Our Core Values

Our history in Canada

Management

  • Kevin O'Brien
       Director of Wood Group Mustang,
       Canadian region
       President Oil Sands Business Unit
  • Deb Kowbel
       Senior VP
       Chief Operating Officer
  • Hans Verwijs
       VP Project Management
  • Tom Fransham
       VP Health Safety Security
       Environment Quality
  • Brent O'Dell
       VP Engineering and Design
  • Iain MacIver
       VP Finance and Accounting
  • Scott Rempel
       VP Business Development and
       Strategy, Canadian Region

Management

Kevin O'Brien

Director of Wood Group Mustang, Canadian region
President Oil Sands Business Unit

From snowboard to boardroom, Kevin navigates his way with enthusiasm and focus. Kevin joined Wood Group Mustang in 2001 and has contributed to the success and growth of Wood Group Mustang by providing leadership, promoting a feeling of community, and taking on initiatives that promote more efficiency in project execution for our clients.

Kevin is originally from Montreal, Quebec, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Civil Engineering) from Queen's University. Professional memberships include the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA), the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGA) and The Canadian Oilmen’s Executive Association.

Deb Kowbel

Senior Vice President
Chief Operating Officer

As Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Deb is responsible for all aspects of project execution. Deb has been a Senior Project Manager at Wood Group Mustang since 2005, and was Director of Projects before moving into her role as Senior Vice President and COO.

Deb’s experience includes over 20 years of engineering experience and 10 years in project and discipline management, in addition to 11 years in process design of new thermal heavy oil facilities, gas processing facilities, and debottlenecking projects. In her role as Vice President and COO, Deb oversees Project Delivery, Project Management, Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance, as well as Engineering and Design.

When not in the office, Deb spends her time exploring the four corners of the globe or perfecting her swing on the golf course.

Deb holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Saskatchewan and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Hans Verwijs

Vice President Project Management

As Vice President of Project Management, Hans is responsible for all project managers, procurement and project controls. Hans oversees the standardization of project execution documents and reports and the refinement of project execution processes.

Hans has over 25 years in various industries, such as electronics manufacturing, defense-sector system engineering, high-tech project management and oil and gas. Previous experience at Wood Group Mustang includes scheduling and cost estimating, project engineering, project management and his most recent role as Manager of Projects.

A lifelong learner, Hans enjoys being both student and teacher. Hans has earned various diplomas and certificates from the University of Calgary and SAIT, and teaches Project Management courses at SAIT part-time.

Hans holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Applied Science (Metallurgical Engineering) from Dalhousie University, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP).

Brent O'Dell

Vice President Engineering and Design

Brent O’Dell is Vice President of Engineering and Design, responsible for all Engineering and Design departments: Process, Mechanical, Civil/Structural, Electrical, Instrumentation, Controls, Piping, Pipeline and Engineering Application Services.

Since joining Wood Group Mustang in 2005, Brent has worked as an Engineer and as a Project Manager with our Joint Venture company. He has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has led a number of engineering teams for sour gas, heavy-oil, and thermal recovery facilities, offshore production platforms, and control and safety systems.

When not at work, Brent enjoys fishing, golfing, kayaking, and spending time at his cabin in British Columbia.

Brent holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists of British Columbia (APEGBC), and the International Society of Automation (ISA).

Kurt Kennedy

Vice President Corporate Services

With over 25 years in the oil and gas industry, Kurt brings a depth of experience to his position as Vice President of Corporate Services. The Corporate Services group includes Human Resources, Legal Affairs and Risk Management, Office Facilities and Administration, Business Solutions and Services, IT, and Corporate Communications. The group provides support services and infrastructure to all areas of Wood Group Mustang's business and interfaces regularly with our Wood Group affiliates around the globe.

Before joining Wood Group Mustang in 2003, Kurt spent over 12 years in upstream production with BP and Amoco as a project engineer and project manager for heavy oil and natural gas facilities projects, as well as arctic/frontier offshore drilling and production. At Wood Group Mustang, he has had the opportunity to work in a wide range of areas, from cost estimating on large heavy oil capital projects, to arctic engineering on Beaufort Sea offshore development studies, to business development in the Calgary market, the USA, Kazakhstan and Russia. Industry experience has also developed his strong understanding of the upstream oil and gas value chain, including stage-gated project management systems, cost estimating, scheduling, risk analysis and Joint Venture (JV) issues.

Kurt holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Civil Engineering) and a Master of Science degree (Ocean Engineering) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, and has memberships to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA). He is also an active member of the advisory committee for the Calgary YMCA Strong Kids campaign.

Dean Milner

Vice President Business Development

Dean joined Wood Group Mustang in 2002, bringing 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with proven success in the areas of business management, marketing, business development, new product development, sales, and the management of large sales forces.

As Vice President of Business Development, Dean looks after new client development, manages the sales section of the Business Development team, and assumes the client Relationship Manager role for most of our clients.

Dean has been involved with all of Wood Group Mustang's clients at various times in their growth cycle. Current activities focus on the client Relationship Management role whereby client objectives are paramount to the ongoing success of both organizations.

He has been a past President and/or Executive Board Member of the Canadian Gas Processors Suppliers Association, the Gas Processors Association Canada, and the Canadian Heavy Oil Association.

In his spare time Dean enjoys golfing, snooker, and taking his best buddy Thor to table tennis events.

Tom Fransham

Vice President Health Safety Security Environment Quality

Tom joined Wood Group Mustang in 2006 as the Director of Project Services. Leading his team to develop systems that help ensure consistent and predictable project outcomes, Tom put processes in place which allow teams to continually improve project execution by building on the experience of previous projects.

Tom traded in his two previous titles as Vice President of Engineering and Design and Vice President of Quality Assurance to become Wood Group Mustang’s first Vice President Health Safety Security Environment Quality. As a Wood Group Mustang veteran, Tom has considerable experience and is committed to technical safety engineering and occupational safety. An area of particular focus is the Safety Leadership Program, a Wood Group organization-wide intensive training initiative that reinforces safety leadership with a focus on process safety and integrity management.

When the company hats are off, Tom enjoys outdoor athletics and delights in his role as a dad. Whether it is hiking through the mountains with his family, or riding new trails on his mountain bike, Tom makes time to get outside and appreciate Alberta’s unique terrain. He also enjoys jogging or biking to work, particularly during gridlock.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary. His professional memberships include: the Wood Group Engineering Excellence Program Team, APEGA, APEGS, and APEGM.

Iain MacIver

Vice President Finance and Accounting

As Vice President of Finance and Accounting, Iain MacIver is responsible for all aspects of financial planning, reporting, and analysis, as well as overseeing the accounting department and personnel.

Iain has over 26 years of experience in accounting and finance, as well as global energy industry experience. Born in Canada, Iain grew up in Scotland and has worked around the world, most recently in Russia with our affiliate Wood Group PSN. His international experience includes work in the Middle East, Asia, and Kazakhstan.

In his spare time, Iain enjoys soccer, music, and socializing with friends and family.

Iain has a Higher National Certificate in Accounting from Glasgow College.

Ken Davis

Vice President Business Affiliates

Ken Davis joined Wood Group Mustang in 2001 as a Project Manager, bringing "results-oriented" project management. Ken’s experience includes 20 years in various oil and gas sectors and the successful management of a diverse portfolio of large-capital projects.

As Vice President of Business Affiliates, Ken is responsible for managing all of Wood Group Mustang's corporate collaborations. He is the point-person for communication, alignment, and cooperation between Wood Group Mustang and Wood Group companies and is responsible for the implementation and management of our WorkShare program.

Ken's experience includes an extensive focus on thermal-heavy-oil projects, as well as plant expansion design and construction. Ken is an integral part of Wood Group Mustang’s continual growth and expansion, creating new relationships and connections.

Outside of the office, Ken enjoys spending time outdoors and in the winter, his preferred location is the ski resort.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Mechanical Engineering) from Lakehead University, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA).

Bob Fournier

Business Unit Manager – Automation, Canadian region

Bob is the Business Unit Manager – Automation, Canadian region. He brings to his role a wealth of knowledge. With over 32 years of engineering and design experience in the oil and gas industry, Bob has extensive project engineering and design expertise and has managed engineering and design teams on domestic and international projects.

Since joining Wood Group Mustang in 2004, Bob has worked as the Instrumentation and Controls Engineering Manager before being promoted to Vice President, Technical, responsible for all engineering disciplines.

When not at work, Bob keeps busy with home modifications, small construction projects, golfing, hiking and snowshoeing.

Bob has attended multiple technology programs at SAIT in Engineering Drafting, Mechanical Design, Petroleum Engineering, Process Control and PLC-5/RTU programming. He is a member of the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists (ASET) with an R.E.T. designation.

Scott Rempel

Vice President Business Development and Strategy, Canadian region

As Vice President Business Development and Strategy, Scott Rempel is responsible for fostering client relationships, identifying strategic opportunities to grow our business, as well as overseeing marketing and communications activities.

An accomplished sales and marketing professional with a strong depth of experience, Scott brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. His employment experience spans a number of industries, including media, real estate, electricity, oil and gas, and most notably, engineering.

An alumnus of the University of Calgary, Scott earned both a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, and a Master's degree in Business Administration. He has project management and executive leadership experience combined with a strong sales and marketing background.

A serving board member of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA), Scott is very active in the heavy oil and oil sands communities.

Scott is a positive role model for youth in our community. He leads and mentors in a volunteer capacity as a minor hockey and little league baseball coach. He is also a student mentor through the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business.

Born in Saskatchewan and raised in Calgary,) Scott enjoys spending time with his family, running, golfing, guitars, skiing.