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We are led by a board of directors that are appointed by an Order in Council. The board is not involved in our day-to-day operations and decisions, but instead sets the general direction of our work. Together, the directors

  • approve regulatory changes, and 
  • set performance expectations for our organization and our chief executive officer
     
David Goldie

David Goldie

Board Chair

David Goldie is a director and independent consultant with over 35 years of experience in the energy industry.

In addition to being the chair of the board of directors, David Goldie is an ex-officio voting member on the board audit and finance committee, governance committee, human resources, health and safety committee, and regulatory review committee.

Since 2016, Mr. Goldie has led his own consultancy company, Orelian Consulting Ltd., and has supported energy companies in strategic decision-making using decision quality concepts. From 2002 to 2016, he worked as a Vice-President with Encana and then Cenovus in a variety of roles, including exploration, international business development, strategy and planning, refining and marketing, and operations. From 1997-2002 he worked at PanCanadian Petroleum in geophysical, economic analysis, and managerial roles. He began his career with Imperial Oil/Exxon as a geophysicist in Calgary and Houston from 1987-1997.

Mr. Goldie holds a B.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Waterloo, a MBA from the University of Calgary, is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and holds the designation of ICD, Director (ICD.D.).

Corrina Bryson

Corrina Bryson

Board Director

Corrina Bryson has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry and currently serves on the Boards of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board and the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission.

In addition to being a board director, Corrina Bryson is the chair of the board audit and finance committee and a voting member on the board governance committee.

Previously, Ms. Bryson led her own consultancy company, Simplify Complexity Inc., providing petroleum engineering and management consulting services to operators and investors. From 2011 to 2016, she worked with CNOOC-Nexen in a variety of roles, including vice president of Resource Development North America. Between 2004 and 2011, Ms. Bryson was a consultant and director with RPS Energy and APA Petroleum Engineering. Ms. Bryson began her career with Shell, working in progressive engineering, project, and business roles from 1994 to 2004 in the Netherlands, the UK, and Canada.

Ms. Bryson graduated from the University of Bradford in England with B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in Chemical Engineering with Management. She is a P.Eng. in Alberta and holds a Masters Certificate of Project Management (MCPM) from the University of Lethbridge. Ms. Bryson is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and holds the designation of ICD, Director (ICD.D.).

Gary Leach

Gary Leach

Board Director

Gary Leach has over 25 years of senior executive level experience in the oil and gas industry, including serving as president of The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC). His background in law supports a deep understanding of regulatory issues affecting the energy industry.

In addition to being a board director, Gary Leach is the chair of the board regulatory review committee and a voting member on the board human resources, health and safety committee.

Under his leadership EPAC was a respected voice for Canada's oil and gas industry during a period of disruptive and rapidly changing market conditions. His views were sought on industry issues and trends by local and national media outlets.  Mr. Leach regularly engaged with political leaders, policy makers and regulators while serving on industry and government agency boards and panels.

Prior to this, Mr. Leach worked as a senior international executive at a Houston-headquartered Fortune 500 oil services company, and a Canadian NYSE listed international oil production and services company, where he also served on the board of directors. Mr. Leach's responsibilities included establishing new business ventures, negotiating innovative project finance structures with multilateral institutions, and serving on joint venture boards in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Mr. Leach was also the founder and partner of a Calgary-based law firm, where his practice focused on providing counsel and advice to clients working in the oil and gas services industry.

He is a graduate of the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, and holds Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Liberal Arts degrees from that institution.

 

Allison Rippin Armstrong

Board Director

Allison is a biologist and environmental scientist with over 25 years of experience in permitting, regulatory processes and environmental compliance, working with indigenous organizations, resource companies, regulatory agencies, indigenous, territorial, and federal governments.

In addition to being a board director, Allison Rippin Armstrong is a voting member on the board regulatory review committee and human resources, health and safety committee.

Along the way, Allison found that her passion and calling leaned more to the areas of mentorship, advocacy, education, and training. As Compliance Specialist at the Ekati Diamond Mine, Allison was part of the team that lead the mine toward ISO 14001 certification. There she started an Environmental Awareness program that included the formation of an Environment Club, with participation from all departments at the mine site.

Allison is amazed by the incredible opportunities that she has been able to be part of and help create. Highlights include: the development of environmental training modules in partnership with Yukon First Nations and Yukon University, the development of the Regional Wealth Creation Fund, as part of a negotiated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association in Nunavut, and building a sustainability department at the Karowe Diamond Mine with Lucara Botswana.

Allison has served on the board of Yukon Women in Mining for the past seven years. She is a founding member of the Yukon University Foundation Board and has served on NWT and Nunavut Chambers of Mines as well as a number of working groups for the PDAC. Allison is currently the Chair of the Board of Tectonic Metals Inc.

As an independent consultant Allison has worked in Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alaska, and Botswana.

Duncan Au

Duncan Au

Incoming Board Chair

Duncan is a seasoned executive and board director holding the FCPA, FCA, CFA, and ICD.D designations with over 34 years of corporate finance, accounting, and energy services experience, including 14 years serving on public company and not-for-profit boards.

Since 2010, he has been the president, chief executive officer, and director of CWC Energy Services Corp., a premier public contract drilling and well servicing company operating in Canada and the U.S., which was recently acquired by Precision Drilling in November 2023. In 2004, Duncan was president and CEO of his own private energy services company, Richmound Energy Services L.P., which was sold to a public company that later became Essential Energy Services Ltd., where he served as vice president of business development and chief financial officer before its merger with another public company in 2008. From 1998 to 2004, Duncan held vice president and director positions in corporate finance with both Deloitte and EY, where he led financings and mergers and acquisitions.

Duncan has been the past chairman of Enserva (formerly PSAC) and has served on the boards of the Canadian Association of Energy Contractors (CAOEC), Canadian Energy Executive Association (CEEA), Calgary Economic Development, and CFA Society Calgary. In addition, he has been a past chairman of Enserva STARS & Spurs Gala, an industry fundraiser in support of STARS Air Ambulance, where his committee raised a record $1.3 million for STARS. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

Theresa Watson

Theresa Watson

Board Director

Theresa Watson began her career as a field engineer with Mobil Oil in 1987 with postings in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 1992 she started an independent engineering consulting company, T. L. Watson & Associates Inc., offering expertise to the oil and gas industry. T. L. Watson now offers industry, individuals, and governments expertise on liability and safety issues arising from carbon capture and storage, and oil and gas installations. 

Ms. Watson was appointed as a board member of the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) in July 2009 and served as chair of the Audit and Finance Committee until her departure June 2013. In 2021 she served as interim CEO of Carya, a large Calgary-based nonprofit organization. She has served as an APEGA councilor and a Carya board member.

Ms. Watson has extensive local and international experience in long-term liability and risk management, wellbore integrity, regulatory compliance, wellbore construction, and the repair of problem wells, including severe gas migration and abandonments. She has authored and presented several papers dealing with risk mitigation and prediction.

Ms. Watson received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from McGill University in 1987, an MBA from the University of Calgary in 2014, and a law degree from the University of Calgary in 2018.

David Yager

David Yager

Board Director

David Yager is an oil service executive, entrepreneur, author, and energy policy analyst. Since 1971 he has worked in multiple oil service sector segments with the primary focus of wellbore construction, production optimization, remediation, and abandonment. From 1987 to 2012, he was a founder, senior officer, and director of three successful TSX-listed oil service companies. He was a founder of Tesco Corporation, which in 1993 commercialized the top drive drilling technology essential for extended reach horizontal drilling. From 2012 to 2016 he served as National Leader Oilfield Services for MNP LLP, a leading Canadian tax, accounting, and consulting provider.

In addition to being a board director, David Yager is a voting member on the board regulatory review, and human resources, health and safety committees.

Through Yager Management Ltd., he consults as a finance, management, and policy advisor to exploration and production companies, oil service companies, and trade associations. He was chairman of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada in 2009/2010. David Yager has been active in business journalism and energy policy analysis since 1979.

He has authored numerous energy policy position papers for oil service trade associations. A policy proposal for the service rig division of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors on extending the life of mature producing wells was incorporated into Alberta’s major royalty review in 1991. As PSAC chair he led a study into the economic impacts of the oil services sector on the Canadian economy. His research paper for PSAC on mature asset decommissioning and reclamation was a foundation of the federal government’s $1.7 billion well closure activity stimulation program in 2020.

David Yager’s book, From Miracle to Menace – Alberta, A Carbon Story, was released in 2019.

From January 1 to June 30, 2023, he served as chair of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Alberta’s Energy Future. 

Carey Arnett

Carey Arnett

Board Director

Carey Arnett is an experienced energy entrepreneur and executive. She began her career in technical roles and steadily progressed into managerial positions, eventually leading one of Canada’s oldest and largest upstream and midstream pipeline and facility construction teams. As President & CEO of Arnett & Burgess Pipeliners, she managed construction across nine jurisdictions, overseeing up to 1400 personnel in trade and professional roles. Under her team’s leadership, the business grew sevenfold.

Ms. Arnett’s early career includes experience with pipeline data, pipeline integrity software, energy financial services, and business development. Recently, she has managed all aspects of project development and execution, including pipeline integrity, abandonment, class upgrades, upstream, downstream, and midstream construction and directional drilling line support. Her experience spans an array of complex projects in urban and remote areas of Canada and the northern United States.

Having collaborated with CEOs and executive teams to develop short- and long-term strategies within the energy industry, Carey has created an extensive network of local and international contacts across various industries.

Passionate about safety and industry improvement, Carey served on the Premier’s Advisory Council on Alberta’s Energy Future in 2023. She was chair of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association Foundation (now Energy Connections Canada) and served on the Advisory Council for Young Energy Infrastructure Professionals. Additionally, she was a governor at the Calgary Petroleum Club and one of its youngest presidents.

Her accolades include being named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, receiving the Business Leader Award from Business in Calgary and the Laurence Décor Award for Outstanding Leadership. She has also received numerous corporate awards for safety and innovation.

In addition to being a board director, she is the Chair of the Board Human Resources and Health and Safety Committee and a voting member of the Board Governance Committee.