IMC Energy & Mining Team


  • Robert Bott

Robert has over three decades of consulting experience providing communications services with technical competencies in the fields of energy, forestry and the environment. He has conducted work for the National Energy Board (NEB), Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries, Canadian Centre for Energy Information, Petroleum Communication Foundation, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and many other organizations. He specializes in writing, research, editing, design consulting, and photography; his experience also includes speech-writing, broadcasting, film and video production, interviewing, and web content development. Robert is well versed in communicating technical subject matter to both technical and non-technical audiences, and he has participated in many research-intensive, large scale projects.

  • Ian Cameron

Ian has over 40 years of gas pipeline network system planning and related engineering experience following an extensive career with TransCanada Pipelines. He has served in roles ranging from Regulatory Project Manager to Facilities Planning Manager. He assisted in the preparation of the NEB application for the Keystone XL Pipeline and provided associated hearing support, as well as contributed to the fulfillment of post-certificate condition filings. He possesses significant gas and oil pipeline technical and regulatory expertise.

  • Colin Cook

Colin has an extensive background and knowledge of the oil industry from a 30 year career at Petro-Canada. He has worked in a variety of planning, marketing, and development roles in the areas of refining and marketing, upstream production, and Corporate groups. For the last ten years, Colin has led the strategic, planning, marketing, and commercial components of Petro-Canada’s Oil Sands strategy, including negotiating numerous large contracts and strategic transactions.

  • Rod Crockford

Rod has extensive experience in the electricity sector in Alberta. As President and CEO of EnCana Power and Processing, Rod was actively involved in a broad range of project development, commercial, operational, regulatory and public policy services.  Rod has a successful track record in development and construction of power plants, management of ongoing operations, management of the procurement of load services, and regulatory interventions. Rod’s experience spans into British Columbia as he has been actively involved with the electrification of the Cabin Gas Plant generation facility, as well as distribution and transmission development in the Dawson Creek area. He participated in the study looking at electrical alternatives for the Kitimat LNG project, provided feedback on the Dawson Chetwynd Area Transmission (DCAT) project and has participated in the Integrated Resource Plan for BC Hydro.


  • Peter Kinnear

Peter has over 25 years of experience in government relations, communications, land-use and regulatory affairs that he has developed working in both the private and public sector. Most recently, he was Manager of Public Affairs for Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), providing direct government relations, regulatory and communications management. Previously, he has worked for True North Energy, providing government relations and regulatory support for the Fort Hills oil sands project. Peter has also worked for the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) in addition to spending four years as an Executive Assistant to the Alberta Minister of Forestry, Lands and Wildlife. He has a BSc in environmental sciences from the University of Calgary.

  • Demont Lane

Dermot Lane joined IMC following a long and successful career with Fording Coal and Elk Valley Coal. He was responsible for external relations programs targeted at the provincial, national and international level to respond to political and public issues affecting the coal and mining sector. Dermot also served in Environmental Affairs and Corporate Communications. He has extensive experience with provincial and federal regulatory processes for operations in Alberta and BC. He has developed and implemented regulatory and environmental assessments and strategies and plans for major projects including public engagement and indigenous peoples' consultation requirements.

  • Ian MacLean

Ian has extensive experience in the oil industry as he has previously worked for companies like Keyera Corp, Enbridge, Suncor and Mobil. While he worked as the New Business Development Director at Keyera, Ian led the assessments of existing businesses and potential new businesses and made recommendations relating to the company's entry into new businesses. He also has extensive experience in providing advice on legal, stakeholder and customer relations matters. Ian has managed the development of regulatory approaches for numerous large scale hydrocarbon processing and terminalling projects as well as NGL projects. He has also participated in the development of stakeholder strategies with outside counsel for projects such as the Sable Offshore Energy Project and the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline.

  • Don McLeod

Don has 40 years of wide-ranging project and construction management and operations experience. His operations expertise includes the petrochemical, pipelining, oilsands, refining and fertilizer industries. Don is also experienced in highly advanced participative management systems as well as traditional management roles and he has had significant success in line management, staff management, project management and other specialist roles. Don recently managed the SNC Lavalin Edmonton office.

  • Grant McNeil

Grant has over 30 years of corporate finance and project development experience. In the project development area he focuses on feasibility analysis, financial modeling, project financings, project management and commercial negotiations. In the corporate finance area, he focuses on analyzing and financing corporate growth as well as private company acquisitions. This includes acquisition analysis, purchase negotiations, due diligence and financing. Previously, Grant was Vice-President, Corporate and Energy Banking for ScotiaBank. He also worked with Bank of America, Bank of Montreal and what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has experience in several sectors including oil & gas production and service, forestry, power, pipelines, petrochemicals, manufacturing and mining.

  • Daryl Mikalson

Daryl has extensive research, management, regulatory and environmental experience resulting from 35 years in the mining and utility industries. He has innovated, negotiated and managed on behalf of TransAlta Corporation, Associated Mining Consultants Ltd., Gartner Lee Limited, Syncrude Canada Ltd., McIntyre Mines Ltd. and CANMET. Daryl has performed regulatory and public consultation, managed health, safety and environmental programs, and managed environmental impact assessments. As well, Daryl has planned and executed community, First Nations, and regulatory consultation for the successful receipt of EUB and Alberta Environment applications.

  • Ian Murray

Ian has worked for many clients in the oil and gas, petrochemical, pipeline and mining industries.  This work has included support with government relations and public policy issues as well as active support with regulatory and stakeholder relations.

  • Jane Parks

Jane has over 22 years of experience working in the fields of government, public relations and stakeholder relations in Alberta’s private and public sector. She has held senior stakeholder relations roles with Capital Power and EPCOR Utilities, and communication, event management, and media relations roles for the Alberta Government’s labour relations ministry. Jane also spent five years as a senior consultant with Weber Shandwick Worldwide, the world’s largest stakeholder relations firm. She is well experienced with managing stakeholder engagement programs with communities, First Nations, and industry, both for the Government of Alberta, and companies such as Shell Canada, Syncrude, EPCOR and Capital Power. 

  • Ed Peplinski

For almost 30 years Ed has served the Canadian resource industry from a financial and operational perspective. His operations, engineering, and production background stems from his successful careers with both Imperial Oil and TransCanada Corporation, while his senior positions at ARC Financial and Polar Securities drive his unique and expert perspective of energy related financial issues. 

  • Wouter Raemdonck

Wouter has over 40 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry with Petrofina and later after their merger, with Total. He held senior positions on four continents with stops in Great Britain and Australia before becoming Refinery Manager in Antwerp Belgium, and later in Angola and finally Port Arthur Texas before settling in Calgary as Senior Vice President of Major Projects for Total. Under his management all these refineries underwent major modernization investments. His expertise spans from project development and implementation, to HR management, general management, operations, and business development. Wouter’s leadership and implementation skills are best illustrated by the speedy recovery of the Port Arthur refinery after Hurricane Rita. Wouter is uniquely positioned to cultivate strategic priorities in the Oil and Gas industry and transform them into confirmed effectual ventures.

  • George Rhodey

George has in addition to 6 years industrial chemicals and fertilizers, over 34 years of experience in oil sands mining and upgrading, oil refining, refined oil and lubricating oil, petrochemicals, the natural gas and natural gas liquids industries in Canada and worldwide. He had positions of increasing responsibility in operating, planning, marketing, and management and is highly experienced in providing strategic guidance and business development insight.

  • Brant Sangster

With over 30 years of industry experience, Brant has extensive hands-on experience in oil & gas strategy and development, from downstream strategic planning and refinery operations to upstream market strategies to investor and government relations. This time includes a period as Senior Vice President Oil Sands at Petro-Canada. He has held numerous VP roles spanning the downstream, corporate and upstream sectors for oil companies. He sits on the Board of Directors of several public companies.


  • Dave Sentes

David has over 25 years of experience as a financial executive in the energy industry. He gained substantial experience in the capital markets and established solid relationships with investment bankers and lenders. David's technical competence was fashioned while directing financial reporting, budgetary planning and control, risk management, tax compliance and internal audit functions. David's expertise goes beyond spreadsheets and his versatility was demonstrated while directing the marketing, human resources insurance and purchasing functions.

  • Russel Stanley

Russ has over 20 years of experience in management consulting, project development and finance. He has worked in the oil & gas, power, telecommunications, forestry, computer software, manufacturing and tourism sectors for several consulting firms including Pricewaterhouse and Deloitte & Touche.

  • Greg Taylor

Greg has had a long and decorated career in academia where he concluded a successful, decade-long tenure of the largest faculty at the University of Alberta as Dean of Science. Specializing in plant ecology, Greg earned his PhD. in Biology from Queen’s University in 1983. Dr. Taylor has led numerous research projects that span four decades that primarily focus on plant-based sciences. Greg has extensive experience in research, management, operations and implementation. Under his leadership, the University of Alberta built a 50,000 square foot, state of the art facility that focuses on interdisciplinary sciences with over 1,000 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students.

  • Rolf Wenzel

Rolf has over 24 years of experience in business development and technology transfer, co-founding, developing and selling start-up companies. His career has spanned the industries of geotechnical services; high tech manufacturing, natural gas related processing, software, industrial gas manufacturing and distribution. He has served in a number of industry organizations including chairman of the Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors.

  • Ed Whittstock

Ed has broad experiences in addressing diverse and complex problems with a high level of cross functional planning, integration and optimization. Most recently he led the integration and consolidation of the marketing portfolios for sulphur, petroleum coke, and diesel for Suncor and Petro-Canada and was responsible for planning and cost control for lodging and transportation infrastructure requirements.  Ed is experienced in coordinating and managing cross functional teams in developing business opportunities and executing transactions that enhance operational excellence in support of Oil Sands Projects. 

  • John Zaozirny

John served as Alberta's Minister of Energy and Natural Resources from 1982 to 1986, having first been elected as a Member of the Alberta Legislature in 1979. He is Vice-Chairman of Canaccord Capital Corporation and is Director and a strategic advisor to a number of public and private corporations, as well as a Governor of the Business Council of British Columbia. John provides IMC with timely advice in all of its practice areas, with particular emphasis on government relations.