Board of Directors
N. Murray Edwards
Mr. Edwards has served on the Board of Directors of Ensign since 1989 and had acted as Chairman of the Corporation’s executive management committee throughout this period.
Mr. Edwards is an investor and corporate director. Prior to December 2015, he was the President of Edco Financial Holdings Ltd, a private management and consulting company. Mr. Edwards is currently a Director and Chairman of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, publicly traded company and one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas producers in the world. He is also a Director and Chairman of Magellan Aerospace Corporation, also a publicly traded company. Mr. Edwards has a B.Comm. from the University of Saskatchewan (Great Distinction) and an LL.B. (Honours) from the University of Toronto.
Robert H. Geddes
Mr. Geddes has served on the Board of Directors since March 2007.
Mr. Geddes has been with Ensign since 1991 and is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation, a position he has held since January 1, 2007. He has acted as Vice President Canadian Drilling from 1999 to 2004 and President Canadian Operations from 2004 to December 31, 2006. He is a past President of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC), and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geophysicists and Geologists of Alberta (APEGGA). He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.
James B. Howe
Mr. Howe has served on Ensign’s Board of Directors since 1987. He currently acts as chair of the Compensation Committee and sits as a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Howe is President of Bragg Creek Financial Consultants Ltd., a private financial consulting company. Over his 40 year career, Mr. Howe has served as Chief Financial Officer of several public companies and currently serves on the board of directors and audit committee of Bengal Energy Ltd., and on the board of directors, audit committee and compensation committee of Pason Systems Inc. Mr. Howe earned a B.A. from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Accountant. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.
Len O. Kangas
Mr. Kangas has been on the Board of Directors of the Corporation since 1990. Mr. Kangas currently acts as chair of the Corporate Governance, Nominations and Risk Committee and sits as a member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee.
Mr. Kangas is a retired businessman and oilfield marketing consultant with over 40 years of experience in oilfield servicing, transportation and related businesses. He was the President of Mar-Len Enterprises Trucking & Rental Company, from 1992 until 2006. He has also served on a number of community and non-profit boards.
Cary A. Moomjian, Jr.
Mr. Moomjian has served on the Board of Directors since November 2014. He currently sits as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance, Nominations and Risk Committee.
Mr. Moomjian has over 35 years of experience as a senior legal and commercial advisor in the contract drilling industry. His industry career, which includes service as a Senior Vice President - Contracts Administration & Business Development for Santa Fe Drilling Co. and Vice President and General Counsel for Santa Fe International Corporation, culminated as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Ensco plc., a London, England-based global offshore drilling contractor listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Since 2012 Mr. Moomjian has had a consulting and legal practice in the Dallas, Texas area. He obtained an undergraduate degree from Occidental College in 1969 and a law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1972.
John G. Schroeder
Mr. Schroeder has been on the Board of Directors of Ensign since 1990 and currently acts as chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee.
Mr. Schroeder retired on July 31, 2009 from his position as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Parkland Income Fund, a public petroleum marketing income trust. Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Schroeder was Vice President Finance for Geocrude Energy Inc. Mr. Schroeder earned a B. Comm., with Honours, from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Schroeder is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.
Kenneth J. Skirka
Mr. Skirka currently acts as chair of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee and sits as a member of the Corporate Governance, Nominations and Risk Committee.
Mr. Skirka retired as Managing Director of Australian Oil and Gas Corporation (AOG) in April 2003 following Ensign’s acquisition of that entity. AOG was an Australian publically listed company doing business in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and South America. He has served on a number of industry bodies including the advisory board of the School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of New South Wales (Sydney). He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is based near Sydney, Australia.
Gail D. Surkan
Ms. Surkan, a resident of Red Deer, Alberta, has served on Ensign’s Board of Directors since March 2006 and currently is a member of both the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance, Nominations and Risk Committee.
Ms. Surkan was a four-term mayor of Red Deer, Alberta from 1992 to 2004, and currently runs her own consulting firm. Ms. Surkan sits on the board of the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, along with the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations. She retired on December 31, 2009 from her term as chair of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, a position she held since 2005. Ms. Surkan was also a founding director of ATB Financial and served on that board for nine years. She has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.
Barth E. Whitham
Mr. Whitham has served on the Ensign Board of Directors since March 2007 and is currently a member of both the Audit Committee and the Health, Safety and Environment Committee. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Since 2004, Mr. Whitham has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Enduring Resources, LLC, a private Denver-based company with exploration and production operations onshore United States. Prior to that he served for 10 years as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Westport Resources Corp., a public upstream oil and gas company listed on the NYSE. He has a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering, an MSc in Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He has sat on the Board of Directors of Intrepid Potash Inc., a Denver-based public company trading on the New York Stock Exchange, since 2008.
Mr. Gary Casswell joined the Board of Directors on December 4, 2017.
Mr. Casswell has over 35 years of experience as a senior executive in the onshore and offshore drilling industries. His industry career most recently included tenure as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Northern Offshore Ltd., a Bermuda-based offshore drilling company. Prior to that, Mr. Casswell acted as the Vice President of Eastern Hemisphere Operations for Pride International, a Houston, Texas based drilling company that was acquired by Ensco plc in 2011. Mr. Casswell has lived and worked extensively throughout the Middle East, including in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman, and has extensive experience in the United States land drilling market. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Long Beach in 1980.