Athabasca Oil Corporation’s board of directors appointed ROB BROEN, SPE, to the recently created position of chief operating officer (COO). As COO, Broen now leads all the company’s operations, including operating asset areas (light oil and thermal oil) and all technical functions. Broen joined Athabasca in November 2012 as senior vice president light oil with responsibility for the Light Oil Division; Drilling and Completions Services; and Health, Safety, and Environment. He has more than 20 years’ industry experience. Before joining Athabasca, he managed a capital budget of over USD 1 billion and a 120,000-BOEPD North American shale gas portfolio (Montney, Duvernay, Marcellus, and Eagle Ford) for Talisman Energy.
Broen began his 18-year career with Talisman as an operations engineer in Chauvin, Alberta, Canada. At Talisman, he held increasingly more senior roles, including president, Talisman Energy USA, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and senior vice president, North American shale, based in Calgary. He was an officer and member of the board of directors of Talisman Energy USA. Before joining Talisman, Broen was a production and completion engineer with Wascana Energy, stationed in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. He earned a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta, and is a graduate of the Ivey Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.