Randy Eresman, a Canadian from Medicine Hat, Alberta attended the University of Wyoming, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1984. Randy previously received a diploma in Earth Resources Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and had gained considerable work and life experiences in a variety of jobs in the western Canadian oil and gas industry prior to making the decision to attend UW.
After graduation, Randy became a professional engineer and gained exposure to technical and leadership roles within the environment of an independent oil and gas producing company. He was widely recognized as an early adaptor of new technologies to solve problems and create opportunities. He advanced quickly in the organization, taking on ever increasing roles and responsibilities.
On January 1, 2006, at the age of 47, Randy was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of EnCana Corporation, Canada’s largest energy company. Under his strategic leadership, he transformed EnCana into the leading producer of unconventional natural gas and bitumen resources in North America. This focused strategy enabled EnCana to become the largest producer of natural gas in North America and the leading producer of bitumen using enhanced recovery technologies. His unconventional natural gas strategy, which was also employed by other producers, has been so successful that it has significantly increased North American natural gas supplies.
Recognizing the implications of an abundant supply of natural gas, Randy quickly became one the leading advocates for the conversion of electrical generation and transportation fuel to cleaner burning natural gas, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants and achieving greater energy security while at the same time creating well-paying jobs in North America.
As a result of his own experience, Randy has also been an advocate of higher education. As such, he, his wife, Shelly, and their two children, Trisha and John, provide multiple bursaries each year to high school graduates from the Medicine Hat area. The bursaries are designed to assist those students who otherwise might not have been able to attend university.