Management Team


Darren Olson - President

B.Sc. Engineering Geophysics 1984, University of Saskatchewan
Member of SEG, CSEG

Darren has over 32 years’ experience in the seismic data processing industry. He has held positions ranging from Processor to President. His experience includes founder, principal and management roles in highly successful private seismic processing companies and executive management within publicly-traded multi-disciplinary geophysical service companies with both domestic and international operations. Darren is responsible for the strategic direction of all Key Seismic resources.


Wayne Lam - Chief Financial Officer

B.Comm, CA 1988 University of Calgary
Member of ICAA

Wayne brings over 28 years of oil and gas financial leadership and operational experience to Key Seismic. Prior to joining Key Seismic, Wayne was most recently the CFO of Wenzel Downhole Tools Ltd. Prior to that, Wayne held senior financial positions with companies in the oil and gas services and producing sectors since 1992. Those positions have included the role of VP Finance with a directional drilling company, Treasurer and Controller with publicly traded oil and gas company listed on the TSX and Chief Financial Officer of a marine seismic acquisition and processing company. Wayne obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991 while articling at Arthur Andersen & Co.’s Calgary office.


Cherene Crawford - Business Development Manager

Professional Sales Certificate 2004, Mount Royal College
Member of SEG, CSEG

Cherene has been in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years with various roles in sales & marketing. Her industry sales & marketing experience has consisted of custom geomatics mapping, seismic acquisition, seismic data sales and seismic data processing. This experience has enabled her to establish a vast customer base and set a strong foundation of trust with customers. Her responsibilities at Key Seismic include aligning relationships between customers and the data processors, prospecting new opportunities, and executing company sales and technical initiatives. 


Blaine Frehlich - Vice President Processing

P.Geoph, B.Sc. Engineering Geophysics 1984, University of Saskatchewan
Member of SEG, CSEG & APEGA

Blaine is responsible for coordination of resources, management of the processing department and leading select processing projects. Blaine works closely with software, technology and systems departments to ensure Key Seismic's latest proprietary developments are effectively utilized by the processing groups. Blaine has over 31 years of combined processing and management experience. He started his career with Veritas Seismic and has previously worked for SDP, Enertec and Precision.


Dr. Richard Bale - Vice President of Research and Development

B.A. / M.A. Mathematics 1983 / 1985, Cambridge University, UK.
Ph.D. Geophysics 2006, University of Calgary
Member of SEG, CSEG and EAGE

Richard is responsible for ongoing development of leading edge processing technology for both PP and PS data at Key Seismic. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge in the UK, where he obtained both a BA and an MA in mathematics. He also has a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Calgary. Richard has 31 years of experience in geophysical R&D, including responsibility for multicomponent R&D in both WesternGeco and CGGVeritas. His work has encompassed diverse areas including Q compensation, prestack time and depth imaging, post-stack inversion, multiple attenuation and P-wave anisotropy analysis. His most significant endeavours have been in the area of multicomponent processing, imaging and analysis. Richard has authored or co-authored a number of SEG, EAGE and CSEG papers on these topics. He is also a co-instructor of the Doodletrain course “Multicomponent Seismic Exploration in Western Canada”.


Randy Law - Vice President Computing Systems

B.A.Sc. Electrical and Computer Engineering 1987, University of British Columbia
Project Management Professional Certification 2009, PMI
Member of PMI

Randy has over 30 years of hardware and software engineering experience while holding technical and managerial positions in the seismic data processing industry. Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, he gained his first 5 years of engineering and project management experience in the Telecommunication and Aerospace industries which have added to the breadth of knowledge in adopting proper methodologies in developing effective and reliable systems solutions. Randy is responsible for hands-on management of computing systems architecture, development, operations, and support at Key Seismic.