WPC Canada Council Directors

2020 Directors
Richard Masson

Richard Masson

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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Denis Painchaud

Denis Painchaud

President, Canadian Organizing Committee for 24th WPC

Denis Painchaud is the President and CEO of Baneret Consulting Inc. since 2017. Baneret provides strategic government relations, business development and communications advice to clients across various industries, particularly in the energy sector. Denis is also the President and CEO of the 24th World Petroleum Congress and the past Chair of the Canadian Association of the World Petroleum Council. Denis…
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J. Dean Tucker

J. Dean Tucker

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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Brad Trumble MBA, CMA

Brad Trumble MBA, CMA

Secretary Treasurer

Brad Trumble is a broadly experienced and educated senior level business developer with Critical Control Energy Services in Calgary. A graduate of the International MBA program from Cornell and Queens University, and a CPA-CMA, Brad has spent several years within the Oil & Gas industry promoting the use of technology and software for better operating results and lower costs. Brad…
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Joanna Desjardins

Joanna Desjardins

Officer – WPC Executive Committee, 24th WPC, Canada Host Representative

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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Cody Parrish

Cody Parrish

Chair, Future Leaders

Cody serves on the WPC Canada's board as well as leading the WPC Canada Future Leaders board as their Chairman. Cody was the Program Director for the 4th WPC Youth Forum held in Calgary in 2013. He was responsible for leading a team of volunteers that developed and executed a world-class program with over 150 speakers, experts, and industry leaders…
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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

Mr. McFarland is a corporate director and energy entrepreneur with more than 47 years of broad operational and senior executive experience in the oil and gas industry in Canada and internationally in both large integrated oil and gas companies and smaller start-up international E&P companies. He has been at the forefront of many unconventional oil and gas developments in his…
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David Crawford

David Crawford

Board

David Crawford is currently an Independent Corporate Director and serves on Boards of Directors in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada. At a professional level David is a Chartered Professional Accountant, an Environmental Professional and a Chartered Director. His business experience includes governance, risk management, sponsorship, event management, business…
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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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Michael D. Josephson

Michael D. Josephson

Board

Michael Josephson has more than 30 years’ experience in the legal and petroleum industries. He is an alumnus of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and earned commerce and law degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He was called to the Bar of the Province of Alberta, Canada, in 1989. Following several years…
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Ron Laing

Ron Laing

Board

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

Board

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

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Paul Paynter is the Business Development Director at GERI (General Energy Recovery Inc.). Previously, Paul held key external-facing roles at the Saskatchewan Research Council - where he founded the Saskatchewan Crown Corporation office in Calgary, KPMG Canada, Calgary Economic Development (pioneering Calgary trade missions to China, Colombia and Australia), the British Trade Office - Calgary, Bell Mobility and Vodafone UK.…
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Lauren Savoie

Lauren Savoie

Board

Lauren has over 20 years of domestic and international experience in the energy industry­ where she has held facilities, environmental, development, commercial and engineering technical roles. She has extensive experience in project management, strategy development and managing budgets. Lauren joined on at Suncor in 2017 as Manager of Development and Engineering, Renewables where she worked on wind and solar projects.…
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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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