Management Team

Experience Leading the Way

Guided by their extensive experience in the energy industry, the Stampede Drilling management team brings their depth of knowledge to implement our corporate strategy and ensure we deliver shareholder value by safely, reliably and efficiently exceeding customer expectations using innovative technologies.

Lyle Whitmarsh

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Whitmarsh has over 35 years of energy industry experience. Mr. Whitmarsh previously held the position of President with Trinidad Drilling from 2002 to 2008, and then Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors until March 2017. Mr. Whitmarsh has extensive practical hands-on experience, starting as a Floorhand on the drilling rigs in the early 1980s and evolving through various operational positions, advancing into executive roles that included manufacturing, well servicing and international operations. Mr. Whitmarsh served as an intermediary board member in the Total Energy and Savanna Energy Services merger, then acted as President of Savanna Energy Services until July 2017. Mr. Whitmarsh has served in various capacities with the Canadian Association of Oilwell Energy Contractors (CAOEC) during 2005 to 2017 and holds his ICD.D designation for Corporate Directors.

Terry Kuiper

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Kuiper has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He began his career as a Floorhand progressing up to Rig Manager in both well servicing and drilling operations. Since 2002, Mr. Kuiper has held various management positions, including safety coordinator, personnel manager, field superintendent, marketing, and Vice President. Prior to joining Stampede, he worked at several different public and private drilling contractors such as Hemsing Drilling, Western Lakota Energy Services, Savanna Energy Services, CanElson Drilling, Trinidad Drilling, and Ensign Energy Services. Mr. Kuiper is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Energy Contractors (CAOEC).

Jeff Schab, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Schab is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta with 10 years of accounting and finance experience with private and publicly listed companies. His career began at a major international accounting firm as a team member in the assurance group before continuing into the oilfield services industry. He has been part of the Stampede Drilling team (formerly known as MATRRIX) since 2013 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 2015.

Ed Oke

VP HR and Business Services

Mr. Oke has over 30 years of experience in heavy industry including construction, oil sands, energy and energy services specifically including drilling and well completion services.  Mr. Oke was most recently the Vice-President of Human Resources and Health, Safety and Environment for Calfrac Well Services Ltd. and prior to that Trinidad Drilling Ltd.  Mr. Oke has extensive experience developing and leading human resource, health and safety, and corporate service functions across Canada, the United States and internationally.  Mr. Oke has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Athabasca University in Alberta.

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