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Maverick Oilfield Services Ltd | Leadership Team
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Leadership Team

Meet Our Management Team

Chris Challis


Chris Challis has held various senior management positions over the last 15 years in the Energy Services Industry, both with private and public companies. Chris received a Bachelor of Management degree with an emphasis in finance from the University of Lethbridge.

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Prior to joining the Maverick team, Chris’ most recent positions have been as President and CEO/COO of junior publicly traded Energy Service corporations leading them through corporate restructuring, acquisitions and mergers and aggressive organic growth cycles. Entrepreneurial minded Chris understands the necessity of established systems and processes in order to facilitate sustainable growth.

As a leader Chris has the ability to define the corporate vision, establish strategic priorities and the execution of tasks required to accomplish the long term and short term goals of the corporation.

Chris understands the value of hard work, has exceptional team management skills, and is able to make solid decisions in all types of situations. As a strong family man, Chris gives back to the community board by maintaining a seat as Director, and he is also very active in local politics.


Mike Schnell


Mike was raised in a very small company town built by Hudson’s Bay Oil and Gas near Cessford, Alberta. An outing with Dad usually included hanging on to a pipe wrench. He eventually began working as a labourer on pipeline crews and local bull gang crews in the area.

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In 1978 Mike founded Maverick Oilfield Services with the purchase of a 1 ton truck. Since it’s purchase, Mike has never looked back and proceeded to grow Maverick to what it is today.

Maverick’s success can be attributed to Mike’s hands on approach in all avenues of the business. Mike continues to be a positive person and the backbone for his company and it’s success.

Mike is a journeyman welder, crane operator and holds a valid class one drivers license. Mike is also a Fourth Class Power Engineer.

Richard Dieser

Northern Construction Manager

Richard has been employed in the oil and gas industry for 23 years in numerous Oilfield construction roles, all of which have helped him to participate in various aspects of jobs of all different magnitudes. Richard’s experience over the years has allowed him to participate in many different roles on both large and small scale projects.

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His ability to fill any role on the team, and his understanding of the responsibilities of each position, has enabled him to manage to manage Maverick’s biggest projects to date. His dedication his clients, the project as a whole, and his team, are all evident to those Rich works with and continues to aid in completing one successful project after another.

Richard demonstrates exceptional work ethic, strong team management skills, and the ability to adapt quickly and efficiently to change as it occurs. 20 years ago, Rich joined Maverick as a labourer, training to be a journeyman pipefitter, and through his hard work and dedication, Rich now continues to hold the role of Northern Construction Manager within the company.


Josh Shockey

Southern Construction Manager

Kevin Fawns

VP Finance

With 10 years of accounting and finance experience Kevin brings a strong finance presence to the Maverick team. Prior to joining Maverick, Kevin worked as Accounting Manager for a large Oil & Gas service company where he built a strong financial background and developed an effective, hardworking team.

Kevin obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2009 and completed his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Calgary in 2006.


Dave Maller

Project Controls Manager

Dave has been actively engaged in the oil and gas industry for over 15 years and has been involved in several mega projects for large energy producers.  Dave was born and raised in Calgary and has seen the tremendous growth that the energy industry has brought to Calgary.

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Dave received a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge and a Master’s degree in Business Management with a focus in Project Management from Colorado Tech University.  Dave also has a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.


As a member of the Maverick team, Dave brings passion and excitement for all functions within project controls.  Dave’s aim is to ensure scheduling, cost control, change management and progress reporting are performed with the accuracy and quality that our customers deserve.

Terena Tomlinson

Accounting Manager

Terena brings 19 years of financial management experience and expertise to the organization with 16 of those with Maverick.

In this role, Terena provides technical expertise, leadership, supervision and direction to the organization in the development, implementation, and maintenance of accounting, financial, and cost accounting processes, systems and practices.


Gabe Kane

Sales & Marketing Manager

Gabe has over 15 years experience in sales & marketing, and over a decade experience in sales management.  Gabe brings with him a wide range of experience in sales & marketing management, where he acted as both an industry sales leader and a technology entrepreneur.


Gabe has been instrumental in systemizing Maverick’s sales & marketing processes, as well as Maverick’s information technology as a whole, and helped push the company to new heights.

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Gabe Kane studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Calgary.

Tracie Short

QC Manager

Tracie has over 15 years experience in the oil and gas construction industry with over 13 years experience in Quality Control. Tracie has been instrumental in expanding Maverick’s Quality program over the years, to accommodate and exceed industry requirements. Tracie is active in maintaining and implementing Maverick’s Quality program, company certifications, training and procedure development.


Pat Doetzel

HR Manager

With over 20 years of experience in people management skills Pat has a keen understanding of the variables and components essential for a successful work environment.

As the manager of Human Resources Pat’s role involves daily interaction with all Maverick personnel. Pat understands the value of ensuring employees have a voice and can be heard.