Here is a list of human resources highlights as appeared in the Daily Oil Bulletin for the week ending Feb. 2, 2018:
Suncor to cut 400 jobs as it rolls out self-driving trucks
Suncor Energy Inc. expects to cut some 400 heavy-equipment operator positions over the next six years as it rolls out a fleet of self-driving trucks at its oilsands mining operations.
The company plans to deploy more than 150 driverless trucks and should start cutting jobs as soon as next year. It currently has nine autonomous trucks hauling material at its North Steepbank project. Suncor plans to work with its labour union to find ways to mitigate the number of employees who lose their jobs, including training for other positions. The company will still need heavy-equipment operators to work on other equipment.
Scott Moe the next premier of Saskatchewan
On Jan. 27, the governing Saskatchewan Party chose Scott Moe to replace Brad Wall as party leader and the province’s premier. Moe won the race after five rounds of voting, beating out five rivals who sought to replace Wall, who is retiring after serving as Saskatchewan’s premier for a decade.
Moe, a former provincial environment minister, has vowed to continue to fight the federal Liberal government’s plan for a carbon-pricing system, suggesting it would not reduce carbon emissions but would cost Saskatchewan’s economy more than C$2 billion.
The provincial government earns royalties from production of its mined resources, as well as of crude oil.
Chesapeake cuts 13 per cent of workforce
Chesapeake Energy Corporation has cut 400 jobs, or approximately 13 per cent of its workforce, in its latest step to reduce costs. The cuts impact most functions and were mainly limited to the company’s headquarters in Oklahoma City, according to an email sent by chief executive Doug Lawler to employees.
Following the cuts, Chesapeake has about 2,900 employees. These cuts come amid efforts to reduce company debt load of $9.9 billion. Chesapeake is also selling $2 billion to $3 billion in assets, and the company expects it will reduce capital expenditure this year to shore up its balance sheet.
Derek Aylesworth joins 7G, leaves Painted Pony
Derek Aylesworth will join Seven Generations Energy Ltd. as its chief financial officer responsible for the company’s finance, treasury, accounting, tax and capital markets functions, effective as of March 15.
Aylesworth is currently senior vice-president and CFO at Painted Pony Energy Ltd. — a position he will leave on March 7 to start is new role at 7G. Before leaving, though, he will help Painted Pony complete its year-end financial statement filing obligations.
Painted Pony has commenced a search for a replacement and will be considering both internal and external candidates. Effective March 7, Stuart Jaggard, vice-president of finance, will be appointed interim CFO until the company finds a successor for Aylesworth.
Also, Painted Pony has announced the retirement of Bruce Hall, vice-president of land, effective Feb. 28. He joined the company in May 2008 and took on his current position in September 2012.
LandSolutions announces appointment
LandSolutions LP has appointed Jason Gouw as vice-president of land, regulatory and engagement. He has experience in both land acquisition, and the execution of Indigenous and stakeholder engagement strategies in support of industry development requirements.
As VP, Gouw will provide leadership within LandSolutions’ land, stakeholder and Indigenous engagement area of the business and will be a resource to customers for all their land, regulatory and stakeholder engagement requirements.
Iron Bridge appoints Marshall Abbott to board
Iron Bridge Resources Inc. has appointed Marshall Abbott its board of directors. The independent businessman has extensive oil and gas experience encompassing 35 years in various founder and senior executive roles within both public and private upstream producers.
After his initial training as a geologist with Texaco, the Calgarian worked as a senior explorationist for Morrison Petroleums and vice-president exploration for Stampeder Exploration before taking the leadership role in numerous successful public and private junior exploration and production companies. He is presently chairman of two successful oil focused private companies.
NXT appoints CFO
NXT Energy Solutions Inc. has appointed Jakub Brogowski as vice-president of finance and chief financial officer, effective immediately.
Brogowski brings 16 years of oil and gas investment banking experience spanning capital markets in North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Beginning his career with TD Securities Inc. in Calgary, he was instrumental in expanding their oil and gas advisory operations to London, U.K. in 2010.
Charles Selby, who has served as NXT’s interim chief financial officer over the past two months, will continue as the lead director of the company.
New chairman and CEO at Chevron, new board member
Mike Wirth became Chevron Corporation’s chairman and chief executive officer on Feb. 1, replacing the retiring John Watson.
Also, Chevron has elected Jim Umpleby to its board of directors, effective as of March 1. He will serve on the board nominating and governance committee, as well as the management compensation committee. Umpleby, 59, is CEO and a member of the board of directors of Caterpillar Inc. He joined a Caterpillar subsidiary, Solar Turbines, in 1980, and held leadership positions in many functions.
Steven Kandarian elected to ExxonMobil board
Exxon Mobil Corporation has election of Steven Kandarian to its board of directors. He is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of MetLife Inc.
With the election of Kandarian, the Irving-based ExxonMobil now has 11 directors on its board, 10 of whom are non-employee directors.
NCS Multistage hosts retirement party
NCS Multistage recently held a retirement party for Joanne McNichol, who has 35-plus years of energy industry experience as a business development and completions professional with both operating and service sector companies.
Prior to joining NCS as director of strategic business, she contracted as a multi-stage completions consultant with the likes of Schlumberger Ltd. and PetroChina Company Ltd., and she participated in the development of the coal-bed methane play with Pengrowth Energy Corp.
She served as manager of business development and marketing for Frac Source Inc., stimulation and cementing technical professional with Halliburton Energy Services Canada, completions coordinator with PanCanadian Petroleum Ltd., as well as position with Nowsco Well Service Ltd. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
McNichol is a recognized Society of Petroleum Engineers author and recipient of many awards in recognition of her instrumental role in promoting innovative technology exchanges.