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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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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Doug Reti


Director of Security and Medical Services

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He 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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Dean Herchak


HSE Manager

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Dean is the HSE Manager tasked with maintaining high standards within the company and the further development of the HSE Management System.

Dean spent many years in industrial construction before stepping into the field of health and safety. By 2002, he received his National Construction Safety Officer designation. Dean brings with him successful experiences from previous professional roles, including developing tracking and trending systems that reduce reporting time and increase efficiency—a useful set of skills to add to Backwoods Energy Services’ overall expertise. Dean is the HSE Manager tasked with maintaining high standards within the company and furthering development of the HSE Management System. He engages with alliance partners, government regulators, and WCB, constantly building connections and collaborative possibilities to ensure these relationships remain healthy and strong. Dean’s inspired to help Indigenous communities develop a sustainable business venture while finding success by helping them protect their assets, people, and the environment.

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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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Laila Adam, B.A.


Director, Social Responsibility

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Laila develops and implements organizational social priorities, advancing the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Community, and positively impacting the Indigenous population.

Laila Adam has over twelve 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.

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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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Randy Crockett, SCMP


Procurement and Contract Manager

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Randy Crockett is a Supply Chain Management Professional and has worked in procurement for the last 40 years.

Randy Crockett is a Supply Chain Management Professional and has worked in procurement for the last 40 years.  He has 30 years experience in the oil & gas industry, as well as 10+ years in the construction industry, including his 3-1/2 years on the Shell Upgrader in Fort Saskatchewan.  Randy’s commitment to building relationships with suppliers through integrity and trust have proven invaluable to Backwoods.

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