Job Location: 
Newfoundland & Labrador

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Research facilitation and management for Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore industry

Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL) is a federally-incorporated, not-for-profit organization. Facilitating and funding Research and Development projects on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador, PRNL has so far secured and managed over $60 million in projects since 2012. PRNL identifies Research and Technological Development opportunities that will deliver value to its members: Chevron Canada Resources; ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.; Husky Energy; Statoil Canada; and Suncor Energy. Partnering with notable academic institutions, government organizations, and industry leaders, PRNL develops and delivers research programs and projects with budgets that range from $100k to $5M.

Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL) is currently seeking an experienced senior leader to join their team as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for implementing PRNL’s long-term strategic vision and business strategy. The CEO will ensure effective leadership of the management of new offshore oil and gas R&D activities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Pairing strong leadership with visionary thinking, the CEO must act as a steward, and continue to foster change, innovation, and communication. As a strategic and collaborative leader, the CEO is tasked with forging lasting relationships amongst the oil and gas industry, regulatory bodies, and to communities in Service and Supply, R&D, provincial educational institutions and governments. Implementing rules of governance and corporate procedures, the CEO is accountable for PRNL decisions regarding operating, financial management, human resources and administrative matters.  

As the ideal candidate, you are a strategic and visionary thinker with proven transformational and action-oriented leadership that drives operational efficiency. Proactive and energetic, you anticipate and understand trends, problems, and opportunities and successfully inperpret them for the organization effectiveness. Your demonstrated dynamism and passion, as well as your superior stakeholder and relationship building expertise, will contribute to guiding the success of PRNL’s vision, strategy and objectives. With a track record of developing and shaping strategic partnerships, you have experience in significant facilitation and consensus-building with Board members and community stakeholders. You have over 15 years of leadership experience and established execution ability in the upstream oil and gas sector or a similar environment. You have a combination of strong business sense and technical expertise, and hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Beverley Evans or Hannah Janega at 902-421-2335, or submit your application online at:


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