Board of Directors
Mr. Copeland is an independent businessman. Prior to joining Western Energy Services Corp.’s Board in June 2011, Mr. Copeland was the Chairman of Stoneham Drilling Trust. Previously, he founded and served as the CEO and Chairman of a number of oil and gas corporations, both in the producing sector and oil field services sector of the industry. He has served on the boards of numerous oil and gas industry corporations. Mr. Copeland is also currently a Director of Crocotta Energy Inc. Mr. Copeland received a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. He is a graduate of the Director’s Education Program sponsored by the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Gartner is an independent businessman. Formerly, Mr. Gartner was the Managing Director of Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets, a position he held from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that time, Mr. Gartner was a Vice President of Royal Bank of Canada, Calgary Energy Group. Mr. Gartner is also a Director of Calfrac Well Services Ltd. and Tesla Exploration Ltd. He joined the Board of Directors of Western Energy Services Corp. in June 2011.
ALEX R.N. MACAUSLANDDirector, President and Chief Executive Officer 
Mr. MacAusland, a founder of Western, has over 23 years of management and operational experience in the oilfield services industry in western Canada and the United States. Prior to being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Western, Mr. MacAusland was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Western from December 8, 2009 to December 1, 2013. Mr. MacAusland was also the President and CEO of Horizon Drilling Inc., a western Canadian based drilling and service provider, since February 2008. Previously, Mr. MacAusland was a Senior Vice President of IROC Energy Services Corp., overseeing Eagle Well Servicing, Mission Drilling and Aero Rentals. Prior to that he was at Precision Drilling Corporation for 15 years in various capacities including Rig Manager and Contract Sales, followed by General Manager and then Vice President Operations responsible for Precision’s well servicing rig fleet, snubbing, camp and catering divisions.
Mr. Mathison is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Matco Investments Ltd. and Matco Capital Ltd., private investment firms which specialize in providing capital and management expertise to companies in which they have an interest. Mr. Mathison has extensive experience in restructuring and financing corporations in both the public and private markets and is founder and Chairman of Calfrac Well Services Ltd. and Tesla Exploration Ltd. Until 2000, Mr. Mathison was a director and principal of Peters & Co. Limited, an investment firm specializing in the oil and natural gas industry. Prior thereto, Mr. Mathison and two other individuals formed the nucleus of Peters & Co. Capital, a private merchant banking entity that is widely associated with numerous restructurings of oil and natural gas exploration and production companies and oilfield service companies. Mr. Mathison received a B.Comm. (Hons) from the University of Manitoba and has earned Chartered Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator, and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.
Mr. Rooney is President and CEO of Northern Blizzard Resources Inc., a private oil and gas company since November 2009. From December 2007 to April 2009, Mr. Rooney was the CEO of TUSK Energy Inc. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Rooney was the President and CEO of Zenas Energy Inc. Mr. Rooney is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator. Mr. Rooney is also a Director of Export Development Canada (a Crown corporation).
- Member of the Audit Committee
- Member of the Corporate Governance and Compensation Committee
- Member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee