Our Team

CBW’s core of expertise pulls together teams of subject matter experts in office and field to successfully plan, engineer and execute each specific project.

Dustin Kinch, P.Eng

President, CEO

  • 15+ years oil and gas experience
  • Worked on the drilling rigs; 7 years as drilling engineer
  • Worked throughout Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Gulf of Mexico on and offshore
  • Specializing in Salt Cavern Drilling & Completions
  • Supervised drilling, completion operations, technical support and programming

Peter Christensen, P.Eng

Vice President, COO

  • 11+ years of oil and gas experience in the roles of Engineer (Field, Senior, Design, and Production) and Drilling Engineer/Superintendent
  • Experienced in well design, drilling and completions cost estimates, casing design, preparation of drilling/completions/workover programs, well integrity management, execution of programs, operations  lead and optimization
  • Drilled Cardium and Glauc industry pacesetters in the Ferrier field and country pacesetter well in Algeria
  • Proven track record of driving down drilling time and cost

Brent Hughes, P.Tech (Eng)

Managing Partner

  • 22+ years of petroleum industry experience
  • Worked throughout the WCSB and NE USA in the Marcellus and Utica fields
  • Held various field and office based positions working on service and drilling rigs, production engineering, wellsite supervision, completions superintendent and D&C well operations manager
  • Experienced in horizontal multi-stage completions, fracture design and operations, critical sour operations, abandonments, workovers/recompletions, production, and acid stimulations designs
  • Experience with drilling, completing, and servicing 4300+ mTVD disposal wells

Jason Brown

Operations & Engineering

  • 18 Years of Drilling Industry experience
  • 7 Years experience as a Drilling Supervisor
  • Experience as a Driller, Rig Manager & Drilling Supervisor throughout Western Canada, Mexico & England
  • Experience Drilling SAGD, Underbalanced, MPD wells, Monobores of depths varying from 1500m to 4000m, Multi Laterals & Directional Heavy Oil & Deep Gas wells
  • Specializing in Cost Control through optimization of drilling operations
  • PDC Bit Research & Design Experience

Brandt Tracey, P.Eng

Operations & Engineering

  • 13+ years of oil & gas experience
  • 11 years as drilling engineer with background in Project Management and Operations
  • Experience in SAGD, HPHT Deep Gas horizontal drilling, multi-stage fracturing, thermal delineation, directional heavy oil, multi-laterals
  • Worked throughout Western Canada as well as onshore and offshore Saudi Arabia
  • Previous roles as Drilling Superintendent and Team Lead
  • In-depth offset well review analytics for benchmarking and optimization
  • Mentoring/training junior engineers

Phil Besler, P.Eng

Operations & Engineering

  • 37+ years in Drilling, Completions and Workovers, Engineering, Operations and Project Management
  • Experience in Foothills, Plains, Alberta (including W5M and W6M) Saskatchewan, British Columbia, North West Territories, Montana and North Dakota
  • Broad range of roles from Operations Engineering, D&C Management through VP Ops for numerous junior, midsize and major multinational operators
  • Managed technical staff; engineers and technologists

Kam Donaghy

Completions Engineering/ Superintendant

  • 16+ years of oil and gas experience
  • Specialize in completion engineering and operations.
  • Experienced in conventional and unconventional multi-stage completions, fracture design, technical support and programming.
  • 10 years of hydraulic fracture experience both as an operator and supervisor in Western Canada and Mexico.

Rushton Davis- Hall

Operations & Engineering

  • 2+ years of oil and gas experience
  • Workover and completion programming and implementation
  • Experience with government compliance and submissions
  • Specializing in Drilling Design and Operations

Piotr Kukialka, P.GEO.M, MSc

Solution Mining & Caverns

  • Provide technical and geological support in solution mining field
  • Specialize in geological evaluation for salt cavern localization and mining
  • Create coring programs and monitor onsite drilling and coring processes
  • Design wireline logging programs and logs evaluation
  • Salt core evaluation and salt leaching rate testing
  • Cavern design and creation of cavern mining programs

Vanessa Brandt

Health & Safety

  • 5+ years experience in the oil and gas industry
  • Certified Internal Partnerships Auditor-AASP
  • Maintain and improve company’s health & safety manual, policies, procedures and forms
  • Provide new hire orientations, training, safety meetings and monthly safety bulletins
  • Communicate with consultants, maintaining records & documentation
  • Carry out safety meetings, communicate safety alerts, incidents and updates to staff
  • Manage and maintain ISNet, Comply works and Avetta accounts

Jaime Bryant- Krausert


  • Extensive experience in the coordinating, planning, and support of daily drilling, completions and production operations.
  • Preparation and submission of Government compliance’s (licensing, WRS, FIS, etc.) for Alberta, BC & Saskatchewan
  • Surface land Administration – 3rd party agreements, input information into CS Explorer, rentals, Road Use, Crown & Forestry Applications
  • Environmental Health and Safety – ERP, Waste Manifests, Wildfire Control Plan, Direct contact with Environmental consultants, Safety tickets, Vendor compliance
  • Invoice coding and tracking
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office System, QuickBooks, Wellman, Dims , PeopleSoft, CS Explorer, JV Nexus and GeoScout, Accumap, Generwell, AMICS

Michelle Pyett


  • 5+ years of payroll experience (Level 1 Designation)
  • 10+ years accounting experience for sole proprietor company
  • 10+ years full cycle bookkeeping for sole proprietor company
  • Payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable
  • Reconciliations – bank and credit card
  • Government filings – GST, source deductions, ROEs