High Arctic’s executive team is committed to the success of the organization for all its stakeholders.  Below are bio’s of our leadership team.

Mike Maguire

President & CEO

Mr. Maguire joined High Arctic in December of 2013 and had been the President of International Business since August 2016. In March of 2020, Mr. Maguire was appointed Chief Executive Office. He has over 25 years of oilfield drilling and well servicing experience. Prior to joining High Arctic Mr. Maguire held senior management positions with two of the largest Australian oilfield service companies, Oil Drilling & Exploration Ltd. and more recently Easternwell. Mr. Maguire holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Petroleum Engineering from the University of New South Wales, and is a former Vice Chairman of the Australian chapter of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

Lance Mierendorf, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Mierendorf joined High Arctic in April 2021 as Interim Chief Financial Officer and moved into role of Chief Financial Officer in October 2021. With 25+ years of financial leadership in the oil and gas industry, including 10+ years in the CFO role for publicly listed energy and oil field service companies, Mr. Mierendorf has extensive experience in Canadian and international business environments. Mr. Mierendorf received his BComm. from the University of Calgary (1992) and his Chartered Accountant designation in Alberta (1995).

Steve Lambert

Chief Quality & Risk Officer

Mr Lambert joined High Arctic in July 2014, and during his employment has been engaged in several roles including People and Safety Manager PNG, General Manager PNG, and Director Quality and Risk. Mr Lambert has 14 years experience in the onshore energy industry, and before that spent 21 years in the Australian Army. Mr Lambert holds qualifications in Management, QHSE, Training Development and Resource Management.

Samuel Ward

Vice President Operations – PNG

Mr. Ward was appointed Vice President, Operations – PNG in March 2020. Mr. Ward joined High Arctic in January of 2015 in a senior operational capacity and has held increasingly senior operational management roles in the period following. Sam has over 15 years of oilfield drilling & well servicing experience, starting his career as a field tradesman and moving through field leadership positions with Easternwell in Australia under a talent development program before joining Parker Drilling Company in PNG and moving into a rig management role. Mr. Ward brings this strong practical background, developing financial acumen and his passion for the safety and well-being of personnel to the High Arctic PNG leadership. Sam is a participating member of various safety leadership bodies in Australia and PNG.