2019 Distinguished Alumnus
With more than 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Trevor (Petroleum Engineering Technology ’97) has a wealth of industry expertise and his insights as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council help strengthen programs in SAIT’s MacPhail School of Energy. In 2015, Trevor and his wife Gail started the Lamb Family Foundation and established the Lamb Learner Success Centre at SAIT. The Centre offers classes and counselling in learning skills as well as accessibility and testing services for students with a variety of learning challenges. A gift from the Foundation in 2017 helped establish the SAIT Camps Bursary program.
Alberta-born energy industry veteran, Harley rider, philanthropist.
What fuelled your rise from roughneck to executive?
Within three months I was promoted to Driller because I was capable, skilled and interested. I do not believe I am smarter than anybody else — the secret is to be engaged in what you’re doing.
What’s your proudest professional moment?
My first big job as a project manager: a $50 million, 20% sour gas facility and interconnecting pipelines. At the initiation of the project, I said I’d start it up on July 22 at 2 p.m. — approximately 12 months from inception to start-up — and I did. It was my most satisfying moment and it shaped my career.
What energizes you?
Family and friends. I grew a company from one person to 600, and I could say “hello” to everyone using their names. My family has just donated a building to the Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation through the Lamb Family Foundation, in addition to our continued support of SAIT through the Lamb Learner Success Center. Philanthropy is a good thing for families to do what they believe in, together.
Where will the world will source its energy in 40 years?
It will move from fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas — into some mix of renewable and nuclear energy. I really believe we’ll see some level of a safe nuclear world.
Photo by Kate Kunz