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Ronald Shannon

 

Good management creates a strong company with loyal employees. This has always been Ronald Shannon’s belief over his 54 years in the Western Canadian Oil & Gas Construction and Service Industry.

 

From the small town of Bawlf in Central Alberta, Ron has made a name for himself in the Services Industry. His dedication to training and developing his employees has earned him respect from his employees and industry peers.

 

Ron’s career began in 1956 with Flint Rig Company Ltd., which later became Flint Engineering & Construction Ltd. and later still became Flint Canada Ltd. He started his career in Edmonton and shortly thereafter he was assigned to Estevan, Saskatchewan as an office clerk.

 

Subsequently, he rose to the position of President in 1978. Ron was a visionary leader in the early implementation of a strong quality management program which led to the first Strategic Alliance in our industry with a major oil company.

 

In 1992, Ron established Flint Eurasia Ltd. in Russia to take Canadian expertise and quality to the Russian industry. In 1998 when Flint Canada was sold, Ron bought the Russian operation with minority partners and continued on as President of Flint Eurasia Ltd. until it was sold in 2008. Flint Eurasia was the only western oilfield construction company that stayed in Russia full-time. All others came and went on a project basis.

 

Management training was a big issue in Flint. Almost all management and supervisory personnel went through the company training program, including Ron.

 

Ron served as a member of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, the Quality Council of Alberta, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada and was a member and Chairman (for 5 years) of the Canada Eurasia Energy and Industry Alliance. During this period he was the liaison person between the Canadian Oil & Gas Industry and the Russian Ministry of Fuel and Energy.

 

Ron’s vision of bringing quality service and construction standards to the Russian industry is still being practiced today by our former Russian employees. CEEIA held many meetings with senior Russian leaders including two with Victor Chernomyrdin, the Prime Minister at that time.

Ron enhanced his education by completing the American Management Association Senior Management Program, the Banff School of Management Program and through a long term association with TEC – The Executive Committee.

 

In 2004 at the age of 70, Ron and Stephen Smith formed Strike Energy Services Inc. where he now serves as Chairman of the Board.

 

Within three years, Strike was recognized for its training efforts as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies with sales over $20 million.

 

Today Strike, headquartered in Calgary, has more than 700 employees in 11 different operating locations with demanding safety and management skills.

 

Ron’s volunteer experience includes work with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Calgary, The United Way, the Calgary Petroleum Interpretive Centre, the Calgary Health Trust, as well as several other health related organizations.

 

   
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