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REF NO.: 250

SUBJECT: Memorial University employee recognized as one of Key Women in Energy

DATE: May 11

Allison Dancey, an employee at Memorial University's Oil and Gas Development Partnership office, has earned the distinguished honour as one of 50 Key Women in Energy for her contribution to the oil and gas industry. The program recognizes and honours women who have made significant contributions within or for the energy sector internationally. Ms. Dancey, chosen from nominees across the Western Hemisphere, accepted her honour at a recent ceremony held during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Dancey, who joins 14 other Canadian women honoured in this category, has a background in resource economics. She has played a significant role in organizing and developing programming that contributes to partnerships between industry and community.

?I am honoured to be named one of the Key Women in Energy,? she said. ?The energy industries are critical to quality of life, and are both interesting and challenging. My role in working with this dynamic sector has been bridging communications between industry and the community and always working toward expansive results for society at large.?

Ms. Dancey was chosen in the Potential category in the 2004 global awards program with other award categories being Leadership, Wisdom, Innovation/Creativity, Visionary, and Pathfinders/Trailblazers. This is the third year for the Key Women in

Energy program which is administered by Rader Energy of Houston, Texas, in conjunction with Montreal-based Electric Energy T&D magazine. Voting is done by a global committee of industry peers, including past honorees. Other Canadian recipients of the Key Women in Energy honour are Catherine Hughes, president, Schlumberger Canada; and Sherry MacDonald, director, Corporate Risk Management, EPCOR.

The Oil and Gas Development Partnership of Memorial University was established in 2000 to create a partnership between the oil and gas industry and associated service companies, and all levels of government. The OGDP provides links between government, industry, community and other national and international academic institutions while responding to the need for highly qualified individuals to work within the developing oil and gas industry to lead the province in the areas of research and development.

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada, and is rated as one of the top five comprehensive universities in Canada. Ideally located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, a major centre for oil and gas operations on the Atlantic Margin, seat of provincial government and the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, the university is well positioned to form critical and important alliances with industry and governments alike. The university, which has a faculty complement of 900 academic staff and some 17,700 students, can lay claim to first-class business, earth science and engineering programs.

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