Canadian 2000 honours list for outstanding contributions to oil and gas community

Jul 17, 2000 02:00 AM

Outstanding contributions to the oil and gas community have been recognised with the selection of 14 industry builders for inclusion in the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame.

The 2000 honours list is:
-- Edward (Eddie) LaBorde, entrepreneur:
Louisiana-born LaBorde began drilling in Alberta four years before the 1947 Leduc discovery made the province a destination for the global industry, pioneered exploration in the Northwest Territories and helped to found the Calgary Petroleum Club while also playing a key role in building the city's aviation services.
--Pat Shouldice, oilfield services entrepreneur:
A Calgary-born engineer, Shouldice parlayed an idea of using liquid nitrogen to make wells flow into Nowsco Well Service with operations in 20 countries, 2,200 employees and annual sales of $ 480 mm.
--Helen Turgeon, organiser:
An indispensable executive secretary to some of the highest figures in the industry for decades, Turgeon has also been a leading light of an international educational and social league for industry personnel, the Associations of Desk and Derrick International. She was named Canadian Oil Woman of the Year in 1984 by Southam Communications.
--Mathew Baldwin, oilfield services entrepreneur:
A Saskatchewan-born engineer, Baldwin helped build western Canada's biggest fleet of well-service rigs in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, while also making time to be a champion curler, a founder of Edmonton's Derrick Golf and Winter Club and a founding director of Alberta Energy.
--E.W. (Ted) Best, geologist:
A pillar of the earth-sciences professional community, Dr. Best made a second career as a prominent fixture in consulting and industry-related public services following a 30-year stint as a leader with the former BP Canada until 1985.
--H.D. (Don) Binney, driller:
New Brunswick-born Binney rose to high rank in the contract drilling sector during a 40-year career that began with a roughneck job in 1939, then had a second career as an Anglican priest in Calgary.
--William H. (Bill) Caine, oilfield services innovator:
Starting as a roughneck in the 1947 Leduc discovery year, Edmonton-born Caine pioneered the use of advanced gear across the Canadian West and North, while also making time to be a leading light in civic, sports and nature conservation organisations in the Alberta capital.
--George (Cool-Hand) Cormack, driller:
One of eight sons in a Saskatchewan farm family beset by drought and Depression, Cormack rode the rails, drove horses, trapped fur, learned to be a bush pilot then found his calling on an oil rig at Norman Wells in 1937. He worked on the Leduc No. 1 discovery rig, then began a long career with the Shell organisation that included being a mentor who gave future senior Canadian executives their practical grounding in oilfield operations as industry novices.
--Leo Fortier, oilfield services pioneer:
Starting in 1949, Saskatchewan-born Fortier developed camp, catering and transportation packages for western and northern Canada that matured into an international business with services ranging from compact helicopter-borne accommodation to instant industrial towns of 1,000 or more.
--The late John (Smilin' Jack) Gallagher, geologist and entrepreneur.
Son of Irish immigrants to Manitoba, he was a pioneer of Arctic geological exploration in his youth, worked in South America and the Middle East, then returned to Canada to found Dome Petroleum.
--The late Robert (Bobby) Brown, entrepreneur:
A native Calgarian and son of a participant in the 1936 Turner Valley oil discovery, Brown consolidated his family's interests, took over Home Oil from foreign owners, made the combination into a leading Canadian exploration firm, had a hand in developing the international natural-gas pipeline grid, and played a prominent role in the industry's public and government affairs.
--The late Lloyd Gilmour, journalist.
Edmonton-born Gilmour founded the Roughneck in 1952 as a "people" magazine about the western oil and gas community, and it continues to circulate to this day.
--The late William Henry McGarvey, explorationist:
Born in 1843 in Quebec, he participated in Canada's first oil boom in the 1860s in Ontario then went on to take part in exploration in Saskatchewan, Germany, Poland, Romania and the Caucasus region of the pre-revolutionary Russian Empire.
--The late C.W. (Cliff) Mort, industrialist:
A Toronto-born chemist, Mort recognised the value that could be added to the western economy by processing the ethane in its natural gas into ethylene and polyethylene - and acted on his knowledge as a senior executive of Dow Chemical Canada in the 1970s, to become the acknowledged father of Alberta's petrochemical industry.

This year's honours list brings to 56 the number of industry and community builders who have been named to the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame since selections began in 1997. Each annual group is formally admitted into the hall at a banquet. The dinner and induction ceremony will be held in Calgary for the first time this year, on Sept. 29 at the Westin Hotel.

Source: Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame
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