Ken Topolinsky is senior vice president of innovation for Hunt Oil Company. He joined Hunt Oil Company of Canada in 2004 and led that division's exploitation department before transferring to Dallas in late 2006.
After earning a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary in 1983, Topolinsky started his career with Esso Canada, where he completed nine years in engineering, field operations and marketing capacities. He followed this with nine years in affiliate companies of TransCanada Pipelines in senior marketing and engineering capacities. During that time he served six years in Colombia working on the commercial and engineering facets of the 850 kilometer Oleoducto Central oil pipeline and marine loading facility — a $2.6 billion project involving six major shareholders and multilateral lenders. He ultimately served as the venture's vice president of operations.
He went on to work with Triton Energy as country manager in Equatorial Guinea, Africa, during the early days of the deepwater Ceiba oilfield development. Moving back to Calgary in 2001, he held a senior engineering position at Apache Canada and later joined First Calgary Petroleums as operations manager overseeing Algerian field operations.
He is a registered professional engineer and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.