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From Calgary engineer to sommelier: laid-off oil workers try career Plan B

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 05:50
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Laid off in January after spending 20 years as an oil reservoir engineer, Alejandro Rodriguez is now preparing for a new career as a sommelier.

Calgary, Alberta

ALEJANDRO Rodriguez wants to be a sommelier. His previous experience: 20 years as an oil reservoir engineer.

The 42-year-old needed to consider a career Plan B after ARC Resources Ltd laid him off in January, adding to a growing number of people in the Canadian