Leading From The Front

The Canadian Energy Industry is the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly energy industry on this planet. Canada is a world leader in supplying the most responsibly sourced energy.

The Canadian Energy Executive Association and its members are the leaders of these companies that are responsible for continuing to ensure Canada remains, and the world understands it to be, a global leader.


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Our three pillars

CEEA continues to focus on fostering connection through networking efforts, being strong advocates for our industry and giving back to a number of charitable causes in our community.

Our business events held throughout the year provide our members with the opportunity to connect and share ideas with others in the industry, helping to further their own individual businesses and the industry as a whole.

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We aspire to continue to be at the forefront of positive and leading messaging for the energy industry, primarily through our Energy Business Forum events.

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We are proud that CEEA has raised close to $1 million over the past five years for charities such as Calgary Reads, the Calgary Police Youth Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary and others.

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Our three pillars

CEEA continues to focus on fostering connection through networking efforts, being strong advocates for our industry and giving back to a number of charitable causes in our community.

A Short History

How it Started

The Oilmen's began in 1951 with the simple idea of holding an annual golf tournament for the leaders of the newly booming Canadian oil industry. Under the leadership of early Chairs, it was an immediate success.

Within only a few years, there were over 500 applications for 192 golfing spots! Thus, the effective Oilmen's structure as an invitation-only event was established early, as were some of its sustaining traditions.

The Oilmen’s started as a four-day, volunteer-driven invitational and international match play event held in the mountains, with many activities for non-golfers and extensive social and entertainment functions every evening, with a theme preview at the Spring Gala Ball in Calgary.


Fast forward to 2010 or the 61st Oilmen's led by Chairs John & Lana Geddes. In a response to members' demand for a business component to be a part of the Oilmen’s Golf & Networking weekend, John and his board developed the first-ever Oilmen’s Business Forum in Banff, since renamed the Energy Business Forum.

A total of 240 guests attended the inaugural event highlighted by several speakers discussing business strategies, government policy, education, skill planning and more.  The Business Forum has since grown to include additional events throughout the year and is a highlight for our members and community.

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The Business Forum has since grown to include additional events throughout the year and is a highlight for our members and community."


In its 66th year, 2016, the Chairs and board recognized the need to move the organization forward and the Oilmen's was renamed the Canadian Energy Executive Association. Energy was no longer just about oil and gas and it was necessary in order to expand our membership and attract new energy companies and leaders to support the association.

Present Day and Beyond

Now entering its 72nd year, CEEA continues the work to share the stories of success within our industry while examining the work to be done to continue to support the future success of our industry. Access our 60th Commemorative Book & 65th Anniversary Book below.


Meet the CEEA '72 Board of Governors

Each year, following the August flagship Networking Weekend and Oilmen's Golf Tournament, the Chairs role begins to wind down in preparation for the new Chairs and board to take over. Our board is strictly volunteer, and we appreciate the contributions each of our Executive and Governors make to the success of our association.
Gary Summach
Steve & Jenn Major
Past Chairs
Brent & Allison Quinton
Brian & Dijana Hamm
Al Huehn
Director, EBF & Advocacy
Alex Fulthorpe
Governor, National Engagement & Advocacy
Chantal MacKenzie
Governor, Stakeholder Engagement
Lisa Mueller
Governor, Innovation & Technology
Myles Bosman
Governor, Speakers & Conference Theme
Pat Ward
Governor, Sponsorship
Rick Koshman
Governor, Conference Services
Mark O'Byrne
Director, Sales & Marketing
David Hood
Governor, Alumni Relations
Jen Baerg
Governor, Communications
Joleen Burnett
Governor, Hotel Reservations
Kim Williams
Governor, Social Media
Mike Woodford
Governor, Recruitment
Stephen Mason
Governor, Newcomers & Volunteers
Stephen Buffalo
Director, Golf & Events
Corbin Coyes
Governor, Special Events
Dan Fitzgerald
Governor, Prizes
Grant Omichinski
Governor, Partners & Golf Putting Contest
Kevin O'Brien
Governor, Golf & Golf Services
Patrick Wigmore
Governor, Wagering & Challenges
Ashley Leroux
Director, Event Services & MC
Ashley Leroux
Governor, Community Giving
Gurpreet Lail
Governor, Entertainment
Rich Waller
Governor, Food & Beverage
Richard Piche
Governor, Transportation & Logistics
Ryan Besserer
Governor, Decorations

Upcoming Events

Check back for more updates to our calendar of events. Dates subject to change. Become a member today and join us at these powerful gatherings.

22 Jun

4 Horse Cup Golf Tournament allows members to bring guests to introduce their industry colleagues to our organization.

24 Aug

Banff Energy Business Forum brings in influential and impactful speakers, politicians and stakeholders from Canada and abroad.

24 Aug
26 Aug

CEEA Connects is an invite-only experience where members can enjoy a weekend away while establishing new industry connections.