Leadership Team

Variperm is led by a strong team of seasoned industry professionals who collectively have rich and diverse experiences in the oil & gas industry, and with particular expertise in sand control solutions. Their collective knowledge base and exemplary commitment to customer service is unmatched, positioning Variperm as a leader in its sector. Our leadership team includes:

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Bill Nurcombe — Founder

Bill founded Variperm in 1969 after recognizing a valuable opportunity: the lack of available manufactured oil and gas sand control filter products in the Canadian market. He purchased Variperm and through his vision and leadership, cultivated and expanded the company to include 5 field locations, an extensive 65,000 sqft custom design and manufacturing facility and main sales office in the heart of Canadian oil country. In September of 2001, Bill Nurcombe retired from Variperm after a long legacy of success, but remains a respected and valued member of the Board of Directors.

 
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James Nurcombe — President

James joined the family business in 1990 after working in the oil & gas industry and the petroleum engineering branch of Petro-Canada. Under his father’s tutelage, James spent many years mastering the business and gaining immeasurable practical and leadership skills. In 2001, James transitioned to President of Variperm. In this role, he is responsible for the overall operations of the company, working with and offering guidance to all staff and managers to ensure overall operations are functioning efficiently, safely and effectively.

In his tenure as President, James has been integral to Variperm’s corporate development and substantial upward growth in size and capabilities.

 
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Kelly Nurcombe — Water Well, Environmental and Industrial Manager

Kelly has over 25 years of comprehensive and practical experience in the sand control industry. His experience and achievements in machining, production and manufacturing provides ample knowledge of all facets related to this current role: water well, environmental and industrial product and service directives.

In 1990, Kelly joined his father and brother in the business and has been integral to the diversification efforts and tremendous success of Variperm’s ground water market.

 
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Darryl J. Gosse, P. Eng. — Manager of Engineering

Darryl started with Variperm in 1996 as a Mechanical Engineer, which allowed him the ability to cast a wide net in which to gain experience - from producing engineering drawings for manufacturing, to designing downhole tool applications to developing manufacturing specifications for all sand control products and quality control. He progressed to Manager of Engineering in 2007, and now supervises overall management of the Calgary manufacturing facility, engineering design, quality control, quote preparation and project management.

Darryl holds both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

 
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William James Cummings — Oil Field Sales Manager

Bill has over 41 years of international and domestic oilfield experience, concentrated on wireline and downhole tool sales, service and production. As oil field sales manager, Bill oversees all facets of oil field sales and marketing for Variperm, maintaining and building a strong client base and overseeing all sales initiatives.

Bill joined the Variperm team in 1994 as the manager of the Provost field location, and moved to Calgary in 2001 to join the growing sales team.  Prior to Variperm, Bill was an integral part of many offshore operations located in the geographically challenged areas of the Canadian Arctic.

 
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Geordie White — Field Operations Manager

Geordie came to Variperm in 1996 with a wide berth of experience in the well servicing business. Since then, he has quickly progressed from working in the Provost district office to managing the Swift Current field location office to becoming Operations Manager in 2012. Geordie is responsible for ensuring all business activities and operations are working efficiently across Variperm’s 5 field location offices and Calgary's head office and design and manufacturing facility.

 
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Cathy Cameron, CA — Controller

Cathy is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of accounting and finance experience in the banking and oilfield sectors. Prior to Variperm, Cathy worked for several large corporations, including Ernst & Young, York Beverages and Royal Bank of Canada. Since starting with Variperm, Cathy’s increasing responsibilities have included overseeing all financial accounting and planning functions, budget management, monitoring and analyzing operations reporting and auditing and taxation matters.