Ryan Birnie, in 2013. Birnie is the Southeast Oil Person of the Year. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

WEYBURN – On Jan. 18 the Weyburn Oil Show Board announced the distinguished recipients of the 2024 Southeast Saskatchewan Legends Award, the “Laurence M Woodard” Southeast Oil Person of the Year Award, and the “Ron Jeffery” Friend of the Show Award. These accolades, highlighting outstanding contributions to the oil and gas industry, associations, and communities in Southeast Saskatchewan, will be presented during the 20th biennial Saskatchewan Oil & Gas Show on June 5.

Dan Cugnet, Chair of the Weyburn Oil Show Board, said in a release, “The Southeast Saskatchewan Legends Award is a testament to the dedication and impact of individuals who have significantly shaped the oil and gas industry in our region. These esteemed individuals have devoted at least 25 years to the industry, with the majority of that time spent right here in Southeast Saskatchewan.”

The 2024 Southeast Saskatchewan Legends Inductees are:

  • Dean Gilliss
  • Dean Lemieux
  • Paul Cheung
  • Jim Baker
  • Darcy Cretin
  • Jim Larter

In addition, the prestigious “Laurence M Woodard” Southeast Oil Person of the Year Award will be bestowed upon Ryan Birnie, recognizing his substantial contributions to the growth and success of the industry in Southeast Saskatchewan in recent years. Birnie is vice president of operations at Element Technical Services, a hydraulic fracturing firm with operations based in Carlyle.

Darcy Cretin is one of five Southeast Saskatchewan Legends inductees. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

 

Furthermore, the “Ron Jeffery” Friend of the Show Award, presented to individuals who have shown unwavering dedication to the Saskatchewan Oil & Gas Show, will be awarded to Trevor Pandachuk & Jim Hutt.

In addition to the Southeast Saskatchewan Awards presented by the Weyburn Oil Show Board, a separate entity, the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Hall of Fame Committee have announced the recipients of their awards. Dean Potter, Chairman of the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Hall of Fame Committee, added, “For over 30 years, the semi-annual Oil Person of the Year award has recognized someone that has contributed significantly within any or all of the active areas of Saskatchewan oil industry.” The 2024 Saskatchewan Oil Person of the Year Award will be bestowed upon Del Mondor.

Dean Gilliss is a Southeast Saskatchewan Legends Inductee

 

Moreover, the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame Awards, presented semi-annually to individuals born and educated in Saskatchewan who have made noteworthy contributions throughout their career to the Canadian and international oil industry, will honor Myron Stadnyk and Brad Wall as the 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees.

All these awards will be presented during the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Show’s 20th biennial event, taking place on Wednesday, June 5th, 2024 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. The Southeast Saskatchewan Legends and Saskatchewan Hall of Fame Awards will be presented during the luncheon, while the “Laurence M Woodard” Southeast Oil Person of the Year, the Saskatchewan Oil Person of the Year, and the “Ron Jeffery” Friend of the Show Awards will be presented during the supper.

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