Board of Directors

Raise Production Inc. - Artificial Lift Technologies

Eric Laing


Eric joined the company in 2002, bringing 28 years of oilfield experience ranging from North Sea drilling to international production and completions along with Canadian oil and gas activities. Eric earned an HNC in Science from Robert Gordon’s in Aberdeen prior to starting his career with Otis Engineering. With Otis, Mr. Laing worked in field positions in the North Sea, USA and South East Asia for seven years. After completing international assignments he retuned to Canada to form his own oilfield supply company. That company was amalgamated with Endiem Oil Tools and in turn merged with Site Oil Tools. During his time with Site Oil he held the position of Domestic Sales Manager and International Sales Manager. After leaving Site Oil Tools, Mr. Laing was a founding member of Secure Oil Tools. Eric held the position of Domestic and International Sales Manager until the sale of the Secure Oil Tools division to Schlumberger. Mr. Laing then spent 18 months at Schlumberger as Global Business Development Manager to transition the Secure product line into the Schlumberger organization. Mr. Laing joined Stellarton, now Raise Production (formerly the optimization division of VaporTech Energy Services Inc.) in 2002. Mr. Laing is now President and CEO of Raise Production Inc.

Ken Zinger


Mr. Ken Zinger is the Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Energy Services & Technology Corporation, Mr. Zinger has over 30 years of experience in the Canadian oilfield services industry.  Mr. Zinger started his career working in the field on drilling rigs for nine years before joining Protec Mud Services as a Drilling Fluids Field Technician for four years. Mr. Zinger then moved to Calgary as a Technical Sales Representative for Newpark Canada for three years. Following this, he was one of the founders and  President of Impact Fluid Systems since its incorporation in 2001. In March 2006, Impact was one of two private drilling fluids businesses acquired by CEU and Mr. Zinger became the Chief Operating Officer. He remains in this position today.

Sherry Austin, Ph.D


Dr. Sherry Austin is an experienced executive with extensive and diverse board governance experience spanning the national and local levels for over twenty years. Her consulting company specializes in governance issues, strategic planning, policy development, corporate communications, and executive coaching.

Dell Chapman


Mr. Dell Chapman is an Independent Businessman who is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst with more than 30 years of oil and gas production and service company experience. Most recently, Dell has been Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Equal Energy Ltd. from September 2010 to July 2013. Prior to joining Equal Energy, Dell had been the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Berens Energy Ltd., a TSX-listed company, from its inception in 2003 until its sale in 2010. Before Berens, Mr. Chapman was Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer with Technicoil Corporation, and before that he was in the same role with Stellarton Energy Corporation. Previously, Mr. Chapman had also been a Manager of Finance at Suncor, and, from 1986 until 1995, was in various increasing senior financial roles with Gulf Canada Resources. Mr. Chapman graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1985 and his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1990.

John Grisdale


Mr. Grisdale is a Mechanical Engineering Technologist with 38 years of experience in the energy industry service business where he has held positions in sales, marketing and operations.  His experience includes several executive positions with companies that have provided services in Canada,  the United Sates, Mexico and Russia.  In addition to the Raise Board, Mr. Grisdale has held board positions on private and publicly traded companies where he was a member of the Compensation Committee and Chaired the HSE Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee.  Mr. Grisdale is a member in good standing with the Insitute of Corporate Directors of which he holds a Directors designation.

Warren Steckley


Mr. Steckley is an independent businessman and has more than 39 years of oil and gas industry experience with technical, financial and investment expertise.  For 15 years, Mr. Steckley was the President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Barnwell of Canada Limited, an oil and gas company owned by Barnwell Industries Inc., a public company listed on the American Stock Exchange.  Prior to that, he was an executive of a private company for four years.  In addition to the Raise Board, Mr. Steckley currently serves as a Director of Eagle Energy Inc. and was a previous Director of Twin Butte Energy Inc., both TSX listed companies.  Mr. Steckley has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Alberta.

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