About Us

This all started with a ping pong table. 

It was 2006 and oil crashed.

We were four friends: each unemployed with a knack for engineering.

So we started using James’ basement to design and create downhole tools. Although the basement wasn’t our ideal office, we made it work and used an old ping pong table as a surface to stage our shipments.

Ping pong table

At that time, the industry suffered from one primary issue: downhole electronic products had high failure rates. We wanted to make downhole pressure gauges that were both easy to use and actually worked. Starting from day one with a full ERP system, our mission was to combine the best of everything we each knew independently and make the world's best product.

When we eventually moved the ping pong table and our noisy calibration system into a 1,500 square foot commercial space, it seemed like a huge risk. But we began to develop new designs and the foundation for a healthy small business. A daring few joined us on our initial journey, and the DataCan team was born.

1500 Square ft facility

Today, our family has grown into a team of about 50 people. We occupy two offices in two countries with about 20,000 square feet of space (slightly bigger than a basement). We opened a branch in Houston, TX, and were awarded Red Deer Canada’s “2019 Business of the Year”. Although we’ve changed a lot over the last 14 years, one thing remains the same…

That ping pong table still looks great in our offices.

In 2014, DataCan purchased the electronics divisions of Quinn’s Energy Services, formerly known as Lee Specialties, and in 2019 also acquired the Measuring Head product line. We now manufacture and support the Lee Specialties line of Production Logging Tools, Data Acquisition Systems, and Software.

In 2017, DataCan Canada received its ISO 9001:2015 certification.


The Owners

Mark Hartwell

Mark Hartwell, President

Mark Hartwell is the President of DataCan and resides in Houston, TX, where he leads DataCan USA operations and supports local and international opportunities. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and enjoys seeing projects and products through to commercialization. He travels extensively, working with customers to continuously improve DataCan’s product performance.

“I fully understand how valuable it is to have a customer, someone who will trust you to deliver. Getting that first check from our first customer is a feeling I will never forget, and I try to ensure that everyone we deal with feels the gratitude we have in working with them.”

Brad Pound

Brad Pound, VP of Operations

Brad Pound is the Vice President of Operations for DataCan. He has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and has over 20 years of experience in the design of downhole electronics, systems, and packages. Brad is responsible for operations systems integration and production quality.

“We operate in a challenging market where customers are always pushing the limits of the technology. It’s a great feeling when you know your solution outperforms the others.”

James Wright

James Wright, CEO (DataCan Canada)

James Wright is the CEO, CFO, and CTO for DataCan Canada. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering and has been designing downhole instruments for over 20 years. An active community participant, James is a past Board Chair for Habitat for Humanity Red Deer. James is currently taking the Executive MBA program at Haskayne School of Business in Calgary, AB.

“We have a great team here at DataCan. We enjoy and have fun creating products that contribute to our customers’ success.”

Sheldon Nadeau

Sheldon Nadeau, Director

Sheldon Nadeau is a Director of DataCan and doing Business Development Manager. Sheldon plays a large role in Business Development and product growth. Sheldon has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and has 20 years of experience in the manufacturing and engineering of downhole tools.

“We have a great culture at DataCan, where we all understand how important reliability and customer service are.”