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DRADER, Kelly Ivan

August 12, 1956 – Edmonton, AB
February 22, 2014 – Canmore, AB

Kelly Ivan Drader passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The world has lost an irrepressible spirit, a loving husband of over 33 years, a doting father, a caring godfather, a brilliant business mind and a dear friend to so many. A native Albertan, Kelly grew up in Haysboro with sisters Debbie and Darcy and brothers Kevin and Dean. He was predeceased by his parents Don and Norma. He leaves behind his soul mate and first and only dearest love Jan as well as two lovely and heartbroken daughters, Ginny (David) and Natalie.

Kelly graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce and then articled and received his Chartered Accountant designation two years thereafter. After working for Touche Ross & Co. as an auditor, he entered the oil and gas industry with Westburne Petroleum rising to Treasurer. Never content to march to another’s drum, he left Westburne to join what is now Enerplus Corporation in its infancy in 1987 and was instrumental in the remarkable growth and success of that organization for fourteen years. His ingenuity and passion for business are well documented. He and his mentor Marcel Tremblay, championed the Royalty Trust Model, growing Enerplus to be the flagship of the royalty trust fleet. Leaving his position as Senior Vice President of Enerplus in 2001, he sought a fresh challenge starting a new energy trust company, Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. This was subsequently split into two entities, Advantage and Longview Oil Corp. Excited by the growth potential of Longview, Kelly was President and CEO of that company until his passing. The oil and gas business is a dynamic and ever-evolving industry and Kelly was an innovator who embraced those challenges with unflagging optimism. Somehow he always managed to see opportunity where many others could not. That refreshing energy and outlook remained undaunted over a career spanning 34 years. He was fond of saying, “I’ve been lucky, and the harder I work, the luckier I get.” On the outside he was driven to succeed, unrelenting and imaginative in “getting the deal across the goal line”, but inside he also had great compassion and cared deeply for the well-being of his employees.

Kelly’s approach to all facets of his life never changed. He lived life in overdrive with no rear-view mirror. Whether it was excelling at high school football, competing in minor and later adult hockey, winning a football scholarship at Treasure Valley Idaho, achieving a near perfect GPA at university, acing his CA exams, golfing and joking with his buddies at Willow Park, cross country skiing or hiking with his girls, preparing to be a grandfather, cheering on the Steelers and the Flames or ensuring that he and Jan visited each and every site of interest on every holiday, Kelly burned through life with unbridled enthusiasm and at a pace beyond the ability of most others.

Beyond all of that however, and always first and foremost, he was a dedicated family man, deeply devoted and fiercely protective of his two daughters, proud as he could be of his new son-in-law, intensely excited about the impending arrival of his first grandchild and, to the end, hopelessly head over heels in love with Jan.

Funeral Services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 – 15th Avenue S.W.) on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Kelly Drader, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Bob and Eileen Knight :

    Kelly was a very special guy. I had the pleasure of knowing Kelly through the Willow Park Golf Club. His spirit of generosity was very evident at the Willow Park Charity Classic, his giving helped many lives and I know he felt privileged to be able to help. We too feel privileged to have known Kelly. Those close to him will all have great memories of Kelly to share in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  2. Larry & Jan Warren :

    Larry and I sit here tonight reminiscing about this affectionate and thoughtful man! Kelly always made you feel so special!! We were fortunate to have spent our honeymoon staying at Jan and Kelly’s home. They were the ultimate honeymoon host and hostess!! The two of them were always a team, a couple that exhumed love and couple hood!! Larry and I were just visiting with them and were hoping that they would find a home in AZ and that we could once again spend some time together!! We love you Kelly and feel special to have watched you develop into an amazing husband, boss, and father!!

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  3. Deepest Condolences to you Jan, Ginny, Natalie, and the others in the Drader family. It was difficult news to receive when Debbie contacted me Sunday. Having just lost my wife, Gerri, I can understand the pain you are going through. Good memories will keep our loved ones alive for the rest of our time on this Earth.

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  4. Desiree Prosser :

    Dearest Jan,

    I was so sorry to read about Kelly’s sudden passing. I am hereby extending my sincere condolences to you, Ginny, David and Natalie.You are in my thoughts.

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  5. Hi Debbie, Kevin, Darcy and Dean,
    My sincere condolences on the passing for your brother Kelly. It was sad to see the announcement in the newspaper. Upon reflecting back to my days at Pannaber and Scarlett, I have only fond memories of my interaction with the Drader family – great students and great athletes. Please pass on my sympathies to your sister-in-law Jan and her girls.


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  6. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Kelly’s passing. I have known Kelly for 17 years from the perspective of a banker to his companies. His intelligence, knowledge and drive served him and all stakeholders well. His clarity of mind and honesty made him a pleasure to work with. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

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  7. I was so sorry to hear of Kelly’s passing and wish to extend my deepest condolences. He was a good man and I really enjoyed working with him at Enerplus.

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  8. Kevin & Jean Bennett :

    Dear Jan,
    I am so saddened to hear of Kelly’s passing. My thoughts are with you and the girls as you come to terms with the loss of your loved one.
    My sincere condolences, Jean. (J.P.s )

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  9. Dave and Lynne Burden :

    Jan, Ginny and Natalie,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Kelly was a wonderful guy and a big part of the Burden family all the way back to 1971. We pray for your strength and comfort in God’s embrace through this trying time.

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  10. Doug Jackson :

    Kelly’s life intersected with mine for only a few short years, but his effect was nevertheless significant and positive. Six years ago, I left my long-time job at an accounting firm and took my current position at Advantage. This mid-life and mid-career move was absolutely terrifying at the time. I was older than my peers by more than a decade, and they had me beat on oil and gas industry knowledge. Kelly took great interest in educating me and quickly. He did not see this as a chore, but a passion. He made a point of bringing me into important meetings that dealt with Advantage’s future. It was an honour to be so respected and trusted by someone so accomplished. From Friday’s service, I learned that I was not alone. Kelly had this same effect on so many people. He saw potential in everyone. I am very sad that he has left us so soon. I hope that his immediate family and closest friends are comforted by the fact that even though he is gone, his mark on this world — through his positive effect on so many people — is truly eternal.

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