The Western Petroleum Management (WPM) group has proven success in property optimization, negotiating and purchasing mature fields, and major acquisitions and corporate mergers. Individuals within the team have managed heavy oil operations and profited when oil prices were consistently below $20 per barrel in the mid to late 1990s.


Integrated Team 

Bernie Cabot


Bernie has over 31 years of experience in the industry both on the domestic and international scene. He graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1988 with a diploma in Petroleum Engineering Technology. In 1997 he co-founded a private oil and gas company and was director and manager for all operations. In this position he was instrumental in the purchase and development of a mature oil field in Northern Alberta. The total field production at time of purchase was less than 90 BOED and within 18 months it increased 20 fold to greater than 2,000 BOED. This was accomplished through workovers, production optimization, infill vertical and horizontal drilling and pipeline and facilities debottlenecking. In 2005 he founded Western Petroleum Management to help & gas companies enhance production from mature fields in western Canada. Since 2005 he has been managing operations and acting in an advisory role for a number of oil and gas companies located in Western Canada. Through WPM, Bernie has helped with controlling cost and adding value for producers, including managing assets for a private oil & gas company where production was increased 10 fold on specific properties and operating cost was reduced by over 60%. He has extensive experience in horizontal drilling technology with extended reach wells to depths greater than 6000 meters utilizing rotary steerable tools, Schlumberger smart completion technology, multi stage fracing, production optimization, abandonments, facilities, pipeline and wellsite construction, oil sands coring, SAGD, Alberta Energy Regulatory policies and general administration process for oil and gas operations in western Canada. During his career Bernie has acquired operational experience in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Saudi Arabia, Yemen. He was also involved with developing contracts in Libya, (mature fields) Tunisia, Kurdistan, India and Lebanon.


Mark Schumlick, CST

VP Business Development & Abandonments

Mark entered the oil and gas industry in 1996 from the ground up, starting within the service industry and worked his way up to supervising workovers and stimulations in all parts of Western Canada’s sedimentary basin. Currently, Mark is responsible for the supervision and coordinating of wellbore and pipeline abandonments, decommissioning of facilities batteries, and the disposition of oilfield equipment.   With 20 years of field and supervision experience, Mark is well positioned to co-ordinate our completions and abandonment projects for clients and field staff.  Mark is also has a strong understanding of the AER’s LLR/LMR and Inactive Well Compliance Program and advises our clients of their potential opportunities and responsibilities.


Linden Achen, B.Sc. Science, MBA

Geologist (P. Geol.), Project Management, Manager Reclamations

Linden began his career in 1994 as a geologist in the industry. Since then he has worked with a number of small companies specializing in property exploitation and has been with Western Petroleum Management (WPM) since 2008. Linden has exposure to different play types and operations throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan with heavy and light oil. Currently, he manages drilling projects (100+ coreholes, conventional multi-lateral horizontal, conventional vertical and directional wells) and geological evaluations in the WCSB with WPM. Linden has been involved with WPM’s property evaluation and M&A activity. He also assists in the management of placing WPM field supervisors (drilling, completions/workover and construction). Linden is responsible for all Phase 1's, 2's and 3's.  He is professional member of APEGGA, and holds memberships with CWLS, CHOA and volunteers with the CSPG (5+years), and currently sits on the executive for CADE, completed his MBA (2007) and an associate member of CMA Alberta & AAPG.


Jan Thue, CET

Operations & Production

Jan has over 20 years of experience in the industry. She graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1990 with a diploma in Petroleum Engineering Technology. She has worked for various sizes of companies with her career focused on Completions and Optimization of wells in Central Alberta through Southeast Saskatchewan. Most recently she was a co-founder of a private company, Medora Resources Inc. This company began with no production and grew through drilling operations to approximately 2000 bopd, prior to selling. Jan was directly responsible for all completions, workovers and well optimizations for this company. She is a currently an active member of ASET as a Certified Engineering Technologist.


Gary Steinke

Drilling & Completions Superintendent (Consultant)

Gary is a results-focused Senior Drilling Professional offering 22 years of progressive leadership and practical drilling experience. He is known for generating efficiency, managing costs and creating best in class performance with a successful track record returning wells with a strong safety culture under time and cost.  Gary is experienced with vertical, horizontal, under balanced/pressure management systems, water / oil based drilling fluids, multi pad drills and multi stage fracs. He has extensive experience in supervising and managing all of Nexen Inc. NE BC  HZ drilling and completions operations, including deep (5000 meters +) exploratory HPHT wells.


Taras Shklanka

Senior Geologist (Consultant)

Mr. Shklanka has over 30 years of WCSB petroleum exploration, prospect development and management experience with senior integrated companies such as British Petroleum and Amoco as well as junior and private oil and gas companies. Mr. Shklanka has founded and co-founded several successful companies and has held responsible positions including Chief Geologist, Vice-President, and President. Mr. Shklanka received a B.Sc (Honours) degree in Geology from the University of Manitoba.


John Charles (Chuck) Curtis Jr., B.Sc. Engineering Physics

Geophysics (Consultant)

Chuck is a veteran geophysicist and brings 30 years of experience to both Western Petroleum Management and WPM International. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics. Chuck first joined Amok Nuclear as a junior geophysicist and was later hired by Amoco Corporation as a senior geophysicist and then Pembina Corporation reporting to the chief geophysicist where he spent 15 years. With Pembina, Chuck worked on the company’s most important discoveries and made a significant contribution to the company’s value before it was sold. In 1997 he became the exploration manager for Lyse Petroleum Ltd. where he evaluated land holdings and adjacent lands, defined drilling locations on land holdings and planned layout and operated seismic acquisitions. Chuck has worked to develop new techniques and geophysical software in conjunction with a Canadian developer and has been directly responsible for the discovery of a number of substantial reef finds in Western Canada. Chuck has also worked on international prospects in India and Bolivia and most recently in Libya and Tunisia. Chuck’s achievements and his strive for excellence makes him a leader in the industry.


Dustin Curtis, B.Sc. Geophysics, B.Sc. Computer Science

Geophysics (Consultant)

Dustin is a junior geophysicist who graduated from the University of Calgary in 2008. Since that time he has applied his expertise in exploration of the Cretaceous clastics and Devonian carbonates in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin as well as several international prospects in India and Peru. He has also developed several in-house computer applications ranging from three-dimensionally interpolating well logs across dozens of townships to organizing seismic in Google Earth. Dustin is also a member in-training with APEGA, member of the CSEG and the SEG.


Don Keith

Construction and Environmental Superintendent (Consultant)

Mr. Keith has over 20+ years in the Oil and Gas industry and provides valuable insight and knowledge into the minutiae of the complicated regulatory process. Mr. Keith has experience all over Western Canada, Africa and most extensively in Alberta, having worked in every corner of the province. He is knowledgeable in the diverse difficulties that can be encountered in field operations. He has strong experience with regulatory compliance and applications (CPP, OSE), forestry (forest stewardship plans), surface abandonment and reclamation on both oil sands and conventional Oil & Gas sites. Mr. Keith provides the extensive experience required to coordinates with the appropriate field personnel to ensure a timely safe and cost effective project.


Doug Lewis 

Health & Safety Coordinator (Consultant

Doug has over 30 years experience within the health and safety industry. He began her career at Safety Boss as a paramedic and has worked both domestically and international. Doug has an excellent understanding of both SECOR and COR.


Dean Barnieh

B. Commerce, Landman (Consultant)

English/French speaking Landman with over 12 years  Canadian and international mineral and land industry experience. 650+ freehold mineral leases in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba covering over 40,000 acres.  Participated in creation of Sekur Energy a 550 BOEPD start-up, from original acquisition of assets to current continued growth. 



WPM Field Supervisors

WPM has a full complement of over 50 field supervisors with an average of 35 supervisors contracted on a daily basis out to the petroleum industry in Western Canada. These supervisors cover virtually all aspects of field supervisions including heavy construction, drilling, completion, facilities and operation.