Our Leadership Team


As a team, Bouchier ensures the right people with the right skills are in the right seats and able to optimally develop the company, provide innovative solutions, manage projects, lead teams and mentor new employees.

“Bouchier values and takes care of their people, their clients and their community. They do that here consistently on a daily basis. They have their guiding principles, and they abide by them.”

–Anonymous employee survey respondent, 2017

David Bouchier Founder, President & Co-Owner

David was born and raised in Fort McKay, Alberta, and is a member of the Fort McKay First Nation. He founded Bouchier as a contracting services company in 1998. In 2004, David co-founded The Bouchier Group with his wife Nicole to provide additional site services to the Athabasca oil sands region.

David has extensive experience in the heavy equipment industry and has served as the General Manager for the Muskeg Mountain Limited Partnership, a First Nation-owned contracting company at the Fort McMurray Shell site. There, he was integral in the startup operation of the mine site.

David has been honoured with numerous awards, including the Fort McKay Entrepreneur Award as well as the Ernst & Young Oil and Gas Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Enjoying life in the Wood Buffalo region, along with his wife and children, is something that David values. He is committed to contributing both at a business and a personal level to the place he calls home. As a past and current Councillor of the Fort McKay First Nation, David works tirelessly to serve his community.

Nicole Bourque-BouchierChief Executive Officer & Co-Owner

Nicole was born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, raised in Fort McMurray, and is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. Together with her husband Dave, Nicole co-founded the Bouchier Group in 2004.

Nicole has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations such as the Keyano College Board of Governors and President of the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association. She currently sits on the Alberta Apple Schools Foundation and the Indspire Board of Directors.

Nicole has been honored with numerous accolades including the Ernest & Young’s Oil & Gas Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, accepted the MacEwan University Allard Chair in Business and named as one of Your McMurray Magazine’s Top 50 Under 50. Nicole was also recently awarded the prestigious Indspire Award for Business & Commerce and named the 2019 Indigenous Women in Leadership recipient by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

Nicole is passionate about elevating other Indigenous women and believes in leading by example. Not only does she empower other women by having the top job in a male-dominated field, In 2013 Nicole spearheaded an ad series called Paving Pathways to Success applauding Indigenous Women in Business, a campaign that recognized eight local women who added value and awareness to Indigenous women’s economic security in the region.

Gordon Valverde

Executive Director, Operations & Technical Services

Gordon Valverde has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry with expertise in oil and gas, building, civil, mechanical, industrial and energy related projects ranging in size and scale. He has spent the last 5 years fostering an EPC construction capability within Bouchier, and has led the positioning of Bouchier to be one of the first Indigenous EPC contractors servicing the Athabasca oil sands.

Gordon has worked on several projects within the Caribbean and Canada, bringing a global perspective and adept leadership to all facets of strategic management and business leadership, project management, engineering, bid and contract management and project controls.

Gordon embraces and lives Bouchier’s guiding principles and consistently exceeds in valuing other team members, customers and communities by treating others with dignity, respect and fairness. While at Carillion, he was the first International Graduate of the Carillion Leadership Programme—a fast-tracked and select two-year leadership programme with MBA modules held at Aston Business School and Carillion PLC in the UK.

Gordon has completed post-graduate studies in Project Planning and Management and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK.

Faraz Siddiqi, J.D.

Executive Director, Strategic Growth & Commercial

Faraz Siddiqi joined the company early 2019 and most recently was appointed Executive Director, Strategic Growth & Commercial.  As Executive Director, he oversees Bouchier’s strategic growth, work winning, estimating and commercial functions.

Recognized as a transformative leader, Faraz brings over 20 years executive management experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors to Bouchier.   A commitment to diversity and stakeholder engagement compliments his expertise to lead teams across strategy, business development, mergers & acquisitions, operations, estimating, legal, commercial, procurement and risk management. Prior roles include Executive Vice-President, Business Development at Voice Construction and Vice President/GM at FT Services.

Faraz is a passionate entrepreneur and has strong ties to Wood Buffalo having grown up in Fort McMurray. He is a graduate of University of Alberta and earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from New York Law School in 2003.

Jack Liu

Chief Financial Officer

Jack Liu joined Bouchier as CFO in June 2015, where he oversees the overall finance function of all operational and support service business units within the organization. His role supports financial reporting, strategic planning, strategy execution, commercial management, IT and risk management. Jack has been at the forefront of the continued growth of the Bouchier Group.

Throughout his 25 year career working in various industries, Jack has held many senior positions prior to joining Bouchier. These include Western Region Controller at Acuren Canada, Corporate Controller at Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority and Senior Project Controller at AMEC Natural Resources.

Jack received his MBA from Dalhousie University and holds CPA, CMA, CIA and PMP certification.

Joanne M. Brake

Director, Human Resources, Health, Safety & Environment

With 18 years of progressive Human Resources Leadership, Joanne joined Bouchier’s journey in 2017. With a passion for people, a fascination with human behaviour and a thirst to make a difference, she’s added incredible value to the Bouchier family. Proud of her roots, Joanne is a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation

Joanne began her career in the Public Sector for a Territorial Government, moving on to a Federal Crown Corporation in Marine Transportation and followed by assignments in Industrial, Piling, Pipeline and Heavy Construction and Mining for a Publicly Traded Company.

Primarily her career centered around Industrial/Labour Relations with a concentration on collective bargaining, mediation and dispute resolution while maintaining Human Resources Generalist portfolios.

With a proven track in coaching, mentoring and delivering results, Joanne’s focus is to inspire others through sharing her strategic vision with a focus on process and people development to achieve operational excellence.

Joanne first studied Business Administration and later supplemented her knowledge with continued professional development through Queen’s University.

Harold Gates

Director of Operations

Harold Gates joined Bouchier as site manager for Kearl Lake in 2010. In 2014 he assumed the Director of Operations role overseeing all operational aspects of the Suncor Regional portfolio.

A seasoned leader with strong expertise in mining operations and project management Harold has led teams from start-up and construction through to operations for companies such as Shell, Tahera, Tech Resources and BHP Diamonds. His career has taken him as far north as the Arctic, where as part of the Diamond Rush in the Northwest Territories, he took on various roles within the exploration and start up team for BHP’s and Tahera diamond mine.

Prior to joining Bouchier, Harold was the General Foreman CNRL where he was involved in the start-up and commissioning of the Horizon mine.

Harold was introduced to Business Management through the College of New Caledonia. He completed project management through Canadian Management Association and PMI Toronto and holds a Level 3 certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (City and Guilds of London).

Mark Churla, PMP

Director of Operations – Civil and Facilities Services

Mark Churla joined Bouchier in 2018 to lead the Facility Maintenance and Civil Earthworks teams.  Currently Mark overseas the CNRL and Shell portfolios bringing over 20 years of experience leading execution programs and functional teams in the oil and gas sector ranging from conventional, oil sands and deep basin.

Mark has managed several projects for major oil and gas operators such as Cenovus, Encana and ConocoPhilips.  His diverse experience and expertise include leading civil, engineering, planning /design, operations, reclamation and geophysical acquisitions teams.

Aligning to the values of Bouchier, Mark utilizes a collaborative style when communicating Bouchier’s business strategy and vision resulting in optimized team performance and high standards for a safe work culture.

Mark obtained his PMP certification through the University of Calgary and remains a member of the Project Management Institute.

Aurick de Sousa

Director of Operations

Originally from Victoria B.C., Aurick de Sousa has over 30 years construction experience for large international companies in Canada and the Caribbean.  Aurick joined Bouchier in 2018 as a project manager but quickly became the Director of Operations that same year to oversee the IOL Kearl, Syncrude and RMWB operations.


While overseas Aurick led management teams in the areas of concrete road works, heavy civil construction and mechanical works, and contracts. Known for exceptional operation and project management skills along with a strong commitment to customer satisfaction, Aurick specializes in the development of team members and the transformation of systems to ensure safe and effective production.

Aurick is a Red Seal Carpenter with education in Construction and Project Management. A lifelong learner he is now seeking a degree in finance.


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