Our Board is an experienced, highly respected group of individuals providing strategic guidance to ensure our ongoing success. The Board oversees our business and enforces our governance structure to ensure that we maintain the highest ethical standards.
Rob is a founder and Chairman of Strad Energy Services and has spent the past 30 years in various energy service operations. From 2003 to 2012, Rob was the COO for Strad. Prior to starting Strad, Rob was a co-founder and COO of Jiro Oilfield Supply Ltd. and following that he was the co-founder and President of Jiro Manufacturing and Compression. In 1999, Jiro sold to Enhanced Energy Services and Rob served as COO and Director and then continued on in the role of Vice President of Compression when the company sold to Enerflex. During this period from 1988 – 2002, the annual company sales grew from 2 million to over 250 million.
In 2003, Rob was a co-founder and a Board Member of Root Exploration Ltd. until the company sold to Scollard Energy Inc. in 2006. Rob is active in a variety of private investment companies and private real estate investment companies. In addition to this he has also been a director of several local community organizations.
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Tom Alford, B. Comm.
Mr. Alford graduated in 1980 from the University of Alberta holding a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance. Upon graduating, Mr. Alford started his extensive business career in the oil and gas industry.
For over 35 years, Mr. Alford has held key executive level roles in the oilfield services sector. He is responsible for co-founding and serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of a service rig company, Trimat Well Servicing Inc, as well as served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Bonus Resource Services Corp. Most recently, Mr. Alford was the President and Chief Executive Officer for IROC Energy Services Corp. prior to it being acquired by Western Energy Services Corp. Since 1992, he has gained abundant experience working on boards, including: Bonus Resources Services Corp., Flint Energy Services, IROC Energy Services Corp., Petroglobe Energy, Diamond Tree Energy, Western Energy Services Corp. and Strike Energy Services,
Today, in addition to Strad, Mr. Alford serves on the boards for High Arctic Energy Services Inc. and Wajax Corporation.
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John A. Hagg, MBA
Chair, Corporate Governance Committee
Mr. Hagg is the Chairman of Clark Builders and a director of The Fraser Institute. Mr. Hagg was the co-founder in 1977 of Canadian Northstar Corporation, a diversified public energy company. He became Chairman and CEO of Northstar Energy in 1985, and the company grew to become one of Canada's top petroleum and natural gas producers. In 1998, Northstar merged with Devon Energy Corporation of Oklahoma City, in a $2.0 billion transaction. Mr. Hagg joined Devon’s Board of Directors, in addition to his continuing role as Chairman of Northstar until retiring in 2001.
Mr. Hagg has been a director of numerous community and professional organizations including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Alberta Theatre Projects. In 1997, he chaired the Canadian Investment Dealers Association National Committee on Conflicts of Interest. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Management and on the Honorary Council of the Petroleum Communication Foundation. John was a long time member of the Young Presidents' Organization and, in 1998, joined the Chief Executives Organization.
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Craig Hruska, P.Eng.
Mr. Hruska is a professional engineer whose career spans nearly 30 years in the oil and gas industry.
Since 1998, Mr. Hruska has held key leadership roles as President, Chief Executive Officer, as well as Director with several exploration and production companies, including Enercapita Energy Ltd, Scollard Energy Inc. and Addison Energy Inc. Prior to his executive leadership roles, Mr. Hruska held positions of increasing responsibility in production, exploitation and reservoir engineering with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd, Archer Resources Ltd. and Stellarton Energy Corp. Mr. Hruska is a graduate of the University of Alberta and a Professional Engineer and member of APEGGA.
In addition to Strad, Mr.Hruska also serves on the boards of Enercapita Energy Ltd. and Anegada Oil Inc.
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Mr. Wood, one of Strad’s newest board members, joined the company in 2016 through the Redneck Oilfield Services and Raptor Oilfield Services acquisitions. To date, Lyle has had a broad and extensive oilfield services career within the Canadian oil and gas industry that spans over 25 years.
His roles in the oil patch have ranged from sales to key executive roles for various oilfield services companies. Early in his career in 1996, he founded his first business, a vac truck company, in Fort St. John, BC. By 1999, Lyle had also acquired Inland Pressure Testers (1999) Inc., a BOP pressure testing company. He combined the two businesses and served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2005 when the businesses were sold. In 2007, Lyle founded the rentals company, Redneck Oilfield Services Ltd., and served as President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2012, Mr. Wood also acquired a controlling interest in Raptor Oilfield Services Ltd., a drilling cuttings management and invert recovery business which he oversaw until 2016 when it was sold to Strad along with Redneck Oilfield Services.
Today, alongside his board duties, Mr. Wood is Executive Vice President for Strad managing an extensive portfolio of customers and advising the company on growth strategies. He also continues to be an investor in a variety of private companies and real estate opportunities and is an active member within his community.
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Jack H. Nodwell, BSc
Mr. Nodwell graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Alberta in 1964. He immediately formed a new company and developed its first product, a large off-road vehicle. As the former President and Chairman of Foremost Industries Inc., he has 40 years experience as an entrepreneur and CEO of a large equipment manufacturing company. Over the years Foremost became known for its large innovative products, its exports to many countries, particularly the Soviet Union, and its support of customers. Foremost became public in 1971 and over time, expanded its business with several diversifications, including oil production and oil field services; Foremost also developed a range of large drilling rigs and related products for the oil and gas, water well, construction and environmental industries.
Mr. Nodwell has been a director of several public company boards and associations, including: Foremost Industries Inc.; Sheritt - Gordon Ltd.; Vencap Equities Alberta Ltd.; Advanced Process Systems (formerly Maloney Industries Ltd.); Enterprise Development Board (Industry Canada); Alberta Research Council; President of Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, Chairman of the Alberta Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, and Chairman of the Alberta Chapter of the World Presidents Organization.
Mr. Nodwell was awarded the Premier of Alberta’s International Marketing Award, for continuous outstanding achievement in international marketing in 1985; the Pinnacle Award issued by Fraser Milner Casgrain and The Calgary Herald for entrepreneurial achievement in times of adversity in 1988; the Award for Excellence in International Business from the University of Calgary in 1992; and in 1995 the John C. Sproule Memorial Award, from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, in recognition of technological advancements and business leadership in assisting exploration and development of petroleum resources in Canada’s northern frontier.
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Andy Pernal, CPA, CA
Chief Executive Officer and President
Andy holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of senior financial experience in private and public companies. In June 2012, Andy succeeded Henry van der Sloot into the role of Chief Executive Officer. He started with Strad in 2006 as the Chief Financial Officer until the spring of 2009 when he was promoted to the position of President of Strad Energy Services and became a member of the Strad board.
Prior to joining Strad, Andy held positions as Chief Financial Officer of Stone Creek Properties and Chief Financial Officer of Craig Media. He spent 8 years with Moffat Communications in Winnipeg in various senior financial capacities including Chief Financial Officer prior to its sale to Shaw Communications in 2001. Andy was also Vice President, Finance of MTS Communications (Manitoba Telecom’s largest operating subsidiary). Prior to his experience in industry, Andy spent 9 years in public accounting primarily with Deloitte & Touche in Winnipeg.
Andy has also been involved with various community and charitable organizations including Christ the King School in Winnipeg, Western Canada Aviation Museum and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba. Currently, Andy is Chairman of the board of Clear Water Academy, a private school in Calgary.
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