Ian MacGregor is the founder, president, chief executive officer and chairman of North West Refining, a 50-percent partner in the North West Redwater Partnership, which is constructing a $25-billion bitumen refining complex in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The project will be the world’s first refinery designed from inception to incorporate CO2 capture, storage and utilization as an integral part of the design.

Born in Calgary, Ian is an entrepreneur who enjoys technically complex projects. He likes commercial opportunities that permit growth on a world scale. He enjoys the challenge presented when the establishment concludes a promising idea is not possible. These interests have led to the founding, development and growth of a number of substantial businesses, including Enhance Energy Inc., North West Capital Partners, Carraig Ridge Inc., Ambyint and Shackleton Exploration. Ian has been doing this for more than 40 years. He calls it “having fun.”

A collector since childhood, Ian is the founder of the Canadian Museum of Making, an internationally recognized museum with a world-class collection of African metalwork and machinery dating back to the Industrial Revolution, as well as an extensive collection of early oil field equipment.  

Ian received his B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary in 1971.

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