​Petroleum Services Association of Canada on hunt for new CEO following resignation

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The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) says it is looking for a new CEO that will be “transformational leader” for the sector.

Interim CEO Tom Whalen will resign in November, PSAC said on Monday. Whalen has been in the role since March 2018, replacing Mark Salkeld, who was appointed to the position in November 2010.

The petroleum services, supply and manufacturing sectors are looking forward to more certain times following the past four challenging years for the industry, PSAC said in a statement.

This road ahead will require a continued strong voice for the sector to help navigate the issues and opportunities impacting PSAC members collectively, the organization added.

“We are looking for a transformational leader that will be able to steer the association and the industry on a new path that will bring change to our industry through collaboration by building a new brand for Canadian Energy,” said PSAC chair Scott Van Vliet.

Whalen said his time with PSAC has been rewarding during a very turbulent time.

This includes “the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion blunder, the implementation of U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum followed shortly thereafter by the execution of the Canadian tariff countermeasures and still pending safeguard measures,” he said.

“On top of all that we have Bill C-69 looming over the resource sector. This pending new legislation, governing environmental impact assessments threatens to create huge barriers to complete any future energy infrastructure project in Canada. We still have so much more to do, to support our industry.”

A decision on a new CEO is expected to be made within weeks, PSAC said.