The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago is the representative organization for the Trinidad & Tobago oil, gas, petrochemical and heavy industrial sectors. We are based in the Point Lisas Industrial Estate - a world class hub of the dynamic energy and heavy industrial sector in Trinidad and Tobago.
Membership of the Energy Chamber is, however, drawn from across the country and beyond. Founded in 1956, the Energy Chamber is an independent a-political organization governed by a Board elected annually by the membership. The Energy Chamber has a strong tradition of vigorously and effectively representing our members' interests and for significantly contributing to national development.
The Energy Chamber is governed by a seventeen member Board, made up of sixteen volunteers elected from amongst the membership of the Chamber and the President/Chief Executive Officer (a full-time employee of the Chamber). These members are elected by the membership prior to and presented at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). There is an Executive Committee of the Board which comprises a Chairman, three Deputy Chairmen, Secretary, Treasurer and President/Chief Executive Officer. The Executive positions, with the exception of the President/Chief Executive Officer, are elected by the Board after the AGM as stipulated in the by-laws. The other nine Board members are elected for a three year term, for a maximum of six years. The immediate past Chairman remains a member of the Board for three years after his term as Chairman ends. The by-laws contain further details on this process.
The day-to-day running of the Energy Chamber is the responsibility of an Executive Office, managed by the President/Chief Executive Officer. Chamber members, the Board of Directors and the Executive Office are bound by the by-laws of the Energy Chamber.
Chairman - Mr. Vincent Pereira
Vincent Pereira is President of BHP Billiton Trinidad and Tobago, Operator of the Greater Angostura Development, where he is responsible for the growth of a legacy business in Trinidad and Tobago. Vincent has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector, both in Trinidad and Tobago and in the United States. Vincent is an Engineer by profession and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and previously served as President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter. He is the current Chairman of the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago.
Deputy Chairman - Mr. Norman Christie
Norman Christie is the regional president of BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT). Prior to assuming the role of regional president, over a period of five years, he held the positions of chief financial officer (CFO), and vice president and performance unit leader-markets for bpTT. Christie’s formal educational training has been in finance, strategy, accounting and general management. He is a certified public accountant (Illinois) and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Deputy Chairman - Mr. Eugene Tiah
Eugene Tiah is the Executive Chairman of the Energy & Industrial Gases BU of Massy. Formerly served as President of PPGPL for 13 years. Prior to his appointment as President of PPGPL, he held the positions of Director of Special Projects for NGL Marketing and System Manager at Conoco in Oklahoma. He has 32 years of experience in all aspects of process plant engineering, operations and overall business management. He has held various positions in operations/project/ construction management and business development, in Trinidad and the US. He is a former President of AmCham TT and is also a VC of ECTT. He is also a director on the boards of the ALJSB, Tringen, Yara, PLEA, STOW, Advisory Board for Habitat and Engineering Institute.
Deputy Chairman - Mr. Dwight Mahabir
Mr. Mahabir is chairman of the Damus Group of Companies. He has over 19 years of technical and leadership experience in the upstream and downstream areas of the Trinidad and Tobago energy sector with particular expertise in onshore oil production operations and heavy industrial construction. He joined the Damus Group in 1993 and in 2009 he was appointed executive chairman of Damus Ltd and Chairman of the Damus Group of Companies. Mr. Mahabir holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Treasurer - Dr. Vernon Paltoo
Dr. Vernon Paltoo was appointed president of the National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NEC) on 1 January 2013. Since joining NEC in 2004, he has held several senior positions, including team leader, business development; team leader, office of the president; manager, energy industry development; and vice president, operations. He has worked on the conceptualisation, design, development and promotion of industrial and energy-related projects in Trinidad and Tobago through several state agencies and academic institutions for the past 18 years. He has a BSc in chemical and process engineering and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, both from the University of the West Indies.
Board member - Mr. Asgar Ali
Mr. Asgar Ali has had a career spanning 29 years in the engineering, construction and maintenance industry as the managing director of Weldfab Limited. Under his guidance and leadership, the company grew from a small-scale company to a medium-sized business, with local and regional energy sector clients as well as several international partnerships. In 2003, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the Trinidad Offshore Fabricators Unlimited (TOFCO). In 1973, he attained a BSc from the University of the West Indies (UWI) in industrial chemistry, and four years later a diploma in management studies from UWI. In 1994 he successfully completed an EMBA programme from the UWI Institute of Business.
Board member - Mr. Richard De La Bastide
Richard is the President of Yara Trinidad Ltd. and possesses over thirty years of engineering and project management experience including several senior positions in Plant Management, Production Management, Operations Management, Project Management and Business Development in chemical plants in Qatar and Trinidad. Mr. de La Bastide holds an Executive Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of The West Indies and a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University, Canada. He is also a member of the Board of The Energy Chamber of Trinidad & Tobago as well as the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has presented papers on Safety in Ammonia Terminals and DeNox Systems in Reformers at AIChE Ammonia Safety Symposiums.
Board member - Ms. Arlene Chow
Arlene became Chief Operations Officer of Atlantic in January 2013 and has held leadership positions in oil and gas operations over the course of twenty years, with over a decade of experience at energy major BP in both local and foreign assignments. Most recently, she was the Chief of Staff of the Executive Office in the Production Division of BP plc at their Head office in London, where she supported the Executive Vice President in overseeing global standards, policies and processes as well as safety and operational risk and performance management of the entire BP Group. She started her oil field career at Trintoc as a geologist and held several other positions in the Petrotrin organisation and holds a BSc. in Geology and Chemistry from the University of the West Indies and MSc. in Engineering from the University of Florida.
Board member - Mr. Stephen Awah
Mr. Stephen Awah is currently the senior manager, production operations at Petrotrin’s E&P division. He started his career in 1992, working with Schlumberger as a field engineer. He then moved to Amoco in 1995 as a drilling engineer before returning to Schlumberger’s IPM group. In 1999, he moved to Tucker Energy Services and managed the company’s Trinmar business unit. In 2003, he opened his own consultancy firm and managed the introduction of PCP artificial lifts at Trinmar. In 2006, he was appointed manager-drilling and workover for Petrotrin. In 2008, he was promoted to manager, Trinmar Production Operations. Awah graduated from UWI with a BSc (Honours) in chemical engineering. In 2010, he completed a general management programme at Harvard Business School.
Board member - Mr. Blair Ferguson
Blair Ferguson is the vice president of Operations, Kenson Group of Companies. He has over 17 years of experience in the oil and gas industry of Trinidad and Tobago. He is qualified with diplomas in process plant, natural gas technology, certificates in project management and numerous energy related programmes. In 1997, he led Kenson's operations and maintenance team. He has held responsibility for Kenson's operations and maintenance contracts with major clients, namely BP, EOG, BG Trinidad and Tobago, BHP Billiton and Repsol. He has been integral in piloting Kenson's joint ventures and strategic alliances internationally. Most recently, he was responsible for linking the Kenson School of Production Technology with partners in countries such as Canada, Uganda and Nigeria.
Board member - Mr. Shazan Ali
Mr. Shazan Ali is a professional Mechanical Engineer having graduated in 1969 and worked in the Texaco Organisation at Pointe-a-Pierre, Trinidad from 1969 to 1982. In his last position, he oversaw the Refining Maintenance function at the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery. He also worked at various Texaco Installations in the USA namely the Engineering Department at Texaco Houston's office, the Refinery at Texaco's Port Arthur Plant and Texaco's Tulsa, Oklahoma Refinery. In 1981 he was appointed to the International Staff of Texaco Incorporated. During the 1970's Mr. Ali was a member of the Texaco - Trinidad project team co-ordinating the Installation of the Desulphurisation Plant at Pointe-a-Pierre. Mr. Ali has also successfully led the TOSL Engineering Limited Organisation from its birth in 1982 to the present day.
President & CEO - Dr. Thackwray Driver
Dr. Thackwray “Dax” Driver has been the chief executive officer of the Energy Chamber for the past twelve years. During this time, he has overseen the transformation of the South Trinidad Chamber into the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago. He has pioneered numerous new initiatives and activities for the Energy Chamber, including the Safe to Work Initiative and the Energy Industry Competency Development Initiative. Prior to joining the Energy Chamber, he was the coordinator of the Inter American Development Bank-funded agriculture sector reform programme and worked as a consultant on numerous land and natural resource projects in the Caribbean and Africa. He has a PhD from the University of London for a thesis examining land, environment and development policies in colonial Lesotho.
Immediate Past President - Mr. Roger Packer
Roger Packer was elected as a member of the Council of The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago in 2003, having previously served on the Council between 1987 and 1990. In September 2011 he was elected as President of the Energy Chamber. He has been the Managing Director of Tucker Energy Services Ltd. since 1992. In 1995, he obtained an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBD) from the University of the West Indies. In 2002, Mr. Packer was the Membership Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers –Trinidad and Tobago section.