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Ronald Patrick Mathison


Just a few years beyond the mandated minimum age of 55 for induction in the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame, Ronald (Ron) Patrick Mathison is a first-rate example of the current generation of successful oil and gas entrepreneurs. At once deeply skilled in management and corporate governance, he's also gained extensive oil and gas industry knowledge over a career that has spanned nearly 30 years.


Born in Calgary but raised primarily in Winnipeg, Ron graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Comm. and earned professional designations as a chartered accountant, chartered business valuator and chartered financial analyst. He was a senior tax manager in the Winnipeg office of Peat Marwick before heading back to Calgary in 1987 to join the investment banking group at Peters & Co. Limited.


Between 1989 and 1993, Ron was one of three principals of the Peters & Co. Capital Joint Venture, an extraordinarily successful collaboration with Peters & Co. that made significant investments in companies such as Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Ensign Energy Services Inc. and Rio Alto Exploration Ltd.


He left Peters & Co. in 1999 to focus on his own investments through MATCO Investments Ltd., a private investment holding company with interests in oil and gas, oilfield services, real estate, investment management and investment banking.


But MATCO wasn't the only reason Ron left Peters & Co. in 1999; that year, he also co-founded Calfrac Well Services with 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Doug Ramsay.


Ron also co-founded Tesla Exploration, a global geophysical services operation and Pantera Drilling (now known as Western Energy Services Corp.). He remains chair of all three companies.


"I've known Ron for over 25 years," Doug Ramsay writes in a letter supporting Ron's nomination. "His business acumen, with a focus on ethics, fair dealings and a hand shake is as good as a contract, has made him to be a well-recognized and honoured member in our Canadian oil and gas sector."


Ron has also been a significant contributor to the Calgary community, both financially and with his time and expertise. A $10-million donation to the University of Calgary's School of Medicine led to the creation of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, while SAIT Polytechnic recognized Ron's contributions in 2011 with the Mathison Drilling and Geosciences Lab, which is located in SAIT's Ramsay Centre for Petroleum Engineering.


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