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John Sproule


John Campbell Sproule was born in Edmonton in 1905, attended the University of Alberta, and graduated with a degree in Geology in 1930. He continued his studies at the University of Toronto and received his Ph.D. in Geology in 1935.


"Cam" as he was known, taught at the University for a while and had a short career with the Geological Survey of Canada, but he was interested in oil exploration. In 1939, he became Chief Geologist for Norcanols Oil and Gas Company, an exploration subsidiary of Imperial Oil. Seven years later, he joined International Petroleum in Toronto as Senior Advisory Geologist and took on exploration in South America.


In 1951, Mr. Sproule moved to Calgary to form his own consulting firm, J. C. Sproule and Associates. Over the next 19 years, Cam's consulting practice expanded and he received numerous honours for his work.


Cam served as technical advisor to the Borden Commission on Energy in 1958, and as president of several professional associations: Alberta Petroleum Engineers Association (1957), CIM (1959), and American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1963). Cam Sproule passed away suddenly in 1970.


Career Summary:

  • 1960 J. C. Sproule & Associates incorporated
  • 1963 First Canadian President - American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • 1966 Panarctic Oils Ltd. incorporated
  • 1967 Julian C. Smith Medal - Engineering Institute of Canada
  • 1968 Oilweek's Man of the Year APEGGA Alberta Centennial Award


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