Board Bio: Rick Harrison

R. Harrison 3a_678px_wideHow long have you been in the industry and how did you get your start?

I have been in the industry for over 36 years. I started my career with Kenting Drilling in 1980 and worked in various field positions in both drilling and well servicing. Prior to becoming the Senior Vice President, Operations at Western Energy Services, I was the General Manager of a rig manufacturing company overseeing large capital projects.

How have you been involved with CAODC over the years?

I have served on the Service Rig Executive Committee and the CAODC Board of Directors since 2015. I have indirectly been involved with the CAODC throughout my 36 years either as an associate member or working with a CAODC membered company.

What prompted you to run for the Board of Directors?

It was a great opportunity to connect with my peers in the industry and make a difference. The CAODC has done so much for the industry. It has been our voice for many years with the government, the industry, and the member companies.

How have you seen the industry change since your early days?

The advances and efficiencies we have seen in all facets of the industry has changed us for the better. How we obtain information today through communication, is quite different than some of the old methods such as using a fax machine or XJ mobile phone. We have many tools at our disposal today that we use to make informed decisions. We can get real time information fairly quick in today’s world.

In your estimation, what does Canada need to do to be more competitive in the global market?

We need methods to get our oil to different prospective buyers. This could mean building new pipelines and facilities to handle and/or ship our product at a minimum.

What is one of the most memorable moments from your career so far?

Over my career, I have had the great pleasure of being mentored by three individuals with different skillsets all within the industry. These mentors shaped me into the leader I am today. I will always be eternally grateful to them.

How do you spend your time “off hitch”?

Spending time with family and friends is very important to myself. My wife and I travel as much as possible to see new sights in the country. When not doing that, we enjoy working around our acreage.