Ryan began his career with DIRECT Horizontal Drilling in 2001 as a roughneck and has since worked his way up to Operations Manager where he manages DIRECTS State of the Art drilling fleet.
His extensive knowledge is utilized for designing and maintaining our custom built high performance rigs.
Ryan carries responsibility for the day-to-day operations of DIRECT Horizontal Drilling.
Tyler Calvert joined DIRECT in mid-2008 and since then has played an integral role in the growth and success of the company.
Horizontal directional drilling demands broad knowledge as well as focused skills in a number of highly specialized areas. Tyler’s resume reveals a history of successful experience in HDD guidance, planning & design and extensive fluids control experience.
His skills have been expertly honed at progressively senior roles at horizontal directional drilling companies since 2001.
Tyler has more than 200 crossings to his credit and has been at the forefront of intersect technology since it was introduced in Canada, having completed some 20 subterranean intersects.
Troy has 20 years in the drilling industry, his expert knowledge has progressed him through the ranks to his current position.
Troy has been the DIRECT Field Supervisor since 2009, and since that time has supervised field operations for some of the most difficult and complex HDD projects in the country. Nearly two decades of drilling experience in a variety of progressively more responsible roles has meant that Troy has a wealth of experience in the varied and diverse disciplines needed for successful operations in the field.
Troy’s impressive resume includes successful completions of multiple HDD crossings ranging up to 1800 meters in length and ream diameters up to 60”.
If there is anyone who knows the true value of creating a culture of safety, it’s someone who has spent time as a roughneck.
Jonathan’s early career began in such a manner, and it taught him early on just how valuable safety is on the jobsite. Over the past 10 years he has carried several titles on the operational side of the HDD industry but his career in health & safety began as the Field Safety Supervisor with DIRECT Horizontal Drilling. As the Health & Safety Manager he is mandated to provide leadership and mentorship to supervisors, workers, and other stakeholders promoting the company’s safety program. He ensures that all relevant legislation is incorporated into the strategic health, safety, and environment planning and takes a hands on approach to training staff.
His commitment to Health & Safety is matched only by his dedication to lifelong learning, and Jonathan holds an enviable record of achievement and numerous certifications in his field.
Business Development and Project Management Team
Rick’s initial experience in the drilling industry began in 1978 where he was employed with an Alberta based drilling company for 15 years, experiences included drilling water wells, exploration drilling, foundation drilling, monitoring and dewatering drilling, then Field Drilling Supervisor.
The knowledge gained from drilling experiences in various sub surface conditions around Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Canada’s Arctic have proven to be an asset when doing an HDD crossing.
Rick’s experience in the HDD Industry began in 1993 where he joined the team of D&KHorizontal where he began as driller, then Rig Manager. In 2001, Rick helped co-found Direct Horizontal Drilling Inc. where he presently is Business Development Manager / Projects Manager. Other duties while at Direct included Rig Manager, Drilling Supervisor, and Operations Manager.
To adequately meet the needs of customers, Business Development requires in-depth knowledge and extensive broad-based experience. David Fisher offers these qualifications as well as considerable know-how earned through years of specialty training and practical experience.
David has worked his way through the ranks during since 1996 when he began his horizontal directional drilling career: he has served as a motorman, mudman, driller and most recently as rig manager.
With this first-hand experience, David is eminently qualified to meet the needs of customers in the Edmonton area.
Customers in Calgary will know Justin for his special expertise in the area of intersects, a skill developed during his years in the planning, design and execution of numerous drilling projects.
Prior to assuming his role in Business Development, he served as lead directional driller and held responsibilities for the supervision and training of HDD guidance and technical staff.
Since beginning his HDD career in 2004, Justin’s knowledge of down-hole navigational equipment has played a vital role in the successful completion of more than 160 river crossings as well as the design and completion of 14 subterranean intersects.
Justin has been a member of NASTT-Northwest (NASTT-NW) organizing committee since 2009.
Ernesto Gabuat is a seasoned project management professional with extensive experience in the HDD industry.
As a Project Manager, he is responsible for project team management, service delivery, and administration for a variety of our ongoing projects.
For assigned projects, he is the primary client contact and is responsible for delivering a high quality project on time and within budget. It is his responsibility with other members of the project team to set goals and standards for overall project quality.
Ernesto a graduate from NAIT in 2002, has spent his entire working career in the HDD industry.
Rich has over 10 Years’ Experience Planning, Designing and Executing HDD river crossings.
Rich began his HDD career as a Motorman on the Maxi rigs and worked through the ranks to become a Guidance Technician where he was able to apply his vast experience for the benefit of his team and customers.
Rich previously managed the Grande Prairie operations and currently supervises our LRD rig fleet where he is an asset in business development and customer service.