University of Calgary

In the name of the law

UToday HomeJuly 13, 2012

Some of Calgary’s most influential energy leaders gathered with friends from the University of Calgary at the Petroleum Club on July 3 to support the Faculty of Law. Photos courtesy of the Faculty of Law

You don’t have to be an alumni, a member of the staff, faculty, or current student body to care about the University of Calgary.

Proof of that was on display when more than 20 of Calgary’s most influential energy leaders gathered at the Petroleum Club on July 3 to kickstart the Faculty of Law’s Inspiring Energy. Skills. Excellence campaign.

“Today is a special day for me. I’m here among such an extraordinary group of friends and colleagues, most of whom are not graduates of the University of Calgary, who are so willing to volunteer their time and efforts on behalf of our law school,” said the faculty of law’s dean, Ian Holloway.

In attendance were Suncor’s former president and CEO, Rick George, who has taken the role of honorary co-chair together with Burnet Duckworth & Palmer’s Chairman Emeritus, Jim Palmer, and the campaign’s senior volunteer advisor and managing director/vice chairman of Credit Suisse Securities - Canada, Brian Felesky. The evening began with inspiration from the campaign’s co-chairs, Kerry Dyte, executive vice-president, general counsel & corporate secretary from Cenovus, and Eric Miller, senior vice-president & chief legal officer of Agrium.

“It is the time and commitment of passionate and dedicated volunteers with pride for ‘Calgary’s law school’ that will define this campaign’s success,” said Karen Hill-Chow, the faculty of law’s director of development.

The faculty of law launched its new strategic plan, Energy. Skills. Excellence in 2010 with sights set on sustaining their international reputation for excellence in resources, energy and environmental law; building a nationally recognized ‘Excellence in Lawyering’ legal skills program, and establishing the faculty’s JD program as the premiere professional law degree in Western Canada.

The campaign for Calgary law is seeking $20 million in private contributions to support objectives set out in the new strategic plan. To date, the faculty has received a generous gift of $600,000 from Cenovus to fund the Cenovus Continuing Legal Education Program. Most recently, the faculty accepted an investment of $300, 000 from Nexen Inc. to support the newly established International Energy Lawyers Program; a joint JD program with the University of Houston Law Center – the only dual degree in the world offering an energy law specialization.

The campaign cabinet, made up of several managing partners from Calgary law firms, alumni from across North America and senior executives from major energy corporations in the city, will champion the fundraising initiatives set forth by the law school and bring together the Calgary legal community and the Faculty of Law.