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ACCLAIMED to the position of Vice-Chair:

Liam O'Shea, Atlantic Offshore Medical Services

ELECTED to the position of Treasurer:

Michael Critch, NSB Energy

ELECTED to the position of Director (5 vacancies):

Mark Collett, Crosbie Group of Companies

Jason Fudge, DF Barnes

James Parmiter, Cahill Group of Companies

Torfi Thorarinson, TechnipFMC Canada

Karen Winsor, Atlantic XL


Vice-Chair - Liam O'Shea, Atlantic Offshore Medical Services (ACCLAIMED)

Liam is the General Manager/Principal for Atlantic Offshore Medical Services Group of Companies, a local Newfoundland company. He began working in the oil & gas industry in 1998 offshore NL on the MODU Bill Shoemaker. He has overseen operations in NS and is currently managing all AOMS operations from NL. Liam has overseen the expansion of AOMS from roughly 42 employees to now 156 part-time and full time employees across Canada. Much of Liam’s time at AOMS has been dedicated to reinforcing relationships with existing clients in NL and to fostering AOMS’ growth outside of Eastern Canada.

As a second-generation business owner Liam is always proud to say he is born and bred in NL and continues to market the fact that “the lessons learned here, business and life experience, are applicable all over the world”.

Liam has been an active member in Noia, most recently in his role as Director, 2014-2015 and Treasurer, 2016.

Liam’s goals for Noia:
  • To make certain that all Newfoundland and Labrador companies are well represented and that our interests are forefront in the organization’s vision
  • To align our member’s visions for what local development and benefits should be with both the Government and Industry
  • To see Noia become more actively involved in identifying possible opportunities/synergies for our members outside the Province where NL. 

Our companies could be lead providers in global industry based on the experience and know-how that’s been developed right here at home!

Treasurer - Michael Critch, NSB Energy

Michael Critch is currently CEO, NSB Energy; Director, Frontier Subsea; and Director, Omega Project Solutions. He has been active with Noia Committees since 2004, served on its Board of Directors from 2006-2013 and was Chair of Noia’s Board in 2012. In 2016, Mike authored the report “Drilling Performance Review – Offshore Newfoundland and Labrador”, a detailed summary account of exploration offshore NL since 1966. This report was commissioned by Nalcor Oil & Gas as part of its efforts to educate and attract more explorers to our region. Mike has an in depth knowledge of our province’s oil and gas industry and is passionate about Noia and the future success of its member companies. As an executive leader and owner in several thriving local companies, he works every day to promote local business investment and wishes to serve with leadership and conviction on behalf of all members.

In addition to local experience offshore, Mike was formerly President of Fabcon-Canada, pioneering an expansion to four continents between 2004 and 2012. He started his career following graduation from Memorial University’s engineering program in 1996, and joined Schlumberger Oilfield Services as a Field Engineer in Alberta, Canada. During his time with Schlumberger from 1996-2003, he held progressive roles, including Technical Manager for Offshore Gulf of Mexico operations and District Manager in South Louisiana, for both land and offshore operations. In addition to professional engineer status, Mike has obtained credit in Finance from Rice University (Houston) and Marketing/Management from LSU.

Director - Mark Collett, Crosbie Group of Companies

Born in St. John’s, NL, Mark Collett received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, NS in 1993, and an MBA (Distinction) from Durham University Business School, in the United Kingdom, in 1997.

Possessing a unique blend of operational, commercial and strategic management experience, garnered over his 24+ year career, Mark has broad based market sector exposure, with a particularly strong background in the oil and gas sector.  Mark has been Chief Operating Officer of the Crosbie Group of Companies since May 2016.  As COO, Mark is responsible for the development, operations and performance of all Crosbie Group member companies, which include Crosbie Salamis, Atlantic Maintenance Services, Crosbie Training Complex, Rockwood Homes, Atlantic Property Management and Chimo Construction. Prior to joining Crosbie Group, Mark spent 11 years as Supply Chain Manager with Husky Energy, Atlantic Region, where he led Husky’s supply chain management activities in support of White Rose production operations, subsea operations, logistics, drilling & completions and project expansion activities.  In 2003, Mark led the acquisition of K&D Pratt Group Inc., and subsequently spent 2 years as the company’s President & Managing Director.  Mark spent the first 10+ years of his career working in strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, and business development with international engineering firm AGRA Inc., and global oilfield logistics provider ASCO plc.

Mark has been on the Board of Advisors of Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration since 2014, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society, Newfoundland & Labrador Division.

Director - Jason Fudge, DF Barnes

Jason was born and raised in St. John’s.  He completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie University.  He currently resides in St. Phillip’s with his wife and two children.

Jason has been actively engaged in the Newfoundland Labrador offshore industry since 2003. As Chief Financial Officer and now Chief Operating Officer of DF Barnes, Jason has been a key contributor to its rise as one of the provinces largest multi-disciplinary maintenance, fabrication, and construction contractors.  Through his 14-year career with DF Barnes, Jason has gained significant knowledge of industry issues and a strong commitment toward developing opportunities for local companies in Newfoundland Labrador.

Jason has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by independently locally owned businesses.  High costs, industry volatility, geography and market size all make Newfoundland Labrador a unique and often challenging place to do business.  Jason firmly believes that our ability to think creatively, innovate, and relentlessly pursue success is what makes so many Newfoundland Labrador businesses great.

Jason is a highly motivated and results driven person.  His commitment to success is apparent in everything he does and DF Barnes has been the beneficiary of that commitment.  In sharing his experiences and positive attitude, Jason hopes to contribute to the continued growth of our Newfoundland Labrador oil and gas industry.

Director - James Parmiter, Cahill Group of Companies

James was born and raised in Harbour Grace.  He received a Commerce degree from Memorial University and completed his MBA in Strategy at the Yale School of Management.

James started his career in oil and gas with Technip (Coflexip Stena at the time) in 1997 in Paris, France, and worked on the Terra Nova project along with other strategic initiatives in offshore West Africa, Egypt and the Caspian Sea.   After completion of his MBA, James joined the energy practice at a leading management consulting firm (Oliver Wyman) and consulted global leaders within Petrobras, ExxonMobil, KBR, McDermott and many of the largest integrated utilities in the United States.

James joined The Cahill Group in 2009 and is currently Vice President, Strategy and Development.  The Cahill Group is one of the largest multi-disciplinary construction companies in Canada and has played a role in all offshore projects in Atlantic Canada.  James currently has primary responsibility for strategic planning and oversees supply chain, project controls and marketing.

Outside of work James currently serves on the board of PEGNL and the Riverdale Tennis Club.  James is also actively attempting to influence the next generation as a scouting leader and youth soccer coach.

James and his wife Jennifer have two children (George and Grace) and live in St. John’s.

James understands the importance of a strong, sustainable oil and gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.  As Director he hopes to work with Noia’s members on “Redefining Oil” and the continuous development and growth of a competitive, local oil and gas industry.

Director - Torfi Thorarinson, TechnipFMC Canada

Raised in Ontario with Icelandic and British roots, Torfi arrived in St. John’s in the late 1980’s and enrolled in Memorial’s Bachelor of Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.  After graduation, Torfi moved to Kingston, Ontario, where he designed and built workboats as a Naval Architect with MetalCraft Marine Inc. for five years. He then resided in Vancouver, B.C., for four years where he furthered his engineering design experience primarily on work boats with Robert Allan Ltd.

He returned to St. John’s in 2004 with his wife, a native Newfoundlander, and has been working in the oil and gas industry ever since. Torfi holds the position of Fabrication Lead with TechnipFMC Canada, where he manages fabrication of subsea modules.  Prior to this experience he was part owner, project manager, project engineer, and plant manager with the DFB Group in St. John’s.

Torfi is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of NL.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Memorial, 1995), and a Masters Certificate in Project Management (York University, 2008).

As an avid sailor, Torfi has enjoyed sailing the Great Lakes, and more recently he has become a suffering and determined cycler and runner.

Director - Karen Winsor, Atlantic XL

With over twelve years of experience in the offshore oil and gas and marine service industry in Newfoundland & Labrador, Karen is responsible for the continued success and growth of Atlantic XL locally, and throughout North America.  Through her current position at Atlantic XL, Karen also sits on the management team of XL Group based in Aberdeen, Scotland where she is involved in business operations planning and quality management.  This direct link into the larger XL Group network allows Karen to leverage decades of experience and expertise, making possible any requirement for knowledge transfer and best practice, back to the local Atlantic XL office.

During an interim five-year hiatus from the oil and gas sector, Karen worked with Atlantic Canada's largest advertising agency, m5 Marketing.  Working with an account services and creative team, she was responsible for the successful overall delivery of several major accounts including the Department of Business (NL), Marine Atlantic, Nalcor, and a couple of Newfoundland favourites; Mary Browns and Ice Caps. 

Karen has always been 'oil and gas minded'.  This interest began during her time at Memorial University while completing her Bachelor of Commerce, when the Province was well into its development of the offshore industry.  She seized the opportunity to gain relevant experience abroad with a work term at the Dutch Oil and Gas Association (IRO) and an academic term in Oslo, Norway at the Norwegian School of Management. 

Karen currently sits on Noia's Membership Engagement Committee and was the recipient of the 2014 Noia Rising Star award.