Mr. Mark O’Byrne is currently President, Palliser Production Management Ltd., a Schlumberger Company 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, Mark began his career with Schlumberger as a summer student technician in 1984 with Schlumberger’s surface seismic segment. Mark is married and has two daughters who attend University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC.
Ms. 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). January 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. January 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. January was appointed President in 2011, the youngest in the company’s 25 year history.
Mr. 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, David 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. David 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. David 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.
Mr. Kevin O’Brien works for Bravo Target Safety, one of the largest industrial safety contractors is Canada, providing personnel and equipment to facility turn-arounds and well-sites. Kevin is a professional engineer that helped grow private company IMV Projects Inc. from 30 to 650 employees over six years, leading to its sale to global public company John Wood Group PLC in 2007. Kevin took the reins as COO, then President of IMV Projects during global economic downturn in 2009 and subsequently helped grow the business from 400 to 800 employees and revenue to $160MM. In 2015 Kevin left the engineering world to pursue other oil and gas service opportunities which, along with his passion of worker health and safety, led to his current role as CEO of Bravo Target Safety. Kevin is also a Director of the Canadian Energy Executive Association (CEEA).
Mr. Gary Mar assumed the role of President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) in December 2018. Prior to joining PSAC, Gary worked as an independent consultant for both Chinese and Canadian companies seeking assistance with trans Pacific trade and investment. He previously served as the Province of Alberta’s Representative in Asia from 2011 to 2015. Gary also served as the Official Representative (Minister-Counselor) of the Province of Alberta to the United States of America in Washington D.C., from 2007 to 2011. He worked extensively with the Alberta energy sector on advocacy issues in Washington D.C. and many U.S. States.
Prior to this, Gary served 14 years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of Alberta. During his time as an elected official, Gary held several Cabinet portfolios –Community Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Environment; and International and Intergovernmental Relations. Before his time in public office, Gary practiced criminal, civil, corporate, commercial and real estate law in Calgary, Alberta. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. Gary and his wife Nancy have three children, Lauren, Jared and Mackenzie.
Mr. 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. Chris 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.
Mr. Duncan Au is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst with over 28 years of corporate finance and energy services experience. In addition to his role at CWC, Duncan 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, Duncan 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. Duncan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (“CAODC”) and Board of Governors for the Canadian Oilmen’s Executive Association. He was the Chairman of the 2018 PSAC STARS & Spurs Gala Committee, an industry fundraiser for STARS Air Ambulance. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Dirk LePoole has been President of Di-Corp since 2011. Prior to his current role as President, Dirk has held the roles of both VP of Marketing and VP of Operations. Dirk has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Tyler Dahlseide is President of Ferus Inc. In this role, Tyler is responsible for overseeing the operations and development of Ferus’ nitrogen and carbon dioxide businesses in North America. In 2007, Tyler joined Ferus’ Business Development team where he focused on performing research and followed developments in the transportation sector leading to the subsequent expansion of Ferus’ energized fracturing fluids business into the United States. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta with concentrations in Finance and Operations Research.
Mr. Grant Stevens is the Founder and President of Grant Production Testing Services Ltd. Grant 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. Grant 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, Grant 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 1, 2001 Grant Production Testing Services Ltd. was formed and has since grown to become an industry leader in production testing services within Canada.
Mr. 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.
Henry 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.
Mr. Sandy Jackson is a member of the Whitefish (Goodfish) Lake First Nation#128. Upon completion of High School, he was employed as a surveyor’s assistant where he worked throughout Alberta, British Columbia, and the North West Territories until he enrolled with MacEwan University and obtained a Diploma in Management Studies in 1992. Upon completion of his graduate studies, he was employed with the Community Economic Development Department with the Whitefish Lake First Nation. His role involved community development, small business planning, and First Nation Resource Development in oil and gas exploration. Sandy entered politics as a council member from 1996 and served 18 consecutive years in that role for the Nation which he is so proud of. He has been involved and continues to serve with many regional, provincial and national boards and organizations which are focused on business and community development. He is currently employed with Pimee Well Servicing LP as Industry Relations / Business Development Officer. He continues to support and volunteer with community events and organizations within the First Nation and enjoys golfing, fishing and hunting.
Mr. Joel Carroll is currently the CEO of RelyOn Nutec Canada (formerly Falck Safety Services Canada) based in Dartmouth, NS. Joel started his oil & gas career in the late 1980s as a production operator in Northern Alberta, later moving offshore with Sable Offshore Energy. Joel is a member/trustee of the NS CEO Safety Charter, and is committed to the health and safety of all workers.
Mr. 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. John’s current activities are focused on developing Snubco’s business interests in Asia and Europe while overseeing the established Canadian company.
Mr. Steve Glanville has served as chief operating officer of STEP Energy Services Ltd. since its inception in March 2011 and has been vice-president, operations since November 2013. He is a co-founder of the company and is a certified engineering technologist with over 20 years of oilfield experience. Steve’s background includes 10 years with Schlumberger Limited working with the company’s North American oilfield services divisions, and seven years with Sanjel managing the Canadian coiled tubing and nitrogen business unit. Most recently, he spent two years with Calfrac Well Services Ltd. as manager of the Canadian coiled tubing division. Steve is a former president of ICoTA Canada. Steve received his diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1992.
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Mr. Duane Burkard is the Vice President of Tervita’s Energy Services division, responsible for safe and compliant operations, sales, engineering, technical services and business development aspects across over 90 facilities in Western Canada. Duane started with Tervita (formerly Canadian Crude Separators) in 2001 as an Area Manager and through the course of the past 18 years became the division’s VP leader in 2013. Duane’s career began 26 years ago with an honors diploma in the Petroleum Engineering Technology program at NAIT where he began in the oilfield specialty chemicals business with Petrolite Canada (now part of GE Baker Hughes). One recent accomplishment for Duane was his key stakeholder involvement in Tervita’s 2018 acquisition of their competitor, Newalta. His high energy level and “raise the bar” standards has contributed to his continuous increased responsibilities in his role and the success of those around him. Duane is a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) with ASET, the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists.
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