Meet our Leadership Team
At NARL Refining LP we are more then 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 Executive Officer
Thomas Jenke is initially from the Europeen country of Germany but found his way to NL Canada to become the Chief Executive Officer of our company in 2018. He is responsible for the entire refinery activities as a whole. Thomas is accountable for guiding NARL’s strategy and keeping the company focused on its goals.
Prior to this role, Thomas worked for Shell and completed work for them in many different countries including Brunei, Denmark, UK, Italy, The Netherlands, and Germany. His previous roles in the industry ranged from refining, LNG, commercial as well as logistics. Thomas is not only very experienced, but also extremely educated, holding both a Masters and PhD in Chemistry.
Thomas and his wife have two children who keep them both active by playing sports and enjoying the hiking trails in Newfoundland.
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
William Newton 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.
William brings 30 years of refining experience from Chevron and Western refining. He has had a variety of leadership roles, including sitting on the southwest regional board of the American Red Cross. William is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico university with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
William and his wife, Nila, have three grown children that allow them to enjoy the natural beauty of the Newfoundland landscape and culture.
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.
Selma Martin is the Executive Assistant to the Refinery Manager/CEO and is responsible for supporting the Senior Leadership Team. In her 18 years here at North Atlantic she has held positions with the Engineering and Human Resources Departments.
After completing her studies at College of the North Atlantic, Selma worked closely with medical teams at Eastern Health, Clarenville Medical Arts Clinic and Atlantic Offshore Medical Services.
Selma is from the great town of Sunnyside. She enjoys gardening, hiking, spending time with family and volunteering with the Autism Society’s Eastern District and the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Manager - Maintenance and Reliability
Rod Robbins joined the refinery twenty-two years ago as a millwright. He has since held several different roles within the refinery, working his way up to the role of Maintenance & Reliability Manager.
Rod and his wife Lisa have two boys that keep them busy with sports and academics.
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.