Our Leadership Team
Bill Nurcombe — Founder
Bill founded Variperm in 1969 after recognizing a valuable opportunity: the lack of available manufactured oil & 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 five field locations, an extensive 65,000 sq ft 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.
James Nurcombe — CEO
A visionary leader with 35 years of experience in numerous roles within Variperm. James’ experience has taken him from the front lines of assemblies of down-hole tools, repairs, sand control manufacturing and inventory control to supervising crews in respect of all these product lines. James’ detailed knowledge of Variperm’s products and applications took him through the ranks to General Manager and President. His industry expertise and business acumen have since elevated him to the CEO of Variperm, where he continues to lead the company by carving a global, competitive path for its shareholders.
Jamie Olson, MBA — President
Jamie has a track record of driving results in highly competitive and diverse oil & gas markets with almost 20 years of experience in business development and operations. He currently drives Variperm’s corporate operations strategy while keeping in mind our journey to zero safety initiative. Jamie brings vision and direction to operations, manufacturing and sales to ensure all of Variperm is aligned.
Elise Robertson, CPA, CMA — VP Finance
Elise brings to the team 10 years of experience in accounting and finance mainly focused on oilfield services companies. Within that experience she has overseen the implementation of leading processes and systems creating efficiencies and allowing companies to scale. Elise has established a reputation for building strong teams and for aligning financial and business metrics to support business strategy and growth. As a member of the management team, Elise is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction at Variperm.
Kelly Nurcombe — Water Well, Environment 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.
Andrew Plaza — Director, Health Safety & Environment
Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge across numerous industries that have served the oil & gas sectors throughout Canada including manufacturing, pipelines and heavy construction. Andrew continues to think outside the box to increase safety awareness with all employees at Variperm in our journey to zero safety initiative. Andrew is registered as a CRSP, NCSO and CSS and has led companies through their COR Audits. Andrew is responsible for the overall Safety Program at Variperm and has led and implemented numerous initiatives in his time with Variperm.