PACIFIC FUTURE ENERGY HAS ASSEMBLED A GLOBAL TEAM TO BUILD A REFINERY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA’S NORTHWEST THAT WILL PROTECT CANADA’S WEST COAST FROM THE THREAT OF A HEAVY OIL OR BITUMEN SPILL.
Our team believes that by shipping refined petroleum products rather than heavy oil, the environmental impacts of any potential spill will be significantly diminished, helping to protect one of the most unspoiled and diverse environments in the world.
This is critical for both Canada’s environment and its economy.
All of Canada’s oil should not have to be shipped to a foreign country to refine into value-added products. Canadians should be able to do at least some of this here, in Canada, to the highest standards in the world, while protecting our coast from a catastrophic oil spill.
OUR TEAM LEADER
Executive Chairman and CEO
Samer F. Salameh
Samer F. Salameh has more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive in the United States, Latin America and the Middle East.
He is known in the international Business Development field as a distinguished strategist, a turn-around specialist, and a broker of multi-billion dollar deals.
Most recently, Mr. Salameh managed new business development at Grupo Salinas, a multi-billion-dollar industrial conglomerate operating in 11 countries. He led the deployment of one of the largest greenfield fibre-optics infrastructure projects in the world.
Previously he was the CEO of Prodigy Communications (the US internet pioneer) which he took public as 1999’s biggest tech IPO on NASDAQ.
With PFEC, Mr. Salameh is a co-founder and investor, as well as the executive chairman.
He holds a master’s degree in international business from the Fletcher School and a BS in management and economics from Polytechnic University. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.
He has more than 35 years experience in the environmental and oil/gas engineering fields in Canada and internationally.
Vice-President, Partnerships and Sustainability
Dave Coles is President Emeritus and a founding member of Unifor, Canada’s newest and largest private sector trade union.
Mr. Coles was previously the longest-serving President of the Canadian Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union (CEP), which represented 30,000 energy workers who worked in the bitumen sands and many refineries in Alberta.
He has fought for many environmental causes and led campaigns for Canada’s natural resources to be processed in Canada. He has also spoken internationally on energy, environmental, and labour issues.
Director of Communications
Donald MacLachlan moved into public and media relations after a 33-year career in Canadian journalism (last stop: managing editor of The Province newspaper in Vancouver). He was also the founding editor of the websites of The Province and The Vancouver Sun, and was a member of the BC Press Council.
Before joining PFEC, Don served as director of public relations for the Fraser Health Authority (BC’s largest) and as director of public affairs and media relations for Simon Fraser University (30,000 students). He also brought to PFEC more than 2½ years of daily social-media curation in BC’s natural-resource sector. Email