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Jim Gray


James K. Gray (born 1933) is a household name in oil and gas exploration, company building and community organization. Although his roots are in Kirkland Lake and St. Catherine's, Ontario. Gray has been a westerner since he studied geology at the University of British Columbia and arrived in Alberta to begin his 45-year career in the oil and gas industry.


With his partner John Masters, Gray led the evolution of Canadian Hunter from a standing start in 1973 to a market cap of more than $2 billion today, and was prominent in bringing the Canadian industry credibility and international recognition for technical skill and exploration capability. His company's Elmsworth Discovery, with its challenging geology and cast size, elevated a Canadian company into the league of the multinational Canadian subsidiaries for the first time, and brought huge capital investment into Western Canada.


Although he has retired as president of Canadian Hunter, he continues as chairman of the board, and holds multiple corporate directorships.


Married to Josie and with three grown children, Gray has long served in leadership positions for a wide range of community enterprises in Calgary-the Science Alberta Foundation, YMCA, Canada West Foundation, Calgary Academy, Calgary Inc., and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Charter for Business.


A fund-raiser extraordinaire, Gray has helped underprivileged and learning-disabled children, aboriginal residents of Calgary, chemically dependent youths, and victims of domestic violence. He and Josie have been honorary chairpersons of the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter's annual fund-raising dinner since its inception in 1995. Gray's fund-raising has furthered medical and scientific work, and research into economic and public policy issues. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Calgary in 1991, was given a citation for citizenship by the government of Canada in 1992, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995.


In 2000, Gray served as chair of the highly successful 16th World Petroleum Congress, which attracted 4,000 delegates and worldwide accolades to Calgary. In March 2001, he received the Energy Person of the Year Award for the Energy Council of Canada.


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