Rance Fisher is the quintessential Albertan. Born in 1937 and raised on a farm near Lacombe, he grew up in poverty and, at a young age, set his sights on a better life. A natural businessperson with strong vision and a willingness to embrace risk, Rance not only created and led several successful businesses, but along the way he is living a life of impact. Over his 60+ years in business, Rance Fisher founded, grew, and sold several businesses and employed thousands of Albertans. Mostly known for his involvement in the oil and gas service sector, his businesses included xxxWireline, Canyon Trucking, Trialta Tools, CenAlta Well Services, Toran Rentals, Crown Caisson, Crown Energy Technologies, Kearney Properties, and Fisher Investments.
With a nod to his upbringing, Rance has always made giving back a personal priority. In 1995, he launched the CenAlta Futures Foundation in partnership with a select group of production companies to fund programs for rural Alberta youth.
A member of the advisory committee to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Rance generously donated a working service rig to provide students with hands-on experience and also sponsored an ongoing scholarship program. A section of the training facility is named for him, and he was awarded an honorary Bachelor of Applied Technology degree in 2000.
In 2001 Rance Fisher was inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the industry.
In 2021, he created the Rance and Marilyn Fisher Family Charitable Foundation, a Calgary-based organization intended to further his personal philosophy of giving back and to ensure the Fisher family’s legacy of support for generations to come. In its first year, the Foundation has awarded close to seven million dollars to regional charities including the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and the Prostate Cancer Centre.
Rance and his wife of 58 years, Marilyn, raised three children and have seven grandchildren.