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Michael J. Miller O.C.


Michael J. Miller O.C., 58, started at age 13 on his path to becoming an world-renowned oilfield firefighter by washing the fire truck and sweeping up the shop at his father's Drayton Valley business, Safety Boss. Mr. Miller spent thirteen years with the Banff-Aquitane Companies followed by four years with Mobil in Libya with work in various international destinations before purchasing Safety Boss from his father. Mr. Miller now runs the firm from a Calgary headquarters after a lengthy period of international operations following a 200-day firefighting campaign at the end of the 1991 Gulf War, when his team brought 180 blazing wells under control.


The feat in Kuwait won Mr. Miller numerous distinctions such as membership in the Order of Canada, an honorary doctorate from Athabasca University and an Emerald Award from the Alberta Foundation for Environmental Excellence. In 1991 he was named Oilweek's "Oilman of the Year" and made Macleans' "Honour Roll of Canadians."


Mr. Miller learned oilfield firefighting and blowout control from the ground up by accompanying his father, Ken, on assignments. Since Mr. Miller's return to Canada in 2000, Safety Boss has introduced its expertise into other sectors such as forest-products as well as an expanded array of services across the oil and gas industry.


In the community, Mr. Miller has been involved for about 10 years with Friends of the Orphans Canada, a non-profit organization that assembles volunteers to build schools for underprivileged children in Guatemala. Safety Boss twice a year contributes employees to school construction projects.


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