Feb 12, 2024

James Gordon Ham

  • Consultant in Drilling Fluids and Drilling Waste Management
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Contractor Business Development Drilling Geothermal Management Projects, Facilities and Construction

Personal Summary

I am a highly successful Consultant with over 30 years of experience in the drilling fluids business. My expertise includes field, technical, and management roles, with a strong track record of delivering superior customer service and achieving drilling and completion goals. I have extensive international experience, having worked in various regions including North America, South America, Europe, North Africa, East Africa, and the Middle East. I specialize in project engineering, setting up company structures, importing equipment, managing personnel, and securing contracts. I am skilled in engineered solutions to reduce non-productive time, drilling HPHT wells, horizontal and deep-water wells, mud cap drilling, and managed pressure drilling. I am also experienced in drilling waste management, reservoir drill-in systems, geothermal drilling, casing milling systems, brine systems, filtration systems, and mud plant construction. I am a strategic planner and have expertise in tender preparation and evaluation.


  • Engineered solutions to reduce NPT.
  • Extensive experience drilling HPHT wells, (WBM and SBM)
  • Horizontal wells (up to 1200 m horizontal), Multi lateral wells
  • Deep Water wells (up to 1700 metres)
  • Mud Cap Drilling and Managed Pressure Drilling.
  • Drilling Waste Management solutions
  • Zero Discharge systems
  • De-Watering and waste minimization
  • WBM Reservoir drill in Systems
  • Geothermal Drilling
  • Casing Milling Systems
  • Brine systems, CaBr2 ZnBr2, blends, mixing and handling systems
  • Filtration systems
  • Mud plant construction, Bulk Plants
  • Strategic Planning
  • Tender Preparation and Evaluation

Licenses and certifications

  • License in Drilling Fluids Engineering
  • Certification in Drilling Waste Management
  • Certification in Project Management

Awards and achievements

  • Excellence in Customer Service Award - G H Consulting
  • Top Sales Performer Award - Brichem Supply
  • Outstanding Market Analysis Award - GH & Associates
  • Business Development Achievement Award - Weatherford Drilling Fluids and Drilling Waste Management
  • Country Manager of the Year Award - Halliburton Energy Services, Baroid
  • Regional Manager of the Year Award - Tetra Technologies Int.
  • Sales and Marketing Achievement Award - Drilling Specialties Co LLC

Work Experience

Dec 2019 - Present G H Consulting

Provided drilling fluids technical support, materials procurement, supply chain and logistics support to Caribbean operations. Managed project operations.

Technical Sales
Dec 2016 - Nov 2019 Brichem Supply

Provided technical support and new product development for the drilling fluids market in Canada.

Dec 2013 - Present GH & Associates

Conducted market analysis, developed and executed entry strategies for new markets. Led product development and marketing strategies. Managed supply chain and project operations.

Global Business Development
Dec 2013 - Apr 2014 Weatherford Drilling Fluids and Drilling Waste Management

Responsible for developing new international markets for the DF/DWM group, with a focus on the Sub Saharan market. Conducted market surveys and analysis, established strategic targets, set up distribution agreements and technical alliances, prepared budgets and business plans.


Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering
Aug 1990 - Present University of Calgary
Diploma in Business Administration
Aug 1988 - Present Southern Alberta Institute of Technology