Brian Zinchuk is editor and owner of Pipeline Online
WEYBURN – When he spoke at the 2019 Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Show in Weyburn, the usually noisy room was silent, rapt with attention. Now Rex Murphy will be speaking again in just a few weeks time, at this year’s edition of the oil show.
Murphy will close out the show with the last luncheon, speaking at 12:30 on Thursday, June 2.
On Wednesday, June 1, Rafi Tahmazian will be speaking at 2 p.m., following the awards noon-hour awards luncheon and 2022 Saskatchewan Oil & Gas Recognition Awards.
That evening the prime rib dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Saskatchewan and Southeast Saskatchewan Oilman of the Year Awards. The evening will be rounded out by Quick Dick McDick.
Details about the show can be found at Oilshow.ca/exhibition/
There’s one big change this year to the event: there will be a $10 admission fee per day charged. Show manager Monica Osborn explained it will provide a more focused crowd for exhibitors.
She said it’s going to bring value to the show.
And there is still room for exhibitors, especially indoor booths. She said this reflects on a reduction of the size of the industry and the number of companies involved now compared to before.
“I think in the next week or two we’ll see an influx of registrations,” Osborn said. She thinks there’s been some hesitancy with regards to previous COVID-19 restrictions, but since it’s been two months since those were lifted, it looks like there shouldn’t be any restrictions.
Osborn said, “We’re really excited about having the speakers that we have lined up. They’re going to bring their knowledge to the oil and gas industry. They come from all different aspects of the oil and gas industry, whether it be financial situations or being part of it as the actual industry as a worker.”
Tickets for all the events and meals can be found at this link.
Quick Dick McDick
And in case you thought Quick Dick only knows about cows and farming, he spent 19 years in the oilfield, working in Brooks and Grande Prairie before returning to Tuffnell to hang out with said cows.
“I’m super excited to be going down there. It’s going to be a blast,” Dickson Delorme, a.k.a. Quick Dick McDick, told Pipeline Online. His videos are a regular feature on this website.
“It’s kind of a busy time. I usually don’t take a booking there, but there’s some fella that’s pretty good guitar, Dan Cugnet there, that actually convinced me come to be down there. And I’m just gonna try and bring some some oilfield humor to the thing. We’re gonna be talking a little bit about what it’s like to work in the oilpatch, and what the oilfield is to farmers, and where the farmers be without the oilfield kind of thing. Of course, I’m going to sprinkle in a little bit of criticism of the federal government and some of their energy policy. And we’ll make a little bit of fun of some environmental activists that are against, you know, the responsible way in which we explore oil here in Canada.”
He added, “It should be really good time. I’m looking forward to actually putting some names to some faces, some folks that I have been interacting with online and whatnot, too.”
Rafi G. Tahmazian
Rafi G. Tahmazian was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and has more than 30 years of oil & gas, energy banking and investment management experience. He is a Founder, current director and senior portfolio manager with Canoe Financial.
His biography notes Canoe Financial is one of Canada’s fastest growing independent mutual fund companies managing over $10.3 billion in assets across a diversified range of award-winning mutual funds, private energy equity products and institutional mandates. Prior to Canoe, Tahmazian spent 13 years at First Energy Capital, a leading investment dealer that focuses on the energy industry. He left the firm in 2008 as vice chairman and managing director. Prior to this, he worked directly in the oil and gas industry. Tahmazian is currently on the board of directors for Canoe Financial LP, the Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund, Artis Exploration Ltd, Aureus Energy Services Inc, Chance Oil and Gas Ltd, Topaz Energy Corp and Well Ventures Corp.
Tahmazian graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Rafi manages the Canoe Energy Class, Canoe Energy Income Class, and the Canoe Energy Alpha Fund.
Rex Murphy was born and raised near St. John’s, Newfoundland, and graduated from Memorial University. He was a Rhodes Scholar and attended Oxford University in 1968. His career has been as a writer, broadcaster and teacher. Much of that time was spent with the CBC, but as he noted with substantial clarity in his 2019 speech to the oil show, he and CBC aren’t really eye to eye these days. His regular columns with the National Post are some of the sharpest critiques in Canadian politics these days.
Murphy’s presentation to the oil show in 2019 has been viewed 67,400 times on YouTube, more than 100 times the number of people who saw it in person.
In addition to the speakers and awards events, exhibitors will have a golf tournament on Tuesday, May 31, and a steak or lobster dinner a 7 p.m. that day.
Tickets for all the above events can be found at this link.
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