Sidney Robert Blair
Sidney Robert Blair, Bob, industrialist (b at Trinidad 13 Aug 1929). He rose to national prominence in 1977 when his Alaska Highway pipeline proposal defeated a powerful consortium of large oil and gas companies sponsoring a MACKENZIE VALLEY PIPELINE. A champion of Canadian-owned and western-based industries, Blair traces his nationalistic roots to schooling in the US and 10 years with the Canadian subsidiary of an American gas company.
Under his aggressive leadership, NOVA (formerly Alberta Gas Trunk Line) grew rapidly in the 1970s by diversifying into gas marketing, petrochemicals, manufacturing and resource development.