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C. William Daniel


Bill Daniel spent his entire 40-year career in the oil industry with the Royal Dutch Shell Group, rising to the post as president and chief executive officer of Shell Canada in 1974.


During his career, he played a key role in making Shell Canada one of the flagship energy companies in the country. Upon graduation from the University of Toronto with an engineering degree in 1947, Daniel attended the Shell Oil Company Training program in Houston before being stationed in the Netherlands in 1948. In 1949, he was on the move again, this time for a three-year stint in Venezuela.


In 1952, he returned home to Canada after being appointed Shell Canada's district petroleum engineer for the Edmonton region. In 1955, he was moved to Calgary in a similar position. In 1958, it was moving time again, this time to postings in New York and The Hague. Daniel returned to Canada a year later, this time as production manager for the Calgary division. During this period he played a key role in the development of the Waterton and Jumping Pound West gas fields.


In 1963, Daniel was moved to the role of general manager, Shell Trinidad Ltd., a post he held for two years before returning to Calgary.


In 1968, Daniel moved to Shell's head office in Toronto, where he was appointed a director in 1973, and president and chief executive officer in 1974.


During his time at Shell Canada, it became Canada's largest natural gas producer. Daniel also worked to develop the Alsands oilsands development, and during his tenure Shell began offshore exploration on Canada's east coast.


Daniel was an active crusader against the National Energy Program, and a keen voice for the industry when lobbying both the federal and provincial governments. He became an officer of the Order of Canada in 1982, and retired as Shell Canada's president and chief executive officer in 1985.


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