SIGNATURE EVENT: CBLA <br> Fun and Integrity ? in Business, in Life

    We are pleased to announce that Allan Markin ? long-time Chairman of CNRL ? has been selected as the 31st Canadian Business Leader Award recipient. Mark the date - March 14, 2012.

    October 20, 2011

    Alberta School of Business Interim Dean Tom Scott and Business Advisory Council Chairman Guy Turcotte are pleased to announce that Allan Markin, Chairman of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, has been selected as the School’s 31st Canadian Business Leader Award (CBLA) recipient.

    Allan Markin represents one of Canada’s great entrepreneurial success stories.  In 1989, Canadian Natural was an oil and gas company operating in Alberta with five employees producing about 1400 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOE/D) with a market capitalization of about $30 million.  Through growth and acquisition, Canadian Natural now produces over 630,000 BOE/D.  The company has 4,600 employees, an enterprise value of approximately $45 billion and operations throughout western Canada, the North Sea and offshore West Africa.  Today, Canadian Natural is Canada’s second largest natural gas producer; the tenth most valuable Canadian company based on market capitalization, and 263 on Forbes’ Global 2000 “World’s Largest Public Companies” list.  Throughout his 22 years as Chairman, Allan Markin has lived his values of vision and commitment, beginning with the company’s Mission Statement:  “doing it right with fun and integrity.”  Allan’s desire for balance between those two values has been integral to his success. His commitment to his employees and shareholders includes an innovative wellness program which consists of flying a team of doctors out into the field regularly.  Allan also makes it a priority to meet every field staffer at least once a year. He believes that “you have to be there, you have to touch the steel” to be successful.

    Commitment to his community includes being a tireless champion for preventative healthcare and education notably through the substantial investment of his time and dollars towards ground-breaking solutions including the Alberta Project Promoting Active Living & Healthy Eating in Schools (APPLE Schools) and the Pure North S’Energy health programs. 

    “Being a recipient of the Canadian Business Leader Award is a genuine honour and one which I share with the employees of Canadian Natural and, in particular, my close friend and business partner, Murray Edwards” Allan said.  “At the end of the day, the health and wellness of all and social responsibility is what matters most.  Education is fundamental to this and I very much commend the Alberta School of Business for inspiring tomorrow’s leaders through this longstanding award.” 

    The CBLA, the School’s signature event attended by over 700 members of Alberta’s business community, will take place on March 14, 2012, in Edmonton. Exposing students to great leaders is at the heart of the CBLA award. Over 100 students are typically able to attend the dinner thanks to sponsoring individuals and companies. The CBLA recipient also participates in an informal session with MBA students earlier in the day.

    “As entrepreneurship and energy are at the core of the Alberta School of Business culture, and corporate social responsibility is an anchor, we look forward to honouring a most distinguished leader and generous philanthropist and to hearing about his vision and passions for the future,” Interim Dean Tom Scott said. Since 1982, recipients of the CBLA have been leaders, entrepreneurs, and pioneers of progress in the business world recognized for their outstanding achievements and business acumen and are selected by the 34-member international Business Advisory Council of the Alberta School of Business.

    Past recipients include Darren Entwistle, TELUS, 2011; Gord Nixon, Royal Bank of Canada, 2010; Hal Kvisle, TransCanada, 2009; Tony Franceschini, Stantec, 2008; Dominic D’Alessandro, Manulife Financial Corporation, 2007; and Jim Pattison, the Jim Pattison Group, 2006.

    Allan Markin's bio to follow.

    Allan P. Markin, O.C., A.O.E., P.Eng. - Chairman, Canadian Natural Resources Limited

    Allan P. Markin, a native of Calgary, has been the Chairman of Canadian Natural Resources Limited since 1989.  He helped the company grow from a small operation of six employees with limited capital to one of the largest oil and gas producers in Canada and one of the most successful operators in the world.  Canadian Natural’s mission statement is “To Develop People to Work Together to Create Value for the Company’s Shareholders, by Doing it Right, with Fun and Integrity.” In support of that mission statement, Allan has supported Canadian Natural’s progressive and innovative corporate commitment to a health and wellness system for field employees.  He is a 1968 graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. He became a Limited Partner of the Calgary Flames Hockey Club in 1994.

    In recognition of his contribution to Canadian business, Mr. Markin was awarded The Fraser Institute’s T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s award in 2010.  In accepting the award, Mr. Markin spoke of the value of personal responsibility, vision, and “living your mission statement from the ground up and the top down.” Mr. Markin was inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame in 2009.  He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada by the Governor General in 2008 and also received the Alberta Order of Excellence that same year.  Mr. Markin received the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and was named Calgary’s Citizen of the Year for 2004.

    Mr. Markin has a special philanthropic interest in health, wellness, and education. He is a major supporter of the Alberta Project Promoting Active Living & Healthy Eating in Schools (APPLE Schools) program through the University of Alberta. The program is currently running in 41 Alberta schools serving 12,251 students and their families in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, and Northern Alberta and includes urban, rural, First Nations, and Metis communities.

    In support of Canadian Natural’s Wellness Programs, Mr. Markin recently created a registered charity - the Pure North S’Energy Foundation, an innovative preventative health program focused on promoting a positive lifestyle as the foundation for a happy, healthy and long life. This program serves a diverse and growing  clientele of over 6000 people including Canadian Natural employees, their families, those who battled the fires in Slave Lake and the Oilsands, homeless populations (through the Mustard Seed Ministry), exceptional Canadian athletes, and many, many families in need.In recognition of his tremendous support of education, Allan Markin has received honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge and the St. Francis Xavier University. In addition, Mr. Markin is the primary benefactor of St. Mary’s University and was bestowed an honorary fellowship in 2004.

    Reflecting his lifelong commitment to health and education, Allan has generously supported the University of Calgary through the following programs: the Markin Chair in Health & Society, the Markin Scholar Program, the Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program, and the Markin Lecture Series in Health & Wellness.

    Allan continues to support his high school alma mater with the annual Markin Bursary.

    For more information, or for tickets to the event, please contact:

    Susan Robertson
    Manager, Special Events and Donor Relations
    Alberta School of Business
    780.492.2348
    susan.robertson@ualberta.ca