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Candidates for Noia's 2019 Board of Directors


For the position of Vice-Chair:

Karen Winsor, Atlantic XL (ACCLAIMED)


For the position of Treasurer:

James Parmiter, Cahill Group

Philip Whelan, Horizon Maritime Services Ltd.


For the three positions open for Directors:

Paul Broders, Wood

Beverley Evans, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette

Cliff Gaetz, Horizon Maritime Services Ltd.

Derrick Kinsella, Newterm Logistics Inc.

Denis Mahoney, McInnes Cooper

Gerry Mayo, PF Collins International Trade Solutions

Rob McGrath, NSB Omega

Geoff Moyse, DF Barnes


Candidates for Vice-Chair

Karen Winsor (ACCLAIMED)
Atlantic XL

With thirteen years’ experience in oil & gas in Newfoundland, Karen is responsible for the continued success and growth of Atlantic XL within North America.  Through her position at Atlantic XL, Karen also sits on the management team of XL Group, (Aberdeen, UK) where she is involved in business planning and quality management.  This direct link into XL Group allows Karen to ensure meaningful knowledge transfer, gained from XL Group’s decades of experience, back to the local Atlantic XL office.

During a five-year hiatus from the world of oil & gas, Karen worked with Atlantic Canada’s largest ad agency, m5.  Working with an account and creative team, she was responsible for several major accounts including 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 oil industry.  She seized the opportunity to gain oil & gas experience abroad with a work term at the Dutch Oil and Gas Association (IRO), a school term in Oslo, Norway at the Norwegian School of Management, as well as local experience with the North Atlantic Refinery.  

Karen currently sits on the Noia board of directors and conference committee, chairs Noia’s Membership Engagement Committee and was the recipient of the 2014 Noia Rising Star award. 


Candidates for Treasurer

James Parmiter
Cahill Group

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

James started his career in oil & 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 completing his MBA, he 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, with primary responsibility for strategy, contracts, business development and marketing.

Outside of work James serves on the board of PEGNL, PanGeo Subsea and the Riverdale Tennis Club.  James is also a cub scout leader and youth soccer coach.

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

James is currently a director of Noia and chaired the 2018 Noia Fall Seminar.  James has played an active role in multiple Noia initiatives including the Imagine the Potential campaign. 

Prospectivity and planned drilling are at historic high levels however many of our members are under pressure and maintaining a strong local, sustainable oil and gas industry will require significant efforts with all stakeholders over the coming months.  As Treasurer, James will continue to work on behalf of Noia’s members to address these challenges and promote our oil & gas sector.

Philip Whelan
Horizon Maritimes Services Ltd.

Everyday, for more than 35 years, Phil has connected to the people who propel the oil and gas industry forward, both on the ground and at sea. His wealth of experience supporting the industry through human resource management, personnel and crewing, equipment supply, and logistics provides a unique perspective critically important to advancing Noia’s mandate.

A dedicated volunteer and familiar face to the membership, Phil has previously served as Noia’s Chair of the Board, Chair of the Noia Conference, member of the Petroleum Industry Human Resource Executive Committee, and more. His service has also extended to the Atlantic Energy Round Table and St. John’s Oilfield Technical Society.

Phil’s work has connected him to oil and gas producing countries and influencers from around the world—the United States, Norway, Scotland, Kazakhstan, Egypt and Libya, amongst others. His international experience and network make him an ideal mentor, ready to share his knowledge and help local up-and-coming companies navigate the global ocean economy.  

Phil’s community service also extends to his favourite children’s charities—for several years, he chaired a charity golf tournament in support of the Kids Eat Smart Association and School Lunch Program. In his free time, Phil’s focus on quality turns into quality time with his grandchildren, as well as enjoying life at the cottage and playing a few rounds of golf.

With a true belief that the industry in Newfoundland and Labrador must be prepared to grow substantially in the next few years, Phil is once again ready to serve and help local companies access opportunities to grow locally and expand internationally.


Candidates for Director

Paul Broders
Paul graduated in 1992 from Memorial University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Paul has worked exclusively in the local oil and gas industry for the past 25 years and has held a number of managerial roles including Technical Services Manager, VP of Operations and Operations Manager in the service sector supporting offshore fabrication, construction, operations and maintenance activities.  For the past five years, Paul has held positions with Wood including Project Development Manager and his current position as Construction and Maintenance Services Manager.  One of his key responsibilities is identifying and pursuing new opportunities with new and existing Clients in the region for Wood.
Beverley Evans
Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette
Beverley holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Cooperative) (Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland as well as the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation through the Rotman School of Business and Memorial University’s Gardiner Center. She was awarded the prestigious FCPA designation, for Chartered Professional Accountants who, through their outstanding achievements, including community leadership, bring distinction to the profession and serve as a role model to others. Beverley is also a member of the Women President’s Organization and the International Women’s Federation.

Beverley brings with her a strong and proven record of leadership and experience. She has worked and partnered with outstanding local, regional, national and international organizations in a variety of industries throughout her career.  Her unique background in strategy, finance, operations, business development and human resources coupled with her warmth, authenticity and enthusiasm create great opportunities for successful advocacy. She is especially passionate about the future of the province and believes the oil and gas industry plays a major role in this future.

Beverley is currently a Partner with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette where she is successfully building and growing leadership capacity and skills throughout the region. Prior to this, Beverley was CFO and Corporate Secretary of Fishery Products International Ltd., CFO of Research & Development Corporation and Executive Vice-President for The Pike Group of Companies. She began her career with KPMG in Toronto and quickly advanced into progressively senior leadership roles before returning home to Newfoundland and Labrador.  While in Toronto, she also served as President Elect of the Chartered Accountant Student Association of Ontario. 

Beverley has served on public, private and Not-For-Profit Boards throughout her career and currently serves as a Board member and Audit & Finance Committee Chair with a TSX-V listed Junior Mining Company, Selection Committee member for the Genesis Center, and Committee member for the D. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation In it Together chemo care unit capital campaign.  Bev recently completed a four year term as Board Member, Executive Committee Member and Finance & Investment Committee Chair of the Janeway Children’s Health Foundation Board. 

Beverley has been invited to speak to numerous organizations on a variety of topics including Women in Leadership, The Board’s Role in Risk Assessment, Strategy and Performance Management, Building Confidence, The Trusted Business Advisor Role and Building a Resilient Team.

Cliff Gaetz
Horizon Maritime Services Ltd.

Captain Cliff Gaetz is an accomplished Master Mariner, educated at St Mary's School of Business, Nautical Institute, Marine Institute and Middlesex University.

Cliff’s career has taken him around the world, from working offshore Atlantic Canada to most recently, being based in Singapore and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Working with Global Maritime Consultancy, he advanced through the roles of Marine Manager, Regional Director and as Chief Operating Officer.

Today, he and his family are thrilled to be back home on the east coast of Canada, in Newfoundland and Labrador. As Horizon Maritime’s Director of Offshore services, with directly responsible for this business stream, delivering exceptional value and innovative solutions to clients.

Cliff believes Newfoundland and Labrador should be a strong, visionary voice within the global oil and gas industry. His experience with both Canadian and international markets has given him the skills, networks and understanding of the offshore landscape – experience that local businesses and firms can use to develop their interests, and further the growth of oil and gas in the province as a whole.

Cliff is looking forward to the opportunity to support Noia’s Board of Directors and the oil and gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Derrick Kinsella
Newterm Logistics Inc.

I reside in St. John’s with my wife Cathy, daughter Katelyn and son Curtis. I believe we are at a critical point of time in our province. A time that will define our future with our East Coast Oil and Gas Industries creating significant opportunities. Noia’s efforts will ensure our children are able to stay and live in Newfoundland and Labrador, gaining meaningful employment with established local organizations while realizing maximum benefits. I believe in order to ensure we have the strongest representation on our board; Noia Corporate Members must have confidence in each person’s abilities and the true value they bring.

I currently sit as President and owner of Newterm Logistics and Newterm Global Logistics. These companies are deeply rooted in Newfoundland & Labrador and serve the industries that drive our economy. I have served in senior management roles with various national and international organizations over the past 35 years. I have a keen understanding of the challenges that are important to the members of Noia. A strong voice will ensure members have fair access to current and future opportunities.

Denis Mahoney
McInnes Cooper

If elected to serve on Noia’s Board of Directors, I commit to using my experience and advocacy skills in support of Noia’s call to action for a stronger oil and gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. I am committed to devoting the time required to help further members’ interests and support the sustainable development of our industry.

With over 25 years of legal experience representing businesses in this province, I have extensive experience working with many Noia member companies in our oil and gas industry. I know the industry, the issues, the regulatory framework and our Atlantic Accord, and I can bring this expertise to the work that the Noia Board and staff are doing on behalf of the members. I believe my legal experience will bring something different, but important, to the work Noia will be doing in the coming years.

In my law practice, I have developed a reputation as a trusted advisor and proactive problem solver. I have strong relationships with the businesses I represent, helping them find effective solutions in often difficult situations.

I am Vice-Chair of Memorial University’s Board of Regents and a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace at Queen’s University. I previously served as Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, NLEC and as a member of our firm’s management team.

When not in problem-solving mode, I enjoy family time with Jacqueline, our 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.


  • Best Lawyers 2019 and 2017 Labour and Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year” in St. John’s

  • 2015 Provincial Litigation Star under Employment Law in Benchmark Canada                                                                                                   

  • 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award

  • Recognized Annually in Best Lawyers in Canada for Labour & Employment Law practice (since 2006)

  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

Gerry Mayo
PF Collins International Trade Solutions

Gerry Mayo is Vice President of Operations at PF Collins International Trade Solutions. A part of the Executive Management team, Gerry manages PF Collins International Trade Solutions’ operational departments, overseeing the delivery and integration of PF Collins’ core project logistics services, including Freight Forwarding, Warehousing & Distribution, Marine Agency, and Immigration Consulting. 

Gerry is a Chartered Professional Accountant and experienced senior manager who has served in numerous operational and financial leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. This includes 10 years with FMC Technologies in St. John’s managing and overseeing the operations of all functional departments. Prior to that he was employed by the GJ Cahill Group of Companies. 

Gerry’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University, a Diploma in Project Management from the Norwegian School of Management, as well as extensive subsea technical, operations, and equipment training. He is actively involved in various charitable and community organizations, including the Kids Eat Smart Foundation and local school councils.

In his over 15 years of experience in offshore oil and gas - through both a locally owned logistics firm and a multinational oilfield equipment and services company - Gerry has gained significant insight into all facets of offshore operations and extensive knowledge of offshore oil and gas development both locally and internationally. 

Rob McGrath
NSB Omega

Rob was born and raised in St. John’s. Following the completion of his MA from Memorial University, Rob spent two years in London, England and gained valuable experience in finance and international business development.

Upon return to the province, Rob joined the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and spent several years with the Department of Natural Resources where he worked very closely with oil and gas operators, local supply and service companies, prospective new entrants and the CNLOPB. As Director of Industrial Benefits with Government, Rob was intimately involved in the negotiation and monitoring of several commercial benefits agreements with operators.

Rob joined NSB Omega in 2017 as Vice President. Since that time, Rob has been instrumental in the expansion and diversification of the company’s operations. While Rob’s main focus is on the local Newfoundland and Labrador market, he is also responsible for exporting NSB Omega’s expertise across the country and internationally.

In his spare time, Rob is an active volunteer in the local community. He currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Bowring Park Foundation, is a Connector with the St. John’s Board of Trade ConnectorNL program and coaches his two daughters in the St. John’s Soccer Academy.

Rob is passionate about the local supply and service community and believes strongly that Newfoundland and Labrador must be the principle beneficiary of its offshore resources. Rob hopes to utilize his unique background and experience to serve Noia’s member companies on the Noia Board of Directors.

Geoff Moyse
DF Barnes

I am very excited to be running for election to the Board of Directors for Noia. Having worked in the Oil and Gas Industry in NL for some time now I am very familiar with the industry and as a Newfoundlander I know we can have a prosperous future. I am keen to play a part, through Noia in ensuring we reach that prosperity.

I was born and raised in St. John’s and received my Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Memorial University in 1993.  After several years in the Banking industry, I began my career with DF Barnes in 2007, and have been the Contracts Manager for the group since 2009.

As part of the Executive Team, I oversee the day to day contractual and administrative management of various contracts currently underway throughout the DF Barnes Group of companies.  This role requires strong leadership and decision making abilities, and the ability to develop and nurture beneficial relationships with suppliers and clients.

Being part of the Oil and Gas Industry in Newfoundland since starting with DF Barnes, I understand the challenges and significant opportunities that lay ahead for this sector.  I also see the quickened development of our oil and gas industry as the vital to our province’s future.  Noia, through its Board and its Membership group, must play a key role in ensuring timely development of the Oil and Gas Industry so that it realizes its massive potential. Significant prosperity for Noia member companies, our Government and all Newfoundlanders awaits us from our Offshore. We know the potential, it is up to Noia to advocate to achieve the full potential sooner, not later and I am eager to play a part in that.