WPC Canada Council Directors

2015-2018 Directors
Denis Painchaud

Denis Painchaud

Chairman

Denis Painchaud is the Director of International Government Relations for Nexen Energy ULC. Before joining Nexen in 2005, Denis held positions in a number of senior roles including Vice-President, Communications and Government Affairs with Aquila Networks Canada. In addition to his private sector experience, Denis served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Economic Development for the Government of…
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Grant Zawalsky

Grant Zawalsky

2nd Vice Chairman

Mr. Zawalsky is the Managing Partner of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP (Barristers and Solicitors) where he has been a partner since 1994. Mr. Zawalsky holds a B.Comm and LL.B. from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Law Society of Alberta.  Mr. Zawalsky currently sits on the board of directors of a number of private and…
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Joanna Desjardins

Joanna Desjardins

Secretary Treasurer

Joanna has served on the WPC Canadian chapter since 2011. Recently, she chaired and marketed a successful Bid for Canada to host the 2013 4th WPC Youth Forum. As Chair of the WPC Youth Forum Organizing Committee, Joanna managed a team of volunteer professionals and directed the program, sponsorship, marketing and logistics. Joanna is the Project Interface Engineer - Amauligak…
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John D. Wright, P. Eng., CFA

John D. Wright, P. Eng., CFA

Past Chairman

John D. Wright is President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightstream Resources Ltd., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. (since 2000), and Chairman of the Board for Alvopetro Energy Ltd. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacalta Resources (1996-99); Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Hydrocarbons (1993-96); and Vice-President…
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Bryan Krol

Bryan Krol

Board

Mr. Krol has served on the WPC Canadian chapter since 2011, formerly as Chair of the Future Leaders Committee and now as a board member on the Executive committee. Mr. Krol is an Associate at Alvarez & Marsal Canada ULC, a financial services firm providing advisory to energy companies in western Canada. Mr. Krol is a member of the Canadian…
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Richard Masson

Richard Masson

Board

Richard Masson is CEO of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission and brings over 25 years of leadership experience in oil sands development, energy marketing and finance to the role. Richard is leading Alberta’s commercial focus on activities to support the development of new crude oil infrastructure and markets. Richard’s previous experiences include: • Nexen: VP Risk Management and member of the…
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Michael McGovern

Michael McGovern

Board

Michael is a founding partner and Director of Business Development at Arcurve Inc., one of Calgary’s largest independent software development companies. Michael has more than 22 years’ in the energy and software industry and has expertise in business development, petroleum economics, portfolio management and decision analysis. Michael’s business experience is global, having conducted business in Asia, Africa, the Middle East,…
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Jennifer Steber

Jennifer Steber

Board

In August of 2013, Jennifer Steber joined the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) as the new Executive Vice President of Stakeholder and Government Relations. Prior to joining the AER, Ms. Steber had been with the Government of Alberta for nearly a quarter century holding a variety of senior positions, such as Chief Assistant Deputy Minister of Oil Sands and Energy Operations,…
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Brad Trumble MBA, CMA

Brad Trumble MBA, CMA

Board

Brad Trumble is a broadly experienced and educated senior level business consultant with Riata Partners specializing in operational success and leadership. A graduate of the International MBA program from Cornell and Queens University, and a CPA-CMA, Brad has spent several years as an active consultant offering insight into ownership transition, management changes, and future state planning through strategic planning and…
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James D. McFarland B.Sc., M.Sc., P. Eng

James D. McFarland B.Sc., M.Sc., P. Eng

Board

Jim McFarland has more than 43 years of domestic and international experience in the oil and gas industry, most recently as President, CEO and director of Valeura Energy Inc., an international oil and gas company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange with operations in Turkey. Prior to co-founding Valeura in April 2010, he was President, CEO, director and co-founder of…
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