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PSAC in search of a new President/CEO

Don Horne   


The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) has announced the resignation of interim President and CEO Tom Whalen, effective November 2.

“We are looking for a transformational leader that will be able to steer the Association and the industry on a new path that will bring change to our industry through collaboration by building a new brand for Canadian Energy,” says Scott Van Vliet, Chair of PSAC, and CEO & Founder of Environmental Refuelling Systems Inc.

Van Vliet went on to say that the petroleum services, supply and manufacturing sectors are looking forward to more certain times following the past four challenging years for the industry, adding that “this road ahead will require a continued strong voice for the sector to help navigate the issues and opportunities” impacting PSAC members collectively.

“While I’ve only been in the role a few months, it’s been a very rewarding experience during a very turbulent time for our industry,” said Whalen. “In the short time that I’ve been in the role, we’ve dealt with many issues on behalf of our members, not the least of which have been the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion blunder, the implementation of U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum followed shortly thereafter by the execution of the Canadian tariff countermeasures and still pending safeguard measures.


“On top of all that we have Bill C 69 looming over the resource sector. This pending new legislation, governing environmental impact assessments threatens to create huge barriers to complete any future energy infrastructure project in Canada. We still have so much more to do, to support our industry.”

The Board of Directors of PSAC would like to thank Tom for stepping into the interim role with such short notice and wish him all the best in his new role back in the service industry.

Anyone interested in the position should notify Optimum Talent who has been retained for the search. To request a profile of the position, contact Scott Doupe or visit their website at


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