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Our reputation as a world leader in snubbing has been accomplished by developing and retaining people who are both highly experienced and well respected within our industry.

The following lists the key people that oversee the operation of our various business divisions. While our broader team of field personnel is not identified below, we note that our field and manufacturing employees are also a critical part of our ability to deliver world class services. We take great pride in the training we provide to our teams and strive to provide opportunities for our employees to move up the ranks within our organization. In fact, many of the managers and supervisors listed below started out as field employees!

John Taskinen

John Taskinen

President (Founder and Shareholder) Senior Executive board of directors

  • Over 35 years experience in the Pressure Control industry
  • Experienced with Rig Assist and Self- Contained Snubbing, Under Balanced Drilling,
    Freeze and Hot Tap Operations
  • N.A.I.T diploma (honours) in Hydrocarbon Engineering Technology
  • Member of ASSETS since ’89
  • Certified Petroleum Engineering Technologist
  • Involved with the ongoing design and manufacturing of Snubco snubbing units and other equipment
  • International experience in rig assist snubbing
  • PSAC Board of Directors since 2004
  • Member of PSAC and Partnerships in Safety Program
AJ Grant

AJ Grant

Manager of Canadian Operations (Shareholder) Executive Board of Directors

  • Over 25 years in the Pressure Control Industry
  • Over 20 years with Snubco Pressure Control
  • Level 2 Snubbing Supervisor & Assessor ( Petroleum Competency Program )
  • Experience in H2S Snubbing Workovers, Fishing under Pressure, Slant Snubbing,
    Dual String Snubbing under various conditions
  • Experienced with Rig Assist Snubbing, Self Contained Snubbing, Hot Tap & Freeze Operations
  • 9 years experience as a Snubbing Field Supervisor
  • International Rig Assist and Rigless Snubbing Experience
Karl Bauer

Karl Bauer

Sales Manager and Technical Field Sales (Shareholder) Secretary of the Board of Directors

  • Westerra Institute of Technology (NAIT), University of Alberta (General/Faculty of extension)
  • CCA Board member (Canadian Council of the Americas)
  • PSAC IRP# 15 committee member (Snubbing Industry recommended practices)
  • 33 years pressure control experience, rig assist, freeze, hot tap services
  • Worked on drilling rigs, cased-hole wireline, snubbing units, freeze & Hot tap
  • Over 17 years in sales, marketing and contracts
  • Industry presenter, lecturer and advocate for snubbing through Enform, now Energy Safety Canada, for work overs and completions course.
Brad Chipman

Brad Chipman

HSE Safety Coordinator, Assistant Operations Manager

  • Over 27 year’s experience in Pressure Control Industry
  • Experienced in rig assist, freeze, hot tap and under balanced drilling and steam injection wells
  • Leader in the development of Industry Recommended Practices for Snubbing (PSAC)
  • Developing “Standards of Competence” for Snubbing (PSAC)
  • Assisted in the creation and implementation of ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 for Snubco Group of Companies.
  • Perform accident/incident investigations and ensure actionable items are followed up and completed in a timely manner.
  • Certified Internal Safety Auditor (Petroleum Industry Training Services)
  • Trained in Safety Inspection Skills, Accident Investigation, Field Level Risk Assessment and Safety Program Building
James McConnel

James McConnel

Operations Manager, International

  • Red Deer College, IWCF level 4
  • Over 25 year’s experience with HWO offshore and land based operations
  • Experience in HPHT snubbing workovers, fishing under pressure, hot tap and freezing under various pressures and conditions
Lance Thornell

Lance Thornell

Equipment Manufacturing and Maintenance Manager

  • 39 year’s experience as a Welder and 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
Doug McPherson

Doug McPherson

Field Supervisor (Shareholder) Senior Staff Manufacturing Division

  • Experience as a heavy equipment operator for 8 years, 14 years as a snubbing operator
  • 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 9 years
Nishant Gautam

Nishant Gautam

M.E.T – Engineering

  • Algonquin College Advanced diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Member of ASET since 2010
  • 4 years’ experience as Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • 4 years’ experience in the Pressure Industry
  • Over 3 years’ experience in Temperature and pressure product design.
  • Expert in using Computer-aided engineering software/systems and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to conduct engineering design and analysis.
  • Skilled in problem solving and Kaizen (continuous improvement) technique
  • Work with engineers to develop and implement system designs
  • Involved in design and fabrication of snubbing units, drilling rigs and other oilfield equipment
Morgan Elliot, CA, CPA

Morgan Elliot, CA, CPA

Vice President, Finance and CFO

  • 20 years of progressive experience in strategic, financial and operational leadership.
  • Since 2010, CFO roles included large multi-national general contracting firm and a variety of international oil & gas services firms with operations throughout North America, Asia Pacific and Middle East.
  • Strong business acumen and entrepreneurial leadership with a focus on achieving profitable growth and operational efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Experienced in mergers, acquisitions and restructuring and accomplished in negotiating and structuring complex contracts, transactions and lending facilities.
  • Outstanding qualifications in designing and implementing internal control improvements, as well as enhancing financial reporting and performance measurements.
  • Demonstrated leader of small and large multi-disciplined and high performance teams, in addition to a keen ability in developing strong rapport across all levels of an organization.
  • 9 years in public practice including senior managerial role with PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as earlier role with Ernst & Young.
  • Strong community involvement, included past 15 years as Board member, founder and past CEO of a large local registered charity.
  • Holds a Bachelors or Management (Honours), Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations
Mateusz Drozdowski

Mateusz Drozdowski

European Branch Manager

  • International Relations, Masters Degree, Nicolaus Copernicus University.
  • Project Management and Senior Contracts Specialist for Well Completions Division
  • Oil & Gas Engineering, Gdansk University of Technology
Milton Jerez

Milton Jerez

Branch Manager

  • Master of Science in Drilling Engineering and Master of Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland.
  • 25 years’ experience worldwide with different oil & gas Companies in drilling engineering, drilling fluids, mud logging, rig instrumentation, directional drilling, MWD/LWD, drilling & completion supervision, HSE supervision, management and business development.
  • NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC 1, 2 & 3) in Occupational Safety and Health.
  • IWCF level 4.