About Saskatchewan Oil Patch Hall of Fame

Dreamers. Builders. Achievers.

The men and women of Saskatchewan’s oil and gas industry embody the best qualities of the Saskatchewan spirit.
Every corner of our province has produced leaders who have proven themselves world-class in global energy production and management.
The Saskatchewan Oil Patch Awards celebrates these outstanding individuals who have brought pride and prosperity to our province.

  • NEIL ROSZELL

    2015 Oil Man of the Year

    Neil Roszell has built a career by focusing on the phrase “what’s old is new again”. His technical innovation has helped revolutionize the oil industry in Saskatchewan by bringing old, nearly-dead plays back to life…

  • BONNIE D. DUPONT

    2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Like many senior oil executives, Hall of Fame inductee Bonnie DuPont attributes much of her success to her farm background…

  • WILLIAM (BILL) MCCAFFREY

    2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Bill McCaffrey is the founder, President and CEO of MEG Energy Corp, which was formed in 1999. Under his leadership, in just 10 years MEG grew to become one of the largest private oil and gas companies in Canada, focused on bitumen development and production…

  • JIM BERTRAM

    2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

    When it comes to having deep roots in Saskatchewan, you can’t go much deeper than those of Keyera Executive Chair Jim Bertram. His family settled here right after the Riel Rebellion…

  • MARVIN ROMANOW

    2013 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Marvin Romanow was born on August 7, 1955 in Canora, Saskatchewan. In school, subjects such as math and physics came naturally to him…

  • HANK SWARTOUT

    2013 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Hank was born in 1951 and raised in Melfort, Saskatchewan. After graduating high school from St. Peter’s College in Muenster, Saskatchewan, Hank moved to Calgary…

  • STEWART HANLON

    2013 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Stewart Hanlon was born on April 18, 1960 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. He attended high school in Swift Current at the Comprehensive High School…

  • DERRICK BIG EAGLE

    2013 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Derrick Big Eagle was born in Manor, Saskatchewan. As a youngster, Derrick admired the people in his community, including his father, who worked on the oil rigs…

  • ART DUMONT

    2011 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Art Dumont was born and raised in Kennedy, Saskatchewan. Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1967 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering…

  • JOHN K. READ

    2011 Hall of Fame Inductee

    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…

  • DOUG ANNABLE

    2011 Hall of Fame Inductee

    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….

  • TIMOTHY J. HEARN

    2011 Hall of Fame Inductee

    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…

  • CHARLES FISCHER

    2011 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Charlie Fischer was born in Saskatoon and attended the University of Calgary, graduating in Chemical Engineering. Charlie started his career working in the engineering…

  • MICHAEL N. CHERNOFF

    2011 Hall of Fame Inductee

    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…

  • AL SCHREINER

    2011 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Al grew up in 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…

  • SCOTT SAXBERG

    2011 Oil Man of The Year

    Scott Saxberg was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. He received his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba where he worked his way…

  • BILL KAUFMANN

    2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Hall of Fame inductee Bill Kaufmann was born and raised on a farm near Pangman, Saskatchewan, where he went to school in a one-room schoolhouse. In 1955…

  • NORM MONDOR

    2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Norm (Pierre) Mondor was born and raised in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan in 1937. Norm spent his early career in the lumber industry. When the forestry industry…

  • JACK PORTER

    2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Jack Porter, P.Geo. was one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Geological Society and, even in retirement, continued to serve as one of the Saskatchewan…

  • AL WHITTERON

    2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Al was born and raised on a farm near Maxim, Saskatchewan. Al attended high school at Weyburn Collegiate. After school, he worked some odd jobs, including…

  • TONY DAY

    2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Tony Day – known as “Boss Hog” to his friends in the industry – was born and raised in Admiral, Saskatchewan where he also attended school. After school…

  • JOHN HLAVKA

    2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Born in Minton, Saskatchewan, John Hlavka went to a little one room country school where he received his education up to grade eight. After school, he tried his luck…

  • GREGG SMITH

    2009 Oil Man of The Year

    Gregg Smith was born in Brantford, Ontario but grew up and went to school in Mississauga, Ontario. After high school, he initially went to the University of Guelph to…

  • LES COLE

    2007 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Les was born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan in 1936 and grew up in Coleville, a town near the Alberta border named after his grandfather. His experience with the…

  • WALTER DAWSON

    2007 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Walter was born and raised in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan in 1940. In 1962, he went to work for McCullough Oilfield Services. Like a lot of oil pioneers, Walter was…

  • SELBY PORTER

    2007 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Selby Porter was born on a farm in the R.M. of Star City back in 1937. In 1960, he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Mechanical…

  • DARWIN SAWYER

    2007 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Darwin Sawyer was born in Macoun, Saskatchewan just outside Estevan in 1936. At the age of 20, he started his career in the oil sector as the office manager for the…

  • KEN VOLLMAN

    2007 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Ken Vollman headed the National Energy Board in Calgary for almost a decade. Over his career, he reviewed and regulated projects worth tens of billions of…

  • LAURENCE WOODARD

    2007 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Laurence Woodard is one of Weyburn’s most experienced oilmen. He started in the oil patch in 1959 with Central Del Rio, which later became known as EnCana…

  • TRENT YANKO

    2007 Oil Man of The Year

    Trent Yanko was born, raised and educated in Regina. At 40 years old, Trent is one of the younger recipients of this award. He has over 17 years of experience in the oil…

  • BOB REID

    2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Bob was born in Melville, Saskatchewan, and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1971 with a degree in economics and history. Bob got his start as…

  • VICTOR J. ZALESCHUK

    2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Victor J. Zaleschuk was born in Hafford, Saskatchewan in 1943. Vic is a Chartered Accountant who graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor…

  • NORMAN ROBERTSON

    2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Norman Robertson was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1937. His love of hockey took him to Calgary, where he played for the Calgary Stampeders Junior A Team…

  • JACK WILLIAMS

    2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Jack was born and raised in Superb, Saskatchewan, near Kerrobert. His parents owned the general store and post office. When they retired, the town closed. Jack…

  • LEONARD MAIER

    2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Len Maier was born in 1934 near Jameson, Saskatchewan just east of Regina. Len went on to Notre Dame College in Wilcox before moving to Leduc, Alberta to…

  • BRIAN SCHMIDT

    2005 Oil Man of The Year

    Brian was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, the eighth of nine children. He grew up on a ranch, and at a very young age learned how to work driving a D8 Cat with a…

  • KEN LEE

    2003 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Ken began working in the oil sector in 1954 as a labourer for Shell Oil in the Midale Field. He worked his way through the ranks, becoming a lease operator…

  • JERRY MAINIL

    2003 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Jerry was born in Lampman, Saskatchean in 1935 and later moved to Weyburn where he graduated from high school in 1954. It was that year that he began what…

  • FRANK PROTO

    2003 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Born in Moose Jaw in 1942, Frank has traveled the world but has always stayed a Saskatchewan boy at heart. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the…

  • NASIE SCHNELL

    2003 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Nasie Schnell was born in 1931 and raised on a farm just outside Estevan. He learned management skills at a very early age, since he was the eldest of 11 children…

  • CLAYTON WOITAS

    2003 Oil Man of The Year

    Clayton was born in 1948 in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta. While he was…

  • DOUGLAS D. BALDWIN

    2001 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Doug Baldwin was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1958. After more…

  • RON KUCHINKA

    2001 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Ron Kuchinka graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a Certificate in Business Administration. Ron is now self…

  • LORNE H. LARSON

    2001 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Lorne H. Larson was born in Saskatoon in 1935. He graduated with a degree in geology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1958 as well as receiving a Business…

  • John Lendvoy

    2001 Hall of Fame Inductee

    John was born and grew up on a farm south of Lestock. Like a good oil man he says his birth place was the SW1/4-27-15-W2. John took his primary schooling in…

  • BOB L. PIERCE

    2001 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Bob Pierce was born on April 17, 1929 in Estevan, Saskatchewan. In 1952, he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with his Bachelor of Law degree and…

  • HELEN R. TURGEON

    2001 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Helen Turgeon was born and raised in Lestock, Saskatchewan. She studied commercial and business courses at Balfour Technical Collegiate in Regina before…

  • Darcy Cretin, Susan Hancock, Brian Stevens

    2001 Oil Man of The Year

    In 2001, the most significant development in the Saskatchewan Oil Industry in the past few years had been the Weyburn field CO2 miscible flood. The project had been…

  • GORDON SCHNELL

    1999 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Gordon Schnell, a native of Estevan, Saskatchewan began his 42 year career with Continental Emsco in Estevan in 1956. After his initial assignments in Estevan…

  • WILLIAM C. (BILL) HAY

    1999 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Bill Hay was born in 1935 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After spending his high school years in Regina and later back in Saskatoon for two years of University…

  • Phillip Moore, Bob Alway and Bev Shatosky

    1999 Hall of Fame Inductee

    In 1999, the Saskatchewan Oilman of the Year award was presented to not one individual, but to a team of three individuals who had…

  • GORDON W. (SCOTTY) CAMERON

    1997 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Gordon Cameron, better known as Scotty, is a native of Mankota, Saskatchewan. After graduation from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor…

  • TED HANLON

    1997 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Born in Claydon, Saskatchewan in 1936, Ted began his business career as a Chartered Accountant after receiving his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University…

  • DEAN G. PERKINS

    1997 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Dean Perkins was born and raised in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. He enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan, and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Mechanical…

  • MURRAY B. TODD

    1997 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Murray Todd was born in Saskatchewan and graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in Petroleum Engineering. His career spans over…

  • BOB YURKOVICH

    1997 Oil Man of The Year

    Bob was born in Kirkland, Ontario in 1952 and grew up in the gold mining town of Larder Lake, Ontario. After receiving his degree from the University of Waterloo in…

  • MATT BALDWIN

    1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Matt was born in Blucher, Saskatchewan. He attended the College of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan for three years, before graduating…

  • BOB PETERSON

    1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Bob was born in Regina and graduated from Queens University with a Masters in Chemical Engineering Bob Peterson is one of the most respected members of the…

  • DARYL BIRNIE

    1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Daryl was born near his grandfather’s original homestead at Walpole, Saskatchewan near Ogema. He received a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of…

  • ROYCE REICHERT

    1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Royce Reichert was born and raised on a farm at Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. He later attended Luther College in Regina. Royce, like many Saskatchewanians in…

  • VERNE LYONS

    1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Born in Chaplin, Saskatchewan in 1925, Verne grew up in the Herschel, Dodsland and Biggar areas. He served in the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1944, and…

  • DALE TIMMONS

    1995 Oil Man of The Year

    Dale was born in Calgary and attended the University of Colorado, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in 1985. During his schooling, Dale…

  • DON BARKWELL

    1993 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Don was born in Eston, Saskatchewan and earned an engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan. After his education, Don spent four years…

  • GERRY MAIER

    1993 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Gerry was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1928 and attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox. Later he attended the Universities of Manitoba, Alberta and Western…

  • BILL DUTTON

    1993 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Bill was born in Virden, Manitoba in 1933 where he attended school until the excitement of the oil patch lured him away. In the next fifteen years Bill worked his way…

  • GEORGE MCLEOD

    1993 Hall of Fame Inductee

    George was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received a degree in geology. After leaving university, George…

  • JERRY GOSSARD

    1993 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Jerry was born and raised in Cabri, Saskatchewan. After graduating from the local high school in 1956, he took a position with Mobil Oil in the Swift Current area…

  • DON SEAMAN

    1993 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Don Seaman was the third of three brothers to graduate from the U of S with a degree in engineering. After a brief start with Canadian Industries Ltd., he went…

  • GEORGE GRANT

    1993 Hall of Fame Inductee

    George Grant was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and attended in the University of Saskatchewan where he received a degree in Geological Engineering. George…

  • RICK HAYWARD

    1993 Oil Man of The Year

    Rick Hayward was born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan and has lived there almost all his life. Rick started on a drilling crew with Commonwealth Drilling in 1964 and…

  • WILLIAM A. GATENBY

    1991 Hall of Fame Inductee

    William Arthur (Bill) Gatenby was born on November 27, 1925 in Leader, SK, where his mother’s family had homesteaded. After finishing high school, he left to take…

  • BYRON J. SEAMAN

    1991 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Byron J. (B.J.) Seaman was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. Like his brothers, Doc and Don Seaman, he has risen to become a legendary figure in both the worlds…

  • JOHN R. (BUD) MCCAIG

    1991 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, John McCaig (aka “Bud”) dropped out of high school to become a truck driver, following in the footsteps of his father, Jack McCaig…

  • BILL MOONEY

    1991 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Bill Mooney was born in Regina and educated at Athol Murrays College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan before receiving a football scholarship to Colorado…

  • S.K. Keith McWalter

    1991 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Mr. McWalter was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Chemical Engineering in 1948. He joined Gulf…

  • WILLIAM STEWART MCGREGOR

    1991 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Born in Saskatoon in 1916, William McGregor grew up on a ranch near Turner Valley, Alberta. In 1936, William organized McGregor Johanson Construction…

  • Dean Potter

    1991 Oil Man of The Year

    Dean Potter was born in 1953 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was raised on a farm just outside the city and attended the University of Regina where he received a…

  • Dr. JAMES E. CHIRISTOPHER

    1989 Hall of Fame Inductee

    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…

  • Joseph Badyk

    1989 Hall of Fame Inductee

    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…

  • FREDERIC HARRISON EDMUNDS

    1989 Hall of Fame Inductee

    Harry Edmunds was born in the small town of Hawarden, Flinshire, North Wales on January 27, 1898. After having served in the Special Brigade, Royal Engineers…

  • JOHN L. STOIK

    1989 Hall of Fame Inductee

    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…

  • ARDEN R. HAYNES

    1989 Hall of Fame Inductee

    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…

  • CHARLES HAY

    1989 Hall of Fame Inductee

    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…

  • DARYL “DOC” SEAMAN

    1989 Hall of Fame Inductee

    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…

  • Glenn E. Nielson – Honourary Saskatchewan Oilman

    Glenn E. Nielson was born in Aetna, Alberta, in 1903. Nielson studied at Raymond Agriculture College before graduating from the University of Alberta. He made his living off farming and ranching until 1934 when he decided to make a radical change and join a small oil refinery in Cutbank, Montana. Working as a salesman, he [...]

  • Ken Stan

    1989 Oil Man of The Year

    Ken was born in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan and graduated as an honour student from the Foam Lake Composite High School. He attended the University of Saskatchewan…

2015 - Oil man of the year
  • Neil Roszell

    Neil Roszell, President and CEO, Raging River Exploration Inc. Neil Roszell has built a career by focusing on the phrase “what’s old is new again”. His technical innovation has helped revolutionize the oil industry in Saskatchewan by bringing old, nearly-dead plays back to life. Neil was born in 1968 in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. His father [...]

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  • 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees;

    The Saskatchewan Oil Patch Hall of Fame was proud to induct the following individuals who have brought pride and prosperity to our province;

    Jim Bertram
    William (Bill) McCaffrey
    Bonnie D. DuPont
    Neil Roszell (Oil Man of the Year)

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