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Matt Baldwin


Born on May 3, 1926 and raised in Blucher, Saskatchewan, Matt Baldwin joined the oilpatch work force just as the western Canadian oil industry exploded into its post-WWII boom. As part of this rush the University of Alberta launched a program for petroleum engineers in 1948, which was the same year that Matt transferred from the University of Saskatchewan into the new program.


In 1950, he graduated with his bachelor of science in Petroleum Engineering. The same year, he and classmate George Knoll formed Baldwin and Knoll. This well servicing venture grew to be Canada's largest service rig company for three decades, and it operated the largest workover rig in the country. They built Canada's first large trailer mounted workover rig and also supplied a rig for Mobil Oil's Sable Island program.


Matt was the first service rig owner to sit on the Board of the Canadian Oil Well Drilling Contractors, of which he is an honorary member. In 1995, he was inducted as a member to the Saskatchewan Petroleum Industry Hall Of Fame. He is a founding director of Alberta Energy Company and served as such for 25 years.


He was an original inductee in the Curling Hall of Fame, having won Albertan Championships five times and the Canadian Brier three times. He also has a place in the Edmonton, Alberta, and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. His other sports activities include serving as director and president of the Edmonton Eskimos.


Matt's achievements and contributions to our society are recognized on the University of Alberta's Wall of Honour. Each undertaking he made was done with enthusiasm and integrity thereby enhancing our petroleum industry.


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