Board of Directors and Officers 2017 – 2018


Scott Van Vliet, Director, Board Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Environmental Refuelling Systems Inc.

Scott Van Vliet, Founder, Chief Executive Office and Chairman of the Board of Environmental Refuelling Systems Inc. (ERS) has a BSc. in Agriculture from Montana State University. In 2005 Mr. Van Vliet along with his father and brother founded ERS to service the upstream oil and gas market providing Complete Fuel Management solutions for large remote projects.  In 2008 Mr. Van Vliet received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Canadian Environmental Advancement Corporation – West (CETAC- West). Mr. Van Vliet continues to support CETAC-West as a mentor for emerging entrepreneurs. In 2010 Mr. Van Vliet was nominated with his brother and father as finalists of EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards for the Prairie Region. A strong believer in supporting the communities in which he lives and works, Mr. Van Vliet and ERS have been supporter of foodbanks, amateur sportsclubs and elite athletes. Sponsorships include Future Cowboys and Cowgirls Society, Knights Rugby Club and Alberta Rugby. ERS remains a strong supporter of the Fort McMurray and Calgary Foodbanks, participated in an ambitious tree planting program in the oil sands region and was instrumental in the supply and distribution of fuel to emergency services and citizens during the 2016 Ft. McMurray fires.

Duncan Au, Director, Board First Vice-Chair
President and Chief Executive Officer
CWC Energy Services Corp.

Duncan Au is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst with over 25 years of corporate finance and energy services experience.  In addition to his role at CWC, Mr. Au is President & CEO of JAFETICA Capital Inc., a private equity and corporate finance consulting practice that specializes in energy service opportunities.  In 2005, he was President & CEO of his own private energy service company, Richmound Energy Services L.P., which was sold to a public company that later became Essential Energy Services Ltd. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Au took on the role of Vice President, Business Development and Chief Financial Officer of Essential and helped build this public company from an enterprise value of zero to $410 million before departing.  From 1998 to 2004, he held Vice President & Director positions in corporate finance with both Deloitte and Ernst & Young where he led financings and mergers and acquisitions in the energy services industry.  Mr. Au currently serves on the Board of Directors of Calgary Economic Development and Board of Governors for the Canadian Oilmen’s Executive Association. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

Mark O’Byrne, Director, Board Second Vice-Chair
President, Palliser Production Management Ltd.
Schlumberger Canada Limited

Mark O’Byrne is currently President, Palliser Production Management Ltd., a division of Schlumberger Canada based in Calgary, Alberta. A total of 31 years’ experience with Schlumberger, he has held many field, staff and management positions in a variety of geographic locations around the world including VP of Schlumberger’s surface seismic business based in Dubai United Arab Emirates and the UK and most recently as VP Health, Safety and Environment for Schlumberger North America based in Houston, Texas. Educated in Canada, Mr. O’Byrne began his career with Schlumberger as a summer student technician in 1984 with Schlumberger’s surface seismic segment. Mr. O’Byrne is married and has two daughters who attend University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC.

January McKee, Director, Board Third Vice-Chair
AMGAS Services Inc.

January McKee is a high performing and balanced oil and gas executive whose key values are family and the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit).  Ms. McKee joined AMGAS after having departed a promising career in the banking industry.  Her quick rise through the financial industry prepared her for the leadership requirements of upper management in the Energy Sector.  Ms. McKee took over as General Manager of the Alberta based oil and gas services organization, AMGAS which specializes in the equipment, service and chemical control of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) in 2007.  Her leadership helped move AMGAS from an Alberta focused service company to a world player in H2S and BTEX control offering equipment, chemicals, expertise and on-site service to ensure optimal efficiency and tailor made solutions to customers domestic and abroad. Ms. McKee was appointed President in 2011, the youngest in the company’s 25 year history.

Tom Whalen, Secretary
President and Chief Executive Officer
Petroleum Services Association of Canada

President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), Tom Whalen brings over 35 years of domestic and international industry experience to the position. Mr. Whalen is a past director of the PSAC Board. He was President & Managing Director of Baker Hughes Canada from December 2013 to May 2016. Previous to being appointed President of Canada, he was Vice President of the Canadian Pressure Pumping product line.

Mr. Whalen started his career in the energy sector in oil/gas well servicing, managing a rig fleet that provided a wide range of downhole services related to well completion, stimulation and work overs. He joined Baker Hughes in 1990 as an account manager for the oilfield chemicals division. During his tenure with Baker Hughes, he held positions including, field manager, district manager, business unit manager, country manager, Vice President of Marketing for Canada and the enterprise Vice President of Water Management.

Mr. Whalen also sits on the boards of four Calgary based organizations; the Women in Need Society, Little Rock Resources Ltd., Drillform Technical Services and Panoptic Automation Solutions. His broad industry experience, combined with his MBA, gives Mr. Whalen the combination of insight and leadership that delivers value for PSAC member companies.


Chris Gall
Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Calfrac Well Services Ltd.

Chris Gall is currently the Vice President of Global Supply Chain for Calfrac Well Services. He has spent the past 20 years in all aspects of Supply Chain Management such as manufacturing, mining and oil and gas and has used this background to consult globally for Bearing Point. Mr. Gall joined Calfrac Well Services in 2010 and previously worked for Suncor, Total, Chevron and Shell. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, Advanced Degree in Management and a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University (Center for Innovative Management). He has taught senior level Supply Chain courses for the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.

Dirk LePoole

Dirk LePoole has been President of Di-Corp since 2011.  Prior to his current role as President, Mr. LePoole has held the roles of both VP of Marketing and VP of Operations. Mr. LePoole has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Joel Carroll
Chief Executive Officer
Falck Safety Services Canada Ltd.

Joel Carroll is currently the president/CEO of Falck Safety Services Canada (FSSC) based in Dartmouth, NS. Mr. Carroll started his oil & gas career in the late 1980s as a production operator in Northern Alberta, later moving offshore with Sable Offshore Energy. Mr. Carroll is a member/trustee of the NS CEO Safety Charter. As CEO/Co-Founder of FSSC, Joel is committed to the health and safety of all workers.

Richard (Dick) Brown
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Ferus Inc.

Dick Brown is Founder & CEO of Ferus Inc. In 2001, Mr. Brown founded Ferus, an energy services company specializing in the supply and delivery of cryogenic products for well stimulation industry. Before Ferus, Mr. Brown worked in several key management positions at Amoco Petroleum Company Ltd., and founded, developed and successfully divested two independent oil and gas companies. He holds a professional engineer designation from the University of Alberta and over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. In addition to Ferus Inc, Mr. Brown also founded Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels LP, and has positioned them as North American leaders in the natural gas fueling business and strives at providing end-to-end LNG and CNG fueling services in production, transportation, storage and dispensing to customers in high horsepower and clean power industries.

Grant Stevens
President and Chief Executive Officer
Grant Production Testing Services Ltd.

Grant Stevens is the Founder and President of Grant Production Testing Services Ltd.  Mr. Stevens has been in the oil and gas industry since 1973 and has been directly involved with well testing since 1976. He was first hired as an operator and became one of the strongest supervisors among his peers in only a few short years. Mr. Stevens left his 21 year field career when he was offered the position of President with another well testing company. In 2001, three years after accepting the position of President, the company had been purchased by a much larger firm. At this point, Mr. Stevens had found that there wasn’t enough room to implement any of his beliefs and thoughts within the organization and came to the decision to start his own well testing company. On March 1st 2001 Grant Production Testing Services Ltd. was formed and has since grown to become an industry leader in production testing services within Canada.

Henry Ewert, CPA, CA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hallmark Tubulars Ltd.

Henry Ewert joined Hallmark in 2006 as the Chief Financial Officer and in 2012 was elevated to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer.  He was previously the Vice President, Finance and Administration at Standen’s Limited from 2000 to 2005.  Prior to that he was Treasurer of SMED International Inc. between 1996 and 2000, following several years in corporate lending roles with the Bank of Montreal.

Mr. Ewert graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with distinction, from the University of Saskatchewan and earned his designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1990.  He has also served on numerous charitable boards.

Clayton Byrt
Chief Executive Officer
Pimee Well Servicing LP

Clayton Byrt has over 35 years of experience in the rig business. He holds a Journeyman Water Well Driller’s Certificate and was a Partner / Manager of Stan Byrt & Sons Ltd., a family-owned Water Well and Geophysical drilling business until 1994.  He then moved into the oil and gas industry with Taurus Well Servicing and helped to grow the company to 9 service rigs operating along the Alberta / Saskatchewan border from Bonnyville to Kindersley. Taurus was bought out by Trimat in ‘97 and Mr. Byrt stayed on through a series of mergers and name changes. In 2001 he moved to Slave Lake as the District Manager of Bonus Well Servicing which was later bought out by Nabors. He stayed on as a Manager with Nabors Production Services in Slave Lake and Grande Prairie until 2014.  At that time, Mr. Burt took an opportunity to move back to his roots in Eastern Alberta and joined Pimee Well Servicing L.P. as CEO. Pimee was formed in 1984 and is owned by 6 local Indigenous Communities. It provides workover, completion, abandonment and other support services to the major producers in the Heavy Oil projects of Northeastern Alberta. Mr. Byrt now lives near Bonnyville and is charged with growing the business and creating employment and opportunity to the ownership communities.

John Taskinen
Snubco Pressure Control Ltd.

John Taskinen founded Snubco Pressure Control in 1996 and has nearly 30 years of experience in the pressure control industry (rig assist and self-contained snubbing, well control, under-balanced drilling, freeze plugging and hot tap operations both land based and offshore). His credentials include being a member of ASET since 1989; Certified Petroleum Engineering Technologist, Level 2 Snubbing Supervisor, and a Professional Technologist (Engineering) licensed to practice Petroleum Engineering in the Province of Alberta. Mr. Taskinen’s current activities are focused on developing Snubco’s business interests in Asia and Europe while overseeing the established Canadian company.

J. Douglas (Doug) McNeill, Past Chair
Stream-Flo Resources Ltd.

Doug McNeill has over thirty years’ experience in the energy industry. Mr. McNeill graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and he is also a graduate of the Corporate Governance College, Directors Education Program.  Mr. McNeill began his career with Nova, An Alberta Corporation and after five years as a design and project engineer joined Stream-Flo Industries Ltd. in 1987 as Design Engineer. Mr. McNeill has occupied several positions and tackled roles overseas with Stream-Flo including a two year expat assignment in Jakarta, Indonesia.  He has also traveled extensively – Africa, Middle East, Russia and South America.

David McHattie
Vice-President, Institutional Relations
Tenaris Global Services (Canada) Inc.

David McHattie is the Vice-President of Institutional Relations for Tenaris in Canada, responsible to improve the company’s strategic and economic performance through the development of institutional, commercial, and supplier relationships. This includes trade remedy actions, public policy development, connection with the senior leadership of Tenaris’ clients, new alliances with suppliers, and leadership of business/community associations. Reporting to the Canadian CEO, he works to develop stakeholder strategies and their implementation.   He entered Tenaris in 1999 as Marketing Manager for Canada helping to open the commercial office in Canada. In 2002, Mr. McHattie took an assignment in Buenos Aires, Argentina working in the Central Marketing Department assisting with the North American business strategy. After returning to Canada, responsibility for Economic and Financial Planning was added in October 2003. In 2008, the responsibilities for Industrial Management Control were added as he was promoted to Planning Director, Canada. Mr. McHattie took his MBA at the University of Illinois specializing in International Business, Strategy, and Marketing. His prior education includes a Business degree from the University of Regina and degrees in Public Administration and History from the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. McHattie sits on the board of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association and is the Chair of the Trade Committee of the Canadian Steel Producers Association.

Dave Reed
Vice-President, Canada Region
Weatherford Canada Ltd.

Dave Reed started in the Open Hole Formation Evaluation segment of the Canadian upstream oil and gas service sector in 1979. He joined BPB Instruments, a three- generation antecedent company of Weatherford International and, over his six-year field career, logged wells in eight of Canada’s 10 provinces. Moving to Calgary Sales in 1985, Mr. Reed stayed with BPB through the Employee / Management buyout that begat Reeves Wireline and the subsequent purchase of Reeves in 2004 by Precision Energy Services (PES), a division of Precision Drilling (PD). In November, 2005 Weatherford International purchased the PES division from PD. At Weatherford, Mr. Reed’s career has been a mix of sales, business development and operations roles. Those roles, in chronological order, include serving as Canada Formation Evaluation Sales Manager, Global Account Manager for two key Weatherford accounts, Director of Sales and Business Development for Weatherford Canada and, since January 2011, VP Canada with responsibility for all Canadian activities for Weatherford.