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Roland Priddle (born 1933) is another fine representative of Canada's brain gain, having collected one master's degree in economic geography from Cambridge University and another in economics from the University of Ottawa. The Scotland-born Priddle has now established a consulting business in Victoria, BC after carving out an influential and honorable career in Ottawa as an architect of energy free trade. As a federal public servant, Priddle played a central role in breaking old Canadian habits of government intervention in the petroleum industry, and in doing so earned respect throughout the Canadian oil and gas community.
Priddle spent 10 years with Shell International Petroleum Co. in London and Royal Dutch Petroleum's European Community Division at The Hague before moving to Canada in 1965. He was recruited to deal with oil policy and special projects of the National Energy Board, then moved to the former federal Department of Energy, Mines and Resources (now Natural Resources Canada) as senior advisor on Canada-U.S. oil and gas relations. He followed up by chairing the Energy Supplies Allocation Board and the Petroleum Compensation Board. In 1978 he was named director general, petroleum, in the energy policy sector of Energy, Mines and Resources, and by 1979 was assistant deputy minister, petroleum.
As a senior energy official, Priddle has a pivotal role in crafting the 1985 federal-provincial Western Accord on Energy that dismantled the National Energy Board from 1986 through to the beginning of 1998, resolving immensely complex legal and regulatory issues with elegant solutions easily understood by all concerned.
He has also officially represented Canada's oilpatch internationally. Roland became the advocate and architect of the National Energy Board's move to Calgary.
Priddle and his wife, Valerie, have six children. He is active in his church, and is a veteran supporter of the United Way, the Salvation Army, and the Compassionate Canada agency for helping underprivileged children in developing nations.