– CANADA, Edmonton – Backwoods Energy Services, one of the largest diversified Indigenous-owned businesses in Canada, today announced the appointment of Mike Heck as the new CEO alongside five new appointments to the board of directors.
These new appointments come as former President and CEO Paul Poscente has announced his departure after seven years at the helm of the company.
“I am thrilled to be welcoming Mike in as our new CEO and am encouraged by his vision and tenacity to continue to grow Backwoods, building on the legacy that outgoing CEO Paul Poscente established during his time here,” said Chief Tony Alexis of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, owners of Backwoods. “Paul was instrumental in growing Backwoods from a small tree planting business into the regional juggernaut it is today. I want to take this opportunity to thank Paul for all of his hard work and the terrific progress and growth we saw under his leadership, both economically and socially, and welcome Mike aboard the Backwoods team.”
Joining Mike Heck and Directors Don Kootenay and Reg Cardinal will be five new board members: Brittany Earl, Tom Redl, Harvey Sheydwasser, Erick M. Hamdan, and new Board Chair John MacNutt.
The quality, profile, and experience of these individuals joining the Backwoods Board of Directors is a testament to the quality and profile of the business that has been built, and Backwoods could not be more excited to have all of them coming aboard.
About Mike Heck
Mike Heck joins the Backwoods team with over 35 years of experience in construction, pipelines, utilities, upstream and downstream oil and gas as well as manufacturing and logistics. Over the course of his career, Mike has worked with multinationals and local organizations on growth strategies and organizational development, managing and developing businesses with market caps over $1 billion. His journey has taken him across North America, as well as stints in manufacturing in Asia and Europe. Mike is passionate about participating and ensuring the success of Indigenous companies and this has been a significant part of his career, including his work in the Arctic and throughout Western Canada.
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