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December 21, 2016

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Oil and Gas Industry Development Council Appointments Announced

The Provincial Government has appointed members to the Oil and Gas Industry Development Council. The final membership was determined using the merit-based appointments process.

“Our government committed to the establishment of the Oil and Gas Industry Development Council to determine the long-term vision of the province’s oil and gas industry. The appointed members have tremendous knowledge, and I thank them for volunteering their time and talent. I look forward to working with them to develop and strengthen a sustainable and competitive industry.”
- The Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources

The Minister of Natural Resources will be Chair, and Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries (Noia) and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) will be fixed members. The members appointed to the council are:

  • Raymond Collins (Noia representative)
  • Robert Crosbie
  • Gus Doyle
  • William (Bill) Fanning
  • Stephanie Hickman
  • Kimberly Keating
  • Malcolm Maclean
  • Sean Power
  • Gisle Stjern (CAPP representative)

“Noia is pleased to see the establishment of an Oil and Gas Industry Development Council – something we called upon in our Redefining Oil strategy framework. A collaborative approach is critical to ensuring resources are developed in a manner that will result in a sustainable industry. The local supply and service sector is a key component of this success and our hope is that the council will develop a long-term strategy that reinvigorates local participation. As Noia Chair, I look forward to representing the interests of our membership at the table.”
- Raymond Collins, Chair of Noia’s Board of Directors

The members of the council have a diverse mix of skills and experience in a variety of areas, such as business development and supply chain management, industry specific skills and training requirements, labour relations, resource development, regulatory environment, gender equity and diversity, and research, development and innovation. Biographies for the Oil and Gas Industry Development Council members are provided in the backgrounder below.

“CAPP members share government’s objective in wanting to see the oil and gas industry in this province grow and prosper, and our members are in a unique position to provide insight into how to accomplish this. We look forward to sharing our experience and expertise and to working with Minister Coady and the council on ways to grow a competitive and sustainable industry.”
- Paul Barnes, Manager, Atlantic Canada and Arctic, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

The Oil and Gas Industry Development Council will assess the long-term vision for the province's oil and gas industry and focus on developing a more sustainable and competitive industry.


  • The Provincial Government has announced the appointments to the Oil and Gas Industry Development Council.
  • The final council membership was determined using the merit-based appointments process.
  • The Oil and Gas Industry Development Council will assess the long-term vision for the province's oil and gas industry and focus on developing a more sustainable and competitive industry.

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Media contacts:

Erin Shea
Media Relations Manager
Department of Natural Resources
Jennifer Collingwood
Senior Director of Communications
Nancy Wicks
Communications and Policy Advisor, Atlantic Canada
Canadian Association of Petroleum


Below are the biographies of the Oil and Gas Industry Development Council:

Raymond Collins
Raymond Collins is the President of PF Collins International Trade Solutions. He joined the family business in 2000 and has contributed significantly to the growth of the company through management of the organization’s operational departments, the acquisition of major contracts, and his leadership in the advancement of the company’s technology and LEAN culture. Mr. Collins has been a member of the Noia Board of Directors for the past six years and is current Chair. His expertise in project logistics consulting to Canada's offshore oil and gas industry has focused his efforts towards exploration attraction and Federal Government-industry relations.

Mr. Collins is an Economics graduate from Memorial University and holds an MBA from St. Mary’s University. He is a Qualified Officer under the Canada Border Services Agency's Customs Broker Licensing requirements, and a Certified Customs Specialist through the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers.

Robert Crosbie
Robert Crosbie is the Chairman of Crosbie Group Limited. He is an experienced and well-respected Newfoundland-based business leader and entrepreneur and has significant experience leading growth-oriented companies in resource-based sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador, and throughout Atlantic Canada. Mr. Crosbie graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1979. He began working in the family business in 1991 with the Crosbie Group of Companies in Real Estate Development and Construction and Energy Services. He is seasoned at developing value-added solutions for clients, particularly pertaining to offshore industrial service, supply chain management and logistics.

Mr. Crosbie has held director positions at at ASCO Canada from 2006 to the present, and is a director with Emera NL. In the past, he has held the position of director with Forent Energy in Calgary, Alberta, and as Chairman with Marine Atlantic Inc. Mr. Crosbie currently serves as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Memorial University. He received the MUN FBA Alumnus of the Year in 2003, the MUN JD Eaton Award for Volunteerism in 2014, 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Atlantic Canada, and was inducted into the JA Hall of Fame in 2016.

Gus Doyle
Gus Doyle has a wealth of expertise in the skilled trades, construction, financial literacy, and governance. Having attended College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University to study Carpentry and Labour Relations, respectively, Mr. Doyle has worked with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, the Newfoundland Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, and the Atlantic Canada Regional Council. He has held the title of President with the Resource Development Trades Council, President of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices, and President, Carpenters Local 579, of the Newfoundland and Labrador Building Trades Council. Mr. Doyle has been a member of the Provincial Government Skills Advisory Board, the Provincial Government Tri Partite Committee (Business, Labour, and Government), the Apprenticeship and Certification Board of Newfoundland and Labrador, and President of the Resource Development Trades Council. Mr. Doyle currently serves on the Newfoundland and Labrador Building Trades Council, the National Building Trades Council, and the Scaffolding Curriculum and Development Board.

William (Bill) Fanning
Bill Fanning has over 30 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, executing projects in North America and internationally. He is currently the President and Country Manager at Kvaerner Canada Limited. He has a degree in Business Management and attended Concordia University's Executive Management program in 1996. Mr. Fanning held senior executive positions with both operators and contractors in East Coast Canada’s offshore and in Western Canada. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Fanning as President and Chief Operating Officer, led the growth and expansion of Spectrol Energy Services Inc., a mid-sized technical services company, to become a recognized leader in asset integrity management in the offshore oil and gas industry with international operations, until it was acquired in 2009. Mr. Fanning has also held positions as Senior Vice-President and General Manager at SNC-Lavalin and Commercial and Supply Chain Manager at ExxonMobil/HMDC. Mr. Fanning is former Board Chair with the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information, a past director of the Bull Arm Site Corporation, director with the Newfoundland Oil and Gas Industries Association, a member of the Canadian Cancer Society philanthropy committee, and a founding member of the Newfoundland and Labrador CEO Safety Charter.

Stephanie Hickman
Stephanie Hickman is a partner in the St. John’s office of Cox & Palmer and has extensive experience in contractual negotiation and claims management for large construction projects. Ms. Hickman acts for sureties and owners in all aspects of construction law, including Mechanics’ Liens, design-build drafting and negotiation, general contractual matters and litigation. Ms. Hickman is a member of the energy and natural resources practice group and has dealt with the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Regulatory regime, litigation, contractual and project development issues in this sector for over 15 years. Ms. Hickman has also handled complex corporate and commercial transactions for local and international companies, including financing in the sale and acquisition of operations and business assets, and contract review and negotiation.

Ms. Hickman is listed as a leading practitioner since 2013 by the publication Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Energy Law and Construction Law, and she has been recognized since 2013 in the Canadian Legal Expert Directory as a leading practitioner in the fields of Corporate Commercial and Construction Law. She is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. Ms. Hickman has extensive community involvement, having been a director with NLOWE, St. John Ambulance, the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association. Ms. Hickman is an active member of the Canadian Bar Society, the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation.

Kimberly Keating
Kim Keating holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Memorial University and a Masters in Business Administration. With over 17 years of experience in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas industry, Ms. Keating is currently Vice President of Fabrication with the Cahill Group, having also held the title of Director of Projects with the company. Ms. Keating has held various positions with Petro-Canada, including Manager of Environment Health Safety and Security - Terra Nova, Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Management, Risk/Safety Engineer - Environment Health Safety & Security, and Safety Systems Commissioning Engineer - Terra Nova. She has also held the role of Manager - Concept Development Engineering & Innovation with Suncor Energy.

Ms. Keating is an elected alumni representative and Vice Chair of the MUN Board of Regents, Chair of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Newfoundland and Labrador, is a past president of WISE NL, and serves as a director with the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation and Opera on the Avalon. She is a member and past-Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, a member of the Marine Institute Advisory Board and a founding member of the International Women’s Forum NL chapter. Currently, Ms. Keating is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador and is Canadian Registered Safety Professional.

Malcolm Maclean
With more than 35 years of international operational and project experience in the upstream sector, Mr. Maclean joined Husky as Vice President, Developments for the Atlantic Region in 2011, and in 2012, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Atlantic Region. Prior to joining Husky, Mr. Maclean was Vice President, Developments for Petrofac. From 2000 until 2010, he held several senior positions with the Hess Corporation. As Vice President, South East Asia, he successfully led the organization through a period of rapid expansion. Other assignments included Country Manager, Algeria, where he led a major field redevelopment project and Vice President, Business Development.

Mr. Maclean holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dundee College of Technology, Scotland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Offshore Engineering from Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology, Aberdeen, Scotland. Mr. Maclean is director with provincial branch of the Canadian Cancer Society and is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Energy Institute, and the American Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Sean Power
Sean Power is the Vice President of Business Development with the DF Barnes Group of Companies in a Senior Executive capacity, and he deals with Special Projects and Labour Relations. He joined in 2005 and has extensive experience in business development in the oil and gas sector, negotiating innovative, productive construction agreements, as well as project management for large projects in oil and gas.

Mr. Power has served on the Noia Board of Directors since 2009 in a number of roles, including chair, vice-chair, director, and treasurer. He has been heavily involved in the Newfoundland and Labrador oil and gas industry for many years.

Gisle Stjern
Gisle Stjern has been Vice President, Offshore Newfoundland, Statoil Canada, since June 2014, and has 25 years of experience within the global energy industry, including oil & gas and mining. In his current role, Mr. Stjern’s focus is to maximize the value of the Canadian offshore assets and to further develop and implement the long-term strategy for offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.

Prior to joining the Statoil office in St. John’s, Mr. Stjern has worked with Statoil for the last 18 years. He has experience around the world in Norway, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Tanzania. Before his appointment in St. John’s, Mr. Stjern spent five years as a vice president in Statoil’s Technology Projects and Drilling (DWN) business area. He has been a platform manager and operations manager for assets on the NCS. Mr. Stjern holds a Master of Science Degree in Engineering and a Doctorate of Philosophy in rock mechanics from the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology. Mr. Stjern is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has a wife and two children and currently lives in St John’s with his wife and daughter who is a student at MUN.

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