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Pat Carlson


Pat Carlson puts profits and community on the same footing


Pat Carlson made community relations a hallmark of Seven Generations Energy Ltd. That philosophy helped the company become a multibillion-dollar natural gas producer that sustained phenomenal growth even during the most punishing oil and gas downturn in a generation.

Seven Generations is one of the successful start-ups that Pat has built over a 40-year career. The name of the company refers to an ancient Iroquois principle that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future.

Like many of its peers, Seven Generations helps fund hospitals and scholarships in its region of operations and works to hire local contractors. Pat’s approach took that further by setting up an operational headquarters in Grande Prairie and building a company culture of stakeholder engagement.

Pat earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary in 1975. As a professional engineer, he went to work for BP Exploration Canada and, in 1979, Husky Oil. Pat moved into his first executive role with Stampeder Exploration in 1996.

After the sale of Stampeder a year later, Pat co-founded his first private energy company, Passage Energy, in 1999. In 2001, he founded North American Oil Sands, and then Krang Energy. All three companies were successful endeavours for employees and shareholders.

“Pat has a combination of unique personal strengths and gifts that rarely manifest so successfully in one individual,” says Peter Williams, managing partner, CEO of Annapolis Capital and Pat’s former business partner in Passage and Krang.

Pat and his wife Connie have touched many lives through personal donations of more than $4 million to Pat’s alma mater, the University of Calgary, specifically for the Schulich School of Engineering and the Strengths in ADHD Research Project, as well as numerous other charitable organizations


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