James K. Gray, O.C.
Co-Founder, Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd.
Mr. Gray is an exploration geologist who, for more than 50 years, was engaged in the oil and natural gas exploration business in Western Canada. In 1973, Mr. Gray co-founded Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd., one of Canada’s larger natural gas producers.
Over the 28 years of his involvement with Canadian Hunter, he served in the positions of Executive Vice-President, President and CEO, and Chairman until the company was purchased by Burlington Resources in December 2001 for $3.4 billion Cdn.
Mr. Gray has participated in a wide range of community activities and projects. Among his activities, he is Chairman of the Calgary Academy Education and Research Foundation, Honourary Chair of the Canada West Foundation and an Honourary Life Director of the Calgary YMCA.
Mr. Gray is Chairman of the Energy Group of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. He is a director of Atlanta Gold Inc. and RS Technologies Inc. His previous directorships include: Brookfield Asset Management Inc., Cequence Energy Inc., Phoenix Technology Services, Emera Inc., Hudson’s Bay Company, and Canadian National Railway, of which he is Director Emeritus. Mr. Gray served as a member of the Alberta Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy from 2009 to 2011.
Mr. Gray was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree in 1991 by the University of Calgary, the YMCA Fellowship of Honour in 1995, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995.
In March 2001, Mr. Gray received the Energy Person of the Year Award from the Energy Council of Canada. He was inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame in October 2001. In October 2002, Mr. Gray was invested as a Member of the Alberta Order of Excellence. Mr. Gray was inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame in October 2004 and the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in May 2005.