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Board of Directors

Curtis Philippon

Director, 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. Mr. Philippon spent nine years in senior management roles at Enerflex and its predecessor company Toromont. Mr. Philippon was also a Controller at both Cathedral Energy Services, an international drilling and completion company and International Paper, an international forest products company.

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


Doug Bloom

Director

Mr. Bloom has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, and currently serves as a director of Gibson Energy Inc. Mr. Bloom retired from Spectra Energy (now Enbridge) in April of 2016, having served in numerous executive capacities with Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies Duke Energy and Westcoast Energy. From 2013 to 2016 he served with Spectra Energy as President, Canadian LNG, from 2008 to 2012 as President, Spectra Energy Transmission West, and from 2003 to 2007 as President, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. Mr. Bloom has served as a board member of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and as its Chair in 2011/2012. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics.


James Estey

Chairman

Mr. Estey's principal occupation is as a Corporate Director. Mr. Estey is the retired Chairman of UBS Securities Canada Inc., a financial services company, and has more than 30 years of experience in financial markets. Mr. Estey joined Alfred Bunting and Company as an institutional equity salesperson in 1980 after working at A.E. Ames & Co for seven years. In 1994, Mr. Estey became the head of the Canadian Equities business, and in 2002 Mr. Estey was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of UBS Securities Canada Inc. In January 2008, Mr. Estey assumed the role of Chairman of UBS Securities Canada Inc. Mr. Estey is a director and Chairman of Gibson Energy Inc., a TSX-listed oil and gas company, and a lead director of New Gold Inc., a mining company listed on the TSX and the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"). Mr. Estey also serves on the Advisory Board of the Edwards School of Business.


Josh Woitas

Director & Co-founder

Ten plus years of experience in the oil and gas finance and investment industry. Mr. Woitas holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary.

Mr. Woitas has been a director and partner at Calmar Capital Corp. (an energy focused private equity and merchant banking firm) since December 2010. Prior to joining Calmar, Mr. Woitas spent seven years in the Oil & Gas Investment Banking Group with Tristone Capital Corp. and Macquarie Capital. In addition to being a director and co-founder of Certarus, Mr. Woitas is also on the board of directors of Rolling Hills Energy Ltd. (Chairman), Turnstone Energy Inc. and Mediterra Energy Corp.


Lonny Tetley

Director & Co-founder

Mr. Tetley holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary. Mr. Tetley is in the corporate finance and securities group of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP and has a wide range of experience in corporate governance, equity financings and M&A transaction work. Mr. Tetley is currently the director and/or corporate secretary of a number of issuers and is also a member of a Private Funds Independent Review Committee for Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd.

Executive Team

Curtis Philippon

President & CEO

Curtis Philippon

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.


Clint Warkentin

Chief Financial Officer

Clint Warkentin

Clint Warkentin is an accomplished executive, with over 20 years of experience in the energy industry. Immediately prior to joining Certarus, he spent nine years with ATCO in progressively more senior roles including VP Treasurer, VP Finance & Risk, and Senior Financial Officer. Earlier in his career, Clint held senior positions at TD Securities, Superior Plus, and a renewable power company.

Clint holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, a CPA CMA designation, a CFA designation, and completed the Ivey Executive Program.


Natasha Cherednichenko

Chief Operating Officer

Natasha Cherednichenko

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. She 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

Vice President Corporate Development

Dan Bertram

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.


Dean Ferguson

Vice President Pipelines, Power & Utilities

Dean Furguson

Dean Ferguson is an energy executive with 30 years of experience in the natural gas and electricity industries. Prior to joining Certarus, he spent 27 years at TransCanada, over ten of which he spent working on their executive team with roles such as Senior Vice President Energy Strategy & Development and Senior Vice President and General Manager, US Pipelines. Dean also held executive leadership roles with a commercial and business development focus in Canada, the US, and Mexico.

Dean holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.


Denyel Sears

Vice President Finance & Corporate Controller

Denyel Sears

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.


Jacob Pratt

Vice President Renewable Natural Gas

Jacob Pratt

Jacob Pratt joined Certarus to lead the renewable natural gas business unit. Jacob brings more than 15 years of senior business development experience in oil and gas, infrastructure, and private equity portfolio management, with his focus in recent years on the renewable natural gas market. Prior to Certarus, Jacob was the VP of Sales & Business Development with Morrow Energy and BCCK, and VP of Sales & Marketing with Rush-Overland. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Concrete Industrial Management & Business Administration in addition to an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University.


Marshall Zurovec

Vice President Sales, USA

Marshall Zurovec

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 earned degrees in Political Science and Geographic Information Systems at The University of Texas at Austin.

Management Team

Amber Mercer

Human Resources Manager

Amber Mercer

Amber Mercer is an HR professional with expertise in recruitment, payroll and employee relations. Amber started her career in technical recruitment for major capital projects in the upstream oil and gas industry. She later went on to lead the talent acquisition initiatives for PepsiCo in Western Canada. Amber has a passion for building and supporting high performing teams. Amber holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University.


Brent Slette

Canadian and Northern USA Operations Manager

Brent Slette

Brent brings over 25 years experience in the commercial, industrial oil and gas and refrigeration industries. Brent previously worked throughout Canada, the United States, Pakistan, Germany, Italy and Libya in various roles throughout his career from installations, start-ups, maintenance and troubleshooting on all types of compression and processing equipment. Brent has a strong professional work ethic with many years in Management roles and holds a Journeyman interprovincial HVAC and Refrigeration Ticket. Brent joined the Certarus team in 2012.


Chi Fang

Manager, Technology & Business Process

Chi Fangn

Chi Fang brings with him 12 years of technology and business experience. Prior to joining Certarus, he founded an internet start-up focused on e-learning, and consulted for fast-growing technology companies. Earlier in his career, Chi worked for ATCO in Corporate Finance & Planning, as well as for HSBC in Investment Banking.

Chi holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, and a CFA designation.


Clint Eaves

USA Industrial Sales Director

Paul Horton

Clint Eaves is an accomplished manager with over 10 years experience in the energy industry. Prior to Certarus, Clint has held positions that include executive sales at Baker Hughes, and senior drilling optimization engineer at National Oilwell Varco. Before joining National Oilwell Varco, Clint spent four years learning the Oil/Gas market serving various field engineering roles. Clint earned his BA in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma.


James Quinn

Operations Manager – Transportation

James Quinn

James has held labourer and leadership positions in residential and commercial construction, mechanized agriculture, and trucking and rail operations. He has over 8 years of direct transportation and logistics experience, including working as a Class 1 truck driver. James holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Supply Chain Management from the University of Calgary and is an MBA candidate at the Haskayne School of Business. James joined the Certarus team in 2015.


Julia Johnson

Corporate HSE Manager

Julia Johnson

Julia Johnson is an HSE professional with diverse experience working in both field and corporate environments. Prior to working for Certarus, Julia provided safety and transportation compliance support to various oil and gas service companies. Julia is passionate about behaviour-based safety and building a positive safety culture. Julia holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Lethbridge.


Kevin Madison

Southern USA Operations Manager

Kevin Madison

Kevin Madison brings with him over 6 years of oil and gas experience directly relating to CNG, Field gas and LNG fueling programs. Prior to working in the alternative fueling industry, Kevin gained experience in drilling and completions with Baker Hughes and Schlumberger. Kevin studied Aviation sciences and holds a pilots license.


Ty Butikofer

Northern U.S. Sales Manager

Curtis Philippon

Ty Butikofer has 10 years of sales experience, 8 of which are in the oil and gas service industry. Prior to Certarus, Ty held positions at Halliburton as a sales leader, sales manager, and finally in their corporate sales division. Ty then became the technical sales engineer for Coiled Tubing Partners, responsible for all of sales and engineering in the Rockies region. Ty has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Law with a Minor in Biology from Portland State University.