Colby graduated with honours from the Petroleum Engineering Technology Program at SAIT in 1983 and then spent 7 years practising reservoir and production engineering with upstream oil and gas companies. He then switched career paths and worked in business development for upstream data management and software development service providers spanning the exploration, drilling, production and reservoir engineering domains.
Colby has 35+ years experience in the upstream industry and recently was with the Alberta Energy Regulator for 15 years. When Colby left the AER in 2019 his role was Senior Advisor and Measurement Specialist. Colby is currently consulting as a measurement specialist through his own consulting company, Measurement Optimization Corp.