Archive for August, 2013

Private oil corporations are key

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

My “Letter from Calgary” column from the December 2012 issue of the Investment Executive newspaper: Canada should resist the overtures of gigantic, state-owned oil companies. Every time a state-owned oil company buys a Canadian energy producer, a little part of Alberta’s oilpatch dies. It’s true that Calgary’s head office set, especially the finance and investment banking [...]

Parisian postcard, 2013

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Those of you contemplating a trip to the City of Light ™ may benefit from these few words. My family and I spent eight days there last month and have a few experiences worth sharing. All indications are that Paris, as a tourist destination, is more popular than ever. This suggests that people are weighing [...]

Riding to the city of New Orleans

Monday, August 12th, 2013

My Letter from Calgary column from the February 2013 issue of the Investment Executive newspaper: Oil producers are turning to the railway as an alternative to expensive pipelines Alberta’s oil and natural gas industry is nothing if not adaptable. Huge technical risks, geographical and weather challenges, fickle capital markets, shifting regulations and taxes, and, of course, [...]