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Alberta's chronicler

David Finch's historical perspective on Canada's energy sector has made him a prominent commentator on Alberta's oil patch. But he still found time to take a canoe trip with Petroleum Economist. Derek Brower braved Calgary's Bow River

ONE OF Canada's most loved story-tellers, Pierre Berton, once remarked that the definition of a Canadian was "someone who knows how to make love in a canoe without tipping it". If anyone could test the hypothesis it is David Finch: a man who doesn't just know how to handle a paddle and glide through white water, but one who builds his own boats and takes on the big northern rivers of the country for fun. Cuba-born and Venezuela-raised he may be, but Finch is every part the quintessential Canadian. He's a man of action at the desk, too. With 24 books to his name, all around the topic of Western Canada, its history and natural environment, Finch doesn't sit around much – in fact, he stands at

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