Daily Oil Bulletin: July 17, 2012
FilterBoxx Water & Environmental Gears Up For Growth
FilterBoxx Water & Environmental Corp., a leading supplier of packaged water and wastewater treatment systems to Canada's oil and gas sector, has undertaken various initiatives over the past few months to position the company for growth and long-term success.
Among those initiatives is the appointment of Lawrence (Larry) Novachis as chief executive officer. Novachis' primary areas of focus will be in strengthening the senior management team, driving operational excellence and rigor, developing and leveraging key partnerships and relationships to drive revenue growth and expansion into adjacent markets and geographies.
The new CEO has been in the water business for more than 32 years in a variety of roles in both equipment manufacturing and consulting engineering. Prior to joining FilterBoxx, he had been at ZENON Environmental since 1992 and GE Water and Process Technologies (after the acquisition of ZENON in 2006) where he was the vice-president North American sales for its equipment portfolio.
Kevin Slough, co-founder of FilterBoxx, has been appointed president and will lead the FilterBoxx Packaged Water Solutions division. He has over 20 years experience in the water industry and his vision, expertise and experience have helped to position the company as the leading supplier of packaged water and wastewater treatment systems to Canada's oil and gas sector. Prior to FilterBoxx, Slough held senior engineering positions with Komex International (now part of Worley-Parsons) and Earth Tech.
Brian Flannigan, a 32 year veteran of Nalco, one of the largest water treatment and process improvement companies in the world, has been appointed vice-president of sales and marketing, leading the execution of the corporation's overall sales and marketing strategy, building upon its fast-developing reputation and helping it become a global player. Flannigan brings deep domain expertise to the company in the areas of capital equipment sales, chemical treatment sales and design- build-own-operate sales as well.
Bill Jones, vice-president of operations will be focusing directly on Combo Energy Services Ltd., the rental division of the company. The division is focused on the rental, service and operation of a wide range of water and wastewater treatment facilities on a design-build-own-operate basis with units operating throughout Canada and the United States.
Janet Yuchem joined FilterBoxx in April of 2012 as chief financial officer. She brings extensive experience with growing, entrepreneurial businesses in a variety of industries as well as corporate turnarounds. Previously, she was vice president of finance at Forzani Group Ltd., and has held various senior financial positions with Pristine Power Inc. and most recently Veresen Inc. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Lilli Boctor Bullen has been appointed vice-president and general counsel, bringing experience in advising mid-sized services companies in Alberta and Ontario. She will concentrate her efforts in streamlining FilterBoxx's legal review processes as well as providing input and oversight for general corporate and commercial matters.
In addition, the company has recently opened an office in Oakville, Ontario to support a newly formed applications engineering department under the direction of David Fraser, an engineer with a degree in waste water resources from the University of Guelph, and over 20 years of experience in the engineering and sales of water and wastewater treatment systems. The applications engineering team possesses a process expertise and overall knowledge of the water industry that will support the corporation's sales and marketing efforts.
Brian Edwards has joined the USA division of the corporation and will be based in Colorado. Mr. Edwards will oversee the U.S.-based rentals, operations and service for the company.
During the past several months, FilterBoxx has begun to diversify into different market segments. Recently it was awarded a $2.5 million potable water treatment plant to support a 3,000 person camp at a central Saskatchewan potash mine. The camp is scheduled to commence operation in October 2012.
This spring, the company began work on a potable water treatment plant, residential distribution and fire pumping equipment, worth approximately $1.5 million for an upscale residential subdivision southeast of Calgary.
It also is also completing a $3 million project for a major camp company for the supply and installation of gas lines, potable water storage distribution pumps and lines, emergency fire pump, associated storage tanks, fire lines, waste water collection and pumping stations. The site works is in support of the ongoing expansion of a major oilsands company in Fort McMurray, Alberta.