Steve Bassett: President/Owner
Steve Bassett started the company known as Bassett Petroleum in October 1989 as an agent for Shell Canada. The main functions of the business were to sell fuel products for both home heating oil and industrial supply in Hay River, Fort Smith Enterprise, Fort Providence and Fort Resolution. In 1991 the company diversified into the stockpiling and distribution of salt products. They acted as a broker for several years until 2002 where he acquired the business as an independent contractor. In 1998 Bassett Petroleum expanded to Yellowknife to establish a broker agency for the distribution and sales of petroleum products in the area and the northern remote communities. In addition to the sales and distribution of products, Bassett also assisted the communities of Fort Smith, Katlodeeche First Nation and Enterprise with the development of their own gas retailers. He installed the pumps and supplied the product to the three retailers.
Norm Bassett: Vice President/General Manager
Norman grew up in the Basset Petroleum Distributors Ltd family fuel business. As the eldest son of the founder Steve Bassett, he became involved with the business at an early age. He has completed duties including off-loading rail cars, drumming fuel, loading trucks, operating various equipment, working in the maintenance department, etc before working full time for the Company after University graduation. Norm has held positions of Dispatcher, Operations Manager, Manager of Sales and Marketing until his new position as Edmonton Branch Manager which he assumed in 2007. Norman was appointed a Vice President in 2009 with special emphasis on finances in addition to his duties of overseeing the operations of all Four Branches.
Brent Barriault: Director of Industrial Relations
Brent has been in the transportation industry since 1980, starting as a driver and moving from the driver’s seat to Transportation Compliance Coordinator for Parkland Industries from 2004 – 2011. As an Transportation Compliance Coordinator Brent was responsible for training, loss prevention and safety aspects of the company. Brent was then hired by Bassett in 2012 as the Associate Director of Industrial Relations and eventually succeeding to Director of Industrial Relations in 2013. Brent is responsible for training, industry audits and compliance, safety, development of safe work practices and safe work procedures, loss prevention, worksite inspections, etc.
Craig Zelizney: Manager of Commercial Fuels and Lubricants
Craig Zelizney started his career in Petroleum sales with Federated Co-op. From there he moved over to Bluewave Energy as an Account Manager. Craig was hired to handle the sales and branch transitions from Shell to Bluewave Energy for Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Alberta, Northern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. With an excellent sales record, Craig was promoted to Branch Manager in Edmonton. From this position Craig was then promoted to Regional Operations Manager for Lubricants, Fuels and Propane.
Craig Zelizney was hired by Bassett Petroleum in 2012 as their Manager of Business development but has recently been promoted to Manager of Commercial Fuels and Lubricants.
David Podlubny: Senior Account Manager Commercial Fuels and Lubricants
Dave Podlubny began his career in Petroleum sales with AFD or Alberta Fuel Distributors in 1997. After AFD, Dave went to the technical side of the industry and started a sales trend with Staveley Services Canada in Edmonton. This lead him to 7 good years with The Novaflex Group as a Territory Manager, at which point he accepted a Senior Account Manager position in 2014 with the Bassett family. It’s been a great new start and Dave is looking forward to an exponential sales growth with the company.
Ron Holtet: Controller
Ron grew up in petroleum business holding various positions within the petroleum business including operating bulk plants and service stations, dispatcher, inventory control clerk, and accounting clerk. Ron was the Controller for Instinct Trucking Ltd, an international fuel transportation company for approximately 8 years before assuming his present position as the Bassett Petroleum Distributor Ltd Controller in 2008. Ron has been instrumental in developing and revamping Bassett Petroleum Distributors Ltd accounting system, reporting systems, inventory control systems and work order processes.
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Gail Marshall: Branch Manager Hay River
Gail started with Bassett Petroleum in 2005 as a finance clerk and today she is the Branch Manager.
Peter Lane: Branch Manger Yellowknife
Peter was originally hired as a driver for the previous shell agent in Yellowknife. When Steve Bassett became the agent in Yellowknife in 1997 he did not hesitate to retain Peter and made him the Branch Manager of Yellowknife.
Tony McEwen: Branch Manager Sherwood Park
Tony was hired by Bassett Petroleum in 2003. He was made the transition from Driver to Branch Manager over the last 12 years and has become an valuable leader with Bassett Petroleum.
Shawn Furlong: Branch Manager of Fort McMurray
Shawn was hired in 2008 to oversee operations in Fort McMurray as operations manager. Shawn has been around the fuel industry for over 20 years. Starting as a driver and most recently was promoted to Branch Manager in 2010.