For Immediate Release
December 20, 2021        

Backwoods Energy Services and Status Energy Announce New Partnership in the Grande Prairie Region.                 

Edmonton, Alberta – December 20, 2021 – Backwoods Energy Services and Status Energy are pleased to announce their partnership in the Grande Prairie area. Backwoods, whose mission is to “drive economic opportunity by empowering Indigenous people and communities”, is particularly excited by the partnership, which represents two Indigenous organizations coming together for the benefit of Indigenous people.

Status Energy comes to the partnership with a stellar reputation in the Grande Prairie area for fluid hauling and hydrovac services, while Backwoods brings expertise in matting, forestry/clearing and security services. Together, their partnership can better provide local companies with a greater array of services, backed by solid performance in each area.

“We are excited about this partnership, as our organizations have similar values and focus on customer satisfaction,” states Mike Heck, President and CEO with Backwoods Energy. “Furthermore, we each pride ourselves on our safety records, and have a refined project management system to ensure we execute with excellence.”

Both organizations are also deeply committed to Indigenous Inclusion, recognizing the value of economic development projects to local Nations. “We bring something truly unique to the Grande Prairie region with our strong commitment to building capacity in local communities, says Eugene Horseman, Director of Business Development with Status Energy. “When we work with communities, we aim to create the skills, experience, and opportunities that can bring long-term, sustainable benefits.”

For further information on this partnership contact Michael Heck at or Shane Smith at

About Backwoods Energy Services

Backwoods Energy Services is the largest Indigenous-owned business in northwestern Alberta and a leading service provider for utilities, forestry and oil and gas companies in Western Canada. Based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Backwoods has been in operation for more than 30 years and was acquired by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in 2015. Backwoods works with industry to create meaningful partnerships and deliver exceptional results to its clients while creating economic opportunity for the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. For more information, visit:

About Status Energy

Status Energy over 14 years in fluid transportation services, Status Energy has expanded its services to offer fluid transportation, hydrovac, combo vac, and logging and clearing services. For more information, visit: