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Message From The Chairman


Welcome to the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. This is our 19th year of celebrating the success, growth and evolution of our industry, and on behalf of the Board of Directors and previous inductees, I’d like to congratulate the individuals and their representatives on their induction into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame.

Nominations for induction into the Hall of Fame are considered in four categories, including Exploration & Production, Processing, Service & Supply, and Regulation. The inductees are nominated by the public and considered by the Society’s Selection Committee; this year under the direction of Chairman Gerry DeSorcy. The committee consists of past and present oil industry executives who then make their independent recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Our industry has dealt with adversity many times over the past 100 years and the last few years are no exception. In reviewing the bios of this year’s inductees, as well as reflecting on the accomplishments of past inductees, it is evident that the fortitude and perseverance exhibited by these outstanding individuals has solidified a platform to support future generations as they rise to future challenges and opportunities.

Although we have experienced a major economic downturn a few years ago, and, in many ways, are still feeling its effects – including the current volatility of oil prices – we can look back and see what great strides our industry has made through the efforts of all our inductees and the countless men and women who support our industry. The inductees and their contributions should be the measure by which industry sets future standards for success and prosperity. As Canada once again considers the implications of a national energy strategy, politicians and policy makers would do well to call upon the experiences and perspectives of many Hall of Fame inductees.

Tonight’s dinner and awards program has been organized by the Dinner Committee, ably directed by Morgan Campbell and Richard Horbachewski. We congratulate them on a superb event and extend our thanks for a job well done!

The Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame was established by a group of forward-thinking Alberta oilmen in 1997. The honorees have their pictures and background information displayed in the special Earl Griffith room for “Hall of Famers” at the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre in Devon, Alberta. Please visit the site to learn about the accomplishments and contributions these men and women have made to the industry and see the history of how the oil and gas industry has been shaped.

Information on the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame is also available on our website at


We look forward to our 20th anniversary in 2016.


Bill Whitelaw


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