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A. (Tony) Vanden Brink
A. (Tony) Vanden Brink, 73, is one of the highly respected gentlemen of the petroleum industry. With a career spanning 50-plus years Mr. Vanden Brink moved with dogged determination from rig hand to corporate presidencies and during the process, led technological advances in the efficiency of drilling and oilfield services in this country and abroad.
Arriving in Canada in 1950, after two years in the Royal Dutch Marines, a tip from a railway conductor brought him to the Alberta oilfields. In the thirteen years that followed, from roughneck to operations manager, Mr. Vanden Brink worked for drilling companies: Sedco, Arrow, Trident, Bawden and Jennings. During this period he supplemented his high school education by attending the Banff School of Advanced Management, also taking industry courses in drilling fluids, well control and other programs, many sponsored by P.I.T.S.
In 1964, Mr. Vanden Brink and Lawrence Harrington acquired six drilling rigs and despite poor economic conditions, paid them off in 28 months. In 1968 Mr. Vanden Brink became president of Kenting Drilling advancing to president of Kenting Ltd. in 1973. Kenting, a highly diversified company with financial problems became profitable and financially sound within two years.
In 1972 Trimac purchased Kenting and Mr. Vanden Brink continued as president. In 1980 Kenting was integrated with Trimac Ltd., a major transportation company with interests in drilling and oil and gas production. Mr. Vanden Brink became president and chief operating officer. In 1988 he retired from Trimac. Mr. Vanden Brink and Kenting received numerous awards for their contribution to the drilling industry.
Mr. Vanden Brink has been an active participant in many charitable organizations and is proud of his many years on the advisory board of the Salvation Army.