Jim Gray is an impressive leader in the oil and gas industry. With over 45 years in the Canadian energy industry, he has furthered the cause of oil and gas exploration. In 1973, Mr. Gray co-founded Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd., a company that became one of Canada's largest natural gas companies with an employee friendly culture. Through the dedication and persistence of Jim Gray and his partner, Canadian Hunter maintained a drilling presence in western Canada in the early 1970's when other outfits were leaving the province. Persistence paid off, culminating in a massive natural-gas discovery along the BC-Alberta border known as the Elmworth field. His continuing successes with Hunter led to Mr. Gray being appointed Chairman of the 16th World Petroleum Congress, which was held in Calgary in June 2000.
His focus on social awareness plays a key role in achieving greater awareness of conservation and environmental sustainability. In keeping with Mr. Gray's emphasis on these social and environmental issues, the Energy Council of Canada presented him with the 2001 Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award.
Mr. Gray also has an impressive list of awards, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 1991, a Citation for Citizenship by the Government of Canada in 1992, the Fellowship of Honour by the YMCA and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Canadian National Railways, Brascan Corporation, Emers (formerly known as Nova Scotia Power), the Hudson Bay Company, Malibu Engineering & Software Ltd. and Twin Mining Corporation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Lazard Canada, a subsidiary of Lazard Brothers & Co. Ltd.
Mr. Gray has provided leadership to a wide range of community efforts such as the Canada West Foundation, the Calgary Academy, the Science Alberta Foundation, Calgary YMCA and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Charter for Business, among others.
He received his early education in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and secondary and post-secondary education at Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario and at the University of British Columbia (Geology, 1957).
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