Strategic Program Speakers
Gary Mar assumed the role of President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) in December 2018. PSAC is the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. PSAC is Working Energy and as the voice of this sector, advocates for its members to enable the continued innovation, technological advancement and in-the-field experience they supply to energy explorers and producers in Canada and internationally, helping to increase efficiency, ensure safety and protect the environment.
Prior to joining PSAC, Gary worked as an independent consultant for both Chinese and Canadian companies seeking assistance with trans Pacific trade and investment. In 2016, he co-founded Canadian Advantage Petroleum Corporation which has successfully purchased heavy oil in Alberta and sold it directly to refineries in China. He has also worked in the area of medical imaging devices. Gary has also been a commentator on CBC, Global and other media outlets on international trade. He lectures and is a public speaker at energy related conferences.
He previously served as the Province of Alberta’s Representative in Asia from 2011 to 2015. He lead the province’s strategic outreach efforts from his post in Hong Kong and worked with Alberta’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei. His focus was trade promotion and investment in Alberta with a particular focus on energy. Exports from Alberta and Asian investment in Alberta increased dramatically during his tenure.
Gary also served as the Official Representative (Minister-Counselor) of the Province of Alberta to the United States of America in Washington D.C., from 2007 – 2011. He worked extensively with the Alberta energy sector on advocacy issues in Washington DC and many U.S. States. He has a broad network of contacts in both Canada and the U.S. with government and the energy sector.
Prior to this, Gary served 14 years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of Alberta, Canada. During his time as an elected official, Gary held several Cabinet portfolios –Community Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Environment; and International and Intergovernmental Relations.
Before serving Albertans as an elected Member of the Alberta Legislature, Gary practiced criminal, civil, corporate, commercial and real estate law in Calgary, Alberta. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994, a honourary designation conferred by the Crown in Commonwealth countries and recognized by the courts.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. Gary and his wife Nancy have three children, Lauren, Jared and Mackenzie.