Management Team


Ken Francis - CEO/Director

Mr. Ken Francis has over 32 years experience in the industrial worksite accommodations, catering and equipment manufacturing industry.

Prior to Black Opal Energy Services Ken held a senior management positions at Horizon North Logistics overseeing manufacturing operations. Ken started his career with ATCO Camp after which he spent 14 years with PTI Group in Business Development. After leaving PTI, Ken became a founding member and the Chief Operating Officer of Shanco Camp Services. With his career at Shanco, Ken helped grow the company from a startup to a North American leader in the camps and manufacturing industry.  Ken has also previously held an Executive position with the Grand Prairie Petroleum Association.

As C.E.O and Director of Black Opal Energy Services Ken is responsible for corporate planning and will provide leadership and strategic direction to senior management.


Russ Entwistle - President/Director

Mr. Russ Entwistle has over 30 years experience in the oil & gas energy sector working with many drilling, completions and service businesses.

Prior to founding Black Opal Energy Services Russ was a Branch Manager for Peak Energy Services also formerly known as Wellco Energy. With Peak Russ was responsible for overseeing and managing all daily operations of the company as well as developing and implementing sustainable business practices. Earlier in his career Russ was a drilling and completions manager overseeing and providing guidance for the safe and efficient execution of drilled oil & gas wells. More recently he had purchased and effectively turned a failing automotive service business into a profitable and successful business.

As President and Director of Black Opal Energy Services Russ is responsible for day to day operations, ensuring the successful and stable growth of the company and corporate planning.


Doug Cann - Director

Mr. Doug Cann has over 25 years experience in the industrial worksite accommodations, catering and equipment manufacturing industry.

Prior to Black Opal Energy Services Doug was a founding member and Operations Director of Shanco Camp Services. At Shanco Doug was responsible for overseeing daily operations of the company while supporting the company’s growth.

As a Director of Black Opal Energy Services Doug is responsible corporate planning and providing mentorship to senior operations staff.


Jeff Entwistle - Business Development

Mr. Jeff Entwistle joined Black Opal Energy Services Inc. forming the new Business Development team was formed.

Jeff has extensive experience in science advocacy, communication and project management. A commitment for innovation and creativity, combined with a passion for effective teamwork keeps Jeff in the midst of all aspects of Black Opal
Operations. From field based projects, developing internal policy, regulatory matters, working closely with external stakeholders and clients; Jeff’s experience adds value to the extensive oil & gas related experience of the team.  

Jeff is a Private Sewage Installer Group 1 – all systems.