Neal Barnes is the Minestar Group’s founder and President, launching the company in 2015. Neal is responsible for the architecture of the company’s vision, strategy and capability development.
Prior to Minestar, Neal held a number of executive positions, including President and CEO of a General Contracting and Consulting company. He was also the Regional Director of Oilsands for a major General Contracting Company. Neal played a key role in the acquisition, transition and consolidation of company takeovers, was responsible for the financial and operational performance of the core business and lead the transition from an operating loss to profitability and revenue growth within two years.
Neal has also owned and operated successful business ventures, providing specialist contracting and consulting services in the industrial markets. In his consulting role, he worked extensively with Indigenous communities developing their commercial models and partnerships. This included leading the negotiation and development of Impact Benefit Agreements with producers on behalf of a number of communities.
Prior to his executive experience, Neal had operational leadership roles at the Senior Construction Manager and Site Superintendent levels in construction and maintenance projects. This included responsibility for major Turnaround and new plant construction at multiple sites across the mining, energy and resource industries within Canada and internationally. Neal completed his trade certifications as a Journeyman Steamfitter and Journeyman Welder. He also holds NCSO, CWB level 1 and Master Scheduler designations.
Neal’s career is a unique blend of workplace to boardroom experience combined with entrepreneurial creativity. This translates directly to the essence of Minestar’s organizational design and operating philosophy, with hands on direct leadership engagement, from President to tradesman, and organizational focus on service delivery effectiveness.