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Earle Gray Biography

Earle Gray was editor of Oilweek magazine in Calgary for nearly 20 years. In the 1970's, he was director of public affairs for Canadian Arctic Gas, a consortium of major oil and gas companies that planned and researched a multi-billion dollar gas pipeline from Alaska's Prudhoe Bay and the Mackenzie River delta and Beaufort Sea in the Canadian Arctic.

He is a former publisher, editorial consultant, and speech writer. He has written for such publications as the Canadian Encyclopedia, Maclean's, Financial Post, Toronto Start, and others. He is the recipient of numerous business writing awards, and a lifetime achievement award from the Petroleum History Society.

He is the author of seven books about the energy industry: The Great Canadian Oil Patch, The Impact of Oil, The Great Uranium Cartel, Wildcatters, Super Pipe, and Forty Years in the Public Interest, a history of the National Energy Board, as well as editor and lead contributor to Free Trade, Free Canada.

His second-last book, The Great Canadian Oil Patch: The Petroleum Era from Birth to Peak, was published in 2005 - a book that McGill University historian Desmond Morton says "rivals Pierre Berton's national dream."

Gray is a native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, but grew up on the West Coast and lived in Alberta and British Columbia for 41 years before moving to Ontario in 1972. He has deep family roots in the two Western provinces and in Ontario. His work as a journalist and author has taken him to every province and territory of Canada, from St. John's to Tofino, from the 49th parallel to the northern tip of the Arctic Island.


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