Roger Newnham, Mech. E., C. Eng., Eur. Ing.
Director - Corporate Sales
Roger Newnham has more than forty years' experience in the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries, first as a mechanical engineer and then as a project engineer on direct-fired heater design, engineering, and installation. A native of the United Kingdom, Roger emigrated to Canada in 1980 and formed Born Heaters Canada ULC as an independent company in January of 1988. Born Canada was acquired by OnQuest in 2005 and Roger remained president of OnQuest's Canadian operations until early 2014, when he undertook a new global role as Senior Vice President of Sales for OnQuest.
Under Roger's leadership Born Canada completed well in excess of 200 furnace projects for clients in the United Kingdom, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East, and OnQuest Canada continues to serve clients worldwide. The Canadian entity also has specific expertise in customized burner management systems, and has provided clients with design, engineering, and other services related to burner rehabilitation and revamps.
Prior to establishing Born Canada, Roger was a Senior Project Manager for SNC/FW Fired Heaters, Ltd., in Calgary, from 1984 to 1987, where he had overall responsibility for design, engineering, fabrication, and construction of heaters on projects for a range of Canadian companies, and for controlling and managing engineering and implementation costs. Before that, he was a Senior Project Engineer and Project Manager for the Petroleum Corporation of New Zealand, where he had overall engineering responsibility for the first onshore oil production facility in the country. Previous positions included working as a Senior Project Engineer and Area Construction Superintendent for Alberta Gas Chemicals from 1981 to 1983, and as a Mechanical Engineer for Fluor Canada Ltd., in Calgary, from 1980 to 1981. From 1973 to 1980, he was a mechanical engineer at Born Heaters, Ltd., in Brighton, England, where he specialized in direct-fired heater process design, engineering, construction planning, costing, and installation.
Roger is a member of the Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs (FEANI) and of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK). He graduated from Brighton University in Brighton, England.