Team

 

Committed, Best-in-class Leadership

Our leadership team is comprised of experts from across industry with proven track records in management, field operations and regulatory and business development.



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Paul Poscente, M.A. (Economics)


President & CEO

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Throughout Paul’s 30-year career, he has built and led organizations from start-ups to large-scale multinational businesses.

Paul Poscente has served as President & CEO of Backwoods Energy Services since 2015. Throughout Paul’s 30-year career, he has built and led organizations from start-ups to large-scale multinational businesses. He has been principal in over $1 Billion in transactions including, recapitalizations, restructuring, and acquisitions in diverse industries such as healthcare, financial services, energy and construction. Since joining Backwoods, the company has achieved an annual average growth rate of 185%. He is committed to working for the Alexis community to build a legacy asset and to ensure a sustainable future for the organization.

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Ryan McQuilter, B. Comm.


Chief Operating Officer

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For the past decade, Ryan has been involved in the development and operation of many successful First Nation organizations.

As Chief Operating Officer, 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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Tom Munro, CRSP


Director, Health, Safety & Environment (HSE)

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Tom Munro is a CRSP with over twenty years experience in the HSE field.

Tom Munro is Backwoods Director of HSE and a Canadian Registered Safety Professional. Tom has been a practicing professional for more than 20 years, working with owners, contractors and as an independent consultant in the field of health and safety management. He believes in setting high standards and continuously improving to ensure everyone gets home safe. He has overseen diverse teams of safety professionals across North America. Tom’s vast experience includes projects such as small and large diameter pipeline construction, small and large-scale industrial construction, power generation, municipal services and manufacturing.

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Ken Woelders, C.E.T.


Director, Civil, Forestry & Matting

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Ken Woelders is a C.E.T and has worked in the civil construction industry for 10 years.

Ken Woelders is a C.E.T and has worked in the civil construction industry for 10 years. He joined Backwoods in 2018 and his career has included completing the Anthony Henday and Stony Plain Road Project – the largest infrastructure project in Edmonton as well as the Mount Logal Lodge Project for Suncor Fort Hills. Ken’s in depth knowledge of the industry continues to grow and develop as new challenges and opportunities arise.  Ken’s vast experience in business development, estimating and operations have proven invaluable to the growth and team at Backwoods.

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Brian Sykes


Director of Pipeline Services

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Brian Sykes is Backwoods Energy Services Director of Pipeline Services.

Brian Sykes is  Backwoods Energy Services Director of Pipeline Services. Brian is a Red Seal pipefitter and a 3rd generation pipeliner. Starting his career as an apprentice pipefitter, Brian advanced through various management roles in his 15+ year careers. Brian has championed various projects on large diameter transmission lines such as new pipeline and facility construction, maintenance and outages. His vast experience will ensure Backwoods navigates new opportunities in the pipeline sector.

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Randy Schaaf, CPA, CMA


Director, Finance & Human Resources

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Randy has his CPA/CMA designation and has worked in the oil and gas services sector for over 11 years

Randy joined Backwoods in 2018 as Director of Finance & Human Resources. An accomplished CPA and CMA, Randy has worked in the oil and gas services sector for over 11 years holding senior positions over this time. Randy’s role for the organization will be to lead all aspects of our financial, accounting, treasury and process requirements related to finance and human resources. In his last role, Randy was was part of the leadership team that helped guide and grow the company from $60M to 120M over a five-year span.

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Jacqueline Jackson


Human Resources Manager

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Jacqueline brings her 10+ years’ experience in Human Resources to Backwoods in 2019 as the Human Resource Manager. 

Passionate about providing the support and resources necessary to ensure the organization she supports can stand strong with pride and confidence, Jacqueline brings her 10+ years’ experience in Human Resources to Backwoods in 2019 as the Human Resource Manager.  Bringing to the team a comprehensive knowledge of the principles, theories and concepts in relation to Human Resource Management, Jacqueline has acted as a strategic partner in her roles with AutoCanada, Clean Harbors and Ledcor.  Well versed in the Oil & Gas Industry, Jacqueline prides herself on acting as a strategic partner working collaboratively with employees and leaders alike; leveraging a broad understanding of the business and her leadership team to develop and deliver effective, integrated HR solutions and programs aligned with the business strategy.

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Doug Reti


Director of Security and Medical Services

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Doug spent 25 years in the RCMP serving 14 Indigenous communities throughout Canada.

Doug Reti is Vuntut Gwicthin from the Yukon Territory. He spent 25 years in the RCMP serving 14 Indigenous communities throughout Canada. His career included roles in operations, human resources and policy development.  He retired as the Director General (C/Supt) of National Aboriginal Policing Services (RCMP) and went on to another career with ConocoPhillips in the Oil & Gas industry. He continued his work with Indigenous communities focusing on relationship building, consultation, employment and economic development, community investment and social development. Since his retirement, he always had a desire to put his skills to work for a First Nation.  He enjoys this role as he can more directly see how his work more directly benefits the health and wellbeing of the community of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation.

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Earl John


Operations Manager, Security

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Throughout his 22 years of Security Management experience, Earl has trained and employed several 100 Indigenous peoples throughout Western Canada.

Earl John has a proven track record with providing exceptional security services while training and employing Indigenous peoples. Throughout his 22 years of Security Management experience, Mr. John has trained and employed several hundred Indigenous peoples from dozens of communities throughout Western Canada within the Security Industry and has managed large-scale security teams for world class events, including the 2002 G8 Summit as well as numerous major energy projects. Earl is a firm believer in fair business practice which empowers Indigenous communities and individuals to take control of their own future.

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Don Liao


Controls & Estimating Manager

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Don’s methodical, consistent approach allows him to reliably coordinate the myriad of activities required to simultaneously bid on projects under a wide range of disciplines.

Prior to joining Backwoods, Don gained years of industry experience working as an engineer on major construction projects across Western Canada. Now, as Manager, Estimating and Controls, Don’s responsibilities include cost evaluation, project management coordination, accounting support, and financial reporting.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Civil Engineering program, Don’s strong ability to gather and analyze data allow him to ensure Steel River Group’s projects are efficiently managed and executed. Don’s methodical, consistent approach allows him to reliably coordinate the myriad of activities required to simultaneously bid on projects under a wide range of disciplines.

Don is motivated by an interest in social responsibility and creating shared benefits through the construction industry. Don hopes to help Indigenous communities access greater business opportunities, while increasing employment and improving quality of life.

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