The Patron Group is the host organization of the Shaw Charity Classic and is led by long-time Calgarian and Tournament Chairman, Clay Riddell. Clay is joined by Calgary business leaders, Allan Markin, Keith MacPhail, Jim Riddell, Guy Turcotte, Gary Peddle, and PGA Tour professional, Stephen Ames. Founded in 2012 with the goal of bringing elite professional golf to Calgary and raising significant funds for children’s charities in Alberta, the Patron Group is the driving force behind the only Canadian event on the prestigious Champions Tour.
Clay Riddell - Tournament Chairman
Mr. Riddell graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science, Honors degree in Geology. In May 2004, he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba. He has been the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Resources Ltd., a publicly traded oil and gas company since 1974. He is Chief Executive Officer of MGM Energy Corp. and is Chairman of the Board of Perpetual Energy Inc. and Trilogy Energy Corp.
Mr. Riddell is past President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and past Chair of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. He is associated with several other profit and non-profit organizations. He has been a resident of Calgary for many years.
He currently owns stakes in at least 10 publicly traded energy companies, with Paramount remaining one of his largest holdings. He is also an owner of the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames. In 2012, Riddell donated $15M to Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada for the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate program in Political Management that was launched in 2010.
Allan Markin - Tournament Vice Chairman
Presently Mr. Markin is a major supporter of the Alberta Project Promoting active Living & healthy Eating in Schools (APPLE Schools) program, at the University of Alberta, School of Public Health. The program has expanded since inception, and is now running in 57 Alberta schools, serving urban, rural, and First Nations, Metis and Inuit students. In 2012 Allan committed to enhancing the APPLE Schools program by integrating principles set out in the "FranklinCovey" Leader in Me program into existing APPLE Schools. The gift will also allow the School of Public Health to evaluate the impact of Leader in Me on children's physical fitness, eating habits and leadership skills.
In recognition of his tremendous support of education, Allan has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, Lethbridge and St. Francis Xavier. Mr. Markin is a Founder of St. Mary's University and was bestowed an honorary fellowship from St. Mary's University in 2004. In accepting The Fraser Institute's T. Patrick Boyle Founder Award in 2010, Allan spoke of individual value and personal responsibility.
The Mayor of the City of Calgary bestowed him with the Citizen of the Year award for 2004 and he received the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005. In July 2008, Mr. Markin was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada by the Governor General. He received The Alberta Order of Excellence in October 2008. In the fall of 2009, he was inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame. In March 2012, Allan was recognized as the Canadian Business Leader of the Year Award by the Alberta School of Business of the University of Alberta. In the summer of 2012 Allan was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Another major benefactor of Mr. Markin's philanthropy has been health. Allan created a registered charity -- the Pure North S'Energy Foundation, an innovative preventative health program focused on promoting a positive lifestyle as the foundation of a happy, healthy and long life. As of August 2012, Pure North had over 13,000 registered participants from a broad cross-section of backgrounds, with a special focus on inner-city and aboriginal populations, including many communities in northern Canada. The main focus is supplying dearly needed vital nutrients, and the reduction of heavy metals.
Although diversified, his main philanthropic objective is to enhance education tied to health and wellness.
Mr. Jim Riddell has held the office of Chief Executive Officer of Trilogy since inception in April 2005 and, until May 2010, he was also President. He joined Paramount Resources Ltd. in May 1991 and has been a director since June 2000 and President and Chief Operating Officer of Paramount since June 2002.
Mr. Riddell is also a director and Executive Chairman of the Board of MGM Energy Corp, a director and Vice Chairman of Big Rock Brewery Inc. and a director of Sonde Resources Corp.Mr. Riddell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology (1989) and from the University of Alberta with a Master of Science degree in Geology (1993).
Mr. MacPhail has more than 29 years' experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently Chairman of Bonavista Energy Corporation. Prior to joining Bonavista Energy Corporation in 1997, Mr. MacPhail held progressively more responsible positions with Canadian Natural Resources Limited with his final position being Executive Vice President and COO. Prior thereto, he held the position of Production Manager with Poco Petroleums Ltd.
Mr. MacPhail holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists & Geophysicists of Alberta.Mr. MacPhail is also a member of the board of directors of Canadian Natural Resources Limited and Chairman of the board of NuVista Energy Ltd. and is also on a number of other private advisory boards.
Mr. MacPhail has set a new standard by donating $10M into the school that began his career in the oil and gas industry. From his generous donation, MacPhail School of Energy now offers some of the most advanced programs in Canada to nearly 3,000 students.
Mr. Turcotte, President, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Stone Creek Resorts Inc., the developer of Silvertip Resort in Canmore, Alberta and Eagle Ranch Resort in Invermere, British Columbia.
Mr. Turcotte founded Chauvco Resources in 1981 and was President and CEO until the company was sold in 1997. In 1997, he also founded Fort Chicago Energy Partners (now Veresen Inc.) which was involved in building the $5 Billion Alliance Pipeline from northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta to Chicago, Illinois. In 1999, Guy also founded Western Oil Sands, a 20 percent partner with Shell and Chevron in the $5.7 Billion, 155,000 barrel per day Albian Oil Sands mine in Fort McMurray and Scotford Upgrader, located in Fort Saskatchewan.
Mr. Turcotte has a gas technology diploma from NAIT, a chemical engineering degree from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Turcotte is involved in numerous philanthropic activities, including supporting the under privileged, children’s charities and education.
Mr. Peddle retired after 25 years in the oil and gas industry having called Calgary home for the past 50 years. Mr. Peddle previously held the senior management positions with a number of oil and gas companies, including Vice President Land at Cypress Energy Inc. and Cequel Energy Inc. as well as Vice President of Corporate Development at Cyries Energy Inc. where he also served on their Board of Directors. Mr. Peddle currently serves as a Director on the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary Foundation Board. From 2013 – 2015 Mr. Peddle had the great pleasure to serve as the Volunteer Tournament Chairman for the Shaw Charity Classic.
Mr. Peddle holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Calgary and was a long serving member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen.
Mr. Peddle along with associate, Eamon Hurley, started the Fuel for School Nutrition Foundation about 10 years ago. The goal of the program was to help alleviate classroom hunger within the Calgary public school system. Recently the Foundation was brought under the umbrella of the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary Foundation where it continues the good work of helping to fund the Calgary Board of Education’s Fuel for School program. Mr. Peddle remains dedicated to helping with programs involving youth through initiatives directed at both education and health.
Stephen Ames is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour and a Calgary resident. Mr. Ames is one of the most successful Canadian golfers in PGA Tour history with a career highlighted by wins at the 2004 Western Open and The PLAYERS Championship in 2006. Mr. Ames' golfing talent developed early in life, assisted by support and discipline from his father, Michael. In his Hoerman Cup debut at the age of 16 in 1980, he smashed the course record at Sandy Lane, Barbados with a six-under-par total of 66. Stephen Ames has won four times on the PGA Tour to go along with two European Tour wins and one victory on the Web.com Tour. In 2014, Stephen was elected to The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
Mr. Ames focuses on his charitable pursuits by helping children through the Stephen Ames Foundation, which helps young people develop the skills and confidence, through golf, they will use into adulthood. The foundation funds junior golf programs as well as other initiatives in Canada and Trinidad & Tobago.
In 2005, the Canadian Junior Golf Association and Trinidad & Tobago Golf Association developed a partnership to enhance the international opportunities for junior golfers in both countries through the effort of Stephen. The Stephen Ames Cup is unique to both Canada and Trinidad as the event is hosted by Stephen. The event encourages competition, sportsmanship and exposure to different cultures.