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Jim Gray

"Strong communities and families lead to good, strong business ethics. If we don't channel our energies to the overall quality of life we enjoy, we'll lose it." Jim Gray

James Kenneth Gray was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 1933. He moved to Calgary in 1956 to work in the energy industry. In 1973, he co-founded a natural gas company, Canadian Hunter Exploration. The company grew and prospered, but Mr. Gray also focused on making an employee-friendly work culture, and encouraging environmental conservation. He served as Chair of the 16th World Petroleum Congress in 2000 in Calgary. After twenty-eight years of business Canadian Hunter Exploration was sold in 2001. However, Mr. Gray continued to work and remains active in the business community, serving on a number of corporate boards including Canadian National Railway, Emera, Hudson's Bay Company, Brascan Corporation, and a Director with Temple Exploration.

Jim Gray also places his energies in many community programs, focusing on education, the sciences, and social issues. He has given his time as a volunteer to many organizations such as the Science Alberta Foundation, the Achievement Centre for Youth, the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter and the Calgary Native Friendship Centre. One closest to his heart has been YMCA, this began when he offered free swimming lessons to paper boys. He went on to help develop summer camp programs and a successful effort to build a new Calgary YMCA facility.

He has been awarded with the YMCA Fellowship of Honour, a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 199, a Citation for Citizenship from the Government of Canada in 1992, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Jim Gray was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2002.

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