Talman Pizzey

Talman Pizzey, CEO, Acuren
ROI Podcast Episode 154

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Talman Pizzey is the chief executive officer for Rockwood and affiliated companies including Acuren where he leads a staff of 5000 employees in the provision of materials engineering, inspection, and rope access industrial services through 90 offices across the United States, Canada, and the UK. Talman has been with Acuren (including predecessor companies Canspec and Hanson) since 1981. 

He has broad experience in materials engineering, nondestructive testing, and visual inspection. His expertise spans industries including oil & gas, pulp & paper, chemical, and power generation. Operations management,  advanced ultrasonic applications, failure analysis, and operational efficiency are areas of specific experience.

  • 2019-current: CEO Rockwood/Acuren. Transitioned head office from Greenwich CT to Webster TX. Supported the sale process from a family office to private equity (American Securities), established a board of directors, obtained financing (syndicated loan), and established an executive leadership team. Led the team through the pandemic and completed four acquisitions in the first year as CEO.
  • 2006-2018: COO Canada. Developed best-in-class regional operations management team working effectively with corporate functional leadership. Focused the business on reoccurring revenue (maintenance vs. construction),  customer engagement, and driving cost-saving initiatives with the result of significant market share gains (moving from tied for number one to larger than numbers two through four combined).
  • 1995-2002: managed NDT Operations in the Prairies Region. Established the Oil Sands business, double-digit annual growth with leading market share obtained ISO 9002 registration, and developed strong safety culture.
  • Pre 1995: consulting metallurgical engineer and manager of various departments (Visual, Edmonton NDT, and  Advanced NDT). Developed specifications for the certification of well control equipment, determined the remaining life of steam piping in power plants, lead investigator of an industrial facility explosion, routine failure investigations including corrosion and fracture of metallic components, analysis of two train derailment incidents including an appearance in court as an expert witness, CWB level III welding inspector, vendor surveillance of a complex pipe order in  Japan, and developed advanced ultrasonic inspection equipment for pipeline girth weld inspection.


B.Sc. Metallurgical Engineering, 1987 University of Alberta 

M.B.A., 1999 University of Alberta 


Board of Directors: Acuren 2020-current, CWB Group 2004-2009 and 2013-2018 

Association of Professional Engineers and geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) 

Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation (CINDE) 

American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

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