About Us
Management Team
  • Francis P. McGuire
    Director, President & Chief Executive Officer
    Prior to joining Major Drilling in August 2000, Mr McGuire served as Vice President, Business Development of MITI Information Technology Inc. from 1998 to August 2000, identified by Profit magazine in 1999 as the fastest growing company in Atlantic Canada. Mr. McGuire has also served as Deputy Minister of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism of New Brunswick. Mr. McGuire holds a Masters of Arts in International Studies, Trade and Economics from Johns Hopkins University, a diploma in European Politics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris and a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University.
  • Denis Larocque
    Chief Financial Officer
    Mr. Larocque joined Major Drilling in 1994 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer on June 12, 2006. Previously, Mr. Larocque was Major’s VP Finance after rising in a series of roles with the Company. Through the period of geographic expansion for Major Drilling that saw it grow from a privately owned Canadian company to a publicly traded multinational with a presence on 6 continents, Mr. Larocque was involved in the acquisition and branch office setup in countries like Australia, Argentina, Chile, Tanzania, Mongolia and many more. He is also a director of Assumption Life Mutual, and Louisbourg Investments, an investment management and financial planning firm. Mr. Larocque holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Laval University and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991.
  • Denis Despres
    Chief Operating Officer
    Mr. Despres got his start in the drilling industry in 1981, and has held various field and senior management positions in his career, including Vice President of drilling services for a global drilling company. Mr. Despres is a professional engineer (Ontario). He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Lakehead University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Queen's University. Mr. Despres joined Major Drilling in February, 2010.
  • Kelly Johnson
    Vice President - Latin American & West African Operations
    Mr. Johnson brings over 30 years experience in the drilling industry. He began his career in 1978 with Midwest Drilling where he was employed until its acquisition by Major Drilling in 1998. He has held numerous positions within the Major Drilling group including Global Inventory Manager, General Manager of Canadian Operations and his current position as Vice President Latin American Operations.
  • Larry Pisto
    Vice President - North American Operations
    Mr. Pisto has worked in the drilling industry continuously since graduating from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1977. Since then he has held many field and management positions, first with Tonto Drilling, and Dynatec Drilling, where he was Operations Manager at the time of Dynatec Drilling’s acquisition by Major Drilling in 2005. His most recent position with Major was General Manager of US Operations.
  • James A. Gibson
    Vice President - Legal Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
    Mr. Gibson joined Major Drilling Group in 1995, having been engaged in the private practice of law for the previous eight years. Mr. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Law from the University of New Brunswick.
  • David Balser
    Vice President - Finance
    Mr. Balser obtained his Chartered Accounting designation in 1991. He joined the Major Drilling group in 2004, after 14 years of experience in public practice, manufacturing and construction industries. Mr. Balser holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University.