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

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Chris Ames

Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Ames joined High Arctic in January of 2020 as Vice President Finance and in May 2020 added the role as Chief Financial Officer.  He is a CPA with over 25 years of experience, including 20 years with Precision drilling in a number of senior financial and operating roles including Senior International Controller, Director Treasury and Director of Reporting & Analytics.  Prior to that, his experience included financial roles in the technology sector.  Mr. Ames received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honors degree from the University of Manitoba.

Steve Lambert

Vice President Business Support & Chief Process 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 5 years following.  Sam has over 15 years of oilfield drilling & well servicing experience, starting his career as a certified pressure welder and heavy diesel mechanic he gained valuable rig building and commissioning experience at Easternwell in Australia.  Sam’s talent and intellect were quickly identified and he was placed on an accelerated development program ultimately holding field leadership positions with Easternwell in Australia 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.

Don Pack

Executive Vice President

Mr. Pack has over 35 years of Well Servicing experience prior to joining High Arctic in early 2017. He began his career in the industry in 1980 working for Mountain Well Servicing where he held various positions from Rig Operator to Field Supervisor. In 1990 Mr. Pack moved to Precision Well Servicing where he began his tenure there as Operations Manager and was promoted to Vice President Operations where he oversaw the ongoing operations of the Completions and Production Services Department. Mr. Pack has been an active volunteer with the CAODC and has been a Director with PITS/Enform.

Deirdre Maloney

Commercial Manager & Asst to CEO

Ms. Maloney joined High Arctic in January of 2016 as Contracts Analyst for the international business unit. In March of 2020, Ms. Maloney was appointed Commercial Manager across the global HAES business.  She has over 7 years’ experience in oil and gas contract and commercial management. Prior to joining High Arctic Ms. Maloney was part of the team responsible for managing the Drilling and Exploration contracts portfolio for Oil Search Limited. Ms. Maloney holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Studies and is a member of the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management.