President & CEO
As CAOEC President & CEO, Mark helps serve the interests of the Canadian drilling and service rig industries by championing their responsible stewardship and long-term sustainability.
Sharing a passion for the oil and gas industry and the benefits it provides to so many Canadians, Mark uses his position to educate and engage government, the public, and all other stakeholders on its importance and impacts from coast to coast to coast.
Mark is also a director of the Energy Safety Canada Board of Directors, the safety association of the upstream oil and gas industry, and a member of its Governance and Compensation Committee. He is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has completed the Not-for-Profit Governance Essential Program through the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Mark holds a degree in economics and a degree in political science from the University of Calgary. He completed a Master of Business Administration degree from the Haskayne School of Business.
Vice President, Communications
John began his career in the Canadian oil and gas industry in 2006 as a communications specialist in the drilling and well servicing sector.
As VP Communications at CAOEC, John helps coordinate a small team of dedicated, multi-skilled professionals who help promote the Association's vision and mission in a rapidly evolving media environment. With a focus on providing member value through customer service and cost optimization, John and his team manage internal and external communicaitons initiatives that include government relations, advocacy, internal systems development, and member media.
John holds a Bachelor of Physical Education and Master of Arts in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta, and an Applied Communications Diploma from Camosun College in Victoria, BC.
Vice President, Operations
Russell’s career started at Baker Hughes in various engineering roles and transitioned to the operator side as drilling/completion technologist and drilling superintendent with companies including Suncor Energy and Cenovus Energy. His work in the oilpatch has led to various stints in Alberta including Calgary, Grande Prairie and Edmonton.
Russell holds a Petroleum Engineering Degree from SAIT, and currently calls Cochrane home where he lives with his wife and family.
Pam is the Executive Assistant at CAOEC and provides administrative support to staff, the Board of Directors and Executive Committees. She also looks after new memberships and membership inquiries.
Pam is a SAIT graduate and has worked in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, education and arts, wholesale distribution and logistics, legal, engineering, human resources, and community programs.
Lindsay began her career in Oil and Gas in 2006, working for a small Exploration & Production company. She has worked primarily on the service side of the industry, with experience in both operations and marketing for Directional Drilling and Drilling contractors.
As an Operations Specialist, Lindsay provides exceptional customer service to members of the Association, and provides Operational support to the various committees within the CAOEC to represent the best interests of the Association and our members.
Lindsay has a Petroleum Land Administration Certificate from Mount Royal University, and enjoys spending time in the mountains hiking, snowboarding, and camping.
Communications Specialist – Events/Media Relations
Caroline serves as Communications Specialist, Events/Media Relations at CAOEC. In her role, she manages association events including the AGM and Annual Luncheon, and produces written content for the association’s various communications channels, including social media and The Hitch.
After completing a Bachelor of Communication – Journalism degree from Mount Royal University, Caroline has worked in the not-for-profit sector and most recently the technology industry.
Caroline is passionate for the Canadian energy industry and enjoys giving back to the Calgary community through volunteer efforts.