Executive Team

Shannon
Shannon Bowen-Smed, CPC, President and CEO

Since joining BOWEN in 1984, Shannon Bowen-Smed has helped grow the company from an employment agency to an industry leader in offering a wide spectrum of recruitment services including contingent workforce management, payroll services, contractor management, compliance management and strategic sourcing. She has honed her skills in a variety of roles within the company including administration, recruiting, sales and marketing, human resources, and operations. In 1996, Shannon became BOWEN’s President and CEO and under her leadership, the company has flourished, growing in size and service offerings while staying true to its commitment to help organizations find great people and people find great organizations.

Today, BOWEN is considered the contractor manager of choice within the energy sector and provides customized contingent workforce management solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of its diverse client base, which includes more than half of the Fortune 500 companies. The firm is well-known for attracting top quality candidates and providing talent management across a broad spectrum of roles and industries.

BOWEN ranks 208 on Alberta Venture’s most recent list of the 250 highest grossing companies in Alberta, advancing nine spots since 2012. Profit Magazine has also recognized BOWEN as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, ranking 356. Most recently, BOWEN secured its Women’s Business Enterprise certification granted by Women’s Business Enterprises Canada. Shannon was chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Alberta Women Entrepreneur Celebration of Achievement Award. She also ranks number 8 on Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs list by Profit & Chatelaine Magazine.

 

Jeffrey
Jeffrey Bowen, BSc, Vice President, Corporate Services

Jeffrey Bowen is Vice President, Corporate Service for BOWEN. As a trusted advisor, Jeffrey leads a team of dedicated experts that help the organization and its clients gain operating efficiencies and reduce costs by sourcing and implementing relevant technologies that make working with BOWEN easier. With an IT career that spans almost 15 years, Jeffrey brings considerable experience to BOWEN’s clients in IT strategy, leadership, operations and project management.

For the past 10 years, Jeffrey has worn several hats at BOWEN and is instrumental in the success of the organization’s continued growth. Jeffrey leads the company’s technology strategy and has held roles of increasing responsibility in information technology in the areas of systems administration, network administration, database administration, vendor management, creating and designing Crystal Reports and SQL Queries, desktop support and training.

Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from DeVry Institute of Technology.

 

DebbieDebbie Wershler, P. Geol, Vice President, Operations

Debbie Wershler is Vice President, Operations. In this position, Debbie helps drive the strategic processes at BOWEN and is responsible for over-seeing the contingent workforce management services and outsourced HR solutions. For nearly 10 years, Debbie has spearheaded BOWEN’s contract management practices, policies and operations including negotiating contracts and ensuring the company delivers accordingly. Debbie is also well-versed on Canadian employment law and regulatory framework and has an in-depth knowledge of the recruitment and employment marketplace in Canada. She plays a leadership role within the client service and delivery team and led the development of BOWEN’s Health and Safety program to become COR certified.

With more than 25 years oil and gas industry experience, Debbie has been actively delivering strategic contingent workforce management services to local, national and global companies operating in the energy sector. Previously, Debbie earned international recruiting experience, responsible for all North-American based recruitment functions including staffing service provider selection, contractor review to manage costs, and evaluating options for managing contingent workforce with a global exploration and production company.

She continues to remain actively involved in the energy sector and has participated in numerous industry research projects. Most recently, she advised on a white paper on industry labour supply and demand for the next 10 years, developing a new recruitment model to attract, retain and develop workers for hard-to-recruit locations, research to identify the tools, resources and support processes needed to increase the employment and integration of internationally trained workers living in Alberta into the upstream petroleum industry and strategic sourcing of talent possessing transferable skills from other industries.

In another life, Debbie was a geologist in the oil patch before taking a detour into human resources and recruitment.

 

Benjamin Kemp, Vice President, Corporate Development, 

As Vice President, Corporate Development, Benjamin Kemp is responsible for a broad portfolio of strategic functions at BOWEN. With responsibility for sales, marketing, client relationships and elements of our delivery, Benjamin and his team are expanding BOWEN’s reach across Canada and diversifying our client base while continuing to uphold delivery commitments and excellence for our existing clients.

Prior to joining BOWEN, Benjamin spent a decade in senior roles in the technology industry including Global Director with Oracle and General Manager of Sales Operations for Xerox Canada where he focused on developing client-centered teams that were inspired to think and act differently. After graduating in international business strategy, he honed his skills in the UK recruiting industry where he understood both the demand and supply driven markets in a highly competitive space.

Benjamin is actively involved in youth development and has introduced internship and practicum programs at BOWEN. He works directly with educational institutions focused on enhancing student success in entering the workplace.

Outside of work, Benjamin can be found in the Canadian Rockies taking full advantage of one of the world’s greatest outdoor playgrounds.