Field trip with Midnight Petroleum

High School Field Trip with Midnight Petroleum and Esso

Submitted by Jannell Scott

Jezelle Zatorski helping students identify fossils.

Thanks to Midnight Petroleum, the experiential science class at Diamond Jenness High School in Hay River celebrated the end of the school year with an overnight camping trip to Kakiska. Kakiska is a small yet beautiful area located in the South Slave Region of the Northwest Territories. The teacher of this class, Kelly Webster organized a trip with her Indigenous students for a day filled with archeology and science. Jezelle Zatorski, Lisa Duncan and I all had the pleasure of engaging with the students and teaching more about archeology, outdoor survival skills and petroleum products.

Diamond Jenness students learn how to set up an excavation site.

We had the opportunity to stay at an Elder’s home and enjoy our fair share of freshly cooked pickerel and assisted the elders in preparing, cleaning and cooking for the class. We even participated in a round of survivor that tested students on some of the content they had learned in class. As a thank you gift, Esso provided fire-starting kits for each of the kids, as well as water bottles, hats and fish hooks.



Students stay hydrated with Esso water bottles.


Thanks to Midnight Petroleum for assisting the group with fuel cards for transportation. It will be an experience that these students will never forget!

Nutrien Ag Solutions attends Ag in Motion

From July 16th to July 18th, Nutrien Ag Solutions participated as a Platinum Sponsor at Ag in Motion (AIM), northwest of Saskatoon. AIM is the largest agricultural tradeshow in Western Canada, with over 30,000 farmers and Ag professionals in attendance.

With plenty of space and an attention-grabbing Esso Diesel Efficient truck on-site, Nutrien Ag Solutions had the opportunity to educate visitors on the solutions they provide. One of the most popular items at the Nutrien Ag Solutions booth were the Esso Diesel Efficient branded seed packets that were handed out to those passing by. Co-branded materials continue to re-enforce the relationship between Nutrien Ag Solutions and Esso. This allowed the Nutrien Ag Solutions team to chat with farmers about their fuel, and how Esso Diesel Efficient could take them further.

“I would like to thank Imperial for the assistance in branding and marketing products for Ag in Motion. The show was a success, with many customers and new leads stopping by. AIM is Western Canada’s largest outdoor farm expo, and our fuel team did a great job promoting our business.” Kathleen Alves, Manager, Prairie Fuels at Nutrien Ag Solutions

“The show continues to grow and having our Esso Diesel Efficient wrapped truck parked near our booth was a great attention grabber. We even had farmers approach us who have been using Diesel Efficient, acting as real-life testimonials in front of others. The customers are happy with the product and recognizing higher returns.” Perry Kutz, Fuel Sales Manager at Nutrien Ag Solution


Artist with a Safety Flair: Neil Flegel


Neil and his lovely wife Lynn hard at work!

In early 2019, Neil Flegel of Dowler Karn had the opportunity to work with Sandy Miller (Workplace Safety and Prevention Services) and Daphne Nicolle (Imperial) to expand and improve Find the Hazards activities promoting the Stop, Think, Act safety message. Neil volunteered to dust off his pencils and markers to assist in recreating the AG interactive poster and creating new ones to educate youth on the dangers associated with everyday activities. With Neil’s ‘man cave’ recently being overtaken by his wife Lynn’s crafting activities… she was drafted to play a part in the development of materials by adding a splash of color. We wanted to thank them both for their hard work in developing these tools, now being used by Progressive AG safety volunteers across Ontario!

Here’s what Neil had to say about the importance of safety:

“There’s an old saying…. ”carefulness costs nothing but carelessness may cost you your life”. At minimum, it may cost you enjoyment of your life while impacting your family and livelihood. For me personally, after having spent most of my career in human resources and management roles, I understand that working smart and focusing on doing things right is just good business. Safety is a mindset and recognizing and eliminating hazards should be second nature. In recent years, I have particularly found enjoyment in presenting the Stop, Think, Act methodology to youth. It is simple and relatable and they seem to embrace it!”

  • Neil Flegel, General Manager at Dowler Karn
  • While Neil also stays busy as a municipal politician, he admits to always having had a fondness for the arts. In his younger days, he pursued many artistic endeavors, including airbrushed T-shirts, graphic design for a successful clothing line (Lemming Wear), and was often known as the class cartoonist. Today, he typically only practices this skill with his nieces and nephews, drawing on napkins or restaurant table placemats.
  • Thanks once again to Neil and Lynn for your commitment to safety in your community

Chinook Fuels: Managing Fuel use, at their fingertips

Since 2006, Chinook Fuels has been proudly serving the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the oil sands region of northern Alberta as an Esso branded reseller and Mobil distributor. Throughout this time, the economy has seen its share of highs and lows. This has prompted many oil sands companies, contractors, and customers of Chinook to reflect on their current business practices and find ways to increase efficiency, reliability, trackability, safety, all while decreasing spending, and unnecessary downtime.

Understanding the challenges Chinook’s customers’ face with managing and tracking fuel, Chinook looked to leverage industry leaders in fuel equipment and management capabilities to find the best solution to meet its needs. This led Chinook to the EKOS (Energy Knowledge Operating System) powered by Gasboy.

The EKOS System is connected to the fuel storage tank cardlock station, and is the only cloud based platform that provides fleet managers with visibility of their fleet, inventory monitoring, fuel management and accurate reporting. You can view which unit and driver are fueling, at what time, and how many liters of fuel is dispensed all on the personalized dashboard. With real time reporting, EKOS assists in reducing admin time, fuel theft, and managing fuel use.

Gasboy also provides additional electronic fuel controllers: the Fuel Truck Controller and the Fuel Point Plus System.

The Fuel Point Plus System, uses secure RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) communication rings which are placed on the fuel tank of each vehicle in the fleet that will be fueling at that cardlock or by fuel truck.

  • The RFID tag enables the card reader on the cardlock or fuel truck dispenser to identify the vehicle, and captures other data, including fuel levels, mileage, and maintenance due.
  • Information collected by the RFID tag is sent directly to the EKOS system and can be seen and managed on the dashboard. This valuable information will enable fleet managers to track and schedule preventative maintenance, in turn, ensuring fleet reliability and decreasing downtime.

Chinook is ecstatic to have the opportunity to bring this technology to the oil sands region and its customers. Chinook is working with Kearl Lake Oilsands cardlock to implement the EKOs – Gasboy system over the course the next 12 months.

Please reach out to Brianne Oke ( for more information on how you can implement a similar system!

Harnois Energies hosts the 37th Annual Classique Richelieu-Harnois Golf Tournament

On June 4th, Harnois Energies hosted their annual Classique Richelieu-Harnois Golf Tournament at the Club de Golf Montcalm in St-Liguori, with funds raised supporting disadvantaged individuals in the greater Lanaudière region.  The foundation was created with the goal of helping those in poverty and encourage youth to develop to their full potential on a financial, academic, cultural, athletic social or emotional levels.

Imperial’s three business lines: commercial fuels, retail fuels and lubricants were proud to come together as a platinum sponsor of the event and support a great cause. The golf tournament raised just over $230,000 with a record breaking $340,000 raised via the silent auction. An impressive amount raised by an impressive group of people!

The 38th annual edition of the tournament is set to tee off on June 2, 2020.

McDougall Energy, one of Canada’s best managed companies!

For the eighth straight year, McDougall Energy has been recognized as one of Canada’s best-managed companies.

Now in its third generation of family ownership, McDougall Energy has grown to become one of the largest distributors of Esso and Mobil products in Canada. The 70-year-old energy company, which is based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., operates in various regions across Canada serving business, residential and retail automotive customers. McDougall Energy continues to expand its business through acquisitions and organic growth initiatives with strategic partners across Canada.

Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is the country’s leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.

Winners of the 2019 Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award will be honoured in Toronto on April 16, 2019 with a Symposium featuring presentations from some of Canada’s Business Leaders, and on April 17, 2019 at the Annual Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony.

“It’s an honour to be recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. This is a well-respected award with a rigorous application process, so we consider it a great accomplishment, particularly in requalifying for the eighth consecutive year.

“We try to ensure that employees understand the significance of the achievement and that they are the driving force behind it.  It serves as validation and recognition for all of our employees’ hard work and dedication which we believe supports greater employee satisfaction.  Being recognized publicly and nationally for a job well done, is a great compliment to our employees.”

Ed Charlton, VP of Strategic Planning and Environmental Management, McDougall Energy

Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, TMX Group and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit 

Morgan Fuels nominated for business of the year in Dryden, ON

The Dryden office of Morgan Fuels was recently nominated for Business of the Year by the local Chamber of Commerce.  Here is the write up the Chamber put in the newspaper. Way to go Morgan Fuels!

Morgan Fuels is recognized as a leader in the business community within the City Of Dryden. Through their actions, business tenure, community involvement and goodwill this business demonstrates the gold standard of professionalism, customer service, employee relations and integrity. Morgan Fuels has reinvested back into the community the Dryden Chamber of Commerce serves in a variety of ways. Morgan Fuels has recently committed local business to be employed to facilitate the expansion of their office on Hwy 17.  Morgan Fuels has worked with the City of Dryden to expand other offerings within the community including the development of a bulk propane facility. This added to the expansion of their bulk plant on the highway over the previous few years. The expansion into the propane business saw Morgan Fuels bring an additional three employees to their organization based in Dryden. The company strives for excellence in customer service. Over the years Esso has awarded the company with a number of service excellence awards. Morgan Fuels Dryden staff work tirelessly to meet the expectation of all, at times requiring long hours in the office and on the road, but always with the highest standard of professionalism.  Morgan Fuels continues to support initiatives in the community, year after year. 2018 saw the involvement in the Dryden Life Magazine, sponsorship of Northern Lights Quarter Horse Association show;   We Run This City and Shake Your Booty event. Giving back to communities Morgan Fuels operates in is an important aspect of the Morgan Family’s beliefs. Supporting grass root community initiatives builds better communities.

The Importance of Community Involvement


For over 70 years McDougall Energy Inc. has been proudly supporting the communities that they operate in through the Community Investment Program.  For the McDougall team, community involvement comes in many forms. From local grassroots hockey/soccer/football team sponsorships, annual festivals, parades and tournaments to local charities, hospital growth initiatives and educational bursaries/scholarships, the McDougall Energy brand has been associated with a multitude of these types of events in many communities and towns across Canada.

Investing in the communities that we operate in allows our customers and other businesses to see that we are not only there to provide a service for them but to help the community thrive.  Getting involved in homegrown local activities puts a face to the brand for customers to connect with.  Nothing beats the energy level you feel in a sold-out arena in a small town on a Wednesday night or a local fishing derby full of young kids on a Saturday afternoon. The many thank you notes and pictures which we receive adds to the pride that the McDougall Energy team shares.

We could not provide the support that we do if it wasn’t for the resources available from Imperial. The Esso Community and Brand Elevation Programs allow us to reach even further into the communities we support and provides a stronger brand presence in those communities by utilizing both the Esso and McDougall Energy brands. There are so many creative ways to stretch the community investment dollars by fully utilizing these programs effectively.  Annually, we select initiatives to support on a corporate level that cover a broad range of services focusing primarily on Health Care, Education and Sports initiatives.  However, we also preserve funds to support local initiatives in the many towns and communities where we operate.

Our community investment program allows us to demonstrate to people of all ages and walks of life that McDougall Energy Inc. not only delivers Peace of Mind when it comes to the products and services they rely on us for but also through the ongoing support in the communities where they live!

Submitted by:

Cathy Heard, Corporate Marketing Manager, McDougall Energy Inc.

Welcome to 2 New Resellers.

Over the summer we have had two new resellers join our network.

Maritime Fuels is now the reseller in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.


In Prince Edward Island, Island Petroleum is the face of Esso. Island Petroleum has been on PEI  for many years selling under other brands.

Welcome to both organizations, we look forward to learning about your business and hearing about your successes.

Fueling communities $75,000 give-away

As part of their 75th-anniversary celebrations, Dowler Karn Ltd is giving away $75,000 to 75 community groups in their local communities.  Organizations can be nominated for the program by community members or on their own.  Then the public in the area are encouraged to sponsor (vote) for the organization or cause of their choice on-line.

The organization must be part of the community where Dowler Karn does business and be involved in one of these five areas:  Activities & Sports; Arts & Music; Health & Wellness; Social Services or Civic Causes. The Fuelling Communities event is designed to address local needs and contribute to strong and vibrant communities, including our Indigenous communities.

The marketing goal for Dowler Karn with this campaign is to promote corporate, brand and product offering, awareness and recognition to our serviceable geography.

As of July 9, 2018 there have been some impressive results:

  • 115 projects have been submitted – with more coming in every day!
  • 50 of the projects with enough sponsors to be eligible for review by the Bursary Review Committee
  • 4,425 people have signed up to be sponsors
  • New users/visitors to the Dowler Karn website – 24,292

Stay tuned for a wrap-up of this unique promotion.