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Petroleum Clubs

The creation of Petroleum Clubs is parallel to the quantity of oil and gas businesses in urban centers. Not every city in Canada has a Club, but the ones that do are home to many petroleum companies’ head offices. The Club is promoted as a meeting place for those involved in the industry, and others who work in related areas such as banking and law. Networking is an important part of the petroleum industry, which a club atmosphere can provide. These clubs also host events, professional development seminars, and speakers from the industry.

Two that exists in Alberta are the Calgary and Edmonton Petroleum Clubs. Both are private clubs for members only. Membership is extended to men and women in any industry. The Calgary Petroleum Club began in 1948 due to the boost in business created by the Leduc oilfield. The Club has moved from its original space in the Palliser Hotel to their own building in downtown Calgary. The Edmonton Petroleum Club was created over fifty years ago and is currently located north of downtown. Both Clubs are currently focusing on increasing their membership and attracting younger members to join.

The early days of the Petroleum Club in Calgary are remembered fondly in this except from the CKUA series “Roughnecks, Wildcats and Doodlebugs”. Listen

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