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Welcome to Backwoods

"Working hard every day to make a positive impact on the communities in which we work and the lives we touch"

Backwoods Energy Services is a preeminent contracting company that provides services to the oil, gas and forestry industries in Alberta and British Columbia. With a focus on building lasting client relationships, Backwoods is committed to safety excellence and quality service.


Backwoods Energy Services offers a diverse compliment of services to meet the growing demand of the oil, gas and forestry industries.

Lease / ROW Clearing & Construction

Timber salvage; clearing and grading of new lease and facility sites; new right-of-way clearing and maintenance

Pipeline Construction

Small to medium sized pipeline construction projects

Pipe Coating & Sandblasting

Pipe and oil infrastructure sandblasting; certified NACE coating services

Pipeline Integrity

Full service integrity work, including access improvements, pipe exposure, pipe remediation, cover-up and reclamation

Seismic Slashing

Low impact seismic with mulchers and certified fallers for danger tree falling and clean-up


Industrial landscaping, security services and general labour services

Our Team

“A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own."
Beth Revis

Paul Poscente
CEO & Chairman

Paul has a 25 year track record of successfully growing mid-market businesses and has led businesses from start-ups to those with revenues in excess of $100 million in annual revenue. He founded, grew and successfully sold two upstream oil and gas production companies, and has been involved in leading businesses in diverse industries such as health and safety, debt financing, and construction services. He has been a principal in over $500 million in transactions during his career.
Trent Fequet
President & Chief Operating Officer

An Aboriginal professional with over 20 years of experience in various senior leadership positions, Trent has held various executive management roles such as Managing Director for a major pipeline company and Vice President and COO for major infrastructure and mining groups. Trent is very proud of his Aboriginal heritage and continued commitment to his Values and Beliefs both professional and personally.
Nick Penetichuk
Operations Manager

Nick is a professional engineer and has worked in the pipeline industry for 10+ years. He has successfully lead major new build pipeline projects as well as integrity maintenance programs. Nick's focus for the organization is to provide support and guidance as the company takes on larger and more complex projects. His vast knowledge in construction management along with his love for the outdoors integrate well into his role as Operations Manager.

Laila Adam
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility

Laila Adam has over ten years experience in both public and private sectors in a wide range of roles working with Indigenous communities. As Director of Social Responsibility, Laila is responsible for developing and implementing organizational social priorities, advancing the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Community, and positively impacting the Indigenous population as a whole. Laila’s vast experience from Alberta to Ontario include managing large-scale indigenous regulatory and engagement programs, building capacity and community benefits programs, and includes time as senior advisor to the Ontario Deputy Minister of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation. Born and raised in Northern Canada, Laila is committed to enhancing the capacity and of Indigenous communities.
Ryan McQuilter
Executive VP

As the Executive VP, Ryan oversees the finance, procurement, estimating, project controls and business development departments. For the past decade, Ryan has been involved in the development and operation of many successful First Nation organizations. Ryan holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Alberta School of Business, with a major in finance and minor in business law.
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