Duane Lauritsen’s legacy continues to enrich the lives of children in need, by making their dreams come true at Make-A-Wish Canada®.
Duane Robert Lauritsen (1966 – 2019) led, mentored and inspired countless people in Canada’s energy sector, where he invested 25 years of his career leading major Alberta oil sands projects. In his pursuit for a united and energy-independent Canada, he created a legacy, the Canadian Prosperity Pipelines Corporation. Duane spent his final moments at the National Coalition of Chiefs convention in Calgary, sharing the company’s vision of empowerment and prosperity for Indigenous Peoples in Canada through the pipeline project, for which he received a standing ovation before the Treaty 7 Territory.
Duane exuded boundless energy and dedication towards helping children. He was a crisis phone counsellor at Wood’s Homes, supporting youth suicide prevention and other mental health needs. He provided leadership training at the Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and coached various soccer teams, including his children’s, for 10 years. In 2019, Duane and his fiancée Shanika helped the expansion of Girls Who Code across Canada, an organization aimed at closing the gender gap in Technology, through STEM education for young women.
Duane also taught Shamanic Yoga Nidra, through which all proceeds raised from his classes supported the Cochrane Food Bank.
Duane, there is not a day where you are forgotten. We love you ❤️