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SEIDO Students Host the WISER Series--Saskatchewan International: Our Oil & Gas Sector and Abroa

The Saskatchewan Economic & International Development Officer Program (SEIDO), the


Eric Anderson, Saskatchewan resource consultant and host of Rawlco Radio’s Prosperity Saskatchewan, hosted the full-day event, leading University of Saskatchewan students through the universe of international oil and gas and Saskatchewan’s role in it.


The event also featured executive-level guest speakers from high profile oil and gas companies operating in the province, including a special presentation from Peter Kujawinski, the United States Consul-General in Calgary. Consul-General Kujawinski called Saskatchewan a “key province” in the industry and stressed the strong US - Saskatchewan opportunities.

“Oil and gas in Saskatchewan are some of the best investment opportunities globally,” said guest speaker Rick Wingate of FNR Asset Management. “Young people need to find their fit in this opportunity.”


Doug Wilkins of Gibson Energy agreed, seeing the event as an excellent catalyst to influence students’ career choices. Wilkins commented the event served to dispel many myths in the oil and gas industry. While Alberta often comes to mind as the nation’s provider of “black gold,” Saskatchewan actually provides about 20% of all Canada’s oil production. In 2011 alone, Saskatchewan’s oil production was 157.7 million barrels, with a sale value of approximately $12.7 billion.

* Please note this article has been updated to reflect the new name change of the “Saskatchewan Economic & International Development Officer Program” (“SEIDO”), from its former program name as the “Saskatchewan International Trade Officer Program” (“SITO”).

About the WISER Series. The Saskatchewan Economic & International Development Officer Program (SEIDO), the University of Saskatchewan’s Hanlon Centre for International Business Studies, the Canadian International Council - Saskatoon Chapter, and the Canadian Mining Institute (CIM) – Saskatoon Chapter is a 12-part lecture series unveiling numerous global events that impact Saskatchewan’s natural resources sector and thus economy. Events discussed range from supply and demand, to political, social, and natural events, and how such factors act as direct or indirect determinates.

The Saskatchewan Economic & International Development Officer Program (SEIDO) allows university/college and high schools throughout Saskatchewan the opportunity build global business knowledge, related skills development, and training opportunities for a career in global business, international trade and development. For more information, please contact Nicholas Kokkastamapoulos (SEIDO Program Coordinator) at the Haultain Institute for Global Business Studies at or or by telephone at (306) 715-2260. Thank you.

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