Following an extensive search process with Optimum Talent, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Gary G. Mar will become the new President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) on December 1, 2018.
Gary brings to PSAC global and entrepreneurial business experience and governmental relationships following an extensive career with the Government of Alberta where he represented the interests of Alberta in Asia and Washington and as a cabinet minister of six different portfolios including Health and Wellness, Environment and Education. Gary also brings legal skills from his earlier career as a barrister and solicitor.
With significant experience as a Minister, Gary is a great communicator with the media, understanding how to position issues to gain optimum attention. PSAC looks forward to him bringing stories to Canadians of the tremendous innovation and technology that our members develop and how responsibly our industry produces its resources so they too, can be proud of the Canadian energy industry. The Board of Directors of PSAC is confident that Gary's leadership will serve PSAC well in advancing the Association's mission and mandate for its membership.
The PSAC Board of Directors, would also like to offer sincere appreciation to our Interim President and CEO, Tom Whalen, for leading PSAC during our time of transition. It's always a challenge to step into an interim role and Tom performed admirably bringing his depth of knowledge of the Association as a prior Board member and his keen business acumen to keep all of our important work on track and ensuring our profile and reputation remained impeccable. It has been a pleasure to work with Tom and we wish him well in his future endeavours.
In the interim period from November 5 until December 1, Elizabeth Aquin, current Senior Vice President of PSAC, will serve as Acting President and CEO.