Faces of the energy recession.

Jobless in Alberta: Tens of thousands of energy professionals are out of work and out of hope

Claudia Cattaneo | August 23, 2016 | Last Updated: Aug 26 11:46 AM ET

Geologist Ryan Lemiski, engineer Stephen Scott and geophysicists Brian Sondergaard and Marian Hanna did all the right things to achieve successful careers in the oilpatch. They studied hard and earned science degrees. They created huge value for their employers and volunteered in their spare time. They protected the environment through actions, not just words.

Now they are unemployed, members of a community of as many as 60,000 energy professionals laid off in Alberta since the beginning of the oil price downturn — that’s enough people to pack more than three Saddledomes.

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