John Stanyer pictured as chair of the Heavy Crude Open Bonspiel during the banquet on March 16 is also chair of the Lloydminster Oilfield Technical Society for the Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show. Stanyer launched a promotional drive as the bonspiel got underway for oil companies to purchase the remaining booth spaces for oil show to be held Sept. 12-13. They can be purchased at the lhos.ca oil show website. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
Hurry hard and buy an available booth now for the 2018 Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show.
John Stanyer, chair of the Lloydminster Oilfield Technical Society (OTS) that organizes the event, spoke about a spring sales push during the Heavy Crude Open Bonspiel last week.
The first sales packages were emailed last October for what will be the 19th industry event to be held at Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds Sept. 12-13.
Stanyer says they are par with the last show in 2016 with about 70 per cent of outside space sold and about 66 per cent of inside space, but he’s hoping the procrastinators act now.
“We’re trying you bet, but I think there’s still some guys waiting to see what’s going to happen with oil prices and all that other stuff,” he said.
Previous exhibitors get first rights of refusal, but once the deadline passes it’s first come first served.
“Over the years we’ve always had a waiting list of people wanting to get in,” said Stanyer.
“Once it gets to our previous exhibitors then whether they say yes or no, we open it up to the people that want to get in.”
Stanyer said the end of July is usually the cutoff date.
On the bright side, he said at some shows exhibitors ask to reserve two years ahead of time with booths reasonably priced.
“I think we are one of the cheapest shows in the industry,” he said.
“The nice thing about our show is it’s all volunteer—we’re not in it to make a profit.”
Stanyer estimates about 70 per cent of the OTS membership helps out at the show that provides good value for oil and gas companies that buy booths.
“It’s to get your product out there—make sure that you’re still out there,” he said, with the show theme being Opportunities and Innovation.
Stanyer said the theme reflects on the technology that is continuing to be developed in different areas of oil and gas.
He said any company with an innovative product needs to be at the oil show, even during slow economic times for the industry as they are today.
“Usually you are looking at designs of new products and that sort of stuff, and with the downturn you have more time to do that sort of stuff and then you get your new product out there for companies to see,” he said.
He also said with the recent stabilization of oil prices it is more important than ever for exhibitors to showcase their products to the world.
Vic Jezowski, a retired worker from L&L Oilfield who was at the bonspiel said, “It’s kind of nice to see all those people out to visit those booths.”
He said he thinks it helps companies attract employees too.
Booking a booth can be done quickly online at the new lhos.ca heavy oil show website.
Another heavy oil curler Mike Hillis, who hauls rigs for B&R Eckels, thinks having an oil show presence is “very good for any local business to get their name out there to show everybody what you’re about.”
“It helps support the community growth and the interest in the oil industry in Lloydminster,” added Barry Boddy, a safety supervisor for HSE Integrated.
Stanyer said the oil show could also be used for networking and public relations with anywhere from 3,500 to 6,000 visitors attending past shows including people from other countries.
“That’s one reason why we’re doing it too to give the general population an idea of what the heavy oil is all about,” he said.
Accommodating the thousands of visitors who come to the shows every two years will not be an issue like it has been in the past.
“We had people staying in Vermilion and Vegreville and Wainwright, and now everybody can stay in town with the number of hotels that we have,” said Stanyer.