C-Suite

  • Fernando Aguilar
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Fernando started his career in 1981 and has global experience in technology, business and oilfield sectors. In 2008, he joined the Calfrac Board of Directors as an independent member and, in November 2010, the company appointed him President and Chief Operating Officer.

    In January 2014, he accepted the role of President and Chief Executive Officer and continues as a board member. Prior to joining Calfrac, Fernando held a variety of executive and senior management positions in the services sector. Over a 19 year period (1984-2003), he progressed through various global assignments in both field and senior management positions at Schlumberger. From 2004 until 2010, he worked for CGGVeritas, a global geophysical services company. His assignments there were domestic (North America) and international (Middle East, Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific and Latin America) in nature. Fernando has completed the Stanford Executive MBA program (2003) as well as the Director Education Program (2008) developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management in conjunction with the Haskayne School of Business.

  • Lindsay Link
    Chief Operating Officer

    Lindsay joined Calfrac as President, United States Operating Division in February 2013 and, in January 2015, was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the company. He brings more than 30 years of experience in business strategy, growth, earnings and execution gained from North American and international assignments in the oil and gas services industry.

    Before joining Calfrac, Lindsay held senior management positions at Baker Hughes including Managing Director, Continental Europe and President, Pressure Pumping. From 2004 to 2010 he was Vice President, Process & Pipelines Division at BJ Services. Over the course of his career at BJ Services, Lindsay held a variety of engineering, operations, sales and country management positions, gaining significant North American and international experience. Lindsay has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary (1983) and an MBA in Finance (1991) from the same institution. He is a Professional Engineer and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (United States).

  • Michael (Mike) D. Olinek
    Chief Financial Officer

    In March 2017, Mike assumed the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer for Calfrac. In this role, he leads the team responsible for Calfrac’s primary financial functions including financial reporting, treasury, financial risk management, internal audit and taxation.

    Joining the company in 2006 as the Corporate Controller, Mike was promoted to the role of VP Finance in 2011. Prior to joining Calfrac, Mike progressed through various financial roles at both ExxonMobil Canada and Encana Corporation. Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary in 1989, Mike began his professional career in the audit department at a major accounting firm. He is a member in good standing of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.

Division Presidents

  • Gerardo Kuracz
    President, Latin American Operating Division

    In 2012, Gerardo joined the Calfrac team to lead the company’s Argentina operation as Country Manager. In early 2015, he was promoted to the role of President, Latin America Division.

    Gerardo started his career in the industry in the late 80s and, over the years, has progressed through roles of increasing responsibility including, among others, field engineer, technical manager and procurement manager. In addition to assignments throughout Latin America, he has held senior management roles on international assignments in Africa and the US and has worked for both the oilfield services sector as well as with large, integrated oil and gas operators. Gerardo holds degrees in Engineering (1987 and 1995) from Universidad de La Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and the University of Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma), an MBA (2003) from the University of Tulsa and other executive education certificates.

  • Tom J. Medvedic
    President, Canadian Operating Division

    Tom started his career in the oilfield services sector in 1994 and has held a variety of senior management roles. From 1994 until 2004, he held increasingly senior financial roles for Ensign Energy Services Inc., a TSX-listed international oilfield services contractor.

    Joining Calfrac in 2004, Tom assumed the position of Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In 2008, he transitioned into the role of Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and was responsible for overseeing both investor relations and strategic initiatives. In 2014, Tom moved into the role of Vice President Operations, Canadian Division and, in 2015, assumed the role of President, Canadian Division. In this role, he is responsible for leading the division as it implements the next phase of its long-term strategic plan.

  • Robert (Rob) L. Sutherland
    President, Russian Operating Division

    Rob has been President, Russian Operating Division since September 2007 and was instrumental in establishing Calfrac’s operations in Russia.

    He has over 35 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, of which the past 20 years have taken place in Russia, where he was part of the executive management team on four joint ventures. Previous to that Rob spent 15 years running various districts for an oilfield service and supply company in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

  • Fred Toney
    President, United States Operating Division

    Fred joined Calfrac in 2014 as President, United States Division and brings more than 35 years of industry experience to the team at Calfrac.

    Fred started his career in aerospace engineering and, over the years, has progressed through a variety of roles including engineering, new technology development, operations and sales in multiple oilfield service lines. In the mid-90s, Fred moved into management roles that included overall responsibility for developing and profitably growing his assigned regions. From 1997 until 2012, he held senior management and executive positions at The Western Company, BJ Services Pressure Pumping, Global Chemical and Baker Hughes. In 2012, he left his role as Vice President, US Pressure Pumping, to take on the role of President at Mission Well Services, which was acquired subsequently acquired by Calfrac (2013). Fred has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology (1985) and has completed executive programs at Wharton Business School, Chicago Booth and other institutions.

Corporate Vice-Presidents

  • Mike Brown
    Vice President, Technology

    Mike joined Calfrac in 2015 as the company’s Vice President, Technology. Prior to joining Calfrac, Mike held a variety of progressively senior research and technical positions in oilfield services with international companies including Halliburton, Betz Laboratories, BJ Services and Baker Hughes.

    His research roles have encompassed water conformance, sand control, enhanced oil recovery, industrial cooling water, oilfield production chemicals, refinery process chemicals, and finished fuel additives. He has also held senior roles directing research and development for oilfield and downstream chemicals. In 2012 he co-founded Independence Oilfield Chemicals, a supplier of production and stimulation chemicals, and served as its Senior Vice President of Technology until the business was sold to Innospec in 2014. With a Ph.D. in physical chemistry (minor in chemical engineering) from Vanderbilt University, Mike holds more than 25 worldwide patents in enhanced oil recovery, industrial cooling water treatment, steam generation deposit control, scale inhibition, paraffin control, emulsion breaking, acidizing, corrosion inhibition, hydraulic fracturing, solid fuel combustion aids, online process measurement and silica deposit inhibition. He has authored or coauthored 27 papers for journals and conferences including National Association of Corrosion Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, International Water Conference and American Power Conference.

  • Chris K. Gall
    Vice President, Global Supply Chain

    Chris joined Calfrac in 2010 as the Vice President, Global Supply Chain. In this role, Chris leads a global team responsible for selection and management of suppliers as well as the effective logistic, transportation and distribution of materials and services required to support Calfrac’s global operations.

    Prior to joining Calfrac, Chris progressed through senior supply chain management roles across manufacturing, mining and energy. Specific experience with international energy companies includes international assignments and management positions with Suncor, Total E&P, Chevron and Shell and extends across refining, gas plants and oil sands development. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan as well a Master of Business Administration from the Centre for Innovative Management at Athabasca University. He has taught senior level Supply Chain courses at both the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. Chris is an active board member of PSAC (Petroleum Services Association of Canada) and Mount Royal University International School of Business and Supply Chain Management.

  • Rod Kuntz
    Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment

    Rod joined Calfrac in 2010 as HSE Manager for the US Division and in 2012 was appointed Vice President, Health, Safety & Environment. With a career spanning more than 25 years in both domestic and international oilfield services companies, Rod has held progressively senior roles in engineering, operations, management and HSE.

    In addition to his energy sector experience, Rod has held senior and executive HSE positions in the aerospace, pipeline, occupational health and the security industries. Just prior to joining Calfrac, he was the global Vice President HSE for International SOS. Rod has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Occupational Health and Safety (Honors) as well as an Associate Degree in Petroleum Engineering. He holds professional ASP/CSP (Associate Safety Professional and Certified Safety Professional) certifications.

  • Edward (Ed) Oke
    Vice President, Human Resources

    Ed joined the Calfrac team in 2012 as Vice President, Human Resources. In this position, he leads a global HR team responsible for recruitment, performance management, compensation, training and development, communications and succession planning.

    Prior to joining Calfrac, Ed was VP Human Resources and Safety for Trinidad Drilling, an international drilling company headquartered in Calgary. From 2005 to 2008, he was VP Human Resources for Synenco Energy, a start-up oil sands company that was partnered with a state-owned oil company and later acquired by a multi-national exploration and production company. During the period 1999-2005, Ed worked in the western North American construction industry with both Ledcor Industrial and Lafarge as Director of Employee and Labor Relations. At these multi-national companies, he led HR teams supporting western North American operations and acted as chief negotiator for both companies representing more than 60 collective bargaining agreements with a large number of industrial unions. Prior to 1999, Ed worked in a number of progressively responsible HR management and labor relations roles with Alberta Health, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Ed has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from Memorial University (Newfoundland) and a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University (Alberta). Ed is an active member of the Executive Human Resources Council for the Conference Board of Canada and sits on a number of other not-for-profit Boards and advisory panels.

  • B. Mark Paslawski
    Vice President, Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary

    Mark was appointed Calfrac’s Vice President, Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary in February 2017. In this role, he oversees Calfrac’s business and corporate development activities and has oversight over the legal team, insurance and risk management function and regulatory and governmental affairs.

    Having joined Calfrac in 2007 as in-house counsel, Mark assumed the role of VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2008. From 1999 through the end of 2007, he practiced corporate and securities law at Bennett Jones LLP with a focus on public and private financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general commercial law. Mark graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts & Science (1996) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with distinction (1999). He is a member in good standing of the Calgary Bar Association.

  • Scott Treadwell
    Vice President, Capital Markets and Strategy

    Scott joined Calfrac in March 2017, having spent seven years covering the company as a sell-side analyst for a Canadian bank-owned dealer. Scott served for nine years in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he was decorated for service in multiple NATO deployments.

    Scott moved into the oil and gas space in 2000, spending five years as a field engineer and a further three in technical sales. On completing his MBA, Scott joined the National Energy Board for a period before entering the capital markets as a research analyst. Scott holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Materials) from the Royal Military College of Canada (1995) and an MBA with Finance concentration from the University of Calgary (2009). Scott also holds the P.Eng. designation from APEGA and is a member of a number of not-for-profit and charitable boards.