Ralph has had a long career in the Energy industry. After earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1980, Ralph joined Mobil Oil Canada in Calgary. His experience was initially in Finance and Administration, including 3 years in Mobil Canada’s Head Office in Toronto during the early days of Canadian East Coast exploration and development.
After deregulation of Canadian oil and gas prices in the mid-1980’s, Ralph took the opportunity to move into Mobil’s Marketing group. He transitioned through various Marketing activities including natural gas, NGL and crude oil sales and transportation. Prior to departing Mobil he was responsible for sourcing and transporting Canadian crude oil to Mobil Oil’s refinery in Joliet, Illinois, and as such was intimately familiar with refinery operations and economics.
Ralph chose to leave Mobil Oil in 1993 to join ELAN Energy, where, in addition to his sales and transportation activities, he initiated the development and construction of the ECHO Heavy Oil Pipeline system. ELAN was later acquired by Ranger Oil where Ralph assumed Marketing responsibility for the combined organization. With Ranger he gained experience in international Marketing activities in areas including the U.K. North Sea, offshore Angola, and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Ralph recently retired from Baytex Energy where he was instrumental in developing and growing Baytex’s Marketing activities.