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.

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.

Matt MacLean

Vice President Operations, North America

Mr. MacLean has over 20 years of combined Well Servicing and Snubbing experience prior to rejoining High Arctic in August of 2018.  He began his snubbing career in 1998 working for High Arctic before moving to Live Well Service, where he held various positions from Snubbing Operator to Operations Manager, Pressure Services, as well as Manager, Business Development where he oversaw the expansion of Precision Drilling’s Completion and Production Services into the United States.  Mr. MacLean holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and has been an active volunteer with PSAC Snubbing Committee, successfully chairing two revisions of DACC Industry Recommended Practice 15: Snubbing Operations.

Samuel Ward

Vice President Operations, PNG

Mr. Ward joined High Arctic in January of 2015 and has been PNG Operations Manager since August 2016. In March of 2020, Mr. Ward was appointed Vice President Operations – PNG.  He has over 15 years of oilfield drilling & well servicing experience.  Prior to joining High Arctic, Mr. Ward held leadership positions with Parker Drilling Company in PNG & with Easternwell in Australia. Mr. Ward has a strong practical background qualified as a certified pressure welder and heavy diesel mechanic with rig building and commissioning experience. Mr. Ward holds the safety and well-being of personnel in the highest regard and is a participating member of various safety leadership bodies in Australia and PNG.

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.

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.

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.