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R.A. "Bob" Boscher


A 50-year veteran of the western Canadian service and supply industry, R. A. "Bob" Boscher-a native of Saskatchewan-got his oil patch start in 1955 as a roughneck for MW Drilling & Servicing. In 1960, MW Drilling changed its name to Hi-West Well Servicing and in 1968, Boscher became one of its partners, taking over as president and general manager when the company was again reorganized.


Over the next 30 years, until Hi-West was sold in early 2006 to CCS Income Trust, Boscher built the company from a six-rig operation in Drayton Valley to a 36-rig company with facilities in Drayton Valley, Rocky Mountain House, and Lloydminster, Alberta. Along the way, Boscher found time to launch several other oilfield ventures, including Lamb's Trucking Ltd. and Frontier Oilfield Sales, and develop a number of specialized tools including a patented tool trap, which is sold across Canada and the United States, and a patent-pending device to safely remove derrickhands from the monkey board on both service rigs and drilling rigs.


Boscher has served on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors and is a long-time member of the service rig executive committee of that association. He served as transportation director for the CAODC, and was a member of the Provincial Transportation Committee, where he helped develop new overload permit regulations and establish more effective guidelines covering the movement on Alberta's highways of service rigs and other servicing vehicles.


In the early 1980s, recalls former Drayton Valley MLA Shirley Cripps, Boscher was a member of a Workers' Compensation Board committee on safety in the oil services industry. "His work helped [establish] … flexible work hours … and the need for apprenticeship and training of oil industry personnel on service rigs and drilling rigs."


In the community, Bob has served on the Board of Governors of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, was involved in the creation of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) of northern Alberta, helped found the Drayton Valley Minor Hockey Association, and remains active in the Pembina Oilman's Club.


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