“Canyon delivers success to its customers in the most technically-challenging unconventional light oil and liquids-rich
gas plays across western Canada. Canyon’s success is driven by its highly capable people, rugged and new equipment,
customized reservoir approach, and safety-oriented attitude.”
President & CEO
“The Duvernay is extremely pressure-pumping intensive, requires massive amounts of fracturing fluid and proppant,
and each well is of great impact to the producer. We’re very proud to be helping our customers succeed.”
“This year we had excellent operating performance, safety statistics and financial performance. Margins exceeded our
expectations and maintained Canyon’s industry-leading level. Our success has enabled us to increase our dividend.”
“Canyon has a unique culture that allows us to retain a small-company feel even as the Company grows. Our people work
hard and have great capabilities, and that shows in our success with customers and our strong safety performance.”
“By 2012 the Canyon team had grown to 700 people, but our unique culture has allowed us to retain a small-company
feel even as the Company grows.”
We’ve talked about our company’s culture and values, what it’s
like to work at Canyon, the opportunities you’ll find here, how we welcome
new people from many walks of life, and how we work hard to treat each employee
as a valued team member and a unique individual.
But why take our word for it? Canyon would like you to meet some of the great people
who make up our team. Here they are, in their own words.
I’m looking after the mentorship program for the Medicine Hat and Estevan
regions. In short my role is to ensure that new employees have a good start with
the company. The biggest part is driving: I help the Class 5 drivers become safe
Class 1 drivers. Beyond that my role includes recruiting and hiring people who will
become new equipment operators and showing them the ropes before they go into the
field. I take them through orientation in the shop, explain Canyon’s
policies, vision and values, and then I provide hands-on training to make them safe,
proficient drivers. Once they have completed all the job-specific orientation they
need, I match them up with a field mentor with whom they’ll “buddy”
with until they’re ready to work as a team member.
I joined Canyon in late 2008 after working in the oilfield service and supply sector
for about nine years, where I operated equipment and then became a driver-trainer
and mentor. I like interacting with people, introducing new things to them and helping
them gain knowledge and skills they didn’t have before. The look on their
face when they come back from their driving test and they not only have their Class
I, but the government evaluator told them they had everything just right –
that’s the high point of my job.
It’s also about making Canyon a stronger company. Implementing efficiencies
to make the job go smoother, and making sure our guys do a safe job in everything
they do, contributes to the quality of the job that we do for the customer. My time
at Canyon has even affected what I teach my kids about safety around the house.
If you’re not going to be safe at home, you’re not going to be safe
The hydraulic fracturing and well completions sector gives you a chance to do a
lot of different jobs. It’s an amazing career path. Within each job there’s
knowledge, skills, theories and abilities that need to be grasped and acquired.
I came from a farm background, and I had no idea of the world of opportunity that
was about to open up.
I joined Canyon in the late summer of 2005 after working nearly 12 years for another
company. I had post-secondary education in both business and electronic engineering,
and so they put me to work in different jobs. I supervised cement pumping crews,
did remedial cementing and acidizing, and worked as an electronic technician, fracturing
supervisor, equipment operator, quality control technician and data van operator.
At Canyon I’ve been a field crew supervisor, field coordinator and manager.
Right now I’m overseeing the building of equipment for the division I manage.
I’m constantly thinking about what the equipment needs to be able to do and
the features it should have, and I’m thinking ahead to 2012 in our equipment
needs and the supporting equipment we’ll need, like tractor units from Peterbilt.
I love the autonomy that Canyon offers, the freedom and opportunity to think about
things. Underneath all that, I like putting effort into showing the guys in my division
that I care about every one of them, how the division does, and so that people are
happy at their jobs.
Working at Canyon has also had a huge effect on my personal life outside work, because
the company has given me the support I needed to deal with some dramatic changes
that were taking place in my life. It comes from that family-oriented attitude that
you’ll find here.
I like everything about my job at Canyon. The pay and compensation are good, but
the money is not the main reason. I enjoy the atmosphere, the people, the thinking
outside the box mentality, and I enjoy the fact that we’re not just a number.
I like to help people succeed in our company and among our customers.
After nearly 20 years with a major oilfield service and supply company, where I
worked mostly in coiled tubing as well as in drilling and snubbing, I joined Canyon
in the spring of 2009, and I’m stationed in Red Deer. My roles and responsibilities
surround new equipment builds, overall department management and dealing with customer
I love seeing new equipment being put to use in the field and people being happy
with it. Our approach is to get high-quality, fit-for-purpose new units that we
need to keep expanding our horizons. Our new-generation coiled tubing equipment
is pretty exciting, like the highly capable new mast unit that’s entering
service in the spring of 2012. We also work continually to incorporate new technologies
into our existing equipment.
I came from a large international corporation with a very structured environment.
Working at Canyon has been a breath of fresh air. You’re given free reign
to make decisions, to do the best job you can, and to try new things. When you work
here, you feel supported and respected.
For the last two years I was a Frac Field Service Coordinator. In that role I looked
after the needs of approximately 110 people. I organized holidays, sick days, promotions,
discipline, and a large part of my job is to be out on the job helping people, mentoring,
teaching, and sharing my knowledge. I received calls at all hours, whether it’s
a phone call, or helping someone who needed something – my role was to ensure they
had what they needed to get the job done.
Just recently, I have been promoted to a Technical Training and Development Coordinator.
Another example of hard work paying off and getting an opportunity to use my field
experience to directly benefit new and existing employees within our group. With
this new role I am responsible for working with operational managers and determine
the training needs of their people. I have a lot to learn in my new role but I am
confident, as with my past experiences with Canyon, I will be supported and trained
to be a part of a effective long term valuable group member.
I joined Canyon in early 2006 after 16 years in the service and supply sector, of
which about 10 were in human resources.
It’s people who make a company, not the other way around. So finding and recruiting
good people, and contributing to ways that help them be satisfied and happy in their
work, that’s going to show in the job that they do in the field for the customer.
In my career I started out as a receptionist. Today as HR manager my job includes
everything from implementing policies, systems and processes, to overseeing recruitment,
and working on workforce planning, compensation and benefits. I’ve been at
Canyon since it had only 96 people. To be able to help shape what Canyon is, and
work towards making Canyon the employer of choice, that’s been very rewarding.
I like the fact that you have the opportunity to meet and work with everyone in
the company, from the field folks to the president, and that gives it a friendly
feel. The people are great here, the team is close-knit, and we brainstorm ideas
together. Meetings are like getting together with a bunch of friends.
That personable atmosphere extends to other parts of the company. As we grow, we’re
working hard to keep that small-company feel. We don’t have employee numbers
– that’s huge for people who come and work here. And the doors to people’s
offices are always open.
Canyon is a company that provides a lot of opportunity for professionals. There’s
great scope, great freedom, both because of the nature of the company – the
way it’s run, the people who make it up and the values we have – and
because it’s growing.
After I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, I initially worked
as an engineer with an oil refinery in Regina. Four years later I started with Canyon
as an equipment operator, and from there I went on to working as a technical assistant
in quality control. I spent most of my time in the field.
Today I manage the quality control department. The people who work for me keep track
of all our chemistry while we’re doing our work. We troubleshoot chemical
issues, and we spend time with customers and also with other contractors on the
well site, to make sure everyone understands what the customer is trying to achieve
with the well stimulation job, and how the chemicals are going to contribute to
The technical group in Calgary are always there for us in providing technical advice,
it’s a real team atmosphere. But I’m still given a lot of freedom to
do what I think will be the highest-quality job.
There’ve been lots of great personal aspects to the job. The people I started
working with back in 2005 have become my best friends. We’ve got strong after-work
relationships, we spend a lot of time together and we’re all raising our families
together. The company itself has become like a big family.
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