Allan Markin

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Allan P. Markin, OC, AOE (born May 6, 1945) was the chairman of Canadian Natural Resources Limited and is one of the owners of the Calgary Flames ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Markin is a chemical engineer, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta in 1968. He has also received numerous honorary degrees. His donation to the University of Alberta made the CNRL/Markin Natural Resources Engineering Facility possible.


Markin became the chairman of CNRL in 1989. At the time, the company had a total of six employees. He is now a director of Owen Media Partners.


He is also well known for his philanthropic endeavors, particularly to educational institutions. He is one of the founders, as well as the first Honorary Fellow of St. Mary's University College. On September 16, 2004, he donated the largest gift in the history of the University of Calgary – $18 million – to allow the university to open a public health institute. In 2005, Dr. Markin made a generous contribution to the Legacy of Leadership campaign at the University of Lethbridge. His donation, combined with early private funding and corporate and government support, facilitated construction of Markin Hall in 2008, which houses the Faculty of Management and Faculty of Health Sciences. On April 13, 2006, he matched CNRL's donation of $500,000 to help Northern Lights College open their new Centre of Excellence in Fort St. John. In 2009 he donated over a million dollars to St. Francis Xavier University's Coady International Institute, which helps educate students from developing nations to become leaders and make a meaningful difference in their communities.

In 2006 he started Pure North S'Energy—a non-profit health and wellness company—based out of Calgary. Originally focused on Canadian Natural Resources Ltd employees it has opened its doors to Thorpe Recovery Centre, the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Center (AARC), and the Calgary Drop-In Centre, which is located in downtown Calgary.

He resigned as the Chairman of Canadian Natural Resources Limited on April 2, 2012.


  • 1993 - Pinnacle Award of Business Excellence in Alberta
  • 1993 - Oilweek Producer of the Year Award
  • 1998 - Honorary degree of Doctorate of Laws from the University of Calgary
  • 2002 - Honorary degree of Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta
  • 2004 - Calgary Citizen of the Year
  • 2004 - Honorary Fellowship of St. Mary’s University College
  • 2008 - Officer of the Order of Canada
  • 2008 - Alberta Order of Excellence
  • 2009 - Calgary Business Hall of Fame Laureate
  • 2009 - Honorary Doctorate of Laws from St. Francis Xavier University