Denis Lavoie

Research Geoscientist

Stratigraphy, sedimentology, geochemistry of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks for Eastern and Northern Canada and the conventional and non-conventional oil and gas potential.

Current research and/or projects

What is the focus of your research?

Sedimentary basins and their associated resources in oil and gas as it relates to the understanding and assessment of the conventional oil and gas systems in Northern Canada and the non-conventional systems (shale gas and oil) in Eastern Canada. My shale research focuses on both the resource itself and the potential environmental impacts of its development. My other field of interest relates to the understanding of the evolution in time and space of the hydrothermal alteration of Paleozoic calcareous rocks which result in the formation of oil and gas hydrothermal dolomite reservoirs.

What is the significance of your research?

Our researches contribute to providing detailed geologic context which is essential for the understanding of oil and gas systems. Also, our works help to reach a better understanding of the distribution of energy resources and the environmental impacts from its development thereby increasing the efficiency of industry exploration strategies, maximizing economic investments and reducing the environmental impacts.

Interesting Facts:

In 2009, produce the first quantitative assessment on conventional oil and gas potential in Eastern Canada, including the St. Lawrence Gulf.

I was an external expert during the 2004 BAPE (Environmental assessment in Quebec) hearings about seismic exploration in the St. Lawrence estuary and also in 2010 and in 2014 about shale gas potential in Southern Quebec.

Education and awards


PhD –Laval University (1988)

Master –Laval University (1985)



 Achievement award from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for scientific excellence (2011) and for the interdepartmental task team on shale gas (2013).

Various awards from the Earth Sciences Sector, NRCan (2002, 2003, 2010, 2013) and from the Innovation Energy Technology Sector (2012) for scientific achievements.

Award for the quality of scientific presentations at the CSPG 2002, AAPG International 2009 and AAPG National 2012.

Key publications


Adjunct professor: INRS-ETE and Laval University

Chief Editor: Journal of Canadian Petroleum Geology (2008-2011)

Associate Editor: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences (2004-2010)

Associate Editor: Geoscience Canada (2006 to present)