Board of Directors

Ken Zinger

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Zinger is one of the co-founders of CES Energy Solutions and was the Chief Operating Officer from 2006 to 2021. Prior to 2006, he was the President of Impact Fluid Systems Inc., a private drilling fluids company which combined with Canadian Fluid Systems Inc. to form Canadian Energy Services LP, the predecessor to CES Energy Solutions Corp. From 2007 until 2009, Mr. Zinger was responsible for establishing the foundation of CES’ current drilling fluids business in the United States. In 2010, his responsibilities shifted to managing CES’ Canadian drilling fluids division, as well as continuing to oversee the general operations of CES as Chief Operating Officer. During this time, Mr. Zinger also developed key relationships with strategic partners in the Middle East and collected market intelligence in the region. In 2019, Mr. Zinger became the President of Canadian Operations, charged with overseeing both the Canadian drilling fluids division and production chemical division, and in 2021, Mr. Zinger was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of CES and was nominated to the Board of Directors of CES. In addition to his responsibilities as President and Chief Executive Officer, he continues to manage and oversee CES’ Canadian operations.

Philip J. Scherman

Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors

Philip Scherman was an audit partner for both public and private energy and energy service entities at KPMG from 1982 to 2012. He was also the firm’s Oil and Gas Industry Leader for many years and served on its Board of Directors for six years. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Scherman is a member of the Canadian and Alberta Institutes of Chartered Professional Accountants and was awarded the Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants designation by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta in 2013. Mr. Scherman has an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Scherman currently sits on the board of Mullen Group Ltd and he is also currently a director of The Calgary Foundation.

Kyle D. Kitagawa

Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Mr. Kitagawa is an independent businessman and has been a corporate director since March 2003. Prior thereto, Mr. Kitagawa was President and Chief Executive Officer of Enron Canada Corp. Mr. Kitagawa has previously sat on the board of directors for Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd., Coral Hill Energy Ltd., Advanced Mobile Power Systems, LLC, Esprit Exploration Ltd., Ferus Inc, Independent Energy Ltd., Invasion Energy Inc., Livingston Energy Ltd., Papier Masson Ltee., ProspEx Resources Ltd. and Wave Energy Ltd. Mr. Kitagawa is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.

John M. Hooks

Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Governance Committee

Mr. Hooks has been the Chief Executive Officer, and formerly President, of PHX Energy Services Corp. and its predecessor, Phoenix Technology Services Inc., since 1995, and has been chairman of its board of directors since 2000. Mr. Hooks has over 30 years of experience in the Canadian and International oil and gas service industry, including operations, senior management and ownership positions.

Ian Hardacre


Mr. Hardacre is an experienced institutional investor with over 25 years of experience in portfolio management and investment leadership and is based in Toronto, Ontario. Mr. Hardacre currently serves as Head, Publicly Traded Equities at Bridgeport Asset Management and prior thereto was the Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President at Empire Life Investment Management Inc. He previously spent approximately 20 years at Invesco Canada where he had progressive roles culminating in 2016 as Co-Chief Investment Officer and Head of Canadian Equities. He began his investment career at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in 1995. Mr. Hardacre has an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Hardacre holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

Joe Wright


Mr. Wright has over 25 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience in the energy industry and is based in Midland, Texas. Mr. Wright retired from Concho Resources Inc. (“Concho”), an independent exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition, development and exploration of oil and natural gas properties, in January 2019, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was on the Board of Directors. Since joining Concho from its formation in 2004, Mr. Wright held a variety of leadership positions, and oversaw Concho’s drilling and completion programs, as well as its government, regulatory affairs and human resources functions. Mr. Wright has also worked in several operations, engineering and capital markets positions at Mewbourne Oil Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Spencer D. Armour, III


Mr. Armour has over 30 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience in the energy services industry and is based in Midland, Texas. Mr. Armour is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of ProPetro Holding Corp., where he has been a director since 2013, a board member of Viper Energy Partners, LP since 2017 and also serves as President of PT Petroleum LLC. He was the Vice President of Corporate Development for Basic Energy Services, Inc. from 2007 to 2008, which acquired Sledge Drilling Corp., a company Mr. Armour cofounded and served as Chief Executive Officer for from 2005 to 2006. From 1998 through 2005, he served as Executive Vice President of Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc., which acquired Lone Star Mud, Inc., a company Mr. Armour founded and served as President for from 1986 to 1997. He also served on the Patterson-UTI Board of Directors from 1999 through 2001. Mr. Armour received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Houston in 1977 and was appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for a six year term in 2011 by former Texas Governor, Rick Perry.

Stella Cosby


Ms. Cosby is a corporate director who brings 30 years of diverse industry experience working with global growth companies in agriculture mining and nitrogen manufacturing, energy services, pipeline, and petrochemical, industrial, financial and rail transportation industries. Ms. Cosby was Vice-President, Chief Human Resources and Safety Officer of Cervus Equipment Corporation, an international agricultural and industrial equipment company, from 2014 until her retirement in June 2020. Ms. Cosby was a Senior Director with Agrium Inc. from 2002 to 2014 where she held a variety of leadership roles working with the board and management on human resource and business strategies to facilitate growth, balanced scorecard metrics, executive compensation, governance, executive succession, and leadership development. Prior to joining Agrium Inc., Ms. Cosby was Vice President, Human Resources for Manulife Financial, and held senior roles with Canadian Pacific Railway and NOVA Corporation. Ms. Cosby served as a corporate director of Savanna Energy Services from 2014 to 2017. Ms. Cosby serves on the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council and the Regional Ambassador Council for Women Get on Board. Ms. Cosby has a Master of Arts, Organizational Systems Renewal (Leadership & Diversity Focus) from Antioch University, Seattle, and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Western Ontario. She holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the ESG Global Competent Board Director (GCB.D) designation.