Our Team

“A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own."
Beth Revis

Paul Poscente
CEO & Chairman

Paul Poscente has served as Chairman & CEO of Backwoods Energy Services since 2015. Throughout Paul’s 30-year career, he has built and led organizations from start-ups to large-scale multinational businesses. He has been principal in over $1 Billion in transactions including, recapitalizations, restructuring, and acquisitions in diverse industries such as healthcare, financial services, energy and construction. Since joining Backwoods, the company has achieved an annual average growth rate of 185%. He is committed to working for the Alexis community to build a legacy asset and to ensure a sustainable future for the organization.
Trent Fequet
President & Chief Operating Officer

An Aboriginal professional with over 20 years of experience in various senior leadership positions, Trent has held various executive management roles such as Managing Director for a major pipeline company and Vice President and COO for major infrastructure and mining groups. Trent is very proud of his Aboriginal heritage and continued commitment to his Values and Beliefs both professional and personally.
Nick Pentelichuk
Operations Manager

Nick is a professional engineer and has worked in the pipeline industry for 10+ years. He has successfully lead major new build pipeline projects as well as integrity maintenance programs. Nick's focus for the organization is to provide support and guidance as the company takes on larger and more complex projects. His vast knowledge in construction management along with his love for the outdoors integrate well into his role as Operations Manager.

Laila Adam
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility

Laila Adam has over ten years experience in both public and private sectors in a wide range of roles working with Indigenous communities. As Director of Social Responsibility, Laila is responsible for developing and implementing organizational social priorities, advancing the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Community, and positively impacting the Indigenous population as a whole. Laila’s vast experience from Alberta to Ontario include managing large-scale indigenous regulatory and engagement programs, building capacity and community benefits programs, and includes time as senior advisor to the Ontario Deputy Minister of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation. Born and raised in Northern Canada, Laila is committed to enhancing the capacity and of Indigenous communities.
Ryan McQuilter
Executive VP

As the Executive VP, Ryan oversees the finance, procurement, estimating, project controls and business development departments. For the past decade, Ryan has been involved in the development and operation of many successful First Nation organizations. Ryan holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Alberta School of Business, with a major in finance and minor in business law.
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