Get in your truck and head to the Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show Sept. 12-13

Jason Kenney is keynote speaker for the opening ceremonies banquet

Lloydminster –The Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show is coming up quick, taking place Sept. 12-13 at the exhibition grounds on the north end of the Border City.

John Stanyer, head of the organizing committee, said on Aug. 14 they’ve sold 74 per cent of their inside booths and 80 per cent of the outside booths.

The opening ceremonies banquet is starting to sell out, and most of the corporate tables are sold. The opening ceremonies take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The keynote speaker for the opening ceremonies is Alberta United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney.

The theme of the show is “Opportunity and Innovation,” Stanyer said.

Two years ago approximately 5,000 people attended. Stanyer said, “The public is welcome, but you have to register to get in. You must have a badge.”

There will be a social night on the Wednesday with comedian Tim Nutt providing entertainment.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers will be having technical presentations on the Wednesday morning.

Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers extended an invitation to come to the oil show. He said on Aug. 14, “I’ve had the opportunity to attend the oil show for a number of years, being in the industry. This is my third time to sit on the board of directors. I think it’s a great opportunity to highlight heavy oil production and oil production in Western Canada. We do it well. We do it environmentally friendly. And we’re very safe. Those are all important things to take into mind.

“I encourage people to come into the oil show to see the technology. Talk to the people. These are the people, that, in some cases, have just entered the industry to people that are veterans. They’ll share with you what we do well.

“It’s a great highlight for our city. We put it on every two years. The OTS (Oilfield Technical Society) club has started it and it’s got a long history, and it’s run by volunteers. Not many shows are run by volunteers, staffed by volunteers, organized by volunteers,” he said.

Aalbers has personally manned a booth in the past. Asked about that, he said, “It’s very interesting. We have people from offshore, outside Canada, that come to the show. We have people that come locally. Some have been here a long time and want to know what’s new in the technology.

He noted there are those who are simply outsiders or bystanders to the industry, and others who will do business at the show, talking with customers.

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