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Leadership Team Quicklinks
Clay Purdy, CEO & Chairman
Morgan Cassell, VP of Finance
Kevin O’Donoghue, Chief Operating Officer
Steve Mann, Sales Manager
Mike Sandilands, Global Logistics / Industrial Manager
Dane Aull, Lead Facilities Coordinator
Markus Weissenberger, PhD, Chief Technology Officer
Alexander Jamieson, MsC, Global Compliance Manager
Craig Ryckman, Production Division Manager
Clay offers over 25 year’s oilfield experience, including an extensive tenure in coiled tubing service and drilling, completions and chemical applications. Clay was the senior manager responsible for Saudi Arabian operations for an international drilling company, underbalanced re-entry division. Clay served 8 years for a Canadian drilling & completions company responsible for over 120 employees and 18 coiled tubing completions units. Clay’s extensive Middle East management, chemical application and commercial experience is coupled with an extensive international network. Clay has built a solid foundation of experience and business acumen in the development and execution of strategic plans for growth orientated organizations.
Don Getzlaf is a professional Engineer with more than 35 years of oilfield experience, specializing in cementing, well construction, chemistry and completions. Don has authored numerous papers on advancing materials and methods related to oilfield cementing and completions. Don also holds 37 patents and pending patents in these disciplines. Via global operational experience garnered by working in senior positions for both service operators (Halliburton) and E&P companies (Talisman & Nexen Energy), Don’s expertise and innovation is widely respected amongst industry veterans around the world. Don is a recipient of numerous industry recognized awards including “World Oils” “Global Completion Technology of the Year”, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) “Completions Engineer of the Year” and an Alberta’s “Leader of Tomorrow” award to name a few. As founder and Chief Technology Officer of NCS, Don grew the company from a startup to an undisputed leader in multistage pinpoint stimulation. Don is instrumental in assisting Fluid Energy Group bringing to bear a world class knowledge and operational foundation that can only be garnered through a lifetime of industry experience.
Mick has more than 40 years of management and operating experience in the Oilfield Services sector. Throughout his career, Mick has been directly involved in the acquisition and integration of over 20 Oilfield Service companies. Previous to joining PillarFour as a managing partner, Mick was the CFO of Calfrac Well Services (‘13–‘16). Prior thereto, Mick served as CEO of Saxon Energy Services Inc. (‘09 –‘13) and as Senior VP and CFO (‘05–‘08). Mick also held a number of roles at Precision Drilling Corp (‘97 – ‘05), including Senior VP, Finance, and prior thereto VP Business Development. Mick started his career at Schlumberger where he worked in several roles over a period 18 years.
Mick is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Morgan has over 20 years of experience in the Oil & Gas and other industries. Prior to joining the Fluid Energy Group Ltd., Morgan was Lead Controller for Essential Coil and Stimulation Services (Technicoil Corporation division). During his 8 year tenure with Essential Energy Morgan was an integral part of the company’s management and leadership team. Prior thereto, Morgan was the Controller with the Great Northern Timber International group of companies. During his 5 years with GNTI, Morgan was instrumental in growing the business internationally with sales in Canada, USA, Japan and South Korea. Morgan began his career 23 years ago as a Controller with Slocan Group where he managed the accounting departments for three (3) business divisions. Morgan brings a wealth of international, hands on, accounting experience to the Fluid Energy Group team.
Mr. O’Donoghue’s 28 year career has provided him a wealth of experience in International business operations, manufacturing & supply chain management. With his results oriented leadership, Kevin brings his strong leadership skills to all facets of our business within our domestic and international operations. Kevin has held multiple operations manager roles with a multiple billion dollar international logistics company along with an international drilling company throughout Canada, USA, Mexico and Saudi Arabia where he developed, implemented and managed all logistics and supported operations.
As a cofounder of Fluid Energy Group, Kevin has been involved in all facets of our growth and success from the beginning. Additionally, along with his team Kevin has developed our “Triton Cleaning Products” line of offerings into >800 retail stores in North America along with developing multiple international distributors and developed relationships with multi-billion dollar global customers.
Mr. Stromquist brings a wealth of operational and executive experience from progressive companies with growth successes in both North America and internationally. He is skilled at evaluating, developing and exploiting new technologies including patent processes.
Mr. Stromquist currently serves as Chief Executive Officer & Director of NCS- Multistage, a privately held oil and gas service company, focusing on Multi stage completion strategies and Principal & Chief Executive Officer of Cemblend Systems Inc. a privately held oil and gas service and supply company, focusing on strategies around better hydraulic isolation for well construction. Mr. Stromquist, was Co-founder and Vice President Operations of Frac Source Inc., a private oil gas stimulation services company and previously served in management roles with a public (NYSE) oil and gas resource company and a public (NYSE) oil and gas services company. Mr. Stromquist is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1987.
Mr. Cochlan is a partner at the law firm of Torys LLP, a highly respected international business law firm, and is co-head of Torys’ Calgary office and the firm’s Corporate and Capital Markets Practice. Mr. Cochlan practices securities and corporate law, with an emphasis on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Cochlan holds a law degree from the University of Calgary and a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Cochlan has received a number of recognitions as a leading lawyer in his practice areas and is recognized internationally as a leading Canadian corporate finance lawyer.
Steve is a certified engineering technologist (CET) bringing over 11 years’ experience in the pressure-pumping service sector. Beginning his career in the field with an international fracturing company and then progressed into the Calgary office joining the fracturing engineering team. Steve has held various in-house technical positions with major international E&P clients that transitioned into a sales position responsible for >$100M/yr. accounts. Steve is instrumental in maintaining and developing key local and international customer relationships, providing technical support and identifying opportunities for expansion as well as new applications for Fluids industry leading technology.
Mr. Sandilands has over 15 years’ experience in Supply Chain and Logistics Management in North America. He attended the Business school at the Queensland University of Technology majoring in Marketing. Mr. Sandilands began his Supply Chain career with one of Canada’s largest retail company’s Loblaw’s, where he became the Director of Transportation for Western Canada. Following Loblaw’s Mr. Sandilands joined Canadian Pacific Railway, where he held several management positions in the Logistics Solution group that specialize in multi-modal transportation solutions. Mike also founded Canalia Consulting providing Supply Chain consulting services prior to joining Fluid Energy Group building the foundation for Fluids logistics solutions. Mike has been instrumental in building Fluids industrial chemical sales division (Triton Cleaning Products). Mike brings a wealth of global logistical and marketing experience to Fluids team.
Mr. Aull brings over 12 years of operational and business development experience within the oil and gas industry. After completing his first year B.Com, Mr. Aull left university to co-found Newtech NDT Inspection Services Inc., an Edmonton based service company providing testing and inspection services of oilfield drilling and production equipment, successfully selling his stake to Heavy Oil Technical Tools in 2013 after six years in operation. In 2011, Mr. Aull founded Newtech Energy Services Inc., providing oilfield equipment sales and consultation services to clients throughout the Middle East and Americas. Mr. Aull has also received the Canadian Securities Course certificate, with honors, from the Canadian Securities Institute.” As a facility manager Dane brings a wealth of experience in chemical manufacturing to Fluid and has been a key individual in implementing many policies, procedures and operational efficiencies throughout Fluids growth. Dane brings international experience to Fluid that will assist greatly with its expansion around the world.
Markus has over 20 years of international research and development experience with renowned research facilities and diverse industrial fields. He holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Potsdam/Germany and executed his research work at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam/Germany. Markus has a profound working knowledge of the oil and gas industry encompassing fracturing, cementing, heavy oil recovery and chemistry. An active SPE member, Markus maintains a working knowledge of all applicable chemistry in Fluids industry.
During his last position Markus was the lead of a stimulation R&D group of an international Oil & Gas service provider. Markus has extensive experience in international commercialization of new completion and production chemistry working closely with engineering, marketing and sales. Markus brings substantial experience and technical support for sales and marketing, product development and IP generation. Markus has been a co-author on many oil and gas chemical patents.
Alexander has over 20 years of international product development experience, specializing in drilling fluids and holding such positions as laboratory manager, senior development chemist and principal laboratory technician with major international oil and gas chemical companies. Alexander holds an MSc in Materials Science from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Alexander has an in depth understanding of North Sea operations and offshore applications and regulatory compliance.
Alexander is a motivated and versatile product development chemist with expertise in oil and gas chemical development having special interests in; Green Chemistry, Rheology and Toxicology.
Alexander brings laboratory supervision, new product introduction, safety program and client account management experience that is instrumental to Fluids expansion globally.
Craig served in the military in the early 90’s before gaining 21 years of Oilfield experience in production, drilling and applied chemistry. Craig began his career in production operations eventually leading to a management role with Harvest Operations; a large E&P. Craig was responsible and accountable for a number of employees and contractors as well as multimillion dollar facilities and new build projects. Craig has spent the last 9 years of his career in the chemical industry specifically, expanding and applying his knowledge in corrosion, bacteria, paraffin and most importantly; stimulations. Craig’s knowledge and background is an asset in well servicing and production enhancement through producing and injection well optimizations. Gaining invaluable experience with a long tenure with Baker Hughes Craig brings a wide depth of operational experience to Fluids operations locally and internationally.