Meet our Leadership Team
At North Atlantic Refining we are more than just a group of individuals, we are a united team. We lead by the example in which we set; we create goals and achieve them. We are a group of hardworking individuals who value the talents and utmost dedication of our employees, customers and the beautiful province in which we call home.
Chief Operations Officer
Jette Enevoldsen is a native of Denmark and joined NARL in September 2019 as the refinery’s Chief Operations Officer. Jette is a seasoned professional with over twenty (20) years of experience in leadership roles in various industries such as cement manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and oil refining and has been instrumental in building strong teams, improving operational and reliability results. She brings 10 years of refining experience from Shell and BP refineries in Denmark and Germany.
As an educational background, Jette has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, a M.Sc. Eng. in Metallurgical and Materials Science from Queen’s University Ontario, as well as, an Engineering Business Administration Degree.
Jette has studied and worked in different countries of the world and still enjoys active travelling, appreciating different cultures and the beauty of nature preferably wearing her hiking boots – now from her base in St. John’s.
Chief Financial Officer
Bruce Avery is responsible for the financial services of the business including financial reporting, treasury, taxation, supply chain management, and information technology. Bruce serves on the Board Audit Committee and as well is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Atlantic Group of Companies.
Bruce joined North Atlantic in 1990 as a financial accountant and has had various roles within the Finance department including assistant controller and Corporate Controller. His educational background includes Memorial University followed by accounting diploma from College of Trades and Technology. Bruce has over 28 years of experience in the oil industry.
Manager - Operations
Paul Burton is responsible for all refinery operations at the Come by Chance refinery including the terminal and jetty loading facility. As a community steward, our goal is to safely and reliably produce, store and transport our products to our customers at home and abroad.
A Power Engineer by trade, Paul brings 30 years experience. Paul has held positions here at North Atlantic Refinery as Process and Control Technician with his most recent role as Operations Superintendent also bringing experience from the Upstream side of the Oil and Gas Industry from his previous employment with Imperial Oil and Exxon.
Vice President of Human Resources & Labor Relations
Gayle Brenton-Smith is responsible for the Human Resources and Labour Relations functions of our refinery. Gayle has a Business Degree from Memorial University and a professional designation as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).
Gayle joined North Atlantic in June 2017 after leading HR functions in many industries such as health care, education, government and transportation. She is a strategic business partner that utilizes HR metrics as the basis for solid decision making with a focus on the future. Gayle identifies a company’s most valuable asset as “its people” and she believes that an engaged workforce is a company’s greatest strategic advantage.
Gayle and her husband live in Portugal Cove together with their child, two dogs and two cats.
Manager - Business Optimization
Jaydip Bhadaliya leads our business optimization team. This team works in areas such as process engineering, economics planning, scheduling and offtake, and control systems engineering. Jaydip and his team ensure that NARL gets the best value and lowest operating cost out of every barrel of crude that is refined at the company. Earlier in his career at NARL, Jaydip held the positions of Senior Process Engineer and Planning & Scheduling lead before moving into his current role.
Prior to joining the North Atlantic team in January 2017, Jaydip worked with the Bahrain Petroleum Company in the Middle East for more than six years. At the very beginning of his fifteen years in the refining industry, Jaydip was part of a construction, commissioning and start-up team at a company named Essar Oil: a 405 kbpd refinery on the west coast of India. Jaydip has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Gujarat University, India.
Jaydip, his wife Dhara and their son Dev love Newfoundland culture and enjoy hiking beautiful trails in and around the town of Clarenville where they live.
Manager - Engineering & Capital Projects
Jeff Power is the Manager of Engineering & Capital Projects. In this role he is responsible for managing the department that executes Capital Projects to upgrade and improve the refinery’s operation. Prior this role at NARL, Jeff worked as a Project Manager with our company and focused his work on our tank farm, truck rack and marine terminal projects.
Before joining North Atlantic in 2015, Jeff gained experience in diverse workplaces. His experience ranges from working with the Provincial Government to roles in consulting and construction companies. He graduated from MUN in St. John’s in 2008 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been a practicing Professional Engineer since 2013.
Jeff and his wife, Carolyn, have two young children.
Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Environment
Jamie started his career at North Atlantic Refinery in 1998 as Fire Chief. Since then he has continued his education in the areas of Safety and Risk Management while holding various positions leading to his current role as Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Environment.
In this capacity he has leadership oversight for Process Safety Management and the Metallurgical, Engineering and Inspection Groups in addition to the traditional HSE functions.
Jamie holds an IFSAC NFPA Level III Firefighter certification through Oklahoma State University and a certificate of Fire Service Leadership from Dalhousie University. He has completed course work leading to a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations.