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Our Team

The USI team has extensive experience working in harsh environments in the offshore oil and gas industry as well as other heavy industries.

Doug Youden, Vice President, Operations, and Leslie Woodford, Office / Accounting Administrator, manage USI’s day-to-day operations.

Because of our working knowledge of both the pre-production and operations phases of projects, we are particularly well suited to anticipate and meet Client requirements—everything from identifying staff with the required skill sets and expertise, to providing complete project management support and solutions.

Members of the USI Team

Doug Youden, MBA, BComm, CRSP

Born and raised in St. John’s, Doug obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1986 and an MBA in 1991. In 2005 he obtained the accredited designation of CRSP (Canadian Registered Safety Professional) and has held senior management positions in various industries in Operations, Health/Safety/Environment/Quality (HSEQ), and Human Resources. Doug worked for eight years in the oil and gas industry with ASCO Canada until November 2008, when he joined Upstream Solutions Inc. as VP Operations. He is responsible for business development, human resources, safety, and operations.

Leslie Woodford

Originally from a small community in Burin, Newfoundland, Leslie moved to St. John’s to attend College of the North Atlantic where she obtained a Diploma in Business Management – Accounting in 2003. Leslie has more than five years’ experience working in the oil and gas industry. She was an Accounts Payable Analyst at Hibernia Management & Development Company Ltd. before joining the USI Team in September 2005 as Office / Accounting Administrator.

Cheryl Slaney

Originally from a small community located on the Burin Peninsula, Cheryl has obtained a Diploma in Business Management – Human Resources and a Degree in Business Administration. She has several years experience in Human Resources in private and public sector industries as well as in Oil and Gas. Cheryl joined USI in June 2011 as HR Coordinator. Her main responsibilities are in all areas of HR, including recruiting and sourcing candidates, interfacing with clients, and providing HR support to USI personnel.

Beverly Churchill

Beverly joined the USI Team as Administrative Assistant In May 2011. She has a diploma in Office Administration with eight years’ experience. She is a highly dynamic, skilled, and qualified administrative professional with diverse knowledge of handling administrative tasks.

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