Lloyd R. Champion
Lloyd R. Champion Fonds
113 black and white photographs
Accession #83-160

Biography of Lloyd R. Champion

Lloyd R. Champion

Investor, Tar Sands Promoter, Administrator--Montreal businessman Lloyd R. Champion concentrated his attention on trust companies before becoming interested in the pilot oil sands projects at Bitumount, near Fort McMurray, Alberta. In 1943 he formed Oil Sands Ltd. and from late in 1944 to 1948 he was associated with the Alberta government in building an experimental extraction plant. In 1953 he formed the Great Canadian Oil Sands Consortium with Sun Oil Ltd. of Philadelphia; in 1967 the plant (by then renamed Suncor) went into operation. Mr. Champion sold most of his interests between 1966-1967, but his Oil Sands Ltd. was not liquidated until 1976, five years after his death.

Title based on content of fonds.


The fonds contains 1 series:

1. Photographs


Restrictions on Access

All the Lloyd R. Champion material is open to researchers.

Related Records

Researchers should note that a significant amount of material documenting the evolution of the tar sands industry is located in the Provincial Achives of Alberta.

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Acquisition Information

Mrs. A.G. Champion donated the photographs to the University of Alberta Archives in 1983.

Processing Information

Gertrude Bloor McLaren wrote the invntory with W.E. Adkins assisting to identify the images. A full finding aid was completed in 2006.