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Scott Saxberg (anthony jenkins for the globe and mail)
Scott Saxberg (anthony jenkins for the globe and mail)

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Scott Saxberg: An oil man who sells hockey in the desert Add to ...

On the rapid increase of shipping oil by rail: “If Keystone XL was approved, we’d probably almost have it built. Rail would probably be a non-event … a pipeline is the most economic, effective, safest, environmentally friendly way of shipping products by far. And yet we went down this path of shutting something down that in a normal world nobody would even talk about.”

On the odds of Canada’s shale oil output to mirroring the growth in the U.S.: “The plays aren’t large enough on a relative scale to the U.S. plays. It’s just the nature of the size. Oil sands, obviously, is where our growth is for volumes in Canada.”

On oil men running a hockey team: “It’s similar to our business, oil and gas. If oil prices drop or you’re not successful in what you’re doing, it’s a drop down and it’s really hard to dig yourself out of it. [In hockey] it’s hard to get players. That takes a lot of time. But the beauty of the NHL is that if you fall to the bottom, you get the opportunity of draft picks so you can climb your way back out of it. But it’s a long process.”

On a Manitoba native’s support for the Saskatchewan Roughriders: “I was born and raised in Manitoba, but I grew up in Saskatchewan – that was where my first job was. As a kid, I don’t think I went to a single football game. And then when I graduated out of university I moved to Regina and that’s what you do. You get into the fever of it. Everybody loves it. It’s like the Green Bay Packers. It’s a religion there.”


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