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Cold Bore is a company using a technology that will change the landscape of the Oil & Gas industry. Encouraging change is what we are all about.

Brett Chell

Brett Chell is the President and Co-Founder of Cold Bore Technology. He has more than 15 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry and specializes in developing “disruptive technologies”, new processes, equipment and software systems for the drilling and completions sectors. He has expertise in drilling operations and technology and has built, commissioned and operated both conventional and coil tubing configurations.

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Having started in the field and working on drilling rigs, Brett’s background is rooted in practical deployment and creating solutions that are focused on real world practicality that reduce workload, infrastructure, and cost. Brett also spent the following decade building startups and perfecting the art of step financing using combinations of private equity, non-institutional and institutional capital to fund these ventures. Having raised more than $50 Million for various energy and aerospace projects in the last five years. Brett spearheaded the creation of an oil and gas technology focused partner company, Axial Energy Technologies. In addition, Brett co-founded Cold Bore Technology, EBS, and Raptor Rig which has recently introduced the world’s first fully automated drilling and CT rigs into the North American and Middle East markets. Cold Bore Technology was awarded first-place in the Venture Stream Competition hosted by the Haskayne School of Business Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the University of Calgary in February 2017. In October 2018, The Rice Investment Group invested in Cold Bore Technology. Cold Bore Technology provides the world’s largest oil and gas companies with the SmartPAD operating system to bring their completions operations into the digital world and help these operators move to fully automated systems that culminate in auto transacting Smart contracts. EBS (Energy Block Services) provides custom performance based Smart contracts to oil and gas companies.

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Blair Layton

Blair Layton is a serial entrepreneur based out of Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Layton is a certified Chartered Accountant and began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he provided accounting, auditing and tax services to numerous companies.

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Through his work, he developed an interest in the oil field services industry and in 1990 joined Whipstock Systems Inc. as the CFO. Throughout the 1990s, Layton helped lead and grow Whipstock and ultimately helped negotiate the sale of the business.

Layton then joined a venture capital group where he managed a portfolio of early-stage emerging technology companies. In this capacity, he developed a strong sense of industry insight that helped him start his own company in 2001.

With four other partners, Layton founded Radius Directional Drilling Services where he managed and advise the company on all financial matters. As the CFO Layton established systems and financial policies that helped spur the success and growth of Radius. In 2004, the Radius was acquired by a larger public company.

Layton then joined another PHENOMENAL group of dynamic business leaders and started Focus Directional Services. With Layton as the CFO, the team grew this company for nearly six years before it was successfully sold.

In 2009, Layton again stepped into the CFO role when he joined Enseco Energy Services, a publicly listed company. During Layton’s tenure at Enseco, debt was reduced by 70%, sales were more than doubled, and reporting was simplified and streamlined. Layton also digitized the approval process and implemented a KPI system to monitor the company’s progress.

Throughout his career, Layton has sat on the board of multiple companies in the housing, tech, and oil field services industries. Layton has never lost his start-up spirit and now brings his knowledge, experience and leadership to the Cold Bore Technology Team.

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Nicolai Pacurari
Operations Manager

Nicolai Pacurari grew up in Romania where he attended the University of Bucharest, graduating with an MSc in Petroleum Geology. He immigrated to Canada in 1994 to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry. Nicolai started his career with Datalog Technology not long after arriving in Calgary, Alberta.

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After a year at Datalog he took a new position as MWD Field Engineer with Geoservices N.A. based in Calgary. Nicolai spent several years in the field and moved up through the amalgamation of Geoservices and Computalog companies which later became part of Precision Drilling, and eventually Weatherford Drilling Services. Nicolai became the MWD/LWD Product Line Manager with Weatherford Drilling Services and he expanded his skill set and knowledge base with Weatherford for 15 years before joining the Enseco team as the North American MWD Manager in Leduc. Nicolai brings his years of experience and wealth of knowledge to the Cold Bore team today as the company’s Operations Manager.

Nicolai’s passion in life besides his children are his many years of service to the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society where he has been helping and coaching new immigrants with their transition to Canada and assisting many of them with obtaining work in the Oil Patch. He is also an avid volunteer at the Hope Mission.

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Shane Cassell
VP and Lead Sales Representative

Chad Van Buskirk

Lee Payne
Technical Sales Representative

Hector Nunez

Craig Bergmann

Daphne Harris

Michelle Farough
Financial Controller

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