​Former Terasen CEO appointed to Steelhead LNG leadership: This week’s people news

Former Terasen CEO Randy Jespersen.

Here is a list of human resources highlights as appeared in the Daily Oil Bulletin for the week ending March 16, 2018:

B.C. names lead lawyer on legal reference

The B.C. government has retained Joseph J. Arvay as external counsel to prepare and present a reference case related to whether it can restrict diluted bitumen transport through the province.

In a recent press release, the government described the reference case as “related to British Columbia’s right to protect B.C.’s land, coast and waters.” Arvay holds law degrees from the University of Western Ontario law school and Harvard law school, and is called to the bars of both B.C. and the Yukon. He has been counsel on a number of landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Canada.

Blackbird makes board elections

During Blackbird Energy Inc.’s recent annual general meeting, Garth Braun, Kevin Andrus, Sean Campbell, William Macdonald, Ron Schmitz and Burton Ahrens were elected directors.

Braun is also president and chief executive officer of the company.

Corporate update for 7G

Pat Carlson has decided that in order to pursue independent and philanthropic opportunities, he will not stand for re-election to Seven Generations Energy Ltd.’s board of directors during the May 3 annual general meeting.

Also, after nearly a decade of service, Susan Targett, 7G’s executive vice-president of corporate, retired on Feb. 28. She will no longer participate in the automatic securities plan announced on Feb. 12. Also, Derek Aylesworth has joined 7G as chief financial officer.

B.C. names hydraulic fracturing review panel

On March 15, the British Columbia government followed through on a commitment to review hydraulic fracturing in the province. A three-member independent panel — including a hydrogeology professor, a geological engineering professor and a geological engineer/geophysicist — will carry out the review.

Panel members include Erik Eberhardt, professor of rock mechanics and rock engineering, and the director of the geological engineering program at the University of British Columbia, Amanda Bustin, research associate at UBC and president of Bustin Earth Science Consultants, and Diana Allen, professor in the department of earth sciences at Simon Fraser University.

Steelhead LNG adds to leadership team

Randy Jespersen, former Terasen Inc. chief executive officer, has been appointed executive chairman, pipeline, of Steelhead LNG Ltd.

He joins Steelhead LNG’s leadership team and will sit on its board of directors. The appointment aims to support development of a natural gas pipeline and ongoing gas supply discussions to support the Kwispaa LNG facility

CAGC announces 2018-19 directors

Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC) has announced directors for 2018-19, which include Forrest Burkholder of SAExploration Holdings Inc. as chair and John Ropchan of TGS Canada as past-chair.

Other CAGC directors for the year include Stewart McCallum of Austin Powder Ltd., Dan Dooley of Bertram Drilling Corp., Ed Kapala of Clean Harbors Exploration Services, Cam Moore of Cossack Land Services Ltd., Doug Iverson of Doug Iverson Consulting, and Terry Jackson of Eagle Canada Inc.

Allan Chatenay of Explor Geophysical Ltd. is also a CAGC director, as is Trent Middleton of Geokinetics Exploration Inc., Jim Freake of Heli Source Ltd., Andy Cicoria of Lorrnel Consultants, Ivan Chapdelaine of LXL Consulting Ltd., Len McBeth of Maxam Seismic Explosives, and Eric Bourdages of MicroSeismic Inc.

Rob Smith of Remote Safety Service Inc., Orrin Foster of RPS Energy Canada Ltd., Shelley Machon of Shelley Machon Consulting, and Roger Bilger of Wolverine Group are also CAGC board members.

Gazprom to cut hundreds of jobs

Russian gas giant Gazprom will cut hundreds of jobs at its overseas trading and export offices, including Britain, and move them to St. Petersburg, according to two sources familiar with the plan. The news comes at a time of rising tensions between Russia and the West.

One of the sources suggested the decision reflects a broader trend of Russian state firms retreating from the West as part of President Vladimir Putin’s drive to repatriate capital to reduce exposure to sanctions and also shore up the domestic economy.

Former Cenovus executive joins Teck

Kieron McFadyn, former executive at Cenovus Energy Inc., is joining Teck Resources Ltd. as the company’s vice-president of energy. He succeeds Ray Reipas, who will retire from Teck on April 30.

With more than 30 years of technical, operational and commercial experience, McFadyn was most recently executive VP and president, upstream oil and gas, with Cenovus. Prior to that, he held progressively-senior roles with Royal Dutch Shell plc during three decades with that company.

Li Ka-Shing retires

Li Ka-Shing, a wartime refugee who once swept factory floors in Hong Kong for a living, retired after a career spanning more than half a century in which he amassed one of Asia’s biggest fortunes.

The 89-year-old chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. and CK Asset Holdings Ltd., will stay on an adviser to the group after stepping down in May. His 53-year-old elder son will take over a conglomerate that touches the lives of practically everyone in Hong Kong — the family’s Power Assets Holdings Ltd. generates their electricity and ParknShop supermarkets sell their groceries.

The group also operates mobile-phone stores and Superdrug and Savers in the U.K., owns ports around the world and a controlling stake in Husky Energy Inc. in Canada.