As some of you know, before I had the privilege of being elected mayor, I made my living in the Canadian oil and gas industry to support my family. The oil industry brought me and my family to Lloydminster in 2005.
Lloydminster is synonymous with that thick, black, gooey substance that is mined from the earth and sticks to anything it comes in contact with. Heavy oil was discovered in this region in the 1920s, extracted from the earth and used for the production of fuel oil and asphalt.
For approximately 40 years, local businesses have come together to showcase the latest improvements in the production and servicing of oil and gas wells in the Lloydminster heavy oil region. Alas, the Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show was born.
Through ups and downs, the show ran every two years until the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee met and were looking forward to hosting the 2020 show, but it was postponed to 2021. Fast forward to today, and we are delighted to resume the Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show in September.
After pivoting to face market conditions, the recent price surge has recharged oil and gas. This industry is ready for 2022 and wants to showcase the innovations and technology employed today.
The show will begin on Tuesday, September 13 with the banquet and opening ceremonies. Rob Morgan, President and CEO of Strathcona Resources, and David Yager, Author and Writer, Energy Policy Analyst, Executive and Consultant, will participate in a fireside chat sharing their views on the past, present and the future of the industry.
Wednesday, September 14 includes a complimentary breakfast and a presentation from Pathways Alliance with Rhona DelFrari, Director of Sustainability at Cenovus Energy. She will provide an update on the carbon capture opportunities the six Pathways Alliance members are considering and the actions to follow. The morning starts at 7 a.m.
A paid luncheon will have a panel moderated by Rhona DelFrari, Cenovus Energy, with panelists: Hon. Jim Reiter, Saskatchewan Minister of Energy and Resources and the Hon. Jason Nixon, Minister of Finance of Alberta. The discussion will focus on the energy industry from a provincial perspective. A cash dinner on Wednesday will allow individuals to participate in the Champion X Shrimp Boil, returning to the oil show after an extended absence.
The Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show is free and open to the public. If you are involved in the energy industry, this is the show to attend!! Are you looking for a career change? If you want to see what’s happening in the oil and gas industry in and around our community, please plan to come and watch the show on Wednesday, September 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, September 15, 9 a.m. at am to 4 pm If you are interested in attending, please check the website at www.lhos.ca for tickets, times and more information about the event.
I can’t wait to see you at the show!
Mayor Gerald S. Aalbers
City of Lloydminster