Memorial scholarship remembers St. Walburg geologist


NuVista Energy Ltd. has established an evergreen scholarship titled the Walker Neumann Memorial Award in memory of Walker Neumann who passed away November 2018 in Calgary, Alta, at the age of 34 years.

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Neumann was a small-town farm kid who grew up in St.Walburg, where he attended both elementary school and high school. He was a true and loyal friend, considerate and thoughtful, helpful and kind, caring and encouraging. His natural empathy enabled him to make close connections with all types of individuals. He grew up with a passion for the energy industry in which he, his father Dale, and his grandfather all worked. This passion led him to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Geology at the University of Saskatchewan.

Neumann joined NuVista Energy in 2012 as a geologist after a successful start to his career with Talisman energy Inc., which he had joined following graduation. He led his NuVista team in such a way that exemplified leadership. He gave energy, commitment and inspiration to everyone with whom he worked. He had a sense of humour, was bright, logical and systematic in his thinking. He was passionately interested in all things geology and this passion was infectious. Two of NuVista Energy’s favourite memories are of Neumann wearing a lab-coat expounding the “Joys of Rock” while explaining what a piece of rock core revealed, and cracking a special single malt with his team after overseeing the drilling of a particularly successful well. He generously gave of his knowledge, his expertise, his skills and, most importantly, his friendship.

NuVista is honoured to share in keeping the memory of Walker Neumann alive through the Walker Neumann Memorial Award in Geology. This scholarship has been established with the University of Saskatchewan by NuVista Energy Ltd in fond memory of Walker Neumann, recognizing his natural approach to leadership and his exceptional geological skills.

Information on the scholarship can be found on the University of Saskatchewan website by clicking here.


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