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North West Redwater Partnership Sturgeon Refinery
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When: April 24-2018
5:30-8:30 pm
Where: Faculty Club- University of Alberta
11435 Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton, Alberta  TG6 2G9
Contact: Jill Sugars
403-269-1755 ext 300

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North West Redwater Partnership Sturgeon Refinery

North West Refining is a 50 per cent owner in the North West Redwater Partnership. The North West Redwater Partnership is building the Sturgeon Refinery, located in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The Sturgeon Refinery is the first greenfield refinery to be built in Canada since 1984.

The project will be the world’s first refinery designed from inception to incorporate CO2 capture, storage and utilization as an integral part of the design. This approach will allow the company to produce ultra-low sulphur diesel with one of the lowest carbon footprints of any petroleum-based fuel. It is one of the largest construction projects in the world, to date over 50 million hours have been worked on the project. Phase 1 will begin operations later this year.

The North West Redwater Partnership Sturgeon Refinery represents a key component in the push to diversify Alberta’s energy industry.  Mr. MacGregor will be providing an update on the Sturgeon Refinery, its importance to our Province and the need for diversification in the energy sector.


Presented by: Ian Mac Gregor

Ian MacGregor was born in Calgary and is an entrepreneur. Ian likes the technically complex and commercial opportunities that permit growth to world scale.  He really likes it when the establishment concludes a promising idea isn’t possible. These likes have led to the founding, development and growth of a number of substantial businesses.

Ian starts them, builds them to size and once the future is clear, moves on.

He has never done the same thing twice.  Like his mom, he maintains childlike interest in any new topic that involves building something.  

He has never had a permanent job that he did not create for himself.  He is unemployable on many levels.

He has been doing this for more than 40 years. He calls it “having fun”.


Ian received his BSC in Mechanical Engineering from University of Calgary in 1971. Ian completed course work for his M.Sc. but quit before his thesis was done to start a machine shop in a double garage he rented. He attended the Harvard Business School’s Smaller Company Management Program part time while running the shop.

Recent Business Experience:

Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of North West Refining., a 50% partner in the North West Redwater Partnership which is constructing bitumen refining complex in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland

Founder and Chairman of Enhance Energy Inc. Enhance is building the world’s largest system to capture and utilize manmade CO2 for enhanced oil recovery.

Co-founder of North West Capital Partners.  A private investment company.

Founder of Carraig Ridge Inc. which is developing a park in which people can live intelligently and connected to nature close to Banff in the Canadian Rockies.

Founder Ambyint which is involved in applying artificial intelligence and robotics to oilfield artificial lifts.

Founder Shackleton Exploration, a company involved in resource development in Alberta.

Organizer, with many others, of the DTARC (David Thompson Archive).  A not-for-profit organization building the world’s largest library of digital data for primary industry.

Other Interests:

A collector since childhood resulted in the founding of The Canadian Museum of Making, an internationally recognized museum with a world class collection of African metal work and industrial revolution machinery as well as an extensive collection of early oilfield equipment.

Ian knows how to make things, he can weld, machine, mechanic, design and draw. He has built many buildings, many process plants, many special purpose machines, and a lot of other stuff that didn’t work. He can’t sit still.

He plans to keep having fun which is what he calls working while he’s vertical.


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