About Us

Our Company

Necessity has dictated that players survive over spectators in the realm of successful companies, and Canoco is built on the drive and ambition of those that know we control our own destiny. Good solid hard work will be rewarded with more work – and that is who Canoco is.

Canoco Energy Services is focused in four areas of excellence:

Delivering best in class turnaround results.
Exemplary asset and integrity management.
Demonstrating how partners succeed together.
Define " What Good Looks Like" and delivering it.

We are committed to providing our clients with an interactive experience unlike any other vendor has provided. Furthermore, Canoco is committed to aligning with your company to deliver success.

Experience unlike any other vendor has provided and aligning with you to deliver the outcomes you have long desired.

Mission statement

Our Mission

Provide optimal value to our clients through a culture of safety and integrity. Consistently and predictively deliver best-in-class results.

Our Vision

Canoco Energy is the place of choice for both clients and employees as we forge a revolutionary path in the energy sector through collaboration, positive relationships, and an uncompromising work ethic.

Our Values

We are responsible, accountable, respectful, effective, and efficient.
We promote honesty, integrity, and transparency in all we do.
We encourage innovation to meet challenges.
We foster an environment of collaboration.

We Are What Good Looks like

Our Team

Chris Engel


Chris is the owner and founder of Canoco Energy Services, and part-owner of Hawk Oil Hauling. A natural entrepreneur, Chris started his first company at 23 years old and has continued to expand since. He started in the industry as a welder, and quickly accelerated in his roles to Superintendent, Turnaround Manager, and Project Manager. His years of experience has led him through the natural progression of management positions focused on delivering excellent results.

Chris’ strong work ethic and commitment is made evident by his track record of successful projects in fast-paced environments with tight deadlines. His strengths include effectively and quickly evaluating information, identifying critical issues, assessing risks and benefits, and making decisions based on vast information, sound judgment and knowledge.

Canoco’s founder has brought a new way of thinking to business and shutdowns, focusing on the importance of a strong team, and prioritizing both cost and execution. He strives to exemplify “What Good Looks Like” to his clients, leaving them in a better position than when he arrived, and values integrity, workmanship and building trusting relationships.

Chris’ innovative approach to the industry and dedication has not gone without notice – he was invited to speak at the 2019 Oil & Gas Convention in Austin, Texas; and he was recently featured in the Top 100 magazine as one of Canada’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs. With Chris at the helm, an experienced and dedicated Board of Directors and amongst some of the best mentors in the business, Canoco Energy Services undoubtedly has a promising future.

Nick Nephin

Chief Operating Officer

Born and raised an Alberta boy, Nick grew up playing any and all sports. Immediately out of high school, Nick entered into the Pipefitting trade and quickly was promoted to supervisory and leadership roles, and eventually as a Superintendent.Looking for a change in direction, Nick entered into Quality Inspection in the OIl & Gas industry. Over the following decade, his knowledge and experience extended into Welding, Materials, Coatings, and NDE Testing until he achieved the role of Quality Manager.

As a Quality Manager, Nick spent much of his time and knowledge in working with government regulators to obtain company procedures, certificates, and construction scope execution approvals.

Nick has recently moved his experience to the client side as a client QA representative, expanding to areas such as shop inspections, onsite maintenance and major capital projects. These new experiences have given Nick a fresh perspective within the Quality world, elevating his knowledge and understanding to a new level.

Chris Sierra


Chris Sierra began his career early, obtaining two trade tickets by the age of 23. He spent the early years of his career sharpening his skills, dedicated to becoming a well-rounded tradesman, successfully completing various projects of all sizes, and quickly acquired a specialized skill set required in the energy sector.

After several years experience in pipeline ti facility maintenance, Chris started to take on larger scale projects completing extensive repairs for one of Alberta’s largest oil sand locations, and he was proud to be part of the team that completed these projects within the budget and in a timely manner.

Shifting his focus in recent years to sharpening his leadership and management skills, Chris has excelled in the planning and coordination of large-scale industrial projects, executing safely, on time, and within budget. He is eager to continuously evolve as a leader, and is dedicated to his trade, to his team, and to providing the best possible product and services at all times.


Canoco Energy Services believes that culture is what drives success and makes the unexpected happen.

The foundation of our company is built on corporate culture.

The founders and principle leaders of Canoco are all aligned to ensure we follow and deliver exemplary results through a “We Care” and “We Control the Environment”.

We are diligent to only employ those that align with this mantra and are excited about being part of a unique team.


Driven Results: Over half of Canoco’s leadership carries multiple quality designations as well as extensive leadership skills, allowing Canoco the ability to see events from multiple angles.

Canoco Energy’s Quality Management system (QMS) meets and exceeds ISO 9001 main clauses and requirements, including but not limited to Quality Management System requirements, Management responsibility, Resource Management, Product Realization, and Measurement Analysis and Improvement.
Canoco strives for utmost quality which in turn ensures the Safety, Reliability, and Sustainability of all craftsmanship delivered to clientele.
Canoco brings a family mentality to all aspects of the company which in turn creates quality attributes that are not matched by typical Quality Management Systems.

Our Certification

ABSA AQP-22070
ASME Section VIII-1 Pressure Vessels
ASME Section I Power Boilers
ASME Section IV Heating Boilers
ASME B31.1 Boiler External Piping
ASME B31.1 Power Piping
ASME B31.3 Process Piping
CSA Z662 Steam Pipelines
PQ Testing of Welders
CWB CSA Standard W47.1 DIV 2
Comply Works
ISN Networld