FEATURE STORY On the by Laura Dillman Ripley hen Brian Reinsborough (’83) left Mount Allison with a BSc in geology, he looked west, taking a job as a geologist. He then moved to the U.S., where he has been for the past 25 years, eventually launching Venari Resources, one of the biggest, ‘little’ success stories in the North American oil and gas industry. “I was working with Mobil Oil in Calgary and Denver,” says the former Trueman House president and soccer and rugby Mountie. “From there, I moved to Dallas. It’s become home.” Reinsborough obtained his Master of Science from the University of Texas at Austin. It is also where he met his wife Cambria, with whom he has three children — Calder, Reeve, and Kellen. A graduate of the Harvard Business School executive program, Reinsborough has travelled the globe working on oil exploration projects and making some big discoveries. In the mid-2000s, he took over the reins of Nexen 18 / Fall 2013 / RECORD W Petroleum USA, an affiliate of one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, serving as its President and CEO. During that time he navigated the company through the BP oil spill and subsequent moratorium in 2010. “During that period the entire industry was shut down for two years,” he says. “It became even more evident in this time that the U.S. and North America need to find secure, sustainable sources of oil and not be dependent on international sources.” Recruited as an executive-in-residence for Warburg Pincus, a large private equity firm known for building successful oil and gas companies, Reinsborough left Nexen in 2011 and set to work writing the business plan