Growing up playing sports, Heather learned that working together creates success. It’s about team, not individual accolades.
Heather started her career in 2007 with Ernst & Young, reaching manager level for the Assurance and Advisory practice. In 2011, she left EY and began offering her services as an independent consultant, with clients including a large Edmonton-based public company and NCSG. In 2013, she joined NCSG as the VP Finance and moved into the role of CFO in 2019. In November 2020, Heather was promoted to President, NCSG.
Heather believes in continuous improvement—”pushing ourselves to do the best work we can.” She describes NCSG as hard-working people who care about getting the job done properly and safely and making sure customers are satisfied.
In 2007, Heather completed her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. In 2008, she graduated with a master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2009, the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Alberta awarded her the Chartered Accountant Designation.
Jacqui KonlupChief Financial Officer
Jacqui values integrity and doing what we say we will do.
Jacqui began her career with Grant Thornton LLP in Edmonton in 2004, obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation with the firm and developing quickly as a leader with a promotion to Senior Manager in the Assurance group by 2008. In 2009, Jacqui decided to leave public practice, joining NCSG’s finance team as the Corporate Controller where she became an integral member of the Company’s growth to the sale of the Company in 2014. Jacqui remained with NCSG for a number of years, ultimately serving as Vice President, Special Projects where she was primarily responsible for risk management activities and special finance projects in the organization. In 2018, Jacqui assumed the CFO position with The Luxus Group, a multi-disciplined company that manages and develops luxury real estate assets internationally for a dedicated investor base. After spending two years with Luxus, Jacqui made the decision to return to her roots with NCSG, assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer in late 2020.
As CFO, Jacqui is accountable for the organization’s financial strategy, IT, tax and treasury functions. With Jacqui’s experience as well as her practical and collaborative management style, Jacqui will be invaluable as NCSG continues to execute on its strategy.
Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Accountant (CA, CPA). Jacqui currently serves on the board of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous as Treasurer.
John WoulfeVice President, Business Development & Oilsands
John believes sales people should be advisers and subject-matter experts who thoroughly understand the business.
He started his career in civil engineering and project management in Ireland and the U.K. Building bridges and roads, he interfaced with the crane industry. In the engineering world, you follow the work, John says. Hoping to stay closer to home, he became branch manager for a crane and trucking company in Ireland.
For the next 15 years, John grew his crane and trucking knowledge. As Director of Operations and Sales, however, he was back travelling across the U.K. and Europe. He might start his day in Ireland and then have coffee in London, breakfast in Denmark, lunch in Sweden and dinner in Germany.
In 2013, NCSG brought John to North America to manage the crane and trucking components of a $2.5 billion oil sands project. Throughout the year-and-half assignment, it became clear that John had complete knowledge of cranes, engineering, management and people. He became Director of Heavy Lifts in 2014 and then Vice President of Business Development.
Tim BennettVice President, HS&E, Technical Training, Compliance, Operations
Tim understands how energy moves across Canada and the U.S. through pipelines, over roads and by crane.
He grew up in the trucking business and started his career as a Firefighter/Primary Care Paramedic—running into buildings others run out of. In 1995, he moved into a role as a Remedial Measures Advisor (RMA), responding to significant dangerous goods incidents for road, rail and pipelines. Both experiences taught Tim the importance of safety and prevention. Transitioning away from emergency response, Tim moved into significant roles working with pipelines, terminals and transportation across Canada with Gibson Energy and North American Construction Group. In 2005, he moved to Enbridge where he became manager of safety and security for major projects. At Enbridge, working all over North America, he developed and implemented a formal Loss Management System for Major Projects during their largest expansion projects to date. In 2010, he joined NCSG to oversee loss management and compliance and later took on the additional role of Vice President of Operations for NCSG’s Hauling and Rigging entity.
In addition to a number of professional safety designations and formal education, Tim holds a professional member status with the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
Tim presently presides as Vice Chairman of the Alberta Motor Transport Association, Chair of the Compliance & Regulatory Affairs Council and one of the Alberta Representatives on the board of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. Previously for over 12 years, he chaired the Occupational Health & Safety Council with the Government of Alberta, which is responsible for the Alberta OHS Code. The Council is a quasi-judicial tribunal arm that hears appeals of government orders with respect to health and safety.
Bonnie SmithVice President, Human Resources
Bonnie is very dedicated to ensuring a work place culture that employees are excited to come to and treats them fairly and respectfully. She’s passionate about people’s well-being and success by creating an environment that is fun, challenging and above all, safe.
Bonnie’s 30 year career in senior HR roles with international companies such as Praetorian Construction Management, Aluma Systems/Brand Energy, In-Bev (Labatt Breweries), TIC Canada, and Alberta Health Services, has given her a breadth of experience in Canada, the US and Peru. She has gained a reputation as a take-charge change manager able to build consensus to drive corporate initiatives, including dynamic transformations and culture shifts during critical periods of change.
Bonnie holds a Human Resources Management Diploma from MacEwan University. She earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta School of Business. In 2004, she became a Certified Human Resource Professional.
Andy PopkoVice President, Indigenous Relations & Major Accounts
Andy is a man of his word who enjoys building partnerships and seeing communities prosper.
He started his career with the Alberta Energy Company Ltd., which became EnCana. In 2001, he took on a newly created role as Vice President of Indigenous Relations. EnCana was expanding across North America, and Andy was fostering relationships to build trust. In 2008, he took on a consulting role with Northern Gateway Pipeline. In 2012, he joined NCSG.
Andy fosters and manages NCSG’s indigenous partnerships across Western Canada. As industry builds plants, wells and facilities on traditional lands, it needs to consult with indigenous groups. The partnerships Andy has forged help industry obtain approvals and, at the same time, win business opportunities for First Nations and Metis.
Andy has a diploma in Public Relations and is a distinguished alumnus of Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. He is an Honorary Chief of Heart Lake First Nation and is the only non-indigenous person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribal Institute of Treaty 8.
Keith GuiochetVice President, Heavy Haul
Keith has a passion for the Heavy Haul and Heavy Lift industry providing unique solutions for customers.
He started his 27 plus career as a Jacking Labourer for Premay Equipment and developed a unique skillset through hard work and commitment. Keith then spent 18 years with Mammoet working in Canada, the United States and Europe holding varies positions including Vice President of Operations and Managing Director. Prior to joining NCSG, Keith spent two years as a consultant working for industry owners and service providers supporting them on complex projects across Western Canada.
Rooted in the simple principles of caring for the team, looking after the equipment and understanding the customer’s needs, Keith consistently executes on the finest details and ensures success for all parties involved in any given project.
Keith is proud to join NCSG as the newest member of the Leadership Team. He is excited to have the opportunity to continue to support the passionate NCSG team while providing best-in-class Heavy Lift and Heavy Haul expertise to customers.
Andy CoulombeVice President, Crane Operations
Andy builds his relationships on the foundation of honesty, integrity, and active listening. He began his career as a crane apprentice in Ontario in the 80’s and since becoming a red seal operator, has held many roles including Low Bedding, Machinery Moving, Crane Foreman, C&R Supervisor, and Heavy Lift Manager. In 2004, Andy shifted into leadership positions such as Branch Management & Project Management.
Andy brings his vast knowledge to NCSG, having been involved in projects from coast to coast including Hydro Electric Dams/Transmission, Wind, Process Plant, Mines, Civil Construction, Turnarounds, Oil & Gas, SAGD, Anhydrous Ammonia Plants, Pipelines, and LNG.
Serving as NCSG’s Vice President of Crane Operations, Andy is excited to continue forging new relationships while providing the highest quality service to both NCSG’s customers and the crane industry as a whole. He brings his past experiences and safety record to the table by assisting customers with seamless project methodology and execution. Andy believes that a well-planned project is a safe project!