston office in her 39.3 mile walk to raise funds to support breast cancer research. She was a member of “Team Faith” whose members raised a total of $77,000 to support local breast cancer foundations.
Avon 39 Walk

Providence School provides therapeutic and educational services to children with disabilities in Calgary. Trish Mulder of the Calgary office was on the fundraising committee for the recent Dine & Deals Gala in March 2017. The “Great Gatsby” themed event raised over $145,000 for the school to help children and their families.

Our Calgary office is excited to be hosting the monthly Learn @ Lunch events for the Calgary Geoscience Data Managers Society (CGDMS). Each month the CGDMS has events to foster the exchange of ideas, resources and expertise among data managers in Canada.

2016 was a challenging year for everyone in many ways, and we are blessed to have been able to give back to some great organizations that support our community and industry. Supported charities include Veteran’s Food Bank, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Alberta Animal Rescue, Fort McMurray Fire Relief, Toy Mountain, Mustard Seed, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and Back to School supplies. Click the icons above for more information about these great causes!

The 2016 Women in Seismic (WiSE) golf tournament in September raised over $7,100 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The Katalyst “Pink Ninja” team was excited and honored to take home the Spirit Award for the second year in a row.

Our hearts go out to those affected by the devastating Fort McMurray wild fires in Alberta. Katalyst’s Calgary office initiated a company-wide donation drive for the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Files Appeal.  All individual donations to this site are being matched by the Government of Canada.
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Katalyst is proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer in Houston on April 23-24.  Our own Jennifer Broadbent will be making the 39 mile walk over two days.
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Katalyst is proud of their employees for making year-end 2015 donations to the Star of Hope in Houston, the Calgary Food Bank and the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS).
Star of Hope | Calgary Food Bank | AARCS

The 2015 Women in Seismic (WiSE) golf tournament in September raised over $10,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Event Photos

The Geophysical Society of Houston and the Houston Geological society partnered up to hosted their annual golf tournament in April. Katalyst was excited to be a sponsor of the event, which raises funds to support the non-profit society and scholarships.
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The 2015 CSEG Ski Spree in February at Fairmont Springs, British Columbia raised nearly $2,400 for “Inn for the Cold”.
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