Peter Tertzakian

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Peter Tertzakian
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Peter Tertzakian at the Halifax International Security Forum 2014
Born (1961-01-04) January 4, 1961 (age 58)
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Alberta
University of Southampton
Occupationeconomist, investor, author, public speaker, geophysicist
ChildrenAlexander, André

Peter Tertzakian (born 1961) is an economist and author. He is the Executive Director of the Arc Energy Research Institute, as well as the Chief Energy Economist & Managing Director at ARC Financial Corporation, an energy-focused private equity firm. His two books, A Thousand Barrels a Second and The End of Energy Obesity, examine the transformation of the global energy sector through economic, environmental and geopolitical pressures.


Raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Peter Tertzakian is now a long-time resident of Calgary, Alberta. He lives there with his wife, Janet, and they have two children, Alexander and André. He enjoys photography. The asteroid 100077 Tertzakian has been named in his honour.

Education and Qualifications[edit]

Peter Tertzakian has an undergraduate degree in Geophysics from the University of Alberta, and a graduate degree in Econometrics from the University of Southampton, U.K. He also holds a Master of Science in Management of Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Tertzakian is an Adjunct Professor with the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.


Peter Tertzakian began his career as a geophysicist with the Chevron Corporation in 1982 where he spent eight years working in field operations, seismic data processing and geophysical software development. He moved from the oil & gas to the financial sector in 1990 and has since been analyzing technology and energy-related businesses.

Tertzakian joined ARC Financial Corporation in 2002 after 20 years in the energy and finance industry. He is a member of the Executive, Investment and Strategy committees. In addition to directing ARC Financial's economic research at the Arc Energy Research Institute, he oversees the publication of the ARC Energy Charts, a weekly journal of energy trends. He was previously a Board Chairman of the Honens International Piano Competition.

Published works[edit]

  • A Thousand Barrels a Second: The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World (2006). ISBN 0-07-149260-7; ISBN 978-0-07-149260-7.
  • The End of Energy Obesity: Breaking Today's Energy Addiction for a Prosperous and Secure Tomorrow (2009). ISBN 0-470-43544-5; ISBN 978-0-470-43544-1.


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