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Lonestar Management Team has been structured with well experienced and technical knowledged persons. Our team constantly strives to ensure that our professional efforts align seamlessly with the interests of each client. Our goal was to create an infrastructure to support the building, training, maintenance, and deployment of the best equipment and people to make your drilling program run as smooth as possible.


Ron Schell – President

Owner & Director
37 years in the oilpatch, including 25 years of Directional Drilling
International experience built on extensive SE SK knowledge.

Ron has over 37 years of oilfield experience and over 25 years of directional drilling experience. From 2003 until 2008, Ron was the General Manager for The Directional Company, a directional drilling division of Cathedral Energy. Ron has been responsible for sales and operations of the entire division. The majority of Ron’s sales and operational experience relates to the SE Saskatchewan and North Dakota market. Ron was co-owner and President of The Directional Company from 1999 until early 2003 when Cathedral Energy acquired the company. Ron’s work experience includes drilling horizontal and directional wells throughout Western Canada, Texas & Argentina. Ron has extensive experience setting whipstocks, milling casing windows, the design and planning of directional and horizontal wells, BHA design, and all aspects of drilling re-entry wells with both conventional and coiled tubing rigs. Ron brings sales and operational experience to Lonestar, in addition to a proven track record of developing and maintaining client relationships.


Odin Waldal – VP Operations

Owner & Director
27 Years in the oil patch, 20 years in directional drilling industry throughout Canada and North West USA
Built and managed remote drilling programs for multiple directional companies
Managed directional controls with Tesoo’s casing while drilling test wells in Calgary, Alberta
Managed SAGD drilling projects for several different oil companies
Managed multi-rig underbalanced projects for Encana
Extensive experience in all types of mud and tools in vast variety of well profiles in Northern Canada, multi lateral, whipstock, CBM, hot hole
Extensive experience in well planning, BHA design, and Torque & Drag


JD Corsten – CFO

Owner & Director
22 Years of oil & gas experience including 19 years in directional drilling management.
Acquisitions, Rigs and downhole tools experience.

Prior to founding and managing Lonestar, JD worked 8 years as controller for a publicly traded directional drilling company. JD’s education includes a BBA from Saint Francis Xavier University (1993) and a CGA designation (1997). JD is involved in all financial aspects of the company and provides assistance in the day-to-day operations.


Chanho Cho – Director, Well Planning and Engineering

Owner & Director
21 Years of experience including 16 Years specifically in Directional Drilling
Successful multilaterals in formations from BC to MB

Chanho has over 16 Years of well planning experience, including 8 years at Lonestar. Chanho worked from 2003 until 2008 at a publicly traded directional drilling company in the engineering department as a senior well planner. Prior to that, Chanho provided well planning services at The Directional Company for 2.5 Years. Chanho has vast experience in the planning of wells in the SE Saskatchewan area with over 3,000 wells planned. Chanho has also done planning of wells through western Canada and the US including wells in Alberta, BC, Manitoba, North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado. Well planning is an important component to any successful directional drilling company as the engineering and planning of wells must be accurate and efficient to maintain good working relationships with customers. Chanho has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in chemical engineering from Yonsei University in Korea as well as a diploma in Industrial Instrumentation Technology from SAIT.


Bob Chase – Senior Account Manager

14 Years of oil & gas experience including 9 years in directional drilling management.
Bob started in the oilpatch at a Downhole Tool company, and brought his knowledge and network to Directional Drilling Sales in 2008. Lonestar is proud to have his experience and relationships on board, to continually improve customer service.


Shaun Lacoursiere - Senior Account Manager

13 Years of experience Started in the oil patch in 2003 on the drill press for ReedHycalog. 2004 began in truck doing field relief sales, servicing rigs from Ft. Nelson to Virden Manitoba, and everywhere in between. National Oilwell Varco acquires ReedHycalog in 2008 and promotes Shaun to team lead; In 2012 became Calgary City Sales Manager, managing all Calgary sales, and all field sales stockpoints. Shaun joined the Lonestar team as of June 2013.


Susan Liu – Well Planning and System Development

19 Years of Oil & Gas Software engineering development and management
Built the Lonestar Job Tracker.

Susan helps Lonestar develop well plans by integrating the knowledge of senior managers into tangible programs in difficult formations. Her Bachelor of Science background, extensive oil & gas experience, software development and certifications contribute to Lonestar’s industry leading well plan turnaround time, and tool reliability.


Derrick Menzies - SK Operations

Saskatchewan Yard and Operations coordinator (Oxbow)
Over 29 years of experience and familiarity in SE SK and surrounding area, including Manitoba and North Dakota.


Trevor McAuley - Motor Operations

Leduc Motor Operations Manager (Leduc)
33 Years in the oil-patch including international work
Work his way up the ranks on the Drilling Rigs from Lease hand to Company man from 1983 to 1995
Worked as Directional Driller from 1995 to 1999
Worked in the Drilling motor and downhole drilling tools industry from 1999 to present, experience with the design and manufacturing of many drilling motors that are some of the most reliable and robust motors in the field today.

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