Michael Wilton, Director, began his professional career in the security field in Winnipeg, MB, working for a retail investigation firm. He progressed quickly to the Senior Investigator and Floorwalker manager position. Michael also provided physical security guard duties for various businesses as part of a mobile patrol unit in Winnipeg. Subsequently, Michael took a position with a firm in Toronto, ON, working all over the Province of Ontario. He conducted surveillance operations for major insurance companies, retail theft and fraud investigations for major retailers and conducted close body protection detail and security risk analysis for corporate clients.
Returning to school in 2004 he was awarded a Diploma in Petroleum Engineering Technology from SAIT Polytechnic. After graduating, Michael took a position with BP Canada Energy as an Engineering Technologist. He worked in many facets of the company including: Field Operations, Project Management and Scheduling, Commercial Analyst, Drilling Engineer and HSSE Coordinator. Michael also attained his Certified Engineering Technologist designation with ASET.
Through BP Canada Energy’s Incident Management Team (IMT), Michael held positions of Operations Section Chief, Safety Officer and was the youngest BP Canada Energy employee to hold the designation of Incident Commander. With upwards of 250+ days a year on call, Michael was dedicated to BP Canada’s incident response. Michael spent a number of weeks working for BP Canada Energy on the Deepwater Horizon – Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He held progressively more responsible positions and was instrumental in devising the Strike Team organizational structure used on the beaches of Alabama. During his time in the south he liaised with Federal, State and Local officials, was accountable to the Mayors of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores and was interviewed on many occasions by local and national media.
Michael has most recently worked as a Drilling Engineering Contractor for various companies. He has drilled Directional, Horizontal, Disposal and Water Source wells throughout the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. Michael has also handled several complicated re-entry wells with a number of stakeholder and AER concerns. He has consistently produced wells under time, under budget and with the highest HSSE standards. Michael prides himself on the fact that the vast majority of the wells he plans, he also executes as the Superintendent, taking rig calls and executing his client’s requests.
Michael is a member in good standing of the Association of Science and Engineering Technologists of Alberta (ASET) and has recently been awarded the P.Tech Eng. designation. Michael has assisted in developing a course for the petroleum industry through SAIT and is a certified instrument rated private pilot in both single and twin engine aircraft.