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Derek Rae, P,Eng

Managing Director

Derek graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1991. Upon graduation, Derek joined….

Derek graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1991. Upon graduation, Derek joined Chevron Canada and spent four years in the field supervising drilling and service rigs throughout Alberta. In 1995, Derek joined a drilling and completions consulting firm in Calgary, and provided project management and technical support for drilling operations throughout Western Canada. In 1997, Derek joined a junior Canadian oil company operating in Northern Russia as an operations engineer and later the manager of operations. That company was sold in 2001 and Derek rejoined the drilling and completions consulting firm, this time as a partner and vice president of engineering responsible for the drilling division. In 2006, Derek joined a junior oil and gas company as the drilling manager until that company was acquired by a larger organization. Derek founded Vanoco Consulting in 2008 to provide engineering and project management services for drilling, completions and construction operations.
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Kevin Sparks

VP Engineering

Kevin Sparks is a senior oil and gas professional with over 25 years of diversified engineering and operations experience….

Kevin Sparks is a senior oil and gas professional with over 25 years of diversified engineering and operations experience. He has a respected track record in exploration, development and production with international private and public companies. Mr. Sparks graduated in 1992 from SAIT with a Petroleum Engineering diploma.

Jeanelle George

Jeanelle George​

General Manager

Jeanelle studied Accounting through SAIT and Athabasca University prior to joining Vanoco in 2011 as the Office Manager….

Jeanelle studied Accounting through SAIT and Athabasca University prior to joining Vanoco in 2011 as the Office Manager.  She oversees corporate Regulatory Compliance, all levels of Accounting, Safety, Human Resources and General Administration. In the past 7 years, Jeanelle has progressively taken on roles of increasing responsibility in the administrative operations for Vanoco.  Additionally, she is the founder and President of Kaje Consulting – an independent Accounting and Bookkeeping consulting company.

Bill Ramsey-Vanoco Consulting

Bill Ramsey

Regulatory ANALYST

Bill graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical  Engineering in 2018

Bill graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical  Engineering in 2018. Upon graduation, Bill joined the Vanoco team to provide depth in the regulatory department. He has developed an outstanding knowledge of the Colorado regulations and compliance laws within the past year for multiple clients. 

Jack Desmond

Jack Desmond

PROJECT MANAGER

Jack graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors’ degree in Quantitative Economics. He is an expert in Colorado…

Jack graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors’ degree in Quantitative Economics. He is an expert in Colorado regulation and compliance laws, and has worked for several operators in Montana, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and New Mexico. Other than extensive experience in County, State, Federal permitting, Jack is highly skilled in managing the planning process to obtain spacing, construction, drilling, and completions designs to efficiently develop oil and gas assets.