WPC Canada Council Directors

2015-2018 Directors
Denis Painchaud

Denis Painchaud

Chairman

Denis Painchaud is the President and CEO of Baneret Consulting Inc. since 2017. Baneret provides strategic government relations and communications advice to a number of clients across various industries but is primarily focused on the oil and gas industry. Denis also provides business development assistance to a number of companies. Denis was the Director of International Government Relations for Nexen…
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Richard Masson

Richard Masson

1st Vice Chairman

Richard brings over 30 years of leadership experience in energy project development and governance, energy marketing, and finance to clients via his consulting practice at Planning Solutions. In addition, as Chief Commercial Officer for Fractal Systems., he is leading the commercial implementation of an advanced technology which lower costs and GHGs for bitumen producers, while freeing up export pipeline capacity.…
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J. Dean Tucker

J. Dean Tucker

2nd Vice Chairman

Dean brings over 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry both domestically and internationally working with junior, intermediate, senior and integrated multinational companies as well as time spent in the service sector. He has worked on exploration, production and development projects as well as A&D and corporate restructuring in North America, South America, Africa and the North Sea. Since…
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Joanna Desjardins

Joanna Desjardins

Secretary Treasurer

Joanna Desjardins is a Professional Engineer, currently specializing in corporate development, Acquisitions and Divestments for Cenovus Energy Inc. In 2017, Joanna worked on the 5th largest asset divestment in Canada, transferring $17 billion in assets to one of Canada’s largest companies. After the transaction, Joanna joined the Cenovus team in Calgary, Alberta, and continues to work in A&D, focusing on…
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James D. McFarland B.Sc., M.Sc., P. Eng

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

CPC Member- WPC and Board – WPC Canada

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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Harpal Brar

Harpal Brar

Harpal Brar is the Executive Director of Business Development with the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission (APMC).  As the Head of Business Development, Harpal has been leading APMC’s commercial efforts related to hydrocarbon value add and market access initiatives.  Prior to APMC, Harpal worked for Nexen Energy for 15 years encompassing roles in Oil Sands Economics and Joint Venture, Marketing and…
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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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Dr. Randy Gossen, Ph.D., LLD., FEI

Dr. Randy Gossen, Ph.D., LLD., FEI

Board

Dr. Randy Gossen has 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry primarily in the upstream, with both Esso Resources and Nexen. He has worked on projects and operations in all continents (except Antarctica). Randy has extensive experience in oil sands development and managed Esso’s Cold Lake, Alberta, in situ oil sands facility. In addition, he has worked…
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Ron Laing

Ron Laing

Ron Laing is the Senior Vice-President for Canadian Natural Resources Limited. Ron has been with the company for over 20 years and is involved in all areas of Canadian Natural’s business. This includes sitting on the Company’s International Operations Committee which oversees Canadian Natural’s business in The United Kingdom and Africa. Ron has significant experience with commercial contracts of all…
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Dwain Lingenfelter

Dwain Lingenfelter

Dwain Lingenfelter is a businessman, farmer, politician and former Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. Lingenfelter won the leadership of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party on June 6, 2009. He resigned as leader on November 7, 2011. Previously, he has served as the president of the party. In previous NDP governments, Lingenfelter has served as Minister of Social Services,…
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Paul Paynter

Paul Paynter

Paul runs the SRC office in downtown Calgary which opened in November 2013. Paul focuses upon building and developing applied research opportunities with leading energy players and associations, in addition to working with SME’s and the venture capital / private equity community in the selective support of new technology development. Paul is also on the board of Global Chamber Calgary,…
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David HG Smethurst

David HG Smethurst

Board

David HG Smethurst CTO Energy Sector, Hitachi Vantara Responsible for the Global Energy Sector strategy and development of business solutions at Hitachi Vantara, David joined Hitachi Vantara in October 2017 from the Oil & Gas industry. In a career that spans 30+ years that started in engineering, David’s career includes executive roles in business startups to global corporations where David…
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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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Grant Zawalsky

Grant Zawalsky

Board

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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