Gerrit Maureau, P.Geoph., amateur pilot and president of Calgary-based MaurOil International Inc., was killed with his wife when his Beechcraft Baron went down en route to New Mexico. The accident happened Dec. 20 in the Culebra range of mountains in south Colorado. Mr. Maureau was 67.
The plane crash also claimed his wife, Dr. Sheila Malm, a well respected Calgary family doctor. Dr. Malm was taking flying lessons to become her husband’s copilot.
Searchers will attempt a recovery mission later this year.
The multilingual Mr. Maureau was born in Venezuela, started his schooling in Scotland, and spent his teen years in Calgary and Edmonton. He attended the University of Alberta, where he completed an honours bachelor of science degree in physics and geology, and a master’s in geophysics. He went on to complete a year of graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Maureau began his career with Shell International and later held executive positions with Petro-Canada and Aberford Resources.
From 2006 to 2008 he served as president and CEO of the Canadian Petroleum Institute. Before joining CPI, Mr. Maureau was the executive director of the Oil and Gas Development Partnership at Memorial University in St. John’s, were he developed executive programs and workshops.
Mr. Maureau served on the board of directors for Petrolifera Petroleum Ltd., a successful Canadian oil and gas company engaged in exploration and production in South America.
Mr. Maureau travelled the world on petroleum adventures. He loved nothing better than to take to the skies in his 1958 Beechcraft Baron, with his wife by his side.
He leaves behind his daughter from his previous marriage, a brother, a sister, a nephew, and two grandchildren. A memorial service was held at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Make donations in Mr. Maureau’s name to the charity of your choice.