Garnet K. Amundson President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Amundson has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Essential Energy Services Ltd. and its predecessor entities since 2004. He has lead Essential and/or its predecessors through an initial public offering, two public company merger transactions with the acquisitions of Builders Energy Services Ltd. in 2008 and Technicoil Corporation in 2011, conversion from a trust to a corporation, acquisition and integration of numerous private oilfield services companies and multiple oilfield service-line business dispositions. Mr. Amundson received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1987. Prior to his role at Essential, Mr. Amundson’s business experience included managerial and officer roles at various levels of seniority with multi-national oil and gas producers, an international fertilizer company and a national accounting firm. Mr. Amundson commenced his career in the oil and gas business over 35 years ago as a roughneck working on a drilling rig in Grande Prairie.
Jeff B. Newman Senior Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Newman has over 25 years of experience in oilfield services and related industries. Mr. Newman was the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Essential Energy Services from 2008 to April 2013. Prior to Essential Energy Services, Mr. Newman was the Controller of Builders Energy Services Trust since 2007. Before joining Builders, Mr. Newman built a successful consulting practice providing transaction-based advisory and contract CFO services to clients active in the oilfield service and other sectors across western Canada. Prior thereto, Mr. Newman was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Finance for a publicly traded oilfield services company. He previously held a variety of other positions with growth-orientated companies active in Canada and abroad. Mr. Newman holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991 and his Chartered Business Valuator designation in 1995.
Allan Mowbray Vice President, Finance & CFO
Mr. Mowbray has over 20 years of experience in various industries including oil and gas. Prior to joining Essential Energy Services in 2013 he was at SMART Technologies Inc. where held a number of senior financial roles, including Corporate Controller. Prior thereto, Mr. Mowbray was the Corporate Controller of Canetic Resources Trust / Penn West Energy Trust and Builders Energy Services Trust and held a number of financial positions at Agrium Inc. Mr. Mowbray holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1993.
Karen Perasalo Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Secretary
Ms. Perasalo has over 20 years of experience in oil and gas and related industries including 10 years with Essential Energy Services and predecessor entities. In addition to leading the company’s investor relations function, Ms. Perasalo provides a leadership role in public disclosure processes, debt financing, financial structure and governance-related activities. Prior to Essential, Ms. Perasalo was the Director of Finance and Investor Relations at Builders Energy Services Trust. Before joining Builders in 2006, Ms. Perasalo worked in Credit Risk Management at the Royal Bank of Canada, and held various roles at a Canadian-based international petrochemical company and a pipeline company including roles in corporate finance, corporate strategy and domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Perasalo holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, has a CMA designation and is a CFA® Charterholder.