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Noia announces recipients of 2019 Noia Industry Achievement Awards

Noia is pleased to announce Lee Shinkle and Captain Kristopher Drodge as recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Contribution Award and Rising Star Award, respectively. These industry leaders will be recognized at Noia’s Industry Achievement Awards Luncheon taking place at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the Delta St. John’s Hotel & Conference Centre.

The Outstanding Contribution Award recognizes exemplary contribution of an individual who, through the course of their work and personal life, has influenced the development of the offshore oil & gas industry. Noia is pleased to award this honour to Lee Shinkle, a Newfoundland and Labrador industry leader for over 45 years. Lee began his career in marine and aviation insurance and joined the oil & gas industry in the 1980s, including helping to create AMI Offshore Inc. where he led company growth to over 300 employees and offices throughout Atlantic Canada, as well as Houston and Brazil. He was instrumental in implementing a new structure and strategic plan for Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada (PRAC) to fund industry research. He continued his career at Jacques Whitford as the Business Development Leader and Sustainability Champion and when acquired by Stantec, Lee led the creation of a strategic growth plan in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2011, he was appointed Regional Business Development Leader for Atlantic Canada for Stantec and later added Nunavut. Lee served as Noia President in 1991 and as a director with numerous companies and volunteer organizations. He has been named one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada and one of the Top 50 Leaders in the Oil & Gas Industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. He remains a tremendous advocate for the offshore industry.


The Rising Star Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an oil & gas industry member who has demonstrated significant achievement and is 40 years of age or younger. Captain Kristopher Drodge is an Offshore Installation Manager onboard the Transocean Barents, and the 2019 award recipient. From Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Kristopher is a graduate of the Marine Institute Nautical Science and Memorial University Maritime Studies programs and has more than 15 years experience in Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil & gas industry. Beginning his career as a Ballast Control Operator on the GSF Grand Banks, he has steadily progressed through leadership roles in the offshore, having been one of the youngest OIM’s on an offshore semi-submersible in Canada. An advocate for a modern and safe offshore working environment, Captain Drodge has also been a part-time faculty member at his alma matter and contributed to the development and offering of offshore safety courses. His recent contributions to the industry include involvement and leadership in the jurisdictional intakes of two drill rigs, as well as revision of industry regulations and the management of the required training and qualifications for offshore

The luncheon will also acknowledge organizations marking 30 years as Noia members and their contribution to the oil & gas industry. These members are:
• Household Movers and Shippers
• NARL Refining LP
• RBC Financial Group

Registration for the luncheon is now available via the Noia website: www.noia.ca.