Leadership Team

Leadership involves setting a vision, generating the energy to grow and sustain the vision, mobilizing collective action around this vision, collaborating with others, and valuing the diverse expressions of leadership. To effectively achieve this, West's leadership team has demonstrated that it develops and sustains relationships, is transparent, cultivates an environment that fosters professional development and teamwork, and champions a culture of safety and accountability.

Jeremy Cheyne

President & CEO

Jeremy is an experienced oil and gas executive that has successfully founded, managed and divested several energy production and service-related organizations over his professional career. Throughout his executive tenure, companies under Jeremy's leadership have completed over $110 million in acquisitions and divestments. These include the corporate dispositions of Titan Energy Inc. in 2008, Standard Resources Inc. in 2011, and West Oilfield Holdings Ltd. in 2015. From 2015-2018, Jeremy was a strategic advisor to Sam Belzberg at Gibralt Capital Corporation; providing guidance and oversight to his portfolio of energy assets while executing upon arbitrage opportunities throughout Australia, Canada, and the US.

Kris Kwiatkowski

Vice-President, Operations & COO

Kris has a demonstrated history of working in the Geomatics industry with a background in project management, land development, boundary survey, construction survey, spatial analysis, pipelines, advanced technology (UAV, Laser Scanning, Mobile Mapping, Ground Penetrating Radar, Hydography) and standards creation.

Kris is a member of the APEGA, is a Professional Engineer, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree, in Geomatics Engineering, from the University of Calgary.

Samantha French

Vice-President, Environmental

Samantha is a highly skilled and dedicated Professional Agrologist & Senior Environmental Management Professional with more than 20 years of experience spanning project management, regulatory compliance, environmental management and quality management.

Samantha is a Professional Agrologist with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography acquired from the University of Regina, a Diploma in Watershed Management from Lethbridge Community College and a Certified Lead Auditor for ISO 14001.

Kris Mikkelborg

Manager, Decommissioning

Experienced Environmental Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry including 9 years field experience and over 16 years in office and field operations management. Skilled in Petroleum, Gas, Environmental Compliance, Audits and Mitigation. Strong operations professional graduated from The University of Lethbridge with the degree of Bachelor of Science, Biology and a Watershed Management Diploma from Lethbridge College.

Tyler Adair

Vice-President, Corporate Development

Tyler comes to us with nearly 20 years experience in the Oil and Gas community. He has spent most of his career working in the Exploration & Production realm with companies such as Petronas, CNOOC, NAL and TAQA. Tyler has a keen eye for detail and a fierce business mind, honed by his previous experience in Land, Commercial, Joint Venture and A&D activities.

Tyler holds dual bachelors degrees in Commerce (Petroleum Land Management) as well as Arts (Law and Society) both from the University of Calgary. In addition Tyler is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen. Tyler is tasked with championing social change, driving innovation, and growing the corporate footprint across North America.

Rene Bourque

Indigenous Relations Lead

Rene comes to West Earth Sciences after a long and successful NHL career. Rene will be tasked with Indigenous Relations Lead for our company. He is a proud Metis from the northern community of Lac La Biche, with strong ties to many First Nation, Metis and Inuit people from around the region. Rene attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a degree in Bachelor of Science. Throughout his NHL and educational career, he has demonstrated leadership and communication skills resulting in several prestigious academic and athletic awards. He looks forward to building strong relationships with several Indigenous communities and businesses with his firsthand experience. Rene is passionate about his heritage and wants to inspire the next generation of indigenous kids while giving back to their communities.

Victor Nery

Senior Project Manager

Victor is an Environmental Professional with over 15 years of experience in the Environmental, Forestry and Agricultural sectors. With academic and professional experience in Europe, South America and Canada, Victor's broad and multifaceted experience has led him to successfully manage the operations of a variety of small to large size environmental projects, including APEGA's 2022 Environment & Sustainability Award winning project. Victor is focused on identifying new opportunities, designing, and implementing traditional and novel environmental solutions for his clients. Victor's most recent experiences include the management of site decommissioning, environmental site assessments, remediation, reclamation, and residuals management projects.

Hayley Zalmanowitz

Manager, People and Culture

Hayley is a Human Resources professional with over 10 years of progressive responsibility experience across a variety of sectors including oil and gas, environmental, automotive, and non-profit. Hayley works as a strategic partner with the leadership team to create and implement a culture of excellence. She is people focused and committed to creating success through positive employee relations, performance management, and a superior corporate culture. Hayley is an active member of CPHR Alberta and holds the CPHR Candidate designation. Hayley graduated from Athabasca University with a certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations and continues to work on a Bachelor of Management in Human Resources.