J. C. Anderson

J. C. Anderson

B.S. P.E., 1954
Anderson Energy, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

James Carl Anderson personifies the entrepreneurial spirit.  It’s a spirit that has carried him from the plains of his native Nebraska to the pinnacles of success in the international oil and natural gas industry.

Mr. Anderson’s remarkable career—initially as an Amoco Petroleum Corporation engineer executive in the United States and Canada, and ultimately as founder, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of two energy exploration and development firms in his adopted home of Alberta, Canada—builds on his petroleum engineering education at The University of Texas at Austin.

Following graduation with his B.S. degree, he worked briefly as a roustabout for Amoco in west Texas, then spent two years in military service with U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence. He returned to Amoco in 1956, launching his business career.  Over the next dozen years, he worked as a petroleum engineer in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado and Canada, rising in 1966 to the post of chief engineer for Canada.

In 1968 he founded Anderson Exploration, Ltd., an oil and gas exploration/ production company based in Calgary, Alberta.  For over 30 years he served as the firm’s chairman and CEO.  In 1970 Mr. Anderson (sole owner at the time) was responsible for the discovery of the huge Dunvegan Gas Field in northern Alberta, which has produced over one trillion cubic feet of gas and is expected to produce for years to come.  With Dunvegan, a cornerstone property, the Company grew steadily through exploration and acquisitions to become Canada’s fifth largest natural gas producer.  It went public in Canada in 1988, and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2001. That same year, it. was sold for $4.6 billion to Devon Energy, a U.S. company.  Anderson established a new entity, Anderson Energy, a year later. He presently serves as Chairman of this latest venture. He was named Prairies Canada Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996, and received the 2000 Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists’ Stanley Slipper Award for outstanding petroleum exploration. 

In 2001, he made an $11 million contribution—the largest in the organization’s history—to The Calgary Foundation, a charitable umbrella devoted to bettering the lives of residents of Calgary and the surrounding area.

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