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Noia Announces Recipients of its 2017 Industry Achievement Awards

St. John’s, NL – Noia is pleased to announce James (Jim) Thistle, QC, formerly of McInnes Cooper and Richard Mandeville of TechnipFMC Canada Ltd. as recipients of the Outstanding Contribution Award and Rising Star Award, respectively. The contributions of both individuals will be recognized at Noia’s Industry Achievement Awards luncheon on February 24, 2017, at the Delta St. John’s Hotel.

The Outstanding Contribution Award recognizes exemplary individuals who have influenced the development of our local oil & gas industry and who have demonstrated qualities of vision, integrity and leadership through their work and lives. Noia is pleased to award this honour, posthumously, to Jim Thistle in honour of his 30 years’ experience in the Newfoundland and Labrador oil & gas sector, including his key role in the negotiation and drafting of the Atlantic Accord and acting as General Counsel for the Hibernia Project where he played a leading role in negotiating and drafting the Hibernia Joint Operating Agreement. Following a successful career in the oil & gas and legal industries, Jim passed away on March 3, 2016, after a brief battle with ALS.

The Rising Star Award was launched in 2014 to recognize the talents of an impressive individual who is 40 years old or younger and has made remarkable strides in their role in the local oil & gas industry. As this year’s award winner, Richard Mandeville, P.Eng, certainly fits the bill. Since joining Technip Canada Ltd. in 2005, he has made a significant contribution to the company through his multi-project experience both onshore and offshore in the Grand Banks, Gulf of Mexico and North Sea markets. Currently working an internal secondment as Asset Manager for TechnipFMC’s five construction and s-lay vessels with TechnipFMC’s Marine Operations Services department in Aberdeen, he manages in excess of 900 individuals when the vessels are in operation. In this role, he also serves as an ambassador for the province and the country.

Both Jim Thistle and Richard Mandeville will be celebrated at Noia’s Industry Achievement Awards luncheon in February. The event will also acknowledge organizations marking 30 or more years as Noia members and contributors to the local oil & gas industry.

This event is taking place 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Delta St. John’s Hotel. In honour of 2017 marking Noia’s 40th anniversary, the event will also celebrate the industry’s important milestones and contributions of former Noia Board Chairs and previous Industry Achievement Award winners.