Clifford H. Fryers was born in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan in 1947. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Marketing and a minor in Corporate Finance in 1970, and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1971. Upon leaving university Mr. Fryers worked in the Tax Litigation department of the Department of Justice in Ottawa (1971-1977), and as General Tax Counsel for Mobil Oil Canada, Ltd. (1977-1980). In 1980 he joined the Calgary office of the Milner Fenerty law firm. His law practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, resource taxation, international taxation and negotiating with fiscal authorities, including tax litigation. As a partner at Milner Fenerty, Mr. Fryers also served for five years as Chairman of the Business Development Department and three years as the Managing Partner of the firm's Calgary office. He maintained his law practice until 1997, when he took the position of Chief of Staff to Preston Manning in the Leader of the Opposition's office in Ottawa. Mr. Fryers has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the White Iron Group of Companies since 1997. In 2003 he also serves on the Board of Directors of Canscot Resources, Ltd., an oil and gas company, and of Enmax, the Calgary-based electricity company.