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NGPR StaffNatural Gas & Petroleum Resources Business Units
The NGPR business unit carries out the unique activities related to natural gas and oil production such as operations, engineering, acquisitions and development, land and the environment and project administration. This enables the City to undertake ongoing strategic reviews and make recommendations to Council on how to optimize these assets.

In the City’s 2015 Organizational Structure Review, the NGPR business unit was moved to report directly to the Chief Administrative Officer. Previously, the management of these resources fell into the Energy Division.


Contact Information

The main Natural Gas & Petroleum Resources office is located at the Chinook Place Business Center on 4 Street SE, in downtown Medicine Hat. Some staff are also located at the Gas Utility Building on Kipling Street SE and an office in Fox Valley, Sask. Many of NGPR’s activities take place in the field where the City’s holdings are located, throughout southern Alberta and in Saskatchewan. 

General Inquiries

Phone: 403.529.8248
Fax: 403.525.8616
E-mail: gas_dept@medicinehat.ca

Guiding Principles

NGPR’s objective is to conduct business in a safe and ethical manner within regulatory standards, maximizing shareholder value and cash flow through controlling costs, expedient abandonment of non-economic assets, optimizing current production, development where economic, and divestment of non-core assets.

Who We Are
NGPR is staffed by a team of experienced professionals in the natural gas and petroleum resources field. The goal is to ensure long-term sustainability of oil and gas wealth generation by the City. 

NGPR Business Units
  • Business Management Team
  • Surface Land & Environment Team
  • Mineral Land & Contracts Team
  • Operations Team
  • Subsurface Technical Team
Business UnitS
Brad Maynes
General Manager
Natural Gas & Petroleum Resources
Maynes is a Professional Geologist. He has worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for over 30 years in both technical and executive management roles, both domestically and internationally. He brings experienced leadership, vision and direction to the new NGPR Business Unit, developing strategy, providing reports and updates and advising the CAO, City Energy and Utilities Committee and Council.
Murray Trollope
Team Leader
Business Management Team
Trollope has a Bachelor’s Degree (B. Comm), has completed the Canadian Securities Course, and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA, CMA). His background includes over 25 years experience in financial management in the oil and gas industry including several years as financial controller at a junior oil and gas company and managing a group of professional accountants and assistants for the City.

The Business Management Team is responsible for:
  • Budgeting, Forecasting, Reporting, Metrics, Project Management, Approved for Expenditures (AFE) Process
  • Marketing, Oil & Gas Commodity Purchases and Sales, Trucking and Transportation
  • Production Accounting
  • Acquisitions and Development
  • Project evaluations and field reviews
Kevin Redden
Team Leader
Surface Land & Environment Team
Redden is a Registered Technologist with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. He has over 30 years in resource management and environmental protection specializing in regulatory compliance and risk-based planning to ensure sustainability of native prairie eco-systems, including 12 years’ experience in regulatory monitoring of upstream oil and gas.

The Surface Land & Environment Team is responsible for:
  • Negotiating required agreements and consents to acquire and maintain surface access for NGPR activities and facilities.
  • Leading NGPR in the design and implementation of practices, procedures and control systems to ensure protection of the environment during exploration, development and operational activities.
  • Ensuring NGPR carries out their work in compliance with all applicable environmental protection and surface land management legislation, environmental stewardship principles and best industry practices.
  • Reclaiming and restoring surface lands after associated wells and facilities have been abandoned. 
Brad McNeely
Team Leader
Mineral Land & Contracts Team
McNeely is a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen and Petroleum Joint Venture Association. He has worked in the Oil & Gas Industry for over 30 years and has developed extensive experience in both the operated and non-operated aspects fo the City’s mineral land and joint venture operations. He plays a strategic role in the review of acquisition and disposition opportunities, in proximity to the City’s core areas.

The Mineral Land & Contracts team is responsible for:
  • The acquisition/disposition and maintenance/development of NGPR’s mineral assets including related joint venture contracts and service agreements associated with the efficient development and production of our operated and non-operated mineral assets.
  • Internal and external partner negotiations and communications associated with the effective implementation, development, management and administraton of the mineral assets and associated contracts/service agreements.
  • Ensuring adherence to Federal, Provincial, Municipal and best Industry practices as they relate to the maintenance and management of the mineral assets and related contracts/service agreements.
Jim Troyer
Team Leader
Operations Team

Troyer is a Professional Engineer registered with APEGA. He has over 30 years of technical and operational experience in both shallow gas and oil, and strength in the optimization of field operations.

The Operations team is responsible for:
  • Natural Gas Production
    • Operation and maintenance of NGPR compressor stations, wells, gathering and sales pipelines in Southern Alberta and Southwest Saskatchewan. Build and maintain effective working relationships with landowners, contractors and industry personnel.
    • Managing the NGPR assets within budget, with continuous focus on low operating costs, optimum equipment run times and gas production volumes to sales. Safety, training, regulatory compliance, following industry best practices, and adhering to policy, procedures is of prime concern. 
  • Oil Production
    • Managing the day to day operation and maintenance of NGPR oil wells and pipelines and oil treating and water injection facilities in Manyberries and Western Saskatchewan. Responsibilities include evaluating and optimizing daily production, operating cost containment and safety and environmental stewardship in accordance with regulations and NGPR procedures.
    • Providing production engineering support to the asset team and field operations through artificial lift design and troubleshooting, pipeline and facility debottlenecking and well interventions to increase well productivity or mitigate wellbore issues. 
  • Facility Engineering & Pipeline Optimization
    • Providing engineering and technical support for NGPR’s operations and development of its compressor stations, oil batteries, natural gas and crude oil gathering and sales pipelines.
    • Support consisting of management of design, installation and completion of capital, maintenance and integrity management projects/programs in accordance with all applicable regulations and City policy and procedures to achieve optimum production.
  • Drilling, Completions, Well Review and Abandonments
    • Designing and executing oil and gas well drilling and completion programs and provide technical support for the Field Operations team including design input and program creation for executing oil and natural gas well intervention activities to repair wells or enhance production.
    • Carrying out drilling, completions, workovers and abandonment activities safely and in adherence to NGPR procedures and government regulations.
Jody Smith
Team Leader
Subsurface Technical Team
Smith is a Professional Engineer. He has varied petroleum engineering experience. He started as a wireline engineer and moved into other engineering rolls such as production, exploitation and reserves. Smith has worked with companies such as Schlumberger, Gulf Canada Resources and ConocoPhillips and has spent much of his career with the City of Medicine Hat in various rolls.

The Subsurface Technical Team is responsible for:
  • Maximizing undeveloped oil and gas reserve opportunities on existing NGPR assets
  • Identifing production uplift opportunities in existing wellbores
  • Optimizing reservoir recovery through primary and secondary recovery techniques
  • Appling geological, geophysical and engineering concepts in finding and developing new oil and gas reserves
  • Evaluating undeveloped reserve potential of oil and gas assets for potential acquisition