​Connacher appoints new CFO: This week’s HR news

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Here is a list of human resources highlights as appeared in the Daily Oil Bulletin for the week ending Sept. 15, 2017:

Norway’s right-wing government wins re-election

After a parliamentary election on Sept. 12, Norway’s tax-cutting Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg declared victory, narrowly defeating a Labour-led opposition with her promises of steady management of the oil-dependent economy.

The win is historic for Solberg, whose supporters compare her firm management style to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, because no Conservative-led government has retained power in an election in Norway since 1985.

Connacher appoints CFO

Connacher Oil and Gas has announced that Jeff Beeston has been appointed chief financial officer. Beeston is a chartered accountant with over 16 years of experience, and has been vice-president of finance and interim chief financial officer at Connacher since November 2015. He previously served as the company's manager of finance.

Prior to joining Connacher in November 2010, Beeston was manager, taxation at an oil and gas producer and he also previously worked for a big four accounting firm. Beeston holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Alberta.

CES appoints new director

CES Energy Solutions Corp. has appointed Stella Cosby to its board of directors.

An experienced human resources executive and corporate director with more than 25 years of experience working with global growth companies, Cosby currently serves as vice-president, people for Cervus Equipment Corporation, a publicly traded Canadian company specializing in acquiring and operating agricultural, industrial and commercial equipment dealerships with over 60 branches in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Petrobras proposes 1.73 per cent wage hike to unions

Seeking to rein in costs, Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA says it has proposed a 1.73 per cent wage hike which would take effect retroactively on Sept. 1 whenever a deal is reached.

The Federation of Petroleum Workers, the company’s main union, said the proposal “decimates” a series of rights won by workers in recent years. Management has proposed to cut overtime pay to half of regular salary, compared with 100 per cent currently.

Drillform announces board addition

Drillform Technical Services Ltd. has announced the appointment of Tom Whalen to the company’s board of directors. He was president and managing director of Baker Hughes Canada from December 2013 to May 2016. Previously, he was vice-president of Baker’s Canadian pressure pumping product line.

Currently a board member for privately-held, Calgary-based oil and gas company Little Rock Resources, Whalen is active in several petroleum industry professional organizations, most recently as a director of Petroleum Services Association of Canada.

Granite director resignation

Granite Oil Corp. has announced the retirement of Dennis Nerland as a director of the company, effective as of Sept 12. Nerland had served as a director since 2009. Nerland was instrumental in taking the company (then called DeeThree Exploration Ltd.) public in 2009 and was chair of the audit committee through 2016.

US Oil Sands director resignation

US Oil Sands Inc. has announced that Harry Quarls has resigned as chairman and a director of the company.

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