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Hugh William Leiper


Hugh William Leiper, 75, raised in Turner Valley is nearing his 60th year in the energy industry. He climbed industry ranks from a roughneck in "The Valley" to his retirement in 1996 as an executive vice president of Morguard Resources.


Mr. Leiper was present at the birth of the contemporary oil industry in the Leduc area in 1947, and another event which put Canada on the world oil map as much as the Leduc discovery - the Atlantic #3 blowout spill and fire, the largest in North American history. In the Redwater field he was hired as a tool push, one of the youngest ever appointed. Mr. Leiper developed a method to move the rig with the mast erect saving valuable time and money. Due to a rig injury Mr. Leiper joined Great Plains as a drilling superintendent, moving onto Pacific Petroleum in 1957. For Pacific he served as superintendent in Fort St. John, production manager in Edmonton and in 1965 moved to Calgary as production and drilling manager for all operations.


The federal government in 1971 signed an agreement with Russia on industrial technology and science, Mr. Leiper represented our industry. When our industry formed the Canadian Drilling Research Association, Mr. Leiper served as its first and only chairman. Mr. Leiper secured rights to test Russian mud motors and turbo drills, in the Canadian patch, plus obtained valuable information on oil mines for AOSTRA. He also completed a Canadian arctic drilling site in Siberia. Mr. Leiper left Pacific with the purchase by Petro-Canada.


Mr. Leiper has maintained his membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1963. He is a graduate of drilling schools in Odessa, Kilgore and Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Dalhousie and Banff Advanced Management Schools.


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