Our Team

Striving for the best requires the best.

Our Team

Striving for the best requires the best.

Meet the Team

We believe you are only as good as the company you keep, striving for the best requires the best. We have industry experts that are always one step ahead, so you can be too.

Shannon Bowen-Smed, CEO

In 1984, Shannon joined BOWEN Group as a Receptionist and worked her way up the ranks, becoming the CEO in 1996.

She has helped grow the company from an employment agency to an industry leader in recruitment solutions and contingent workforce management strategies, offering a wide array of human capital strategies from coast to coast. Over the past 35 years, she has honed her skills in a variety of roles within the company including administration, recruiting, sales, marketing, HR and operations. 

Shannon is deeply embedded in the community. She’s currently a Board Member of Calgary Economic Development, Member of the Board of Trustees for the Calgary Zoo, Co-Chair of YWCA’s Hub Capital Campaign, and is a part of WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Advisory Board.

She’s also highly accomplished and recognized in the Canadian workforce. Most recently, Shannon was named a SHEInnovator by the United Nations, 2018 Women Business Enterprise of the Year, a 2016 PROFIT/Chatelaine Top 100 Female Entrepreneur and 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Shannon Bowen Smed | Permanent, Contract & Temp Staffing & Recruiting Agency | Canada
Debbie Wershler | Permanent, Contract & Temp Staffing & Recruiting Agency | Canada

Debbie Wershler, P. Geol, President

Mid-career, Debbie took a detour from her profession as an oil & gas geologist to make people the heart of every business.

Debbie champions BOWEN Group’s strategic processes. For 15 years, she has led BOWEN’s recruitment, contract management and outsourced HR solutions policies and operations. She’s well-versed in Canadian employment law and regulatory framework and spearheaded the development of BOWEN Group’s Health and Safety program to become COR certified.

With more than 30 years of 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.

Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Calgary.

Jeffrey Bowen, BSc, Vice President, Corporate Services

Jeffrey drives transformation at BOWEN Group, heading up our IT and finance departments.

Jeffrey leads a team of dedicated experts to help the organization and its clients gain operating efficiencies and reduce costs with cutting-edge technology. With an IT career that spans almost 20 years, Jeffrey brings considerable experience to BOWEN Group’s clients in operations, project management, IT strategy and leadership.

For the past 20 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 from desktop support and training to IT oversight and strategy.

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

Jeffrey Bowen | Permanent, Contract & Temp Staffing & Recruiting Agency | Canada

Patricia Kaiser, B.Comm, ICD.D, Vice President, Corporate Development

As a VP, Corporate Development for BOWEN, Pat brings 25+ years of professional services and executive experience to the role.

Previously, she was the Interim President and COO for MacKay CEO Forums and COO for Sierra Systems, which was sold to NTT DATA Services, a Top 10 Global Services Provider. In 2019, Pat was shortlisted as Business Leader of the Year for Women in IT Canada. She is excited to be working with an organization focused on “making people matter” and helping expand BOWEN into new geographies, industries and service offerings to place the company as a dominant leader in the Talent Delivery marketplace.

Giving back to the community is Pat’s priority. She currently serves as Chair of the Governance & HR Committee on the Board of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Pat holds a B. Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, attended Queens University’s Executive Marketing program, earned her ICD.D from the Rotman School of Business and has been a regular lecturer at the University of Calgary.

Dave Aikenhead, CPA, Vice President, Finance

A belief in agility and innovation directs Dave’s leadership at BOWEN Group.

Dave guides the finance and accounting teams in efficiently and effectively powering BOWEN Group and its clients forward. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the company with nearly 20 years of experience in finance positions.

Dave’s experience includes working in senior financial roles with technology and oil and gas service companies to drive performance optimization.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Dave Aikenhead| Permanent, Contract & Temp Staffing & Recruiting Agency | Canada
Julian Hallett | Permanent, Contract & Temp Staffing & Recruiting Agency | Canada

Julian Hallett, BBA, Director, Corporate Development

As head of Corporate Development, Julian shares BOWEN Group’s vision for making people matter.

Julian is passionate about introducing businesses to people strategies that enhance workplaces and help them address unsolved business problems. He’s known for building strong relationships and helping BOWEN clients achieve results.

His background includes more than 16 years working in business development, account management and sales roles with experience in technology, promotional and entertainment industries.

Julian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from SAIT and the University of Lethbridge.

Caileigh McPherson, BA, BSc, Manager, Recruitment

As the Manager of Recruitment, Caileigh champions our candidate experiences with a strong belief in relationships and customer service.

Joining BOWEN Group more than five years ago, Caileigh leads a team of recruiters dedicated to finding top talent for our clients. Caileigh has held several different roles throughout her tenure, including a specialized position in technical and field recruitment for the energy sector.

Previously living and working in Fort McMurray, Caileigh has a unique perspective and understanding of the Northern employment market and has had the opportunity to serve our clients in those geographical regions. With a passion for service excellence and making the right “match” for candidates and clients, Caileigh guides the recruitment team in going above and beyond.

Caileigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Certification in Human Resources Management, all from the University of Calgary.

Caileigh McPherson | Permanent, Contract & Temp Staffing & Recruiting Agency | Canada
Tiffany Pearsall | Permanent, Contract & Temp Staffing & Recruiting Agency | Canada

Tiffany Pearsall, Manager, Contracts

Tiffany is one of BOWEN Group’s labour force, contract and law experts.

She heads up our Contingent Workforce Management team with her insight working onsite at oil and gas field operations for more than 15 years.

In this position, Tiffany leads a team responsible for overseeing the health and safety, corporate contracting strategies, risk management and performance management of contingent workforce management and outsourced HR solutions. She’s a change agent and advocate within the client community for contractor management outsourcing, having led the initiative within various oil & gas organizations.

Tiffany holds a Diploma in Supply Chain Management from SAIT, a Contract Management Certificate and Contract Management Business Law Certificate from Mount Royal University and has completed numerous courses in contracting and contract law.

Roni Furgeson, DBA, Office Manager

Roni is the energy that keeps BOWEN Group going above and beyond.

As the Office Manager at BOWEN Group, Roni brings individuals together to harness the power of people.

With more than 15 years of office management experience, Roni leads the Corporate Administration team to deliver HR operations and office procedures. Her expertise provides BOWEN Group and its clients with the tools necessary to overcome complex problems with innovative solutions. Whether it’s through correspondence or support, Roni makes sure each individual BOWEN Group works with is cared for.

Roni holds a Diploma of Business Administration in Marketing from Mount Royal University.

Roni Furgeson | Permanent, Contract & Temp Staffing & Recruiting Agency | Canada

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