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EDMUNDS, Neil Roger

November 12, 1957 – Regina, SK
December 7, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Neil, beloved son of Fay and Roger Edmunds, passed away suddenly on December 7th, 2013 at the age of 56 years.

Neil spent only his first three weeks of life in Saskatchewan as the family was transferred to Alberta. He grew up moving back and forth between Edmonton and Calgary due to company transfers common in those days. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 receiving the gold medal for academic excellence.

He joined Gulf Oil after graduation and his abilities were quickly recognized and he was assigned to their Pittsburgh Research Centre. There he developed a a process for in situ heavy oil extraction, which Gulf patented. Gulf had a management career in mind for him when he returned to Canada, but Neil wished to pursue his passion in research and software development for heavy oil extraction. This led him to form Clearwater Engineering to develop software and to setup Surmont Resources to exploit the oil sands in the Surmont Region on which Surmont had an option. Unfortunately Neil was too far ahead his time and funds couldn’t be raised for a pilot project. In 1986 Neil joined Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority (AOSTRA) providing evermore advanced technologies for industry to exploit the heavy oil reservoirs. Following AOSTRA, he joined CS Resources to develop their Senlac Thermal Project and to consult for Encana providing new technologies for their Foster Creek pilots and provided expert testimony on gas over bitumen issues before regulatory hearings.

Neil was a founding member of Laricina Energy Ltd. in 2005, where he held the positions of VP, Enhanced Oil Recovery and Advisory Director until his death. One of Neil’s greatest legacies with Laricina was his pioneering work on the commercial exploitation of an emerging heavy oil reservoir in Alberta, the Grosmont carbonates, which he believed has potential of adding significant oil reserves to Alberta.

Besides his brilliance and passion in enhanced oil recovery, Neil was a master of his craft. He was a well-respected researcher, author and presenter of the many issues, challenges and technological advancements for heavy oil and bitumen recovery, publishing in excess of 25 papers, holds a number of patents, and was a distinguished lecturer on the subject. He loved to instruct the upcoming engineers on the science and became an Adjunct Professor in 2008 at the University of Calgary in the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. He enjoyed hiking, traveling, reading and scrawling his vision on white boards.

Besides his parents Neil is also survived by his elder brother, David (Karen ) and their three children, Alyssa, Sean and Kyra, by his elder sister Pat Hladyboroda ( Taras ) and their two children, Michael and Leslie Matheson ( Layne), and by his sister Beth Pinckston ( Rob ) and their three boys, Scott, Chris, and Eric.

A Celebration of Neil’s life will be held at McInnis and Holloway’s Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 – 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 Telephone: (403) 269-1319, www.theseed.ca.

In living memory of Neil Edmunds, 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. Neil was the first boss I had who I believe recognized my potential. That made a difference to me. That was a couple of decades ago.

    I think in Neil’s passing away I have lost a friend and the oil industry has lost a treasure.

    I will miss him and my sympathies are with his near and dear ones he left behind.

    Subodh

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  2. I was very fortunate to spend several years working as a reservoir engineer with Neil. I have never had another colleauge or boss who was able to pass on so much knowledge every day. I would look forward to his daily visits to my office where he would teach me so many things as he would review my work and scrawl equations and sketches on my whiteboard. Over time we became good friends as we shared a passion for the mountains and the outdoors in general. I know many bright young engineers who also had the opportunity to be mentored by Neil and we are all deeply saddened by this loss. He has left a lasting legacy in all of those he has trained over the years. I already miss him

    Jeff

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  3. Neil was an exceptional innovator in our field. He always had great ideas, and was willing to share them freely with his peers and reports. On a personal note, Neil possessed razor-sharp wit and a tremendous sense of humour, and was always enjoyable to talk to and debate with! He was definitely one of the most interesting and knowlegable people I’ve ever met.

    He will be missed; my sincerest condolences go out to his family and loved ones.

    Chris

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  4. Until now, I still couldn’t accept Neil’s passing. It seems he would still appear to my office right away.

    Neil is one of the most important people in my life. He brought me into oil industry and offered me my first job. In my two years’ work, he kept on mentoring and encouraging me. Working with him makes me more confidence with my work.

    Neil, you are my great mentor and friend. I feel so lucky I can work with u. I will miss u, Neil.

    Song

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  5. Melissa Schultea :

    On behalf of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, I would like to offer our deepest condolences. Neil was on the JCPT Editorial Review Board and has made significant contribution to the Canadian oil sands industry. We are grateful for these contributions.

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  6. Katherine Stavropoulos :

    I am shocked and so sadened to hear of this news. Neil was my first supervisor and mentor in the EOR world of SAGD. With every technical conference I always expected to run into him and looked forward to hearing of his latest technical developments. This is a horrible loss to his family, friends, and to industry.

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  7. Neil was a brilliant individual. I was fortunate enough to work for Neil during his time with Encana. He tough me quite a bit and gave me opportunities to work on very interesting projects. Neil liked to instruct and inspire individuals which benefited them as well as their peers and employer.
    Neil was also a good sport. We played on the same softball team and it wasn’t so much about winning as the camaraderie. He also enjoyed a social libation afterward. This was another facet of his life that I think few knew.
    Neil will be missed and will be a huge loss to his peers and industry on the quest for innovation.
    My sympathies and sincere condolences to his family.
    Al

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  8. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness when I heard about Neil passing away. Even though I only had very short time charting with Neil about SAGD, I will never forget how brilliant he was and how he was willing to share his great learnings and understanding in our field. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies. Our thoughts are with Neil and his family during this difficult time.

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  9. Gilbert Cordell :

    Neil was the best engineer I had the opportunity to meet and work with in the oil patch. He was a gifted engineer who could pretty well tackle any problem presented to him. I had a tremendous amount of respect for Neil and it was enjoyable working with him.

    We were both 1978 U of A grads – Neil in Mech Eng. and me in Chem. Eng.

    I had the opportunity to co patent with Neil, (and Jack Haston) the UTF SAGD process.

    I am saddened to see Neil pass away. I have a lot of good memories of Neil – from his conference presentations, to his insightful questions at conferences, to how he approached problems in a measured way.

    My sincere condolences to the Edmunds family. I still can’t quite believe that he has passed away.
    Gilbert

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  10. I didn’t know Neil personally and was looking forward to meet him for the first time on December 13th during a scheduled meeting at Laricina. I’ve been working for the past 2.5 years on the software that he pioneered and helped to develop to model and enhance the SAGD process. I’ve heard so much about him and was fortunate enough to study some of his work. I feel truly sad that I never got the chance to meet him , he was a legend in our industry. My condolences to the family.

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  11. I have known Neil since his time at AOSTRA and have great regard for his expertise in petroleum engineering. It is shocking to hear about his sudden passing away, and it is a great loss to the industry. My sincere condolences to Neil’s family.

    Raj

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  12. Neil always inspired me to reach for more. I had the honour to work with Neil, share ideas and gain insight into what is possible. Neil will be missed but not forgotten. I send my sympathies and condolences to his family and friends. I also send my “thank you” to Neil for being a great mentor and teacher and giving others the opportunity to succeed.

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  13. My condolences to his family and friends.
    Neil will be missed, he was a big part of many young thermal engineers’ upbringing. I have no doubt that Neil, having started of my thermal career at AOSTRA with him, has forever influenced my perception of what an engineer could aspire to be technically. Not only was he brilliantly imaginative, he was quick and efficient. There was no time for lollygagging down theoretical abstract lane nor were we allowed to decay in the same old – same old methods. The solution was to fit the situation, based on solid logic and withstand his review. Nothing more nothing less. It’s made better engineers out of a lot of us.

    Take care,

    Cody

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  14. Neil was one-of-a-kind. I had the honor to work with him, unfortunately only for one year, and it was priceless to be able to just walk into his office and discuss anything. If the topic was technical I had to be well prepared; I truly enjoyed his intellectual challenges and often left with more to think about. It was difficult at times to work with him but he also made me laugh a lot. I already miss him.
    My sympathies to everyone who appreciated him as I did.
    Daniel Yang

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  15. I have been extremely lucky to cross the road of Neil at CS Resources where he was an amazing mentor. I cannot find words to express how I feel with Neil’s passing.
    My sincere condolences to Neil’s family and friends.
    JP

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  16. Goodbye my mentor, I am extremely sorry that I didn’t fully express how grateful and indebted I was to you. Thank you very much for believing in me and for giving me a wonderful chance to build my professional career.
    May you find peace with God and my sincere condolences to the Edmunds’ family.

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  17. This is deeply saddening news – Neil’s impact and contributions to not only industry but also at UCalgary in our research projects, final year design course, guest lectures in the heavy oil and reservoir engineering courses were significant. I will miss him immensely. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
    Ian Gates

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  18. I am dismayed to lose Neil as a co-worker and collaborator, particularly under such sudden circumstances. He was a passionate, energetic and confident spokesman to the cause of improving every thing we do in the development of the oilsands resource – his profession was the center of his life. He will be missed by everyone for his leadership and conviction, for his commitment to technical excellence and for the persona he brought to the culture of the industry. An untimely parting for a significant figure in our regional history.

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  19. Shauheen Etminan :

    Loss of good thinkers and true researchers like Neil Edmunds and Brant Bennion is not compensabale. It is like losing columns of a building…

    I did not have the opportunity of working directly with Neil but had read his technical papers and listened to his talks at different conferences in Calgary. He had told me about his contribution in UTF project and development of SAGD in field which was quite prideful. Neil was really modest and humble while being full of knowledge which made him even more respectable.

    Hope our industry hears less shocking news as of his loss. I suggest SPE Canada put Neil Edmunds name on one of its scholarships or regional awards in his tribute.

    My deepest condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
    Shauheen Etminan

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  20. I am truly saddened by the passing of Neil. He was a true innovator that saw the potential of Alberta’s heavy oil reservoirs.

    My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

    TJ Wheeler

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  21. Neil, you will be missed. You were not only a friend, but you were truly one of the good guys. We can only hope to carry on your legacy of innovation and excellence.

    My deepest condolences to Neil’s parents and family.

    Les

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  22. Martin J. Belanger :

    My deepest condolences to Neil’s family.

    I had the priviledge of working alongside Neil for a few years at Laricina. I admired his pasion for our work and always learned something new after our discusions. The heavy oil industry has lost one of its great pioneers.

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  23. It has been a privilege to have known and worked with Neil for the past several years. I always learned something after talking or being in a meeting with Neil, although it sometimes took a few days to realize it. He was a great teacher and had the gift of making simple explanations of complicated concepts. There are many pictures and concepts of how things work in my mind thanks to Neil. Another of his reminders will be to solve problems through engineering – not intuition.

    Sincere condolences to all of his family, friends, colleagues and the industry. It is a real loss – he had so much more to share and teach.

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  24. Neil and I rubbed shoulders in thermal recovery for 15 years, primarily on the Underground Test Facility and Senlac Thermal Project.
    It was awesome hanging on for the ride.
    In March 2013 Neil and I shared our last lunch time walk. As time marched on, these walks were too few and far between.
    I will miss his amazing intellect, sharp bite, wise and not so wise guidance, solicited and unsolicited council, respect and friendship.

    My favorite memory of Neil was from the late 1980’s when he was coupling a pipeflow model to Gensim. Who else could singlehandedly write a thermal recovery model that could simulate wellbore geysers? The memory: Neil came flying out of his office, arms in the air and dancing, having solved another nasty coding problem.

    Still can’t explain my feelings. Very sad.

    For Neil’s family, my deepest condolences.
    Jack

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  25. Bruce C W McGee :

    A sad day.

    I am grateful to work in an industry where pioneers like Neil Edmunds can make a dent in the universe. He was creatively brilliant and not shy about doing the math. He let science and math be his guide ~ he let his imagination do the rest.

    Thanks Neil

    My deepest condolences to Family and Friends

    Bruce

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  26. It is with deep sorrow to hear of the passing of Neil. I got to know Neil through his past wife Charlotte Edmunds.

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  27. Hossein Hejazi :

    It is very sad to lose such a great man. Neil was the one who trusted me, hired me and believed in me. He was a passionate boss who was sharing his ideas every morning and mentoring you to become an independent thinker. I feel very fortunate to have his encouragement and support in both industry and academia. It is surely a profound loss; he was a great mentor, a real and honest friend and inspiring lead for me.

    My sincere condolences to his family.
    Hossein

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  28. Gokhan Coskuner :

    I am very sad to hear Neil’s passing. I was very happy to have recruited him as one of our Associate Editors of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. He was alwasy very thorough and insightful. I sent him the most difficult and theoretical papers to evaluate. I knew I could always depend on his judgement. This is a big loss for our industry.

    He is finally home, may he rest in peace.

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  29. My sincere condolences to the Edmunds family. So sad and senseless when a loved one has been taken from you far too soon. Neil obviously touched many people in a positve way on his brief journey through life. Hopefully his family can focus on all of the good he brought to the world and to those he touched along the way. Rest in peace Neil.

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  30. Neil was my first boss who hired me into the oil and gas industry after I completed the Masters thesis under his co-supervision. He spent tremendous amount of time training us the young professionals, I thank him for all his teaching, encouragement and guidance to me all these years. I am heartbroken about his sudden leave, he was such a great mentor and I will miss him very much. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  31. My heartfelt condolences go to all of us who received the gift of Neil’s presence as a family member, friend, colleague and inspiration. I offer my condolences in particular to Neil’s parents and thank them for sharing with all of us such a fine human being. Merci beaucoup.

    I first met Neil at CS Resources one fine summer in the mid-nineties. I was in awe of his technical know-how, but also of his many areas of interest, from backpacking in the mountains to spirituality. Several years later we connected in a unique, intense way. A relationship-friendship-correspondence, proportional to the maverick nature of both parties and very much inversely proportional to statistically-reinforced social norms, ensued on-and-off, till this year.

    Neil’s intensity and vision both frightened and drew me in. Even in death he continues to teach me about life.

    Enjoy your newfound peace, Neil. And don’t ever, ever drop your cosmic-sized wit and humour.

    Je t’aime,
    Christine Soon Desmarais
    Montréal, Qc

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  32. S.M. Farouq Ali :

    I am deeply saddened and shocked by Neil’s untimely passing away. My condolences to Neil’s parents and family. I came to know Neil in 1979, when he was to work with me on his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta. Things took such a turn that he was unable to do so. Neil made important contributions to SAGD and heavy oil recovery. Just a week ago, I was showing his picture to the class as a SAGD innovator – as I have been doing for many years. I always had great respect, admiration, and affection for Neil, and will miss him.

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  33. Cameron O'Rourke :

    What a shock. He was a great engineer, always wanting to thoroughly understand his subject. He played a major role in the initial understanding and implementation of the SAGD process, and in many other subjects as well. He set the standard for honesty and integrity in his field, but not in a dry way, always with a biting sense of humor. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

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  34. It was a shock to hear that Neil has passed away. Neil was my first supervisor in the engineering field during my internship and EIT years. I learnt from Neil to always rely on fundamental of math and physics rather than intuition. He was at times difficult to work with due to his own brilliance but I appreciated his direct and honest feedback afterwards. A meeting or presentation was never dull when Neil was in the room.

    Even after I drifted away from reservoir engineering and into operations, Neil continues to encourage me to learn and not forget the basics. Thank you for the mentorship.

    My deepest condolences to Neil’s family.

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  35. Enzo Pennacchioli :

    I had the privelege of working with Neil at AOSTRA. There was always an intense energy when he walked in the room and you knew you were going to learn something every time, but also be entertained by his eloquent turn of phrase; always brilliant. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Neil’s passing. My condolences to his family.

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  36. Neil and I were classmates and close friends at Crestwood Elementary School in Edmonton in the 1960s. We initially lost touch with each other when he moved to Calgary many years ago. Strangely, we seem to have had a lifetime connection, as we continued to bump into one another over the years after I moved to Calgary. I am so sorry and have felt numb since hearing of Neil’s death. My heart goes out to his family and my prayers are with them.

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  37. Duncan McCowan :

    Roger and Fay, my sincere condolences to you and the rest of your family at the very untimely passing of Neil. May you find comfort knowing that Neil contributed so much to our industry through his vision and inspired mentoring of so many.

    Duncan McCowan

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  38. I will miss Neil very much, and my condolences go to his family and friends. After I finished at the university, he was my manager. He gave me a great opportunity to work as a reservoir engineer. His door was always open for advice and he was always willing to help junior engineers as a mentor and adviser. I am very glad that I have known him.

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  39. My friendship with Neil was relatively brief and suspended many years ago, but during that time we spent many hours enjoying the outdoors together. I’d always assumed we would someday share space again. I am sad that will never be.
    My heartfelt condolences to the Edmunds family.

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  40. I joined Laricina Energy for the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with Neil. During the last year and a half I enjoyed working together, sharing our passion for research and software development. When Neil would come into the office he would always stop at my desk. Many times the morning visit would evolve into an intense technical discussion, scribbling equations on my whiteboard and often end by both of us spilling our beverages and laughing about it. Neil and I shared a love for dogs and often enjoyed taking them for long walks together.
    I am deeply sad as I have lost my boss, my mentor and a friend. I will miss Neil dearly. My sincere condolences go to Neil’s family and friends.

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  41. Words cannot describe my shock and sad feeling when I learnt about Neil’s passing. He is always such a charismatic gentleman who brings sparks to everywhere. I had the fortune to cross paths with Neil in numerous meetings and am always fascinated with his insights and wisdom on many subjects we take for granted. This industry has lost one of the best engineer and we will truly missed you. My deepest condolences to the family.

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  42. Neil,
    we already miss you…. your smile will always be remembered. I recall the time where you came to my office to show me photos of your travels and shared your experiences with me. Although our conversations were less “technical” in nature I felt that I was able to get to know you as Neil where you would add your jokes to the end of a comment… always witty and brought a smile to my face. We have lost a wonderful mind, person and colleague. Neil, may you rest in peace with the confidence that you touched many hearts and minds over the years. My thoughts are with all of your loved ones during this sad time.
    Ann

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  43. It was with heavy heart that I learned of Neil’s death. Our families have been connected for decades – my Dad first enjoyed working with Roger; years later he hired Neil and stated that Neil was one of his best hires ever. Neil’s passing is a huge personal loss to his family and friends and a tremendous loss to the petroleum industry. A life and energy cut far too short. Please accept my sympathy and I pray that time brings you peace in remembering your lost son, brother and friend.

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  44. Dean and Brenda Slater :

    Our deepest sympathies to the Edmunds family during this very difficult time. We knew Neil as a friend and have great memories of times spent with him – backpacking, skiing, and of our many summers at the Shuswap Lake. He was a quiet and steady presence who was passionate about anything that mattered to him – he touched lives more than he will ever know.

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  45. I had the privilege of knowing Neil back when he was an engineer with Gulf Canada, probably 30 years ago. Later on we ran into each other at the UTF Technical Committee meetings when he was with AOSTRA. He was also consulting for a short time on the Suncor Burnt Lake SAGD pilot. Over the years we had a few conversations on various subjects such as the Vikor CO2 EOR, SAGD project performance, reservoir and wellbore modelling and also life in general. He was indeed a brilliant person, interesting to talk to. His comments were usually insightful but could be controversial, as we all know. His contribution to SAGD application and EOR recovery cannot be underestimated. His passing away is a great loss to the Canadian heavy oil and SAGD community. We will miss him.

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  46. Sangeeta Virmani :

    It’s shocking and yet still so unbelievable, I too like many others had the privilege of working with Neil. I was blessed with the opportunity to work the front desk at Laricina Energy. Throughout the day, I would have the opportunity to always see the best of Neil. Whether it was him walking to a meeting, or on his way into the office or leaving for the end of the day, he always took the time to smile and was so positive. He definitely has left a legacy behind with his contributions and has touched many lives. You will be dearly missed Neil, for your friendly smile, your hardwork, your dedication to your career and your kindness to others. My heartfelt condolences to your family. Rest in peace Neil…

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  47. Neil and I worked together and published a paper on a wellbore model coupled to a reservoir simulator, back when UTF was just starting up. Since then, we have met on numerous occasions, always with lively conversations and disagreements. Neil, thanks so much for your inspiration and life. I will miss you.

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  48. My deepest condolences to Neil’s family at the loss of a son, a brother, an uncle.
    The opportunity to work with Neil drew me out of retirement in 2011 and it has been a great journey since then! Sadly cut short too soon. We worked together trying to understand the physics of carbonates reservoirs, and on the challenges of simulating solvent/steam processes. Always his insights into these difficult problems were profound, and they often challenged and improved my own thinking. He was invariably tolerant and supportive of my efforts, and surprisingly tolerant of my occasional stupidity. Neil you will be missed by all in our industry, by all who had the opportunity to learn from you or expand their horizons because of you, by all who simply had the privilege of knowing you.

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  49. Neil was a true titan. Confrontational but charming, skeptical but inquisitive, dogged but practical, introspective but daring. A unique blend of qualities that made him brilliant, respected, approachable, a trusted friend and a great man who is dearly missed.

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  50. Julian (Chic) Chikinda :

    Our condolences to the Edmunds family. As a nieghbor and friend I will miss our frequent walks on the bluff with our dogs. The whole Rosedale neighborhood will miss a good friend.

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  51. I came to know Neil when he was one of the guides for my masters’ thesis at the UofA. I could meet him only 2-3 times but it was enough to know that he was a really, really knowledgeable person. His passing away is a tremendous loss, to his family and to the Canadian oil industry. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Neil.

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  52. Brock Parsons :

    It was a terrible shock to learn of Neil’s passing. Neil and I were engineering students together at U of A and worked very closely together on a number of student projects and in the Mechanical Engineering executive. His keen intelligence was stimulating just to be around, and I’m sure that much of my work was better for his influence. While Neil followed the smell of oil to become an icon in the Alberta petroleum industry, I went in a different direction that brought me to practice in California. For a while we would visit each other wherever our travels brought us together, but those coincidences eventually faded. While we hadn’t been in touch for many years, we had recently reconnected. I was looking forward to the possibility of meeting up with my old friend again, but now that will not be.

    Neil was a man of brilliant intellect, unbounded curiosty, and razor wit. He enriched the experience of anyone whose path he crossed. I know that my time with him made my life better, and I miss him.

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