Oil companies come forward for Red Deer Oil & Gas Expo despite turmoil

It’s not the economic backdrop that Dwayne McArthur wanted in the months leading up to the 2015 Red Deer Oil & Gas Expo. But the organizer of the show, which will take place Sept. 17 to 19 at Westerner Park, said many energy companies are stepping forward despite the turmoil caused by low oil and gas prices.

It’s not the economic backdrop that Dwayne McArthur wanted in the months leading up to the 2015 Red Deer Oil & Gas Expo.

But the organizer of the show, which will take place Sept. 17 to 19 at Westerner Park, said many energy companies are stepping forward despite the turmoil caused by low oil and gas prices.

“We expected, because of the price of oil, that there would be companies that say, ‘It’s just not in our budget this year.’ And that has happened.”

But, added McArthur, many others are booking space at the Expo — which returns to Red Deer after its inaugural event in 2013.

They appear intent on ramping up their marketing efforts, particularly given the relatively small cost of renting a booth at the show.

“If you have marketing people and sales people who are on salary anyway, they may as well be at the show,” he said.

In fact, some prospective exhibitors told him two years ago that they were too busy to take part in the 2013 Expo.

McArthur said some big multi-nationals have had to bow out because their budgets have been curtailed by decision-makers in places like Houston, Tex.

“What I have found is the Red Deer companies, the Edmonton companies and the Calgary companies — the companies that are aggressive about marketing and serious about not going into this downward spiral — are saying, ‘We can’t not be there. We’re still going to market; we’re still going to advertise.’”

Those companies that do attend this year will discover some changes from 2013.

Key among these is the fact the Red Deer Oil & Gas Expo has expanded from a Wednesday-Thursday event to one running from Thursday to Saturday. This was in response to a survey of exhibitors and attendees who suggested weekend hours would allow more people from outside Central Alberta to take part.

Another change for 2015 is about a one-third increase in the number of booths available. This is being accomplished by expanding the outside exhibit area and dividing many of the larger indoor spaces into smaller ones.

The beer gardens are being moved from the second level of the Prairie Pavilion to the Chalet. And a meet-and-greet social is planned for exhibitors on Wednesday night at the new Microtel by Wyndham hotel in Gasoline Alley.

An oil and gas job fair was going to be added to this year’s Expo, but may not proceed if the industry job market doesn’t improve, said McArthur.

“If we don’t have enough interest, what we’ll do is we’ll put a sign up that says that the job fair was postponed from this year until 2017.”

McArthur said he’s boosted promotion of the 2015 Red Deer Oil & Gas Expo, and expects another successful event.

“I don’t believe that there’s anybody in the Edmonton-Calgary corridor that is not going to know that there’s an oil and gas expo in Red Deer in September.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives for an announcement at a news conference in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Inquiry into oil and gas foes to deliver report next year: Kenney

CALGARY — An inquiry into who is funding environmental opposition to the… Continue reading

Whatever snow may possibly fall in Red Deer on the weekend will melt when it hits the warm ground, says meteorologist Kyle Fougere with Environment and Climate Change Canada. (File photo by ADVOCATE staff)
Weather expected to get warmer next week in Red Deer

It’s going to be a cold weekend, according to Environment Canada. Saturday… Continue reading

Retired city manager Craig Curtis will argue for keeping the Molly Banister Drive right-of-way at Tuesday's public hearing. He warns of future gridlock if the extension is removed by city council. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Former Red Deer city manager warns killing the Molly Banister Drive extension is ‘a terrible mistake’

Craig Curtis will argue for keeping the road alignment at next week’s public hearing

Alberta has 3,651 active cases of COVID-19. (File photo)
432 new COVID cases sets another record Friday

Central zone holds steady at 126 active cases

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. NDP leader John Horgan and B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau. (Black Press Media)
VIDEO: One day until B.C. voters go to the polls in snap election defined by pandemic

NDP Leader John Horgan’s decision to call an election comes more than a year ahead of schedule and during a pandemic

Alice Kolisnyk, deputy director of the Red Deer Food Bank, says the agency expects an increase in demand as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Every new subscription to the Red Deer Advocate includes a $50 donation to the food bank. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Support the food bank with a subscription to the Red Deer Advocate

The community’s most vulnerable members are always in need of a hand,… Continue reading

Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada's top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Canada’s top physician painted a bleak picture Saturday of the toll the… Continue reading

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole is naming his shadow cabinet, including his predecessor Andrew Scheer as the party's infrastructure critic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
O’Toole tells Alberta UCP AGM Liberals were “late and confused” on COVID response

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says Alberta has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue reading

Indigenous fishermen carry lobster traps in Saulnierville, N.S. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Andrew Vaughan
Federal representative hopes to ease tensions in Nova Scotia lobster dispute

HALIFAX — The man tasked with lowering the temperature in a heated… Continue reading

A voter places her absentee ballot in the ballot box, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Robert F. Bukaty
American voters living in Canada increasingly being counted in presidential race

The largest number of Canadian-based American voters cast their ballots in New York and California

This photo provided by Air Force Reserve shows a sky view of Hurricane Epsilon taken by Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter team over the Atlantic Ocean taken Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.   Epsilon’s maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly as it prepares to sideswipe Bermuda on a path over the Atlantic Ocean.  The National Hurricane Center says it should come close enough Thursday, Oct. 22, evening to merit a tropical storm warning for the island.  (Air Force Reserve via AP)
Hurricane Epsilon expected to remain offshore but will push waves at Atlantic Canada

Epsilon is not expected to have any real impact on land

A composite image of three photographs shows BC NDP Leader John Horgan, left, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Sept. 25, 2020; BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau, centre, in Victoria on Sept. 24, 2020; and BC Liberal Party Leader Andrew Wilkinson Pitt Meadows, B.C., on Sept. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck, Chad Hipolito
British Columbia votes in snap election called during COVID-19 pandemic

NDP Leader John Horgan called the snap election one year before the fixed voting date

Nunavut's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, on Tuesday June 30, 2020. The annual report from Nunavut's representative for children and youth says "complacency and a lack of accountability" in the territory's public service means basic information about young people needing services isn’t tracked. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Nunavut’s young people ‘should be expecting more’ from government services: advocate

‘The majority of information we requested is not tracked or was not provided by departments’

Most Read