John Jeffrey B.A., MBA
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chairman
Mr. Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a MBA majoring in Finance. Mr. Jeffrey was the area finance manager for a Fortune 500 engineering consulting firm in Canada. Mr. Jeffrey has a strong background in operations and finance that has allowed him to successfully execute large engineering and environmental projects. Mr. Jeffrey was also a founder and CFO for Axiom Group, a geological and engineering consulting company that has drilled over 800 wells within western Canada.
Mr. Payne is currently chief executive officer of dynaCERT Inc., a Canadian company that specializes in delivering Carbon Emission Reduction Technologies to the global marketplace. He brings more than 38 years of experience in strategic leadership roles within both public and private companies, corporate governance, finance and accounting, capital markets, executive leadership and business performance improvements. Mr. Payne also serves as Chief Executive Officer of a privately-held consulting, project management and real estate development company operating in the Greater Toronto Area. Mr. Payne graduated from St. Clair College in Construction Engineering, Project Management and Estimating.
Ivan Bergerman J.D.
Mr. Bergerman is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law. Mr. Bergerman started his career in 2002 practicing primarily general Corporate Commercial, Securities, M&A and Oil & Gas Law with a major Calgary law firm. In 2006 Mr. Bergerman relocated back to his home town of Saskatoon and continued practicing high-end business law with a major Saskatoon law firm. In 2010 Mr. Bergerman made the decision to strike out on his own and founded what is now Bergerman Smith LLP. Mr. Bergerman’s principal practice areas are Public Company Advising (having worked with companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange, CSE, NASDAQ, NYSE and NYSE MKT LLC), Initial Public Offerings, Exempt Market Distributions, Corporate Governance, M&A, Corporate Structuring & Restructuring, Financing, Natural Resources, Intellectual Property and General Corporate and Commercial.
Calvin J. Payne B.A.Sc, MBA, P.Eng. (Retired)
Mr. Payne has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from the University of Western Australia, and has been Registered as a Professional Engineer in many provinces, states and territories in Canada, the USA and Australia. Mr. Payne worked in the communications tower construction and ownership industry for 40 years, as a field construction worker, design engineer, and manager in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the USA. Mr. Payne, co-founded WesTower Communications in 1990 and as CEO led it through a highly successful IPO on the American Stock exchange in 1997. Mr. Payne led a team of partners in taking the company back private in 2003 and growing it to the largest company of its type in both Canada and the USA. The company was sold in 2011 and Mr. Payne retired from its operations in 2014.
Mr. Ryan is the Director of Midstream for Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd. (TEML). Prior to that, he was the Director of Operation Services for TEML and Exploitation Engineer with Tundra Oil and Gas. He has published 25 scientific publications, many of which were published during his time as a Research Scientist at the Canadian Light Source Inc. Chris currently sits on the Board for the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA) as the Director of Midstream, and he is the Co-Chair of the Sampling and Frequency Working Group for the Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA). Chris is also an honorary founding member of the Global Institute of Water Security and is on various Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Committees, specifically the CAPP Equalization Steering Committee and is a voted Working Group member of the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods General Policy Advisory Council for Classification.
Simon Akit P.Eng., MBA
Mr. Akit joined Canaccord Genuity in 2008. He is a Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Sales covering Canadian, U.S., and European funds with the firm’s global energy product. Mr. Akit has over 20 years of experience between capital markets and the oil and gas industry. Previously, he worked at BMO Nesbitt Burns (New York) as Director Institutional Equities, Raymond James as VP Institutional Equities, and UBS Securities in Equity Research (Energy and Pipelines). Prior to, he worked at EnCana Corp as a Drilling and Completions Engineer, Drilling Foreman, and Production Operator in various parts of Canada. Mr. Akit holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, an MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto), and is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGA.