IMC Oil Sands 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 extensive knowledge of the oil industry from a 30-year career at Petro-Canada. Colin led the strategic, planning, marketing, and commercial components of Petro-Canada’s Oil Sands strategy. He was heavily involved in the development and economic analysis of upgrading strategies for the Edmonton refinery, the Fort Hills mining and upgrading plan, major processing arrangements, and market assessments for oil sands production.

  • 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.

  • Jim Horsman, Q.C.

Jim has had a distinguished career in public service and politics spanning nearly twenty years.  First elected to the Alberta Legislature as MLA for Medicine Hat in 1975, he served five consecutive terms (1975 to 1993), fourteen years of which he served as Minister of the Crown in roles ranging from Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs to Attorney General and Deputy Premier. Jim chaired the Cabinet Task Force on International Trade Negotiations and was chief NAFTA negotiator for the Province.

  • 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.

  • Allan Legge

Allan has over 35 years of experience in designing, conducting and evaluating research on air quality and the effects of air pollution on Albertan and international terrestrial ecosystems. He is an expert in multidisciplinary environmental research design, initiation, coordination, management and execution. Allan received various awards by organizations such as the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists; Alberta Research Council and the Air and Waste Management Association. He has experience in government and industry related research projects and has worked with the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board; Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development; Husky; Petro-Canada and TransCanada Pipeline. Allan was previously the Senior Research Scientist with the Kananaskis Centre for Environmental Research and Senior Research Officer for the Alberta Research Council.

  • 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. 

  • Donald J. McLeod

Don has 40 years of wide-ranging project and construction management and operations experience. His operations expertise includes the oil sands, petrochemical, pipelining, refining and fertilizer industries. Don recently managed the SNC Lavalin Edmonton office.

  • Grant McNeil

Grant has over 30 years of corporate finance and project development experience. Grant was Vice-President, Corporate and Energy Banking for ScotiaBank. He has particular expertise in feasibility analysis, financial modeling, project financings, project management and commercial negotiations
  • Daryl Mikalson

For 35 years, Daryl has performed regulatory and public consultations, developed health, safety and environmental programs, and managed environmental impact assessments for major energy and mining companies such as Syncrude, McIntyre Mines and CANMET.

  • Ian Murray

Ian has experience providing a broad range of project development, commercial, regulatory and public policy related services to oil sands clients. This has included hands-on project development and transition management roles supporting regulatory and government relations activities. He has considerable experience coordinating and implementing detailed feasibility studies, due diligence work, and market analysis for private and public sector clients related to complex oil sands issues.

  • 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 over 21 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.

  • Joe Richichi

Joe has more than 35 years of experience in accounting, transportation and logistics, and business management.  His transportation and logistics experience includes considerable leading edge experience with re-load and storage facilities, and marine transport via barge and large ocean-going vessels.  He worked for 20 of those years in the pulp and paper industry with the Celgar Pulp Company, Avenor Inc. and St. Mary’s Paper, where he innovated, designed, restructured, and negotiated transportation and distribution programs that led to substantial margin improvements. Joe is a business graduate of Selkirk College, and a CGA with numerous transportation and management certificates from institutions such as McGill and York University, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

  • Brant Sangster

With over 30 years of industry experience, Brant has extensive hands-on experience in oil sands strategy and development. He served as Senior Vice President Oil Sands at Petro-Canada and 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.

  • Russell 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.

  •  Rolf Wenzel

Rolf has over 24 years of experience in the development and disposition of startup companies. Sector experience includes energy services, transportation, software, high tech manufacturing and industrial gases. Over his years with IMC he has worked on numerous projects in bioindustrial technology, economic due diligence and feasibility assessments, strategic and tactical planning and new product market assessments.

  • Ed Wittstock

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 MLA 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.


  • Hal Gunardson (Technical Specialist)

Hal has 37 years of engineering and commercial experience through positions including Manager of Commercial Technology with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. and as a self-employed chemical process consultant. He supported the development of a gasification technology demo plant and initiated and developed multi plant, multi-customer hydrogen pipeline networks to serve the refining and oil sands upgrading industry.


  • John Oxenford (Technical Specialist)

John graduated with a BSc from the University of Queensland and an ME from Colorado School of Mines.  He has spent over 35 years in the resource industries in the USA, Australia and Canada including 24 years in the oil sands of Alberta and over 10 years in the mineral sands industry in Canada and Australia.