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Joseph Badyk

Joe Badyk was born in Saskatoon in 1925 where he attended Bedford Road Collegiate. He later attended St. Peters College in Muenster, SK before serving in the Canadian Army in World War II.

Joe started his business career with Canadian Pacific Hotels in Calgary, Banff, and Lake Louise. He entered the oil industry in 1951 with Canada Cities Service Petroleum Ltd. serving in financial and administrative positions and as a Director of the corporation. Mr. Badyk left Cities Service in 1966 to form Prudential Steel Ltd. and in 1989 was Chairman of the Board for that corporation.

Joe has held key positions in numerous community associations in the Calgary area. He was the Chairman of the United Way, Past President of the Calgary Petroleum Club, a Past Chairman of Camp Cadicasu (a boy’s and girls’ summer camp), and a Past President of the Junior High Hockey League in which he had served fourteen years.

For over 40 years, Joe had served in and contributed to, the oil and gas industry throughout western Canada.


Dr. James E. Christopher

James Ellis Christopher was born in Philadelphia, PA, but at a young age, he was sent to live with his maternal grandparents in Jamaica. He received his elementary and secondary schooling there and sat the Cambridge university entrance exams, but family finances being what they were, the university would have to wait. He returned to the States and worked as a migrant farm laborer before joining the U.S. military, and he arrived in the European theatre of war in time to become a member of the U.S. Army of Occupation. After demobilization, Chris worked as a civilian employee with the U.S. Army Map Service in Washington D.C., but eventually returned to his family home in Jersey City where he took employment in the manufacturing industry. At the same time, he began university night classes at the community college level and moved on to Columbia University, graduating with a B.S.A. degree in geology. Armed with his bachelor’s degree and scholarship funding, including the John Hay Whitney Fellowship, and John A. Bownocker Scholarship, he proceeded to Ohio State University to continue his geological training toward M.Sc., and Ph.D. Degrees.


Dr. Christopher graduated from Ohio State with his Ph.D. in 1959 – a time when the major employer of geologists, the oil industry, was in one of its depressed economic periods. James turned north and accepted a position as a research geologist with the Saskatchewan Department of Mineral Resources. Thus began a long and distinguished career in the Saskatchewan public service. James moved through the professional and administrative ranks of the Saskatchewan civil service, rising from senior research geologist to principal research geologist in charge of the research section and on to chief geologist of the sedimentary geology division and eventually to director of the Saskatchewan Geological Survey. Dr. Christopher had also taken an active role in the geological community. He is a former two-time president of the S.G.S. (1967, 1980), as well as being a contributor and editor of several S.G.S. special publications. He became an emeritus member of society. He was also an honorary member of the C.S.P.G. and has contributed to its conferences and publications.


While carrying out his administrative duties with the geological Survey, he was an active organizer for the annual mines minister’s conferences. Internationally, he served several terms as the Saskatchewan district representative to the A.A.P.G. In 1989 his contributions to the Saskatchewan petroleum industry were recognized through his election to the Saskatchewan Oilmen’s Hall of Fame, and in 1990, the Geology alumni of his alma mater honored him with the Orton Award as a distinguished alumnus. He was a lecturer at the U of A’s prestigious Banff Earth Sciences Conference, an annual state-of-the-art seminar to which eminent geologists from around the world were invited to present their views on the seminar topic for that year. He was the only Saskatchewan geologist invited as a presenter to that seminar. Chris took early retirement in 1987 but continued to work with enthusiasm on his favorite topic, the Lower Cretaceous rocks of Saskatchewan. That work reached fruition in 2003 with the release of S.I.R. report 223 – “Jura-Cretaceous Success Formation and Lower Cretaceous rocks of Saskatchewan”.


Even after seventeen years of ‘retirement’, he continued to act as a geological consultant to oil and potash companies and was involved in two regional mapping projects, the Weyburn CO2 Storage and Sequestration Project, and TGI.


Frederic Harrison Edmunds

Harry Edmunds was born in the small town of Hawarden, Flintshire, North Wales on January 27, 1898. After having served in the Special Brigade, Royal Engineers, from 1917 to 1919, he went to the University of Liverpool where he obtained his Bachelor of Science, followed by his Masters in 1923. He took a combined course in chemistry and geology. After graduation, he started out as a chemist and geologist for a firebrick company, but in 1925 left the British Isles to settle in Canada, where he joined the Department of Soils at the University of Saskatchewan.


Four years later he was transferred to become the first professor in the newly created Geology Department. Harry achieved renown for his part in the early development of the Lloydminster Oil Field. His studies lead to a better understanding of the Cretaceous System, and oil accumulations in rocks of that age. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Geological Society (London), a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a member of the Councils of both the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Geological Association of Canada. The provincial government appointed him to the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Conservation Board when that body was established in 1952, a post he held until his death. In his spare time, his passion was drama.


He was the president of Saskatoon’s Little Theatre Club and an officer of the Saskatchewan Drama League. It was largely through his efforts and influence that the University of Saskatchewan established the first department of drama in the Commonwealth. As well, he was active in the administration of the Saskatoon Archaeological Society. He became Head of the Department of Geological Sciences in 1961. He passed away in February 1965, three months before he was due to retire.


Arden R. Haynes

Arden Haynes was born in rural Saskatchewan in 1927. After initially studying pre-medicine in Regina in 1947, he transferred to the University of Manitoba in 1948 where he studied Commerce. Haynes started his career in business with Imperial Oil Ltd. in 1951 and worked his way up to the positions of chairman and chief executive officer. For more than 20 years having served the company in almost every province and abroad, Arden, in 1972, became Vice-President and General Manager of Marketing. In 1978 he was chosen to lead in the creation of Esso Resources Canada, a Calgary-based exploration and production company; and in 1982 returned to Toronto as President and in 1985 became Chief Executive Officer. Before retiring in 1992, Haynes helped launch IMAGINE, a national corporate-giving program whose members give at least one percent of pre-tax income to charity.


A patron of the arts, health care, and higher education, he served on the boards of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, North York Hospital, Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, Canadian Opera Company, and the Trillium Foundation, among others. Haynes successfully co-chaired the University of Manitoba’s Drive for Excellence campaign in 1987-92 and served as chancellor of York University in the mid-1990s. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He received honorary degrees from Acadia University and York University.


John L. Stoik

John Lentis Stoik was an outstanding engineer, administrator, and industrialist. In spite of a very busy career, he was also a patron of the arts and a champion of many charities. John has born in North Battleford. He entered the College of Engineering in 1937 but left at the beginning of the war to serve with the RCAF. He resumed his education after the war and graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1947. After graduation, John joined what is now Gulf Canada Ltd. as an assistant chemist at the Moose Jaw refinery. In 1971, after occupying positions of increasing responsibility, he was transferred to Seoul, South Korea, where he served three years as Executive Vice-president and Chief Executive Officer of the Korea Oil Corporation. John returned to Gulf Canada Ltd. in 1974 as Senior Vice-president. In 1976 he was elected President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director, and in 1979 he was named Chief Executive Officer.


John (who was himself an accomplished violinist) was a director of the Toronto Symphony. He was also a governor of Junior Achievement Canada and of the Olympic Trust of Canada. He was a director of the Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Executive Service Overseas. He was also a member of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) on Energy and Raw Materials to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He was a patron of many educational causes, which led to him receiving an honorary doctorate from St. Francis Xavier University in 1980. However, the University of Saskatchewan remained near and dear to him. He was in the university’s National Expansion Excellence Fund in 1969. He provided leadership for the College of Engineering Equipment Fund Campaign. He also established a scholarship in his name at the U of S College of Engineering. In 1979, he was named a Distinguished Lecturer at the U of S, and in 1984 he received an honorary doctorate from the U of S. John passed away in 2003.


Charles Hay

Charles Hay is noted both for his achievements in the oil industry and for his contributions to hockey. Originally from Kingston, Ontario, Charles moved to Saskatoon as an eleven-year-old in 1913. He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he also starred as a goaltender. Charles graduated with a degree in civil engineering and embarked on a rewarding career as an oil executive. He served as the president of a number of businesses including Hi-Way Refineries Limited and Gulf Canada Limited before retiring in 1969. While pursuing his business goals, Charles maintained an interest in hockey and was a regular at Maple Leaf Gardens. His son, Bill, played eight years with the Chicago Black Hawks and won a Stanley Cup in 1961.


Charles also served his alma mater with places on the University of Saskatchewan senate and board of directors. After retiring from the petroleum industry, Charles devoted most of his time to Hockey Canada. Charles started a new hockey development scheme that featured a new certification program for coaches, a new Canadian hockey scholarship and bursary program, and an annual commitment of funds for hockey research. Charles was also a key figure in the negotiations that brought about the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the USSR. The University of Saskatchewan presented Charles with an honourary doctorate in 1965. He was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974.

Daryl "Doc" Seaman

Daryl Seaman (a.k.a “Doc”) was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan in 1922. He became one of Alberta’s most successful oilmen and industrialists through his company, Bow Valley Industries, and many other ventures. As a young man, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a pilot and was decorated for his service in campaigns over Italy and North Africa during the Second World War. He flew eighty-two successful combat missions out of North Africa as a sub-hunting pilot. He received a citation for bravery from the Government of France. He and his brothers, B.J. and Don Seaman, were among the first wave of oilmen who pioneered the Alberta industry after the Second World War.


An original Calgary Flames owner, Doc followed the team passionately to the end. Besides bringing the Flames to Calgary, he was a key player in building the Saddledome and bringing the 1988 Olympic Winter Games to Calgary. He launched Project 75 – an initiative founded in 1980 in conjunction with Alberta’s 75th birthday – which has contributed over $5 million to Hockey Canada’s projects. Seaman, who survived prostate cancer earlier in his life, donated $5 million toward the construction of the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology at Rockyview Hospital — one of many contributions he made to the public health system.


In 2008, Seaman announced an agreement to set aside more than 40 square kilometers of Crown land leased by his family for cattle grazing as “heritage rangeland,” a designation that will protect it from future development and preserve its use for traditional ranching. In addition to being a decorated war veteran, Seaman was a member of the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence. Doc passed away in 2009 at the age of 86.


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