Land Agent Advisory Committee
Josh Vass started his career as a Licensed Alberta Land Agent in 2007 in the exploration and production sector of the oil & gas industry, working primarily in Central Alberta. In 2010, after the collapse of natural gas prices, Josh moved back to his hometown of Estevan, Saskatchewan to continue working as a Land Agent. During this time, Josh was involved in his first large linear project, acquiring rights for a pipeline connecting Saskatchewan and Manitoba which sparked a passion for these project types. What followed in 2012, when Josh moved back to Calgary, was a shift in focus to follow this passion, becoming involved in a pipeline project connecting Edmonton to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. Josh evolved his role from acquiring land rights to leading the land team in liaising with the AER throughout the regulatory process, negotiations with legal representatives, engagement with the Surface Rights Board for Right of Entry Orders, and finalizing necessary approvals with Alberta Infrastructure. Josh found his other passion in leading teams. These teams have since supported the success of many other pipeline projects intersecting various regions of Alberta in addition to British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
Megan Bradford's work experience includes over 10 years in oil an gas and pipeline finance and regulatory fields. She is currently employed as a Consultant with Pivotal Capital Advisory Corp. overseeing several large research projects, including regulation surrounding greenhouse gas offsets and regulation of professional conduct in Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her Masters Degree in Public Administration has provided her expertise in public policy. Megan holds valuable committee experience with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers as well as volunteer experience.
Gunnar DeBruijn is a Professional Engineer and has been a technical leader in the oil and gas industry for 30+ years. Gunnar has committee experience on the Canadian Standards Association and American Petroleum Institute standards committees, gaining consensus and publishing industry standards. Gunnar is a Certified Petroleum Engineer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Gunnar holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Gunnar is a landowner in central Alberta.
Edward (Ted) Parent is currently the President of Hurland Services, having joined the company in 1997. Mr. Parent's experience in public consultation, regulatory compliance and surface acquisition is extensive. As a senior land agent, Mr. Parent takes a leading role in the successful negotiation of surface rights acquisitions for a wide range of energy development applications in Western Canada. Mr. Parent is a Past President of the Alberta Association of Surface Land Agents (AASLA) and held all executive positions within the Association.
Clayton Quaschnick is a surface landman and grain producer who farms with his wife and family in Hanna, Alberta. Clayton volunteers his time as a member of the Starland Seed Cleaning Plant Board of Directors, and is an active Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen member, sitting on the FAM committee. Clayton is a licenced land agent in the province of Alberta, and attended Olds College, enrolling in the Land Acquisition and Management program.
David Serfas is a licenced Alberta Land Agent with over 15 years experience in many aspects of surface land work including acquistion and consultation, as well as project and organizational management. David provides strong communication skills and focuses on building respect and trust with landowners, energy companies and other interested parties. David graduated from the University of Calgary in 2005 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Petroleum Land Management, obtained his Land Agents Licence is 2006, and recently completed his PMP designation.
Raised in rural Alberta, I became interested in the Oil and Gas sector at a very early age. Upon completion of high school, I attended Olds College where I obtained a Certificate in Land Administration as well as a diploma in the Land Acquisition and Management Program. After College, I worked as Field Land Agent for 5 years, responsible for acquisition of Surface rights across the Province of Alberta. In 2007, I accepted an in house position as a Senior Surface Landman with a large oil and gas company based in Calgary. During this role I was responsible for surface acquisition for projects located on both Freehold and Crown Land. I have significant experience in the areas of public consultation including engagement with Aboriginal and Metis Communities. In 2019 I became the manager of the operational integrity team which supports facility and pipline construction, reclamation, ground disturbance and enviromental and seimic operation. From 2016 to 2019 I was a Team Lead, supervising a team of Landmen responsible for the acquisition of major projects including oilsands and thermal developments. In my 10 years with this organization, I actively participated on many Industry committees through various associations including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) as well as the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). I currently hold my PSL (Professional Surface Landman) designation through CAPL.
Beverley Wieben grew up in Calgary and was attracted to the north by Fairview College, Animal Health Technology Program in 1988. She lives with her husband Greg on the family farm bordering the banks of the Mighty Peace River in the Md of Fairview no.136. Beverley and Greg farm 3000 acres and have a small cattle herd. When Beverley entered politics as a municipal councillor in ward 3, one of her duties was the chair of the Ag. Service Board. She has also held a position on numerous governance, advisory and working boards.
Beverley’s heart is in agriculture and she is active in her community as a Green Certificate Tester. She is a regular contributor to the Fairview Surface Rights Group working to ensure an open sharing of information amongst landowners in regards to oil/gas and wind/solar activity on their land. Beverley is keenly aware of the oil and gas industry foot in Alberta. The Wieben family farm has 14 gas lease sites, a compressor station, and a 4 well pad site and several km’s of old and new pipeline. Beverley recognizes the importance role oil and gas and agriculture play as economic drivers in Alberta.
Neil Rysavy is an Environment Health and Safety Advisor at Suncor Energy. Neil has experience on various boards and has held roles including; Director, President, Finance Director and has been actively involved in Governance and Recruitment committees. Neil is a licensed land agent in Alberta and a commercial pilot. Neil attended Olds College, Prairie College and believes in life long learning, in May he will be finishing his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Alberta.