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Mr. Blaine LaBonte, ICD.D 


When Blaine LaBonte joined Cougar Drilling Solutions in 1992, few people realized he’d eventually transform the small Canadian firm into an international oilfield services provider.

He jumped at the chance to buy Cougar in 2005 and become its president. In 2011, he became the CEO of Cougar Drilling Solutions.  He sold the company to international investors in 2019. Today, Blaine spends his time on family, community projects, startups, and angel investing.



B.Sc Science, University of Alberta 1993

Executive MBA, Harvard University, 2009

ICD.D Designation, Institute of Corporate Directors, 2022


Other work:

Cougar Drilling Solutions, Board member, 2005 – 2019

YPO Alberta/Gold Gold Board member, 2010 – present

20th Field Artillery Regiment, Board member, 2015 – present

Honourary Colonel, 20th Field Regiment, 2015 – present

University of Alberta Venture Mentorship Service, Board member, 2017 – present

Mawji Centre at NAIT, Advisory Board member, 2019 – present

Edmonton Unlimited, Board Member, 2023 – present