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Born in 1922 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Westley graduated with honours in Mining Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1944.
He joined Imperial Oil in 1945, starting as a seismic trainee. The following year, Rabey was promoted to chief computor, responsible for all field data interpretations. In the course of his work for Imperial Oil, he was the first to map the Leduc feature from seismic data.
Wes started his own company, Accurate Geophysical Ltd., in 1950 and performed the first seismic participation survey ever done. In 1953, the company merged to form Accurate Exploration Ltd., later sold to Geoprosco Ltd., which Rabey managed until 1958 when he transferred to England to manage their international operations.
Mr. Rabey returned to Canada in 1966 and started Sigma Exploration Ltd., which provided participation surveys for the exploration industry and, for the first time, brokerage services for seismic data.
In 1978, Wes founded an oil company, Petroventures, which continued until 1994 when it's assets were sold to Questar Resources Corp. and Wes went on to enjoy his retirement.