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Executive Team

Curtin Phillapon 2022

Curtis Philippon

President & CEO

Curtis Philippon joined Certarus as the Vice President Finance & CFO in June 2014 and took over as the President & CEO in November 2016. Curtis has over 15 years of leadership experience in both operational and finance roles. Prior to his appointment at Certarus he was the operational Vice President at Enerflex responsible for the compression rental fleet for Canada & Northern USA. Curtis spent nine years in senior management roles at Enerflex and its predecessor company Toromont. Curtis was also a Controller at both Cathedral Energy Services, an international drilling and completion company and International Paper, an international forest products company.

Curtis holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, a CPA CMA designation and an MBA from the University of Calgary.

Robin Kooyman 2022

Robin Kooyman

Chief Financial Officer

Robin Kooyman is an accomplished executive with approximately 15 years of finance experience. Prior to joining Certarus, Robin served as the Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, with Brookfield Asset Management for their Renewable Power and Transition business, and held senior roles with RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities. She received her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria and obtained her Executive MBA at the London Business School. Robin is also a CFA Charterholder and earned a certificate in ESG investing from the CFA Institute.

Natasha Cherednichenko

Natasha Cherednichenko

Chief Operating Officer

Natasha Cherednichenko previously held the role of Vice President for Water and Flowback Services for TETRA Technologies, responsible for strategic direction, innovative technology, personnel development, and operational efficiency, as well as driving profitability and HSEQ performance. Prior to joining TETRA in 2019, she held a variety of operational and functional leadership roles over a 16-year career with Schlumberger, and has experience across all major US unconventional basins, Latin America, Australia, and Europe.

Natasha holds Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Monash University in Australia, and a Masters in Oil and Gas Management from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

Dan Bertram

Dan Bertram

Vice President Corporate Development

Dan Bertram spent over five years at Alaris Royalty Corp as VP Business Development, leading their origination and deployment efforts. Earlier in his career he worked for Deans Knight Capital Management as an Investment Analyst and spent time in the investment banking industry.

Dan is a Finance Grad from Boston College and holds a CFA designation.

Denyel Sears

Denyel Sears

Vice President Finance

Denyel Sears joined the Certarus team in 2014, focusing on corporate governance and financial reporting. Denyel is a CPA, CGA with 15 years of financial experience in varying capacities. Prior to joining Certarus Denyel held the positions of Divisional Controller and Assistant Controller at Enerflex Ltd. and Corporate Controller at GLBH Corporate Services.

Denyel holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.

Marshall Zurovec

Marshall Zurovec

Vice President Sales, USA

Marshall Zurovec is an accomplished sales leader in the energy industry, having served in a variety of field and office based roles. Prior to joining Certarus, Marshall held positions at Baker Hughes from the field level to National Account Manager, and also worked as Vice President of Energy Business Development at Duff & Phelps.

Marshall holds degrees in Political Science and Geographic Information Systems from The University of Texas at Austin.

Richard Cheng

Richard Cheng

Vice President Hydrogen

Richard Cheng comes to Certarus with over 20 years of engineering and leadership experience in equipment design and project execution in the energy industry. Prior to joining Certarus, he spent four years at a small-scale LNG operating company, where he managed the design and development of an LNG export facility. Richard has also held leadership roles developing projects for gas processing, gas-fired and geothermal power generation in the US, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean Islands. 

Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.