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George Govier was born in Nanton, Alberta, on June 15, 1917. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia in Chemical Engineering, his master of science from the University of Alberta, and was awarded his doctorate in engineering from Michigan University in 1949.
Dr. Govier served as professor, head of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, and dean of Engineering at the University of Alberta over the years from 1940 to 1963.
In 1948 he joined the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and became its chairman from 1962 to 1978. While he was chairman, he accepted the position of Chief Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. Dr. Govier's work in the regulatory field was recognized by twelve awards of merit, including the Order of Canada in 1976 and Officer of the Order in 1982. He is also the recipient of three honorary doctorates.
Dr. Govier played a key role in developing the petroleum regulatory system in Canada, a structure recognized and copied throughout the world.
He has acted as an energy resource consultant to the Royal Bank of Canada, various governments, and energy resource corporations. Since 1978, Dr. Govier has been president of his own energy resource consulting firm. He was named "Oil Man of the Year" by Oilweek Magazine in 1978. The recipient of awards too numerous to mention this leader's contributions to the petroleum industry are outstanding.