Our People

Snubco’s success is a combination of our highly experienced management team and our dedicated seasoned field professionals, who have built a strong reputation in the oil and gas industry. We are pioneers in the snubbing industry through our innovations in the design and manufacturing of snubbing equipment used today in Canada and around the world. Many of our innovations and new technologies are possible because of Snubco’s corporate environment which welcomes and implements staff’s ideas and comments.



John Taskinen

John Taskinen, P. Tech. (Eng.) – President and CEO

– Over 25 years experience in the Pressure Control industry
– Experienced with Rig Assist and Self- Contained Snubbing, Well Control,
Under Balanced Drilling, Onshore / Offshore, Freeze and Hot Tap Operations
– N.A.I.T diploma (honors) in Hydrocarbon Engineering Technology
– Member of ASSETS since ’89
– Certified Petroleum Engineering Technologist
– Professional Technologist (Engineering)
– Licensed to practice Petroleum Engineering
– Sits on PSAC Board of Directors
– Level 2 Snubbing Supervisor
– Involved with the ongoing design and manufacturing of Snubco snubbing units and
other equipment
– Member of PSAC and Partnerships in Safety Program

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Aj Grant

AJ Grant – Operations Manager

– Over 18 years in Pressure Control industry
– Level 2 Snubbing Supervisor & Assessor (Petroleum Competency Program)
– Experience in H2S snubbing workovers, fishing under pressure, slant snubbing, dual string snubbing, hot tap and freezing under various pressures and conditions
– Experienced with rig assist, freeze and hot tap and under balanced drilling
– 9 years experience as a Field Supervisor
– International experience in rig assist

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Lance Thornell

Lance Thornell – Equipment Manager

– 28 years experience as a Welder
– Journeyman Millwright
– Extensive experience in hydraulic design and layout, metal fabrication and snubbing equipment prototype development, testing and electrical
– Involved in design and fabrication of snubbing units, drilling rigs and other oilfield equipment

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Karl Bauer

Karl Bauer – Sales Manager and Technical Field Sales

– 22 years pressure control experience
– Background experience includes Drilling Rigs, Cased hole wireline, Snubbing, Freeze and Hot tapping
– Post- secondary courses N.A.I.T and U of A
– 15 years in sales and marketing
– Presenter / educator for Enform’s workover and completions courses: Snubbing services
– PSAC distinguished service award.

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Doug Mcpherson

Doug McPherson – Manufacturing

– Experience as a heavy equipment operator for 8 years, 17 years as a snubbing operator
– Level 2 Snubbing Supervisor
– Experience in H2S snubbing workovers, fishing under pressure, slant snubbing, dual string snubbing, hot tap and freezing under various pressures and conditions
– Certificate in hydraulics with in depth experience designing and building hydraulics systems for truck and jack portions of snubbing units
– Supervisor of snubbing operations for over 5 years

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Brad Chipman

Brad Chipman – HSE Manager

– 15 years in Pressure Control Industry
– Rig assist snubbing, stand alone snubbing, freeze and hot tap services and under balance drilling
– Snubbing Supervisor Level 2 and Assessor for Snubbing Services Competency Program

 

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