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Successful 2019 Candidates

ACCLAIMED to the position of Vice-Chair:

Karen Winsor, Atlantic XL

ELECTED to the position of Treasurer

James Parmiter, Cahill Group

ELECTED to the position of Director (3 vacancies):

Paul Broders, Wood

Beverley Evans, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette

Gerry Mayo, PF Collins International Trade Solutions

These newly elected Board members join Board Chair, Mark Collett of the Crosbie Group of Companies, who began his one-year term of office yesterday.



Karen Winsor
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 & 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 conference committee, chairs Noia’s Membership Engagement Committee and was the recipient of the 2014 Noia Rising Star award. 


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.  He is also a cub scout leader and youth soccer coach.

James served as a director on Noia’s Board in 2017-2018 and chaired the 2018 Noia Fall Seminar.  He has also played an active role in multiple other 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 & 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.


Paul Broders

Paul graduated in 1992 from Memorial University with a degree in mechanical engineering.  He has worked exclusively in the local oil & 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 & 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.


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 & 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 & gas development both locally and internationally.

Mark Collett
Crosbie Group of Companies

Born and raised in St. John’s, Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia 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, he is responsible for the development, operations and performance of one of the oldest and most respected family businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

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, he led the acquisition of K&D Pratt Group Inc., and subsequently spent two years as the company’s president & managing director.  Mark spent the first 10-plus 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 Noia's Board of Directors, 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 and Labrador Division.

A proud Newfoundlander, Mark is a strong advocate of the local supply community and the province’s energy sector.  He 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. 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