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February 13, 1947

In 1946, Imperial Oil commissioned a team of seismologists to survey Central Alberta. The results were comparable to data gathered near Norman Wells in the Northwest Territories, which encouraged Imperial Oil to drill an exploratory well near the hamlet of Leduc. It was believed that the region belonged to an oil-bearing, Devonian formation, thus on November 20th, 1946, after drilling 133 dry wells, Hunter and his thirty-man crew began drilling the Leduc No.1 exploratory well. Within months, core samples caught the attention of Imperial Oil executives, as they indicated that the team was nearing an oil discovery. In January 1947, Leduc No.1 struck oil. The team drilled into a layer of wet gas and rock laced with oil, before stopping at a depth of 5,066 ft. On the 13th of February, Hunter and his team brought the well into production.


Today, we share in their story. We feel their passion and perseverance. We feel their commitment to community. In honour of their work, the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre was born. It aimed to celebrate the lives of Albertan oilfield workers and the emergence of Canada’s energy sector. Now, Canada’s energy sector is undergoing dramatic change. For this reason, we’re expressing our commitment to both the sector’s founders and present innovators, as well as its future thinkers. Becoming the Canadian Energy Museum in 2019 symbolizes more than a change in name, it symbolizes Canada’s progress as an energy state. At CEM, the future is in dialogue with the past. We are dedicated to preserving a spirit of discovery, innovation and education while celebrating where we came from and where we are going. 


We cultivate curiosity, engagement, and a balanced understanding of the energy sector through our education and public programs, exhibits, and events. We endeavour to excite inquiring minds through the countless storytelling opportunities provided by Alberta’s unique energy history, its people, places, science, challenges, and innovation.


To showcase and celebrate the ongoing and ever-changing story of energy heritage and history. Through the sharing of stories, education, and exhibits, we hope to inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for energy heritage.


core principles

Accountability: We honor our commitments to the visiting public, surrounding municipalities, donors, and volunteers.

Authenticity and Credibility: Our programs and exhibits are well researched and present accurate and balanced information to the public.

Community-serving: We serve the surrounding communities through engaging programming and events.

Integrity and Professionalism: We work every day with integrity and strive for professionalism. 

Preservation: We are dedicated to preserving and presenting energy heritage.

Stewardship: We recognize our roles as stewards of energy history artifacts and stories.

Sustainability: We are socially, environmentally, and economically responsible.

Respect: We value each other, visitors, and community members and the positive contributions made by these parties.

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