Our Team

 

We are a uniquely designed team of exceptionally credentialed experts with an approximately 1000 combined years of hands-on experience with domestic and multinational resource clients, and Western Canadian municipal and provincial governments. 

 


 

  • Ian Murray - President & General Counsel

In addition to Ian's internal IMC management roles as President and General Legal Counsel, Ian has 24 years of experience providing services to an array of private and public clients, with a focus on the natural resources and manufacturing industries. Prior to founding IMC in 1989, Ian articled for the law firm Parlee McLaws, worked in the acquisitions department of Varity Corporation and was Executive Assistant to the Alberta Minister of Forestry, Lands and Wildlife.  He has a unique combination of expertise and experience in the areas of project management, commercial negotiations, finance, law and government. His work has included providing clients with active hands-on project management of large greenfield projects as well as transition management services for large private and public sector clients during restructurings or periods of change.

 

  • Rolf Wenzel - Vice President, Calgary

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. 

 

  • Patrick Spotowski - Controller

Patrick  has 20 years of experience working within an accounting environment. He has extensive knowledge on accounting controls; payroll and financial principles. Patrick has provided support in project finances and project management and is familiar with various accounting systems and reporting structures.


  • Vinoth Babu - Manager, Client & Marketing Support
  • Vinoth is a recent MBA graduate, specializing in Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment (NREE), from the University of Alberta. He has focused in marketing, with emphasis in the area of online sales and marketing. Vinoth is also an engineer and previously worked for three years in engineering design and project management for Technip, a multinational engineering firm. In addition, he has experience with regulatory and market research in the oil and gas and oil sands sectors. 

     

    • Badri Venkataraman - Project Support Manager
    • Badri comes in with 5 years of experience in inside sales, client liaison and process improvement initiatives. He is a recent MBA graduate from the University of Alberta, with a focus on marketing and operations management. Badri is also an electrical engineer and worked as an Inside Sales Specialist for 4 years at Emerson Electric, where he managed technical proposals and RFPs for power and oil & gas industries. Additionally, he has experience in sales, client interaction and project management activities – gained from running his own technology firm. 


 

  • Eric Abrahams
  • Eric has extensive familiarity with energy policy and broad natural resource policy, having specialized on the subject while attaining a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta. Aside from his academic experience, Eric has a diverse background ranging from having established strong client relations, managing large projects and working alongside government and industry through public engagement projects. He also has considerable project research, support and coordination experience.

     

  • Ted Allen

  • Ted has over 35 years of experience in agriculture and business and has held many senior roles, including president and Chairman of the Board of Agricore United and served as Director on numerous boards including the Royal Bank of Canada, the Chamber of Maritime Commerce (Chairman), Chairman of the Board and CEO of United Oilseeds Ltd., the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Enmax Corporation, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, and the Alberta Audit Committee – a provincially nominated advisory group. He has had significant involvement in political policy matters at the federal and provincial level.

     

  • Larry Archer

  • Based in Winnipeg, Larry is a professional with a strong background in agriculture and information technology. For the past 30 years, Larry has been directly involved in working with small to mid-sized manufacturing and grain processing companies. His experience involves operational restructuring, change management, and training and implementing ERP software. Using the data obtained from the newly integrated environment, Larry is able to develop the management reporting tools needed to monitor their daily operation and the effects of further bottom line operation changes to a company's performance. As a business operations consultant, Larry believes the full integration of technology into business operations provides the controls and metrics needed to manage successfully into the ever-increasing complexity of their customers' and government demands.

     

    • Riffat Aziz

    • With over 8 years of experience spanning construction, oil & gas and the renewable industries, Riffat brings to the table diversified experience with exposure to fiscal regimes across the Middle East and North Africa. Her work involved the development of financial models in the evaluation of multi million dollar upstream initiatives, as well as developing business models to derive value from waste to energy facilities. Riffat also has experience in evaluating the commercial viability of long-term projects, through operational and financial projections. With an MBA in International Business, Riffat is dedicated to quality initiatives and she has also volunteered her time evaluating organizations in accordance with guidelines of the European Foundation of Quality Management. She has also consulted as an independent party for projects that involve developing criteria and identifying excellence within organizations

       

  • James Baker

James has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with particular expertise in Saskatchewan and Alberta. He was previously General Manager for North Canadian Oil (NCO) in its Regina office where primary responsibilities included government relations and accompanying royalty issues as well as natural gas marketing. Later he was Vice President, Operations for Lateral Vector Resources, a publicly traded oil and gas company based in Regina. He has also been involved with start-ups and acquisitions in the energy industry in Saskatchewan. Over the last decade he has consulted on oil and gas related issues providing business development, government relations and regulatory support services. He also sits on the boards of several companies, including SaskEnergy, Kineticor Resource Corporation and Keystone Royalty Corporation.

 

  • Allan Bly

Allan has over thirty years of experience in the telecommunications industry as a communications engineer, project manager, trainer, and consultant. During the course of his career, Allan has travelled worldwide teaching and consulting for major telecommunication companies including: Nortel, Cisco, Bell Labs, Bellcore, SaskTel, TELUS, and Bell Canada. For the past eight years, Allan’s primary focus has been working with Alberta rural municipalities to develop and implement rural communication implementation plans, which are then used to obtain capital infrastructure funds from the Federal and Provincial Governments. He also has vast expertise in the Internet of Things and has completed projects which are related to the installation and setup of systems for remote monitoring of oil field sites. Allan is currently working as the project manager in the construction of five utility towers in two Counties—two of the five sites include the planning, design, and construction of a fibre backhaul to either a SuperNet PoP or a TELUS central office.


  • 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.

 
  • Robert Campbell

Rob has over 25 years of expertise with a focus in the areas of governance, change management, risk management, regulatory compliance, mergers, and operational improvement. He has helped public and private sector clients across multiple industries to develop solutions and manage the complexity of multi-million dollar projects, leading to improved business performance and industry-specific compliance. He provided strong project leadership and business development in his roles at IBM, CGI, SAP, and other leading industry providers. As well, with BDC, as a key member of the senior management team, and as practice leader, he has focussed his efforts to providing business assurance, risk management, and change management resulting in high client satisfaction. Rob has a BA in Public Administration and a Commerce Degree in Finance & General Business from the University of Saskatchewan.

 

  • Kim Clayton

Kim is a highly qualified Senior Regulatory Professional with particular experience in energy regulation. She was previously the Director of Transformation at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and prior to that was the AER’s Director of Oil and Gas Infrastructure. She has substantial expertise in regulatory and stakeholder compliance issues related to Alberta’s natural resource industries. She has also overseen energy hearings and regulatory application processes. Aside from her direct regulatory background she has specific experience managing organizational transformation and restructuring. Kim has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Saskatchewan and has completed professional development courses in Project Management and Leadership.

 

  • Dave Collyer

Dave is a highly experienced strategic and operational leader in the Canadian energy sector, with a strong focus on integration of technology, economics/business and public policy, having dealt with governments led by various political parties in jurisdictions across Canada. He has extensive knowledge of the external context in which the upstream Canadian oil and gas industry is operating, combined with technical and business breadth and depth across the sector. He was previously the President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), and prior to that he was the President and Canada Country Chair for Shell Canada Limited. 

 

  • Colin Cook

Colin has extensive background in 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. Colin led the strategic, planning, marketing and commercial components of Petro-Canada’s oil sands strategy, including negotiating numerous large contracts and strategic transactions. He has been 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.

 

  • Charles Cote

Charles has over 25 years of experience in the retail sector. He was the COO of the United Farmers of Alberta and a senior executive with Kmart Canada and Zellers. He was also the International President of Wholesale Sports and Interim President of Sportsman's Warehouse, both of which are large international retail chains. He has expertise and a strong track record of creating shareholder value through marketing prowess and operational excellence. He was responsible for significant increase in revenue and earnings for a large retail chain, successfully opened many new store locations, and managed and financed acquisitions. In addition, he has demonstrated skills in identifying opportunities, negotiating transactions, directing due diligence and managing operations. Charles held Board positions with large international organizations such as Universal Co-op and Wholesale Sports.   

 

  • John Cotton

John Cotton has over thirty five years of public sector experience at both the federal and provincial levels. He has held leadership roles in several Alberta Government departments, including International and Intergovernmental Relations; Agriculture, Food and Rural Development; and Economic Development. He was previously responsible for Alberta's international activities, including trade and investment promotion, in his role as Assistant Deputy Minister, International Relations. As ADM, he managed Alberta's network of international offices, and worked closely with companies pursuing opportunities in foreign markets. He has extensive public sector experience in policy development, project management, program review, organizational restructuring, and transition management. While with the Alberta Government his work was recognized with two Premier's Awards of Excellence, and an Export Leadership Award from the Canadian Manufactures and Exporters. Since joining IMC in 2013, he has worked on several government policy/government relations projects for private sector clients.


  • 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.

 

  • Koren Cromwell

Koren has 25 years’ of experience serving the engineering industry, including 20 years of project support experience at Stantec and more recently as an entrepreneur. She is very successful in fast-paced, multi-disciplined environments, where interactions and collaborations between many project participants are required. She was deeply involved in project setup, projects communications, document control, quality, budget and schedule management for Stantec. Koren has experience working in design-build and P3 delivery models; in transportation and industrial sectors; and has expertise developing project policy, procedures, and strategic plans. 

 

  • Duncan Dow

Duncan has extensive experience and expertise in the fields of corporate sustainable development and regulatory and stakeholder relations.  He has over 20 years of domestic and international experience in business and project development in the resource and environmental sectors, including forest products, energy (independent power), and primary metals (aluminum).  Duncan has advised private and public sector clients, including the B.C. Ministry of Forests, regarding biomass-energy projects and related land use and environmental issues.  He has experience with forest management operations and major projects with critical economic ties to First Nations and other ENGO stakeholders. He was an advisor for Iisaak Forest Resources, a Weyerhauser/First Nations joint venture developing a sustainable forest management strategy for Clayoquot Sound.

 

  • Bob Fisher

Bob has over 35 years of Business and Information Technology expertise with a focus in the area of enterprise Project Management. In his role as an independent Project Manager, he has led on a number of complex multi-million dollar projects in a broad range of industries. Previous work has included engagements with, among others, Al-Pac Forest Industries, Capital Power, IBM, North American Construction Group, Service Alberta and MacEwan University. He is a strong communicator and team builder and has a proven track record of completing projects successfully on time and within budget. Bob has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Alberta and holds certifications in Project Management and Information Systems.

 

  • Trevor Gent 

Trevor Gent has over 15 years of experience in the financial services, chemical, and oil & gas industries. Trevor worked for one of North America's largest land owners and developers and was later promoted to Vice President of Sales for Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. In his tenure with this organization, Trevor was part of raising well over $150 million for real estate based investment opportunities. Currently, he is acting as the part-time CFO of a real estate construction firm. Trevor has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. 

 

  • Hal Gunardson

  • 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.

     

  • Alnoor Halari

Alnoor has almost 20 years of experience in the energy industry. He brings to IMC specialized skills in the areas of capital project planning, management, control and execution.  Alnoor has a PhD in Civil Engineering, with a project management specialization focusing on systems that enhance project planning and predictability, leading to improved project execution. He has been involved in projects related to such things as SAGD well pads, upgraders and refineries, pipelines and tank farms for companies such as Petro-Canada, Devon Canada, Veco Canada and Jacobs Engineering.  

 

  • Michelle Honeyman

Michelle has over 20 years of stakeholder engagement and communications experience with the past 15 years focused in various management roles at the municipal government level. As the project lead for the Recreation Master Plan for Mountain View County, Michelle brought together five rural municipalities to collaborate on a plan that was inclusive and functional for all parties. Michelle has led teams though difficult transitions including major shifts in elected council. She has extensive experience providing leadership on reputation issues and obtaining community acceptance and social license to operate. She also has experience at leading diverse teams through times of extreme change. Michelle has a degree in Recreation and Tourism Management with certifications and experience in Community Economic Development, Customer Service, Executive Coaching, ICS Emergency Response and Health and Safety Management. 

 

  • James Horsman

Jim’s distinguished career in public service and politics spanned almost 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. In addition to his Cabinet responsibilities, Jim chaired the Cabinet Task Force on International Trade Negotiations. After leaving politics, he was the chief negotiator for Alberta on the Canadian Agreement on International Trade. Jim has since served as Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge and in 2006, was appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence, and the Order of Canada. His unparalleled political and policy experience provides IMC clients with superior insight into domestic and international political, policy and regulatory developments affecting the resources industry in Western Canada.

 

  • Gary Hummell

Gary has 35 years of industry experience. He is well versed in strategic planning, product sourcing across the global supply chain, and product branding. As president of Calvin Klein Jeans, he successfully grew the business from less than $1 Mil in sales to $44 Mil in sales in five years. He has extensive manufacturing  experience and as COO, has managed large domestic vertical manufacturing facilities across multiple facilities. He has restructured companies from both a manufacturing focus and branding strategy. Gary was involved in the restructuring of Blue Bell Canada (Calvin Klein and Wrangler Jeans Canada) which entailed shutting down their manufacturing facilities in Ontario and rebuilding the manufacturing volume and team in Winnipeg. He has successfully transitioned a number of companies’ business models, from domestic manufacturing to fully outsourcing imported product. He has consulted for the federal government under the CATIP initiative as a best practice consultant creating profitable alternatives to past practices. He has also been the lead company negotiator for several unionized collective agreements.

  

  • Mel Knight

Mel Knight is a successful businessman and politician. Over 45 years, he built and ran Knight Measurement, a very successful business in process control services and facilities management. He later became an elected official and served in the Alberta Cabinet as a Minister of Energy and Minister of Sustainable Resource Development. He was involved in many policy issues related to the oil and gas, oil sands, technology, renewable energy, electricity, forestry and environmental sectors, including developing long-term strategies for the energy and forestry sectors.

 

  • Gerry Kruk

Gerry has over 35 years of practical, project-related experience in western and arctic Canada. He has technical expertise in the design and implementation of Indigenous relations, stakeholder engagement and risk communications strategies in support of the regulatory permitting of potentially controversial pipeline, oil sands and sour gas projects. He has extensive experience-based expertise both as an independent consultant and as a Manager in energy sector companies in these capacities. In addition, he has made numerous presentations and published several articles on risk communications, stakeholder engagement, alternative dispute resolution and regulatory issues/trends. Gerry has a BA from the University of Toronto, a MA from Carlton University, and a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Calgary.


  • Stephen Lamphier

Steve is the founder of Lambridge Capital Partners, an investment banking advisory firm that has been operating for over 25 years. He has an extensive national financial industry background that includes expertise with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and commercial debt and equity financing. He has broad experience with institutional equity trading, corporate and real estate lending, merchant banking, and investment banking. Steve has served as a board member on the Edmonton Downtown Development Corporation (EDDC), as well as the Edmonton Deal Generator Committee, and is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).


  • Dermot 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 consultation requirements.

 

  • 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.


  • Karen Leibovici

Karen has over 20 years of combined political and public service experience as an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and Edmonton City Council. She initiated and successfully spearheaded numerous policy initiatives such as the 10-year plan to end homelessness, the land use and oil and gas facilities policy, and the brownfield remediation and re-development policy. She has expertise in negotiating and creating the "buy-in" for major projects and to ensure that initiatives move forward. In addition, she has undertaken numerous leadership positions such as: President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Green Municipal Fund Chair, and President of the Alberta Association of Former MLAs. In the last Federal election she was the liberal candidate in Edmonton West and remains engaged within the Party, most recently as the Co-Chair of LPCA Policy Convention.


  • Jennifer Lutz

Jennifer is a senior stakeholder engagement specialist with experience in energy regulation, municipal public engagement, post-secondary educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. She was previously Director of Regional Stakeholder Relations at the Alberta Energy Regulator where she led the provincial team which worked extensively on Indigenous and Community engagement and provided Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) resources. Over the past 20 years, Jennifer has gained public participation, facilitation and leadership experience working with diverse groups looking to be more effective at engaging and collaborating stakeholders and indigenous communities. Jennifer has received several AER Chairman Awards for her work on the 2012 Red Deer River Pipeline Release, the Peace River Proceedings Implementation team, the Fort McMurray Wildfire team and for the creation of the TRM (Tailing Regulatory Management) Advisory Committee.

 

  • Terry A. Macdougall

An engineer and a professional planner, Terry has served as a project manager on numerous multi-disciplinary assignments in the areas of land use policy, socio-economic impact assessment, land development, infrastructure studies, and air transportation services. During his time at Stanley Group of Companies (now Stantec), he held management positions and was responsible for the Integrated Services Group and the Planning Department. In 1988, Terry founded IPS Consulting Inc., a consulting firm engaged in the practice of urban and regional planning and management services. Terry has appeared as an expert witness before many statutory boards in Alberta including the Planning Board, Land Compensation Board, Municipal Government Board, Local Authorities Board, Energy & Resources Conservation Board, and the Energy & Utilities Board. He has also appeared as an expert witness before the National Energy Board and the Alberta Pacific, Cheviot, and Albian Oil Sands joint environmental panels. 



  • Dan Madlung

Dan held senior management positions with Canfor, Slocan and Weldwood where he gained extensive experience in solid wood facilities, woodlands operations, international marketing, sales, distribution and logistics. Dan had senior responsibility for the construction of three large sawmill projects. He is also experienced in the areas of remanufacturing, tree seedling and plantation sectors.

 

  • Larry Martin

Larry has over 31 years of hands-on experience managing crude oil, NGLs, natural gas and refined products markets, refinery supply, logistics and risk management. Oil sands experience has included providing start up marketing and logistics strategies for two private producers and one large public company. He has experience in complex high value negotiations on pipeline transportation agreements and joint venture projects. Larry has worked internationally developing oil marketing programs in Africa, Europe, and South America. He also has experience working on boards and as chairman of a large pipeline's marketing subsidiary.

 

  •  Donald 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. Previously, he was chair of the COAA's Field Rework committee and was subsequently awarded the COAA Currie Award of Recognition for his work.

 

  • Grant McNeil

Grant has over 35 years of corporate finance and project development experience in several sectors including oil sands, energy service, oil & gas, forestry, power, pipelines, petrochemicals, manufacturing, bio-fuels, government and mining. 13 years of that time was with IMC as Vice President Finance.  He continues to focus on feasibility analysis, financial modeling, project financing, project management, commercial negotiations, industrial market due diligence, corporate planning, M&A analysis and negotiations, capitalization strategies, valuations, financial restructurings, due diligence and financing. Grant is also active with Financial Executives International at the national level and as President of the Calgary chapter Board of Directors. He has lectured in corporate finance at the University of Alberta, and strategic management at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Previously, Grant was Vice-President, Corporate and Energy Banking for ScotiaBank, and before that he was with Bank of America, Bank of Montreal and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 

  •  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, Indigenous, and regulatory consultation for the successful receipt of EUB and Alberta Environment applications.

  

  • Bob Nichol

Bob has over 40 years’ experience in the Canadian forestry industry. He recently retired as Vice-President Woodlands with Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Al-Pac). He managed Al-Pac’s Forestry Management Agreement (FMA) which encompassed 6.37 million hectares in North Eastern Alberta, and had operational and financial responsibility for a woodlands operations that provided the pulp mill with 3.5 million cubic meters of fiber annually. Bob’s career has had a focus on environmental sustainability and he has particular expertise supporting the development of sound environmental policies. Bob was a Board Member for the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC) and more recently chaired the Forest Operations Advisory Committee with FPInnovations. He served as a task force member with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), and also sat on the Board for the Institute of Agriculture and Forestry. Until recently Bob chaired the Forestry Committee of the Forest Products Association of Canada and has been keenly involved in the implementation of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.


  • Neal Oberg

Neal offers over 30 years of practical operating and project experience in the agriculture industry. He has his Masters in Agriculture and was a research economist and farm management specialist with Alberta Agriculture. Neal has held many directorship positions for various agricultural institutions in Alberta and served on many Provincial Boards, providing leadership in evaluating programs of research, guiding efforts in applied research, financing of projects and commercialization of consumer products. Neal was President and CEO of one of North America's first manufacturing plants to make use of agricultural fibre for construction-grade formaldehyde-free building panels, he is very knowledgeable about research, development and commercialization of agricultural productions. Throughout all this time, Neal remained active in farming.

 

  • John Pahl

John has over 20 years of experience in oil and gas exploration and production. He was recently Manager, Well Solutions Canada for Baker Hughes and was previously Vice President, Joint Ventures and Business Development at Akita Drilling Ltd. His expertise includes project execution, systems development, stakeholder relations, drilling operation logistics and overall cost control. Particular to his stakeholder relations experience, he has helped establish and manage First Nations joint venture companies throughout Western and Northern Canada as well as in Alaska. He has market assessment experience specific to opportunity identification in jurisdictions across the globe. He also has substantial business development and technical expertise related to upstream oil and gas. John has an MBA from Queensland University of Technology and is a certified Drilling Foreman.

 

  • 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. 

 

  •  Michael Phair

Michael had a 15 year career as an elected member of Edmonton’s City Council, representing central Edmonton. During that time, he represented Edmonton on the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Michael has significant experience with government policy and planning structures and engagement work with communities and business policy initiatives. He has acted in an advisory role to Mayor Don Iveson and is currently the Chair of the University of Alberta Board of Governors.

 

  •  Connie Phillips

Connie has 28 years of diverse and progressively responsible experience working with the Agriculture and Food sectors. Scientist by background, through her tenure, Connie has worked in many different areas of the agriculture sector including: food, feed, primary production, and bio-industrial. Starting as a research scientist and eventually becoming an Executive Manager, Connie was responsible for the development and implementation of several key initiatives within the provincial government. Additionally, Connie was successful in developing and supporting industry partners in commercializing several new food products. Connie's focus shifted from research to strategic planning and policy development for food safety, animal welfare, and social license. She has technical expertise in product development, and pilot scale process and product design in segments of the food, feed, personal care and bio-industrial sectors.

 

  • Lloyd Quantz

Lloyd has decades of management consulting experience focused on CEO issues in agriculture, forestry, technology innovation, manufacturing and the rural economy. He has particular expertise in business improvement, including strategic improvement and restructuring as well as supporting systematic business development. He was previously the founder and President of AgriTrends Research Inc., which provided business and organizational development services in the public and private sector. Prior to that, he was hired as GM for a major agribusiness public company to operate agriculture, ranching and real estate assets, including restructuring and turning the division to profitability within two years while reducing overhead and expanding revenues. Additionally, he has Chaired several public hearings related to agribusiness, rural development and municipal development initiatives. He has served as the President of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and Chairman of the Olds College Foundation. Lloyd has a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. 


  • Terry Quinn

Terry is an innovative, bilingual, results oriented executive with a record of achievements in general management, finance and marketing.  He has also provided consulting services related to industrial engineering, construction, and manufacturing. His career spans 40 years with a background in large EPC projects, mechanical construction, M&A and other consulting work. An excellent communicator capable of establishing and enhancing client relationships and building a highly motivated team, Terry has a unique blend of business and entrepreneurial experience with an outstanding record of skillful negotiation at all levels. 

 

  • 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. Wouter holds his Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leuven in Belgium, he completed the Senior Management Program at the Harvard Business School and his participation in the oil and gas industry has included roles in the NPRA, NCIA and OSLI. 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.

 

  • Sharon L. Read

Sharon has a diverse background of interests spanning over 30 years. With the Excel Society, a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for people with mental, physical and developmental disabilities, she was responsible for the financial viability and operation of the organization. Sharon was also responsible for the provision of housing and support services to 500+ full time clients while facing the many diverse challenges in operating a not-for-profit organization. She has had experience in many realms including political, education/training, leadership, board development, research, strategic planning, organizational change, operational management and project management.


  •  George Rhodey

George has over 40 years of extensive experience in oil sands mining and upgrading, oil refining, refined oil and lubricating oil marketing, petrochemicals, fertilizers, explosives, chemicals, natural gas and natural gas liquids industries in Canada and worldwide.  George has BASc. and MASc. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Ontario. He is a member of APEGA, a participating member of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association, a member of Alberta Chamber of Resources, and a member of the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC).

 

  • 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.

 

  • Kirsty Ross

Kirsty has over 30 years of experience in the agriculture industry.  She was one of the first female District Agriculturists in Alberta working with farmers in rural Alberta on crops, livestock and financial management.  Later she began specializing in pulses and helped to create a field pea industry in Northeast Alberta with support from farmers, municipalities, research organizations and seed cleaning plants.  Kirsty then moved into business development in the bio-products sector and was part of a team that developed and implemented the Alberta Nine Point Bio-Energy Strategy.  She was the Canadian co-lead on the International Energy Agency - bio-refineries for 2 years.

 

  •  Brant Sangster

With over 30 years of industry experience, Brant has extensive hands-on experience in oil sands 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.

 

  • Al Schulz

Al has extensive environmental regulatory expertise having worked in several public sector and private sector roles over the last 40 years. This work included direct experience in the public sector, working with increasing responsibility in air quality control, environmental monitoring, standard setting, approvals, investigation and enforcement and emergency response, culminating for almost 5 years as the Assistant Deputy Minister with broad responsibility for the Environmental Regulatory Service in the Department of Environment. He then spent over 15 years as the Regional Director for the Canadian Chemical Producer’s Association / Chemical Industry Association of Canada where he continued his focus on managing environmental issues. Al also spent 6 years as a member of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board. Al has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. 


  • 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.

 

  •  Mark Smith

Mark has extensive commercial and project experience including complex deal structuring and risk mitigation in oil and gas, pipeline and midstream and power industries. This relates to commercial commodity arrangements, various financing structures and acquisitions and joint ventures. He has been a senior partner in two major law firms and has held CEO and director positions with several domestic and international oil and gas companies.      

 

  •  Tony Smith

For 28 years, Tony Smith has been involved with technology companies in positions throughout the product development life-cycle. This includes design, financing, product management, marketing, manufacturing and testing for hardware manufacturers IBM and Nortel (in the 80's and 90's) and all the way down to the do-everything of a 2-person hardware design and manufacturing of a Bluetooth cellphone accessory. Tony Smith is an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate from the University of Calgary.  


  •  Russ 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.

 

  •  Laurie Stretch

Laurie is a senior communications and stakeholder relations consultant with 25 years of experience including agency, corporate and government roles. In senior agency positions, she led a major initiative supporting TransCanada’s Energy East project, supported stakeholder relations for a pipeline in B.C. to serve the LNG industry, and led communications efforts for CAPP, the Government of Alberta, Shell Canada, Talisman, NSolv and others. She also led the teams undertaking stakeholder mapping projects for Pembina Pipelines and CAPP. At Petro-Canada, Laurie was a founding member of the Aboriginal Relations Team, and part of the project team that built the MacKay River SAGD Project. A native Edmontonian who has lived in Calgary for 20 years, Laurie has also worked with the City of Calgary and several Calgary civic institutions.

 

  • Wayne Thorp

Wayne has over 35 years of land use and forest industry operations experience with particular expertise in successfully managing complex land use arrangements among industry stakeholders. He has provided resource sector specific consulting services for the last decade specializing in facilitation and project management for the energy and forest industry sectors. He was previously General Manager of Sawmills and Forest Resources for Daishowa-Marubeni and he has prior public and private sector experience in both Alberta and British Columbia. He is currently the director of the Foothills Landscape Management Forum operating under the Foothills Research Institute. He is also the regional coordinator for the British Columbia and Alberta Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement regional working group. Wayne is a Registered Professional Forester in both British Columbia and Alberta.


  •  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.


  •  Arie Van Someren

  • Arie is an experienced professional with 37 years in the oil industry. His sales experience includes specialty chemical applications in downhole well treatments, oilfield production, pipeline corrosion inhibition, produced water treatment, and extensive experience in the refineries and upgraders in Western Canada. Arie has developed effective business plans, expanded client business with both existing and new customers, and negotiated prices, terms of sales and service agreements. At Nalco Champion, new business growth was essential, and Arie was involved in the process of several large sales, up to $2M per year in a single instance. He also has broad management, technical and problem-solving experiences related to fuel additive applications inside refineries, chemical feed systems, and monitoring programs to assure quality requirements.


  • Harvey Voogd

Harvey has decades of wide-ranging experience working with government, business, unions, community organizations, and non-profit boards. He has excellent advocacy and coalition-building skills alongside a strong set of analytical and strategic skills. Harvey is astute and adept at communications, networking and media relations and is creative and flexible in organizing, planning and problem solving. He was previously an Executive Assistant at City Council in Edmonton and has substantial political experience. He also has executive experience in the non-profit sector, having filled the role of Executive Director for Vibrant Communities Edmonton, Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions and currently is the ED of the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society. Additionally, he has considerable volunteer board experience, presently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies. Harvey has a strong working knowledge related to the NDP government.

 

  • Marvin Waiand

Marvin is a highly experienced financial executive with over 35 years of experience in the power and industrial sector in Canada and internationally. His expertise includes extensive experience in capital markets, accounting, financial reporting, valuations, corporate development, operations, project finance, cross border financing, taxation, risk management, insurance, pensions and general commercial matters. His previous roles have included Chief Financial Officer of TransAlta New Zealand, and later Vice President and Treasurer of TransAlta Corporation. He was also previously Vice President of Stanley Power Inc., a subsidiary of the Cheung Kong Group of Hong Kong, and the founder, Director and Chief Financial Officer of N.A. Power Generation Trust, a privately owned income trust. Marvin is a member of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Alberta and the Financial Executives Institute.

 

  • 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. 

 
  • Brian Woods

Brian has for over 35 years participated in a wide-ranging array of projects and regulatory issues related to the energy industry in Canada. This experience includes Dome Petroleum, Petro-Canada; ExxonMobil and Imperial Oil. Project involvement has included Beaufort Sea development, Sable Island Gas Project, Mackenzie Gas Project as well as multiple Alaska Gas Pipeline projects. He has also worked extensively with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), providing leadership to the Canadian Gas Policy, the Northwest Pipeline and Westcoast Committees of CAPP.  

 

  • David Xiao

David has an extensive background in business and politics. From 2008 to 2015 David was a MLA in Alberta during which time he held several Parliamentary Assistantships and Committee Chairmanships. Prior to his time with government, David had a number of positions in the private sector. He was a partner at China TYT Liquid-Air Inc., which specialized in industrial gases for seven years where he was responsible for marketing both domestically and internationally. He later found his own company China Ventures Inc., which exported agricultural products and breeding cattle from Canada to China. After which, he became managing-director and CEO of Saudi Arabia East and West Trading Co., which specialized in importing and exporting petroleum equipment. David has also acted as a consultant to Nortel, Bombardier and Motorola for specific projects they have conducted in China. He has particular expertise in business development and a strong knowledge of the oil and gas, and agriculture sectors.


  •  John Zahary

John is a highly experienced executive who was previously the CEO of several oil and oil sands companies including Petrovera, Harvest Energy and most recently Sunshine Oil Sands. John has experience with Harvest's Newfoundland refinery as well as numerous oil sands projects. Previously, John had been involved extensively in operations and commercial roles in the oil and gas industry through senior positions at a number of oil and gas companies. He is former President of the Alberta Chamber of Resources and a past Governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. John has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and M.Phil. in Management from the University of Oxford.
 
  • 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.

 


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  • Byron Dudley

Byron has over 20 years executive operational expertise with both public and private companies, including the power generation sector, and he has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance.

 

  • Gordon Floe

  • Gordon Floe has over 30 years of expertise in the pulp, paper, chemical and capital equipment sectors. Gordon’s extensive experience includes a pulp mill start-up and production roles, corporate planning, marketing of commodities and specialty chemicals as well as capital equipment. In the past, Gordon has been part of a strategic analysis and market research group that focused largely on pre-investment studies. Gordon specializes in strategic studies involving market research and economic and financial analysis including due diligence and assessment of facility asset potential.


    • Bill Hunter

    Bill is a business leader with over 30 years of experience in the forestry industry in Canada. His career involved many senior positions including serving as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Alberta Pacific Forest Industries Inc., a $1.4 billion asset. Mr. Hunter also provided senior operations and project management for forest companies in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta. Most recently, Bill has been involved in the development of; bio-products industry, industrial materials recycling industry, sand and gravel products as well as Indigenous capacity building. Bill is a multiple recipient as one of “Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People” (Alberta Venture Magazine) in 2002, 2007 and 2008.

     

  • John Keng

John has over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He served in both the Federal and Alberta Governments in the areas of land resource, sustainable agricultural systems and agro-environment. Dr. Keng brings unique expertise in government-industry relations, international business development and cross-cultural negotiations.

 

  • 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. 

 

  • Don Norris

Don comes from a global marketing communications background of 28 years in Canada and Asia-Pacific, where he provided brand strategy and marketing insights to companies such as Coca-Cola, Chevron, Goodyear, Intel, J&J, L'Oreal, Labatt's, MasterCard, Microsoft, Molson, Nestle, Samsung and UPS, to name a few. Before returning to Canada to create Bamboo Strategy , a boutique branding and insight firm now a division of IMC, he was the Managing Director of the Chinese operations of the world's largest ad agency - McCann Erickson. 

  • Milt Pahl

Milt is a former Minister responsible for Native Affairs in the Province of Alberta, and is an active investor in the oil and gas industry. He served as President of a Native Venture Capital company.


  • Maureen Schwab

Maureen has over 30 years experience in the agriculture sector, coupled with an impressive background in land use issues. In addition to serving as a Municipal Councilor and Reeve of Brazeau County, she served as Chairman of the Agricultural Service Board, Director of West Central Airshed and President of the Pembina River Zone of Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties. Maureen also served as a member of the Natural Resources Conservation Board, where part of her duties included acting as liaison for municipalities throughout Alberta.

 
  • Nick Sekulic

Nick has demonstrated leadership, production management, marketing, finance and human resource management capabilities.  While pursuing a career in Information Technology with several large multinational companies including IBM Canada, he maintained his involvement and investments in agriculture that allowed him to develop a large scale primary production operation specializing in broad acre crops and cattle.  In addition to primary production in agriculture, he has had territory management responsibility in the seed industry and project development consulting, and now sits on the boards of several commodity producers and agriculture industry groups.

 

  • Ian Whitby

Ian has a 29-year professional background in forestry with Tolko Industries, Weyerhaeuser, and the Government of Alberta. He is a Registered Professional Forest Technologist. His experience has included woodland operations management, as well as stakeholder relations, including foresty organizations, ENGOs, governments, trappers, oil and gas companies, and First Nations and Metis.

 

  

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