Officers

Steve Spence, P. Eng., President and Chief Executive Officer
B.A.Sc. (Honours), Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia

Mr. Spence is a Professional Engineer with extensive senior management experience in conventional and unconventional resource developments including thermal heavy oil and other enhanced oil recovery techniques. He has provided leadership to numerous petroleum projects in Canada and Australia including, most recently, Shell Canada’s Peace River and Orion thermal oil sands developments. Mr. Spence is a Governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a Director of the In Situ Oil Sands Alliance and an active member of both APEGA and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Victor Roskey, Chief Financial Officer
J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Mr. Roskey brings a diverse mix of senior oil and gas finance expertise and proven leadership skills to Osum. He has extensive experience in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, private equity and capital restructurings. Mr. Roskey has held senior management roles with both resources companies and financial institutions, and has served on a number of public and private company boards.

Rick K. Walsh, P.Eng., Chief Operating Officer
B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta

Mr. Walsh leads the Company’s day-to-day operations, having over two and a half decades of broad energy industry experience weighted heavily to oil sands. Prior to joining Osum, he provided leadership in senior operational roles at Suncor Energy’s Upgrader and in managing several large (upgrading and thermal) capital projects.  Mr. Walsh is a member of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association and a practicing member of APEGA.

Dr. Peter Putnam, P.Geol, Sr. Vice President, Geoscience
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Geology, University of Calgary

Dr. Putnam is a geologist with over 40 years of varied experience at both technical and executive levels.  Prior to helping create Osum, Peter spent 21 years at Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. (PRCL) in addition to nearly 6 years in Husky Oil’s heavy oil department. Dr. Putnam has worked on heavy oil and bitumen properties found on four continents, including the world’s deepest and shallowest thermal projects. He has published widely on aspects of petroleum geology, including the geology of Canada’s heavy oil and bitumen deposits, and has been an invited speaker to several domestic and international forums dealing with issues surrounding thermal recovery.

In addition to his role at Osum, Dr. Putnam is also the current Chairman of Central European Petroleum Ltd., is a past-president of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, has served as a Councilor for APEGA, and is a former adjunct professor at the University of Calgary.  

Dr. Jen Russel-Houston, P. Geol., Vice President, Geoscience and Land
Ph.D., Geology, Dalhousie University

Prior to joining Osum in 2008, Dr. Jen Russel-Houston worked for Shell on both onshore and offshore projects where she developed expertise in reservoir evaluation, thermal production geology, and leading technical teams.  As Vice President, Geoscience and Land she oversees Osum’s geoscience evaluations as they relate to current assets and guides the assessment of future potential opportunities of interest to Osum.  Dr. Russel-Houston is an active member of APEGA and is the President Elect of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.