Management Team

Chad Johannsen

Senior Vice President & General Manager

Chad is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Pipeworx. Chad is a strategic leader that is very passionate about leading his team at Pipeworx into a new era of innovation, strength and optimism. Chad started his career with Pipeworx in 2004 as General Manager of the Northern Alberta business unit, encompassing Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek. In this role, he facilitated all operations and managed both pipelines and facility construction projects.

Throughout his career, Chad has developed a proven track record of successfully meeting project milestones and keeping tight project schedules while fostering positive client relations and controlling project constraints. He has achieved this due to his excellent project management skills and experience. His broad skills in the areas of strategic planning, risk management, scheduling, cost control, communication, organization, and troubleshooting allows him to lead his teams with passion and purpose to ensure the best outcomes for both Pipeworx and its clients.

Chad has the talent to oversee full project lifecycles with the demonstrated ability to work with and support cross-functional project teams within various pipeline and facility construction environments. As Senior Vice President of Operations and General Manager, Chad will be focused on directing business operations and achieving growth and business opportunities that align with Pipeworx mission and vision.

Shane Cyrenne

Vice President of Operations

Shane Cyrenne is the Vice President of Operations for Pipeworx and is an indispensable member of the Pipeworx leadership team. He has gained broad and in-depth experience within the pipeline and facility industry throughout Alberta, first as a Journeyman Welder and then as a Superintendent and Consultant for various oil and gas companies. In 2008, Shane joined Pipeworx as a Senior Project Manager and became the VP of Operations in 2016.

Shane has used his excellent organizational skills along with his ability to prioritize and complete work efficiently to effectively oversee all Pipeworx projects. He has gained a positive reputation for successfully managing quality, planning, project implementation, and budget administration for multimillion-dollar projects. He achieves this by effectively coordinating with diverse stakeholders and establishing solid relationships with clients that build loyalty and trust with the Pipeworx brand.

Shane’s areas of expertise in operations management, project management, contract negotiations, and contract risk management have been utilized to lead and manage Pipeworx operations to support its evolving business goals. This has resulted in consistently prioritizing and completing projects on time and budget while keeping quality and safety at the forefront.

Shane’s record of achieving and surpassing corporate goals, executing innovative strategies, enhancing business revenues, and effectively cultivating and managing positive relationships with key stakeholders makes him an invaluable asset as the Vice President of Operations at Pipeworx

Iain Hughes

Construction Manager

Iain Hughes is a Construction Manager at Pipeworx. Since first entering the oilfield industry as a Labourer in 1994, Iain has gained diverse knowledge and experience in all aspects of pipeline installation. Iain has served as a Field Superintendent since 1998, while also providing some inspection services.

Throughout his leadership career, Iain has gained an outstanding record of maximizing productivity, meeting time-critical deadlines, and enforcing high quality safety standards. He has worked on large-scale, multi-million-dollar projects and start-ups. He has also controlled projects and budgets, assembled personnel and materials, solved complex problems/issues, and built relationships with stakeholders at all levels.

Iain is a hands-on leader who utilizes his extensive skills in all facets of a project to ensure high standards and quality of work. As a Construction Manager for Pipeworx, he has been extremely effective in ensuring that everyday activities run smoothly, while ensuring quality, streamlining operations, cutting costs, and increasing profitability.

Iain’s extensive experience on small to large diameter pipelines, HDDs, integrity projects, and construction of large facilities throughout Western Canada allow him to provide sound leadership under extreme situations, while upholding a firm adherence to safety standards and government regulations.

Iain remains dedicated to serving as an agent of positive change for Pipeworx and its clients, utilizing his expertise in all facets of a construction project to ensure high standards and quality of work.

Darren Ward

General Manager Facilities

As the General Manager of Facilities, Darren is a key member of the management team at Pipeworx. Darren joined the Oil & Gas industry in 1998, and his strong abilities as a Labourer led to his swift promotions to a Project Superintendent and then to Project Manager for Pipeworx. In his current role as General Manager of Facilities, Darren oversees project estimating, contract negotiation, and project management for the facilities construction group at Pipeworx.

Darren’s strong work-ethic and commitment to quality can be observed through his track record of successful management and facilities oversight within a deadline and detail-oriented industry. He effectively evaluates information quickly, identifies key issues, and formulates sound conclusions based on training, various industry standards and regulations, practical judgement, and experience to ensure effective outcomes.

Darren utilizes his key project management skills and experience to keep projects on budget and on schedule while ensuring safety and quality remain a top priority. He is skilled in monitoring daily costs and recommending changes for improvements which ultimately lead to the optimization of expenditures and improved efficiencies.

Darren’s broad experience working across Western Canada has resulted in positive and long-standing relationships with contractors and suppliers which results in the establishment of efficient and effective construction projects.

Jason Benesch

CA/Controller

Jason Benesch is the Controller of Pipeworx. He has held several senior level positions in the accounting and oilfield services industries. Jason completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree, with an accounting major, at the University of Alberta in 1998. He then started his career in public practice and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2002.

In early 2006, Jason started his lustrous career in Oil and Gas, first as Manager of Acquisitions where he completed the purchase and integration of seven oilfield companies, and then as Controller where he managed all accounting and reporting functions.

In 2008, Jason joined Pipeworx as its Controller. In this role, Jason uses his broad accounting background to provide expert planning, directing, and controlling of Pipeworx financial functions. He has successfully managed and carried out structural changes and set financial standards by thoroughly understanding Pipeworx mission and vision. This includes effective collaboration with all levels of the business to understand the unique challenges that face our organization and industry, and to advise operational managers and executives in financial aspects.

Throughout his career, Jason has gained broad industry experience, including within not-for-profits, heavy construction, equipment dealerships, oilfield services, light manufacturing, and agriculture. He has provided finely tuned financial expertise in the areas of full cycle accounting, financial management, reporting, taxation, payroll financial analysis, financial budgets, and forecasting, among others.

He also has successfully developed reporting systems to meet customer requirements. As a result, Jason remains a conscientious and diligent professional who leads by example to deliver effective financial oversight and cost-effective results for both Pipeworx and its clients, while building positive relationships with personnel, senior management, and stakeholders.

Chad Wagner

Human Resource Manager / Indigenous Manager

Chad Wagner is the Human Resources Manager and Indigenous Manager for Pipeworx. Dedicated to delivering outstanding human resources solutions, Chad is a service-oriented professional with over 25 years of experience within the oil and gas industry. As Pipeworx Human Resources Manager and Indigenous Manager, Chad brings the benefit of his extensive experience within many different roles in the oil and gas industry, along with his passion for helping employees and local communities to be the best they can be.

Chad began his impressive career as a Laborer in the Oil & Gas industry in 1990. He went on to earn his “B” Pressure Welding and Blue Seal designation, NCSO, and Project Management Certification through the University of Calgary. Chad has most recently taken on the role of developing strong transparent friendships with local communities and Indigenous groups throughout Western Canada for Pipeworx. Chad is deeply passionate about working with the Indigenous communities at the ground level.

Chad provides great leadership skills and is a valuable member of the Pipeworx team. As a hardworking professional with exceptional communication, interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills to cultivate a productive work environment, he works tirelessly to achieve the philosophy and goals of the organization, as is evident from his positive track record in current and past positions.

As Human Resources Manager for Pipeworx, Chad established the Human Resources Department and assists with developing more efficient human resources processes with the management team. One of Chad’s greatest talents lies in collaborating and interacting effectively with all company departments, including project teams, sales representatives, account managers, construction staff, contractors, internal staff, and clients in order to effectively address organizational issues and uphold workplace coherence.

Dwayne Hutton

Sales Manager

Dwayne Hutton is the Sales Manager for Pipeworx. Dedicated to delivering outstanding sales management, Dwayne is an extremely hardworking, self-motivated, and dependable professional with in-depth experience providing client-focused account management. As Sales Manager, Dwayne plays an important role in creating new client relationships and maintaining existing accounts for Pipeworx.

Dwayne’s strong work-ethic and commitment to quality can be seen through his track record of successful projects and sales within a highly competitive industry. Utilizing his sales and marketing talents, as well as his background in the pipeline industry, he seeks out the best value for companies and clients that builds a culture of success.

Dwayne comes to Pipeworx after completing a successful junior and professional hockey career. He then returned to his family roots in the pipeline industry. As Dwayne’s father was a pipeline superintendent, Dwayne was exposed to the world of pipeline construction growing up. Throughout his career, he has held various positions on pipeline projects. Now as a Pipeworx Sales Manager, he gets to combine his understanding of the pipeline industry with the contacts he has made through his hockey career. As a result, he effectively coordinates with diverse staff and establishes strong relationships with clients which have led to stronger team performance, excellent sales strategies, and business growth all while continually improving costs.

Dwayne remains committed to ensuring client success by identifying improvement opportunities and resolving complex business challenges while developing and implementing solutions that bridge operations, company culture, and infrastructure.

Tim Adekola

Director of HSE

Tim is a dedicated HSSE Professional with a sound knowledge of HSSE management in the industrial construction sector of the oil and gas industry including oil sands projects and gas processing facilities. He is a Certified National Construction Safety Officer with a designation of Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) and Tim has also acquired a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety through the University of New Brunswick.

Tim is a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, Toronto, Ontario; a member of the Alberta Construction Safety Association in Calgary, Alberta; and has his Heavy Equipment Technician Certificate with the Motive-Action Training Foundation in Calgary, Alberta. He has achieved a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts with Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and an Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton; and a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety with an Environmental Focus from Columbia Southern University, USA.

Troy Graham

QC Manager

Troy retired as a Sergeant after proudly serving his country for 20 years in the Military, during which time he gained a vast and advanced knowledge of the NDT field and Level II certification in all NDT disciplines was achieved.

Troy was a member of the NDT Advanced Department and obtained his CWB Level II Welding Inspector qualification with W47/W59, B31.3, and Z662 endorsements. Troy has worked on many projects ranging in size from single well tie-ins to large compressor sites and tank farm installation as well as small to large diameter pipelines. Troy is very experienced in the development of technical plans, execution plans, compliance manuals, and safety procedures in his field.

Troy has played a vital role in assisting Pipeworx in both the creation and continued development of their Quality Control program and he is very well respected in his role amongst all of his peers and all of Pipeworx past and current Client’s. Troy’s keen attention to fine detail, compliance, and quality workmanship are key attributes to his continued success in his role with Pipeworx.