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ACCLAIMED to the position of Vice-Chair:

Mark Collett, Crosbie Group of Companies

ELECTED to the position of Director (5 vacancies):


Mark Collett, Chief Operating Officer
Crosbie Group of Companies

Born and raised in St. John’s, NL, Mark Collett graduated with 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.

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 one of the oldest and most respected family businesses in Newfoundland & Labrador.  Crosbie Group employs over 500 people in Atlantic Canada, and includes member companies Crosbie Salamis, Atlantic Maintenance Services, MacKinnon & Olding, Crosbie Training Complex, Rockwood Homes, Atlantic Property Management and Chimo Construction.  Mark was Supply Chain Manager with Husky Energy’s Atlantic Region business unit, from 2005-2016, in support of production operations, subsea operations, logistics, drilling and 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.  He 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.  In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Noia, Mark is on the Board of Advisors of Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration, and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society, Newfoundland & Labrador Division.

A proud Newfoundlander, Mark is a strong advocate of the local supply community and the province’s energy sector.  Mark believes Noia’s future success is underpinned by:

1.    Fostering an environment which stimulates stronger collaboration amongst all stakeholders in our industry;

2.    Rethinking what it means to be competitive, and to continuously strive to improve our local supply chain’s capabilities;

3.    Promoting our supply community, and finding ways to ensure we preserve and enhance local skills and abilities, as our industry transitions to new realities; and,

4.    Stimulating long term, consistent activity levels in our industry.

Ian Arbuckle, P.Eng., Business Development Manager
Rothlochston Subsea

Ian was raised in Bay d’Espoir, Newfoundland and Labrador. He graduated from Memorial University in 2004 with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering. That year he began his career with RothLochston (formerly Bowringer Engineering Limited) as a project engineer. Throughout his career, Ian has held many management positions within the Company and currently holds the position of Business Development Manager.

Ian has participated in growing the company from 25 employees to over 1000 in recent years. His commitment to safety, quality and operational excellence has guided his team to complete some of RothLochston’s biggest projects. Ian has an in-depth knowledge of all industry sectors within Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ian has volunteered as Chair of the Engineering Eastern Chapter Association, Canadian Progress Club and currently volunteers with local youth hockey and soccer clubs. He currently resides in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador with his wife Katrina and sons Jaxon and Brody.

As RothLochston’s Business Development Manager, Ian has developed a deeper interest in NOIA and how the association advocates, facilitates networking and generates opportunities for their members. Having worked for a local company all of his professional career, Ian has seen first-hand the challenges and opportunities that face companies operating in the local oil and gas industry.

His diverse project experience, from interacting with smaller suppliers to major EPC contractors, gives him valuable knowledge that will allow him to engage NOIA members and to facilitate discussions on how we can continue to “Redefine Oil”.

David (Dave) Billard, P. Eng., PMP,Vice President & General Manager
Aker Solutions Canada

David has over 30 years experience in the Engineering and Project Management field within Newfoundland & Labrador. David started his career with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro where he worked in the Transmission and Rural Operations division travelling both Labrador and the Northern Peninsula as well as the South Coast quite extensively executing projects that concentrated on upgrading of diesel generation and rural distribution systems. David then joined ShawMont and ran the gauntlet of the Shawmont – Monenco- Agra- AMEC evolution of that company during the support to first the building of Bull Arm; subsequently to the execution of  Hibernia and followed by secondment to Halliburton – Brown A & Root in London (UK) on the EPCM of the  Terra Nova FPSO offshore project. Assignments included a progression through Technical, Quality Control and Project Management roles and included short stints in multiple local and Korean fabrication and construction yards.

David then joined Husky Energy and was part of the leadership group that oversaw the project from FEED through to Start Up and First Oil, including residency in Marystown for the installation and integration period, after which he then joined the Husky Operations Team in the capacity of lead Engineer. David remained for nearly five years and held the responsibility for both opex and capex budget development and execution related to routine engineering and modifications in support of Operations and Maintenance Teams.

David joined WorleyParsons in 2010 and was assigned to the Hebron project where he held advancing roles in both Houston, Texas, USA and St. John’s in areas of Interface Management, Risk Assurance and finally as the Engineering Director for the Hebron Topsides project from August 2014 – May 2016. David oversaw both the transition to Newfoundland and downsizing of the design and follow on engineering teams in an integrated environment with ExxonMobil and the WorleyParsons Fluor Management Team.

David recently spent a five month stint on the Tengiz-Chevron Oil (TCO) $39.4 B project in England during 2016 as the Deputy Engineering Manager responsible for a large discipline Team located in both the UK and India, as well as provided oversight on a rebase lining (2017 MTO) of the project budget from a coordination perspective that covered all global sites and scopes.

David assumed his current role as Vice President and General Manager of Aker Solutions Canada in Q3 2017 responsible for offices in both St. John’s and Edmonton in September of 2016, which was in time to  be involved in the support of both Hebron’s start up and first oil and White Rose’s most recent successful Turn Around.

David’s experience on both the Proponent and Service side of the offshore Oil & Gas business gives him a wide range of insight into the needs of the industry and he understands the range of products and services required and intimately knows the Newfoundland yards. As a Director with NOIA David would work with all the association’s membership in forecasting the future requirements around the extensive drilling programs, subsea developments and potential Major Projects, such that the support industries in the Province are well positioned to complement the Proponents objectives.

David and his wife Josephine have two children (Stephen and Adam) both of whom work in various aspects of the industry and all are currently based in or living in St. John’s.

Jason Muise, General Manager - Subsea
Jason Muise is the General Manager – Subsea for TechnipFMC in Canada.  A native Newfoundlander, Jason completed his undergraduate degree at Memorial University in 1997, and completed a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Toronto.    His career with TechnipFMC started in 2000 where he was hired as a project engineer working on the Terra Nova development.   Following international placements within TechnipFMC centers in Paris, Aberdeen and Malaysia Jason was promoted to his current position in July 2012.   

Although Jason has never served on the NOIA Board of Director’s, he has been participated on the planning committees for several Conference’s and Fall Seminars.  Jason is also currently a member of NOIA’s R&D subcommittee.

Christian Somerton,General Manager
Pennecon Energy Marine Base & Grand Banks Warehousing

Christian Somerton is the General Manager of Pennecon Energy Marine Base and Pennecon Energy Grand Banks Warehousing, specializing in logistical solutions to support Newfoundland and Labrador’s marine and offshore oil industries. Both companies are members of the Pennecon Group, a Newfoundland and Labrador based business and one of the largest private employers in the province. Pennecon has been a long-time supporter of Noia, being recognized for its 30 years of membership milestone. Like the company he works for, Christian was born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, making hard work, creative problem solving, and a community-wide focus second nature.

In his role as General Manager, Christian is responsible for planning, scheduling, bidding and the executive oversight of all activities and functions at the facilities. Under his management and oversight, Christian has supported several projects for each producing field offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Christian has a keen interest in helping Newfoundland and Labrador companies become competitive in the global marketplace. His experience working with government, operators, major EPC contractors, and the local supplier base during his career at Pennecon will serve him well in this capacity.

Christian began his career at Pennecon in 2007 while attending Memorial University, and has been successful in progressively responsible positions before accepting an executive appointment in recent years. Christian has a Masters of Science in Supply Chain Management and International Logistics from the University of South Wales.

Redefining Oil’s vision for the continuous development and growth of a competitive, local oil and gas industry holds particular importance to Christian, who has an ongoing stake in the future of the industry in this province. Christian’s experience over the past two years on the Noia Board of Directors is valuable to ensure continuity on the organization’s key advocacy issues.

Christian’s continued goals for Noia include:


  • Become an advocate and invested stakeholder in the Redefining Oil vision to ensure Noia’s goals are achieved
  • Work with stakeholders to better understand regulatory hurdles, barriers to efficient business, and work to find innovative solutions
  • Use ingenuity, creative problem solving, and current international industry trends to ensure sustainability and longevity in the oil and gas industry for Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Better engage Noia members, particularly the next generation of local oil and gas professionals to facilitate the effective succession of the leading minds in the industry

Hank Williams, Chief Operating Officer
Cougar Helicopters
Hank Williams commenced his career in the transportation industry in 1992 and joined Cougar Helicopters in 1996.  Hired first as a Passenger Movements Coordinator, he advanced throughout the organization and was appointed General Manager in 2010 and Chief Operating Officer in 2016.  A hands-on manager and leader, he holds responsibility for all of Cougar's offshore oil & gas and search & rescue operations globally.  Hank has completed the Helicopter Association International's Helicopter Operator Management Course, is a member of London-based Heli Offshore.