Executive Leadership Team
Board Chair & Chief Executive Officer
Brad joined OCL Group Inc. in June 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and brings with him over 30 years of extensive Pipeline Construction, Facilities and Maintenance experience in the Oil Sands sector. Previous roles included General Manager-Field Services with an international pipeline construction company and co- owner of MSI Energy Services Inc. initially operated as a privately held company until 1999, when it transitioned to a publicly traded company. In 2001, MSI was purchased by an International Pipeline Construction Company based out of Houston, Texas and has retained a strong Canadian presence in the Oil Sands.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Peter E. Nickerson, P. Eng.
Peter joined OCL Group Inc. August 2015 as Vice President Engineering Services. In this role, Peter led the development of the newly formed engineering services division and lead OCL into providing full EPC capability to our clients. Peter joined us from Excelsior Engineering, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer and previously held senior executive roles in the oil sands sector. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering and attended Queen’s University School of Business-Executive Program. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in business growth strategy development and senior level project management capability supporting major project oil sands development.
Chief Financial Officer & General Counsel
Cory J. Fries
Cory Fries has served OCL Group Inc. since 2011, initially as an external legal advisor, progressing to shareholder and Board member. In October 2016, Cory joined OCL full time and has since been promoted to Chief Financial Officer & General Counsel. Cory leads the Finance, Legal, Project Controls, Payroll and Human Resources functions across all business units. Cory brings an extensive background in corporate law, private equity and venture capital, business operations and strategy, corporate finance and tax, mergers and acquisitions and corporate management. Cory has previously held executive level positions including Vice President, Investments and Legal and Executive Vice-President and General Counsel.
Vice President, Operations
Gary Perras, P.Eng.
With over 23 years experience in Operations and Engineering, Gary oversees the effective stewardship of the Oilsands, Municipal and Midstream/Engineering business units. Gary holds a B.A.Sc.- Engineering from the University of Regina and an MBA from Queen’s University. Gary previously held the position of VP, Operations for an energy services company.
Vice President, HSE & Quality
Rick is one of the founding members of OCL Group Inc. He brings with him over 35 years of experience within the oil and gas sector supporting both mainstream pipeline and in-plant pipeline construction and maintenance. Rick has many years of diverse experience in various roles with EPC/EPCM companies, serving many large oil & gas construction and producer companies throughout Canada, United States and the United Kingdom.
Vice President, Business Development
Trevor joined OCL Group Inc. in May 2011 as General Manager supporting Oil Sands pipeline construction/maintenance initiatives. Trevor has an extensive background with 18 years experience in pipeline construction/maintenance supporting oil sands new construction and Major Projects. Prior to joining OCL, Trevor held the position of Site Manager with an international pipeline construction company with revenue responsibility for over 50 million on an annual basis.
Senior Leadership Team
Vice President, Finance
Gordon joined OCL Group Inc. in September 2015 as Senior Financial Accountant, following a tenure as Controller at a previous firm. Gordon brings over 35 plus years’ experience in the Oil and Gas, Finance, Banking and Federal Government industries. He has gained valuable experience in previous positions including Turnaround’s Finance and Administration Manager and leading teams in building accounting processes, procedures and reporting.
Regional Manager, Oilsands
Over 10 years experience in oil and gas industrial construction and maintenance. Chris has held roles in project management, quality, safety and project controls. As Regional Manager, he oversees our operations in Northern Alberta. Chris hold a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and is a Certified PMP.
Regional Manager, Midstream & Engineering
Over 10 years experience in oil and gas industrial Construction and Engineering. Dustin has held roles such as manager of projects and field services, project management, project controls, and project engineering. As Regional Manager, he oversees our operations for our Midstream Clients and Engineering services . Dustin holds a Diploma from SAIT and is a Certified PMP.
Regional Manager, Turnarounds
With over 25 years’ experience in oil and gas industrial construction and maintenance, Gord has held roles such as Turnaround Manager, Project Manager and Superintendent. As Regional Manager, he oversees the Maintenance and Turnaround operations for midstream and heavy oil clients. Gord is a SAIT graduate and holds two Journeyman Certificates in the piping trades.
General Manager, Civil & Municipal
With over twenty-five years of project management experience, Claude oversees the Civil construction division. Projects include, deep underground, concrete deep foundations, crane activity, logistics, municipality infrastructure, subdivisions and street improvement. Claude has a demonstrated background in business development growth strategy in the civil construction sector and a proven track record of delivering quality projects, on time and under budget throughout Western Canada.
Director, Business Development
With over 20 years of professional sales experience in energy and other industries, Jason brings to our clients the understanding of value added solutions and a client centric philosophy to building long lasting mutually beneficial relationships. Jason leads the business development efforts for OCL. Jason holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Calgary and is a Certified CSP.