Lyle WhitmarshChief Executive Officer
Lyle Whitmarsh joined Trinidad Drilling in 2000, initially as a Field Supervisor. He was promoted to General Manager in 2001. In 2002, he was appointed President and in 2008 he became Trinidad’s Chief Executive Officer.
Lyle has more than 15 years of oil and gas exploration experience. He gained many years of practical hands-on experience advancing through the various field positions and onto to supervisory roles. In 1987 he became a Rig Manager with Champion Drilling (a division of Artisan Drilling) and in 1995, he was advanced to the position of Senior Field Supervisor. Following the acquisition of Artisan Drilling by Ensign Resources Service Group Inc. in 1998, Lyle became Operations Manager at Ensign.
In 1999 Lyle’s career took the direction of Drilling Consultant when he formed his own company, Summit Oilfield Consulting, Ltd. In this capacity Lyle gained experience in drilling horizontal, vertical and coal bed methane wells in western Canada. He also specialized in drilling high profile wells in areas with diversified technical problems and environmental issues.
Brent Conway joined Trinidad Drilling in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and in 2012 was promoted to President.
Brent began his business career in 1991 joining Deloitte and Touche, Chartered Accounts where he advanced through the audit group reaching the level of Senior Accountant. In 1994, Brent joined Bowridge Resource Group Inc. in the capacity of Corporate Controller. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1996 and was promoted again in 1999 to Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Brent left Bowridge in 2001 when the company was purchased and privatized.
Brent graduated from the Faculty of Management at the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting. He received his Certified General Accountant Designation in 1996.
Lesley BolsterChief Financial Officer
Lesley Bolster joined Trinidad Drilling in 2009 as Corporate Controller and in 2011 was promoted to Vice President, Finance & Treasurer. In 2012, she was promoted to Chief Financial Officer.
Lesley received her Chartered Accountant designation in 1997 while working at Grant Thornton, Chartered Accountants. In 1998, she joined Ernst & Young, Calgary and advanced to Manager, Assurance & Advisory services in 1999.
In 2001, Lesley joined a TSX listed technology company, Wireless Matrix Corporation as Controller and was promoted to Interim Chief Financial Officer in 2004. Due to restructuring of the company’s head office to the United States, Lesley left Wireless Matrix and joined Gienow Windows and Doors Income Fund in 2004 to assist in establishing its public and trust structure. In 2007, Lesley assisted in the privatization of Gienow working with its new private equity ownership. During this time, she was promoted to Vice President, Finance.
Lesley graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Adrian LachanceChief Operating Officer - US and International Operations
Adrian Lachance joined Trinidad Drilling in 2003 as Senior Vice President – Business Development. Adrian now holds the position of Chief Operating Officer, US and International Operations and has overall responsibility for Trinidad’s US and International Operations which make up more than half the Company’s revenue base. He is also responsible for recognizing and capturing opportunities for the growth and expansion of Trinidad Drilling’s operations. He was an integral part of Trinidad’s initial move, and subsequent expansion and success in the United States. His expansive knowledge base, contacts and experience in deep, technical drilling have been a key addition to Trinidad’s management team.
Prior to joining Trinidad Drilling, Adrian owned his own successful drilling business. He has extensive experience in the drilling industry, having worked in the sector for almost 30 years in the drilling, well servicing and oil sands areas.
Randy HawkingsExecutive Vice President, Canada and Mexico Operations
Randy Hawkings joined Trinidad Drilling following the strategic business combination with CanElson Drilling Inc. in 2015.
Randy has over 36 years of experience in the oilfield services sector, including over 22 years of drilling engineering, both domestically and internationally, and over 14 years of drilling contractor experience, including new rig construction and footage drilling. He was a Principal of Enercon International and Enercon Engineering, providing drilling project management services for various oil companies in Western and Eastern Canada, West Texas in the United States, as well as Argentina, Bolivia and Venezuela in South America.
Randy has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).