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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Scott Alanen


Senior M&A Advisor

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As Senior M&A Advisor to Backwoods and founding partner of Axxcelus Capital Advisory, Scott oversees and delivers on the Backwoods acquisition mandate.

As Senior M&A Advisor to Backwoods and founding partner of Axxcelus Capital Advisory, Scott oversees and delivers on the Backwoods acquisition mandate. Over the past 15 years Scott has been involved in senior finance roles of public, private and exempt market enterprises, including the formation of a private equity fund. His experience spans the oil and gas, oil and gas services, real estate investment, nutraceuticals and manufacturing industries. Scott holds CPA, CA, CBV and ICD.D designations.

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Ken Woelders, C.E.T.


Director, Civil & Forestry

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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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Randy Schaaf, CPA, CMA


Director, Finance

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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. 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. 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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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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Walter Fredericksen


Director, Matting Services

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Walter brings over 10 years of experience working on some of Alberta's largest matting projects.

Walter joined Backwoods in 2019 and brings 20+ years of experience in his role as Director, Matting Services. Throughout his career, Walter has managed many of  Alberta’s most challenging  matting projects. His successful record of maximizing profitability, providing best in class service and minimizing the environmental footprint on projects highlights Walter’s unique combination of technical and operations expertise along with his solid management track record.

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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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Aaron Wagner


Controls & Estimating Manager

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Aaron Wagner is Backwoods Energy Services Controls & Estimating Manager.

Prior to joining Backwoods, Aaron gained industry experience working as a field engineer on various projects building compressor stations, gas plants, structural & underground utilities throughout Alberta and engineered MSE walls, foundations, pipe systems, & heap leach mine construction at the Victoria Gold Mine in Yukon Territory. Aaron’s ability to gather and analyze data allow him to ensure Backwoods Energy’s projects are efficiently managed and executed. His ability to problem solve, drive to continuously improve and exceed expectations is conducive to a quality-focused environment.

Aaron’s motivation to work as part of an effective team building major construction projects, empowering indigenous people & communities, and continuing to improve skills while gaining industry experience is what drives him to succeed at Backwoods.

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Chelsea Stepien


HSE Manager

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Chelsea brings over 15 years of experience to Backwoods as HSE Manager.

Chelsea is a graduate of the University of Alberta OH&S Certificate program  and has worked as an HSE professional for over 15 years in both the contractor and owner sides of industrial construction and maintenance, plant operations and construction project management. Chelsea’s professional experience in Health and Safety has provided her with the understanding to enhance and integrate HS&E into organization’s systems, culture and values, and the ability to establish strong professional relationships with employees, contractors, and clients.

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Kyle Applejohn


Operations Manager, Security and Medical Services

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Kyle brings over ten years of experience building high performance teams to his role as Operations Manager.

Kyle Applejohn joined Backwoods in 2019 and has taken on the role of Operations Manager for the Security division. Kyle’s extensive experience building high performance teams and managing complex projects along with his ability to drive continuous improvement has made him an invaluable member of the leadership team.  Prior to joining the Backwoods Security team, Kyle worked in the civil construction industry for over ten years with majority of his career in the oil and gas industry. He has managed large civil projects throughout Alberta  which range from roads, rail terminals, bridge construction and underground utility installations.

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