About project canary
The U.S. oil & gas industry is changing its outlook on Environmental, Sustainability and Governance (ESG) issues.
An Existential Threat
Increasingly, companies, activists, regulators and elected officials are focusing on fugitive emissions of Methane and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) as a possible contributor to greenhouse gasses.
The challenge for the industry is that many regulators and officials aren’t just advocating for improved control of emissions, but instead eliminating the use of natural gas altogether. From Berkeley to Boston, the use of natural gas as a heating and cooking fuel is being challenged. Some state governments are slow-walking, or even denying permits for new pipeline construction. Meaning, that even if they have responsibly sourced natural gas, energy producers can’t get it to market. The result can be infrastructure bottlenecks that depress commodity prices and impair economic returns.
The information and global economies depend on reliable baseload power. Although renewables are increasing their contribution to the overall energy need, current renewable energy sources are intermittent and unable to serve the needs of the modern economy independently. Oil and gas resources will be an essential part of the world’s energy mix for the foreseeable future in providing reliable baseload and transportation fuel.
E&P companies have come a long way in reducing fugitive emissions from only a decade ago. Infrared cameras, aircraft and satellites give operators a choice, but these methods are expensive and not continuous.
David Armitage, a geologist and serial entrepreneur, saw the writing on the wall and recognized this capability gap. He realized oil and gas operators needed an affordable and effective solution for raising their level of responsible resource development.
That solution is Project Canary – a continuous, rugged, simple and affordable system for accurately monitoring, detecting and fixing fugitive emissions leaks. The Project Canary solution works like a smoke detector for Methane and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), giving oil and gas operators real-time data and alerts. Operators using the Project Canary solution can quickly mobilize Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) resources to the locations where they are needed to fix leaks fast.
Project Canary units are popular! Since the first units were deployed, our flock has grown to over 700 and our scalable information infrastructure has captured millions of individual data points.
Importantly, the Project Canary solution is more than just sensors in the field, it is a comprehensive environmental information platform. This platform provides operators the actionable and reliable data they need to demonstrate responsible resource development, minimize risk and prove they are a good neighbor.
Chris Romer, President
Chris Romer is responsible for strategic management, business development, regulatory policy, and capital formation. He spent 24 years developing energy infrastructure and public-private partnerships with investment banks, including JPMorgan & Citibank, and was a leader in energy policy as a Colorado State Senator from 2006 – 2010.
Chris is also a co-founder and senior advisor at Guild Education, Denver’s fastest-growing SAAS startup, where he has helped Fortune 500 companies partner with top universities to offer education as a benefit to increase employee satisfaction and retention. His background in energy, education, policymaking, B-Corp capital formation, and entrepreneurship is instrumental in achieving Project Canary’s mission-driven growth goals and customer service objectives. His passion is developing balanced energy policies to facilitate sustainable economic growth because there is no planet B.
Chris holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University.
Carrie Hudak, Chief Operating Officer
Carrie Hudak is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, including supply chain management, field monitoring systems and customer facing initiatives. She plays a key role in coordinating company resources to fulfill the Project Canary brand promise and ensure customer success as the company grows. Carrie brings depth of experience in technical, operational and executive positions at Anadarko, most recently as Vice President, DJ Basin Development where she was directly responsible for leading an asset development team. Prior to that, she served in other key roles at Anadarko, including Director, Rockies Business Development as well as diverse leadership and technical roles over her 19-year career at the company.
Carrie previously served as Chairperson and Board Member of Coloradoans for Responsible Energy Development and as Treasurer and Executive Board Member for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. She currently serves on the Mile High United Way Board of Trustees and on the Board of the American Red Cross of the Mile High Area.
Carrie received a Master’s Degree in Geology from Duke University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Miami University.
William Foiles, Vice President - Product Management & Growth
Will Foiles is responsible for new product development, growth strategy, partnership building, financial modeling, clean gas market development, operations, and long-term data projects. His background in energy finance and work developing data acquisition technologies is vital to Canary’s long-term technology goals.
Will holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, an MS in Finance from Villanova’s School of Business, and an BBA in Real Estate from University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.
Eric Saabye, Vice President of Operations and IT
Eric Saabye is responsible for the deployment and maintenance of the company’s field sensor network as well as development and advancement of the Project Canary Environmental Data Platform.
He brings more than 14 years of experience in the energy sector with Whiting Petroleum Corporation and more than 20 years of total experience in information technology and engineering. While at Whiting Petroleum Corporation, Eric served as Senior Manager – Scada and Field Analytics and as Director of Information Technology and Infrastructure Manager.
Eric studied at Colorado State University and currently resides in the Denver metropolitan area.
Austin Heitmann, Senior Manager of Air Quality Engineering
Austin Heitmann is responsible for technical sales, project management, supporting new product development, and designing continuous air quality monitoring systems. He also plays a key role in working with customers and Project Canary team members to enhance existing systems and develop new solutions. His background in introducing new technologies into the oilfield, specifically air quality monitoring sensors and systems to monitor fence line conditions, makes him a valuable resource for existing and prospective customers.
Austin holds a BS from Colorado State University in Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Jason Clark, Senior Environmental Field Technician
Jason Clark is responsible for the installation and maintenance of operational devices, communication with customer field staff, improving data platform functionality, maintaining midpoint inventory locations, hardware assembly and management of field technicians.
Jason brings over nine years of oilfield experience working with CalFrac Well Services and two other local oilfield service companies. His extensive oilfield experience includes performing a wide variety of services, including manifold setup, sand distribution, produced water hauling and transport supervising where he directly managed over 25 drivers on any given day. Jason’s knowledge of energy field operations and crew management expertise are vital to ensuring functioning devices over a wide area.
Charlie Losche, Operations and Customer Success Manager
Charlie Losche is responsible for establishing and leading Project Canary’s Customer Success strategy, as well as developing field operations.
Prior to joing Project Canary, Charlie served the Colorado Governor’s office lead transition staffer focused on economic development and workforce. In this role, Charlie coordinated the selection of the Executive Directors for Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment, and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
Charlie holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado Boulder.