Charlie Fairbank attended Ridley from 1956 to 1959 and then earned a biology degree from the University of Western Ontario and a teaching degree from Queen’s University. The great-grandson of Oil Springs pioneer John Henry Fairbank, Charlie took over Fairbank Oil — a company that has been in his family for 150 years—in 1973 and, under his leadership, the company has grown to 350 wells, producing about 24,000 barrels of oil a year from 600 acres. A fourth-generation member of a family that has produced oil longer than anyone in the world, he uses only 19th century technology to produce the oil, including the jerker line system his great-grandfather developed in 1863—a dedication to preserving history that earned Fairbank Oil field designation in 2010 as Ontario's first industrial-based Heritage Conservation District and recognition from the federal government as a National Historic Site. Charlie is passionate about preserving the history of Oil Springs and spreading the word about the Oil Heritage District, an area in Lambton County in southwestern Ontario that is as a living museum and testament to Canada's oil pioneers. In 2002, he co-authored The Oil Heritage Tour of Lambton County: The Birthplace of the Canadian Oil Industry. He was inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame in 1997.