President & Executive

Martin Ferron Martin Ferron
President & Chief Executive Officer

Martin R. Ferron joined the Corporation a President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of the Board on June 7, 2012. Mr. Ferron has been in the oil and gas business since 1980 and has held executive leadership roles for the last 20 years, with both oil service and exploration and production companies. Mr. Ferron’s prior Chief Executive Officer positions include Helix Energy Solutions, a NYSE listed international energy services entity and Morrison Energy, a private oil service and production company. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering; a M.Sc. in Marine Technology; and, a MBA from three separate universities in the United Kingdom.

Joe Lambert
Chief Operating Officer

Joe Lambert joined NACG in 2008 as General Manager of Mining after an extensive career in the mining industry and was promoted to Vice President, Oil Sands Operations in September of 2010, before shifting to Chief Operating Officer in June of 2013. Prior to that, Joe’s career began in the gold industry where he spent 17 years in roles of increasing responsibility in engineering and operations both open pit and underground. Joe’s more recent contracting and oil sands experience included positions as General Manager with Ledcor and Mine Development Manager, Oil Sands with Shell. Joe graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering in 1986.


Barry Palmer
Vice President, Heavy Construction & Mining

Barry Palmer joined NACG in 1982 as a heavy equipment operator. Barry has moved up through the company over his years with NACG, holding positions of Operations Foreman, General Foreman, Superintendent, Project Manager, Operations Manager and General Manager of HC&M prior to being promoted into his present role of Vice President, Oil Sands Operations in December of 2011. In June of 2013, Barry was named Vice President, Heavy Construction & Mining. Barry’s career began in the aggregate industry, moving into road building, civil construction and heavy construction and mining over the course of his 34 years in the industry. Before joining NACG, Barry worked for PCL and Steels of Canada.


Rob Butler
Vice President, Finance

Robert J. Butler became Vice President, Finance on April 2, 2015. Mr. Butler joined us as Corporate Controller in June 2008 and was promoted to General Manager, Finance on June 1, 2013. Mr. Butler’s career in Finance extends over 24 years with roles of increasing responsibility with extensive experience leading accounting and financial reporting teams and overseeing the design and implementation of internal financial controls, processes and reporting systems.  Previously, Mr. Butler served as Director, Finance for Lafarge Canada Inc., Aggregates and Concrete Division. Mr. Butler holds a Chartered Professional Accountant, CGA designation, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Financial Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.