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John K. Read

John Read was born and raised in Carlyle, Saskatchewan. John graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.

John spent several years in the field doing engineering work for a number of oil and gas companies. Then, in 1974 John accepted an offer to join a new start-up company, Colt Engineering. Over his career with Colt, he held various engineering and project management positions, was General Manager of one of the engineering divisions, and was the founding General Manager of Cord Projects, Colt’s construction division.

In 1983, John assumed the role of President and CEO of the Colt Companies, a position he held until 2006 when he retired. During this time, the Colt Companies became one of Canada’s leading engineering and construction firms with 4,500 employees in Calgary, Edmonton, Sarnia, Toronto, and Anchorage, Alaska.

After retirement, he remained engaged in directorships including Canadian Oil Sands, Oilsands Quest, PFB Corporation, Anterra Energy Inc, and Axia Netmedia Corp.

During his career, John participated in numerous industry and business organizations including the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Oilsands Task Force, past director of the Bi-Provincial Upgrader and Young President’s Organization. In 2011, he was a member of the World President’s Organization.

John’s community service included United Way of Calgary, past director and Chairman of Alpine Canada skiing association. He was also President and a trustee of the Manning Innovation Awards.

Doug Annable

Doug Annable was born and raised in Saskatoon where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.

Since graduating in 1969 he worked for both operating and engineering companies in the oil and gas industry and was involved with the design and construction of many of the major oil and gas production and processing facilities in Canada.

Doug began his career as an engineer with Shell, or British American as it was known at the time. After a brief stint as an engineer with the Alberta government, he seized an opportunity to move into a management role with Fish Engineering Ltd. By the 1980s, he had risen to become President and Chairman of the Board of that company.

Doug also held senior roles at SNC Inc., Canuck Engineering, and AMEC before retiring in 2006 as President of the Energy & Mining Division of AMEC, a large global engineering, procurement, and construction management company.

In 2011, Doug was President of C D Consulting, providing management consulting services to the oil and gas industry.

Throughout his career, Doug supported and participated in many industry and community organizations, including the United Way, Science Alberta Foundation, Keyano College Foundation, University of Saskatchewan Engineering Advancement Trust Program, University of Calgary Engineering Associates Program, SAIT Control Engineering Technology Centre, the Energy Council of Canada, the Oilmen’s Association, the Canadian Gas Processors Suppliers’ Association, the Consulting Engineers of Alberta and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.

Al Schreiner

Al grew up on a small mixed farm in the Humboldt area where he attended a one-room country school. On the recommendation of his teachers, he enrolled in engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1963.

Straight out of school he went to work for British American Oil in the Estevan area which, then as now, was a hub of activity.

In 1966, he joined Dominion Oilfields Supply (later known as Dofasco) in Calgary. He remained with the company until 1995, eventually rising to the position of President and overseeing a period of rapid growth and success for the company.

In 1995, he joined Stream-Flo Industries as President and Chief Operating Officer. Stream-Flo is a manufacturer of the wellhead, production gate valve, and check valve equipment. The company has worldwide sales, a workforce of approximately 850 employees, and sales of approximately $250 million a year.

In 2011, Al claimed to be retired, but since 2009 he stayed very busy with directorships on no fewer than seven companies.

Al was active in industry-related and other groups, chairing and serving on committees such as the Calgary Parks Foundation, the SEEDS Foundation, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, and the Calgary Petroleum Club. He was part of the Oilmen’s Executive Association for many years – as Governor, Director, and as Chairman of the 46th Oilmen’s in 1996 – and has dedicated many hours as an alumni volunteer for the University of Saskatchewan.

Al has spent many volunteer hours with non-profit organizations such as Street Kids, Fort Calgary, Kids Cancer Camps, and the Parkinson’s Society to name but a few. Mr. Schreiner was the 2005 C.J. Mackenzie Distinguished Graduate Lecturer.


Charles Fischer

Charlie Fischer was born in Saskatoon and attended the University of Calgary, graduating in Chemical Engineering.

Charlie started his career working in the engineering end of the oil business, working for companies such as Dome Petroleum and Hudson’s Bay Oil and Gas. He eventually returned to school and in 1982, after five years of night school while holding down a full-time job, Charlie earned his MBA from the University of Calgary.

Charlie served in increasingly senior roles in companies such as Bow Valley Industries, TransCanada Pipelines, Encor Energy, Talisman Energy, and Nexen. On June 1, 2001, Charlie was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until his retirement in 2008.

Charlie remained active in the industry through his role on the boards of Pure Technologies Ltd. and Enbridge Inc. He also served on the boards of the Climate Change and Emission Management Corporation (CCEMC) and Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions. On the national front, Charlie was a participant in the Clean Energy Dialogue between the governments of Canada and the United States, co-chairing the Carbon Capture and Storage discussions.

Charlie was very active in the community. He sat on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He was Chair of the Hull Child and Family Foundation, Chair of the Honorary Patrons’ Council for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Canada West Foundation, a member of the Calgary Airport Authority Business Development Advisory Council, and a special advisor to SAIT Polytechnique, supporting their capital campaign.

Charlie co-chaired a capital campaign that raised over $50 million to support a new Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. He is a past Board member of the Canadian Olympic Development Authority (CODA) and the McMahon Stadium Society.

Charlie received extensive recognition for his efforts. He also received numerous awards and distinctions from the University of Calgary, including their Faculty of Management’s MAX award, the Hal Godwin Award for Excellence in International Business, the Faculty Association Recognition Award, the Haskayne School of Business Distinguished Leader Award, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and the university’s Canadian Engineering Leader Award.

Charlie’s other distinctions include the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals’ Generosity of Spirit Award, the President’s Award from Calgary’s Strategic Leadership Forum, the President’s Partnership Award from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, the 2005 Business Person of the Year by Alberta Venture magazine, the 2009 Resource Person of the Year award from the Alberta Chamber of Resources and the 2009 Canadian Energy Person of the Year by the Energy Council of Canada. Most recently, in April 2010, Charlie received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.

Art Dumont

Art Dumont was born and raised in Kennedy, Saskatchewan. Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1967 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he soon made his mark on the oil and gas industry. Art began his career with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. where he held a range of engineering-related positions. In 1975, he became the Canadian Vice President and General Manager of Bawden Drilling.

By 1985, he had risen to become that company’s Senior Vice President of Operations, responsible for all the companies operations in Canada, Texas, California, the UK, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Madagascar, and Peru.

Through the 1990s, Al shared his talents with a number of companies. By 2000, he had served as President of Cactus Drilling in Texas; President of Kenting Energy Services Ltd.; Chief Operating Officer for Precision Drilling Corporation; President and CEO for Rock Bit Company Ltd.; and President and CEO of Cen Alta Energy Services Inc.

Through most of the 2000s, he served as Chairman and CEO of Technicoil, a company to whom he still provided consulting services in 2011.

Art has also been the director of many organizations and holds numerous professional memberships. He was the C.J. Mackenzie Distinguished Graduate Lecturer in 1998 and has received awards from the Canadian Society of Exploration Geologists for Best Paper of the Year (1975) and the International Association of Drilling Contractors for Dedicated and Outstanding Service.

Art was also a patron of the arts and served as the chairman of the Holmans International Piano Competition for several years.

He was also an active supporter of the University of Saskatchewan. He was appointed to the board in 2003 and served as board chair from 2006 to June 2010. In 2011, he was a member of the finance and investments committee and served as chair of the governance and executive committee.


Michael N. Chernoff

Mike was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan in 1936. He earned the Governor General’s Medal at Kamsack Collegiate in 1955 before going on to earn a full scholarship at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. At Queen’s, Mike continued his record of academic excellence, earning a number of scholarships before graduating with a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering in 1959.

Through the 1960s, Mike worked as a geologist for a number of companies including California Standard, Pinnacle Petroleum, and Ulster Petroleums. In the 1970s, he worked as an independent geologist in Alberta before forming Strom Resources in 1979.

Mike ultimately sold Strom to PennWest and headed west to work once again as an independent geologist in British Columbia.
Mike spent several years surface mining in the North-West Territories. In 1987, Mike and his son Bruce founded Pacalta Resources. Then, in the early 1990′s, he took over a public company trading for pennies, acquired a property in Ecuador, and eventually built a large successful oil company with prolific oil production. The company was so successful that in 1999 it was taken over by Encana. After the takeover, Mike sat on the Encana board for several years.

In the community, Mike is proud that his family provides scholarships for approximately 70 students each year. The scholarships are offered at Kamsack and Notre Dame high schools, several trade schools, the University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, Brandon University, and Queen’s University. As well, Mike and his son Bruce helped jumpstart the construction of the chemistry building, named Chernoff Hall, at Queen’s University at Kingston.

Mike’s great passion is curling. In 1959, he skipped the runner-up rink to represent Ontario at the Brier in Quebec City. He served as third to Ron Northcott’s Alberta Brier team at Charlottetown in 1964. He was also third on Ed Lukowich’s Alberta Brier team that became Brier champions in Vancouver in 1978 and was runner-up at Sudbury in 1983.

Timothy J. Hearn

Tim. J. Hearn was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba.

In 1967, he joined Imperial Oil as a marketing representative and held progressively more responsible positions in marketing, refining, and systems and computer services. In 2002, he assumed the position of president of Imperial Oil Limited, and shortly thereafter he was appointed chairman, president, and chief executive officer.

Tim retired as chairman and CEO of Imperial Oil Limited in 2008

Tim is a past chairman of the Board of Directors of the C.D. Howe Institute, a member of the board of directors of the Royal Bank of Canada and Viterra Inc., and a past member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He co-chaired a multi-year, fund-raising campaign for the University of Alberta and chaired the Tyndale University fund-raising campaign.

For a number of years, Mr. Hearn served on several community boards and committees. He was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. In addition, he was Chair of the Advisory Board of the new Public Policy School and a member of the Dean’s Medical School Advisory Boards, both at the University of Calgary. He was also appointed to the Advisory Committee of Canada-US-Mexico Commission for Environmental Cooperation.


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