Our people are the difference.
President + CEO
John Redfern is an expert investor, advisor and serial entrepreneur in the data analytics, oil service and energy tech verticals. John spent his career in executive roles at multiple international oil co’s and oil service co’s including as a Director at Hess in London, President of Accumap in Calgary and President of IHS Energy in Denver. Prior to Eavor, John spent 13 years in China co-founding a series of start-ups, the most recent of which is LocalGravity, the leading retail data analytics platform in China. As a director, executive and advisor over the years, John has specialized in commercial strategy, negotiations, alliancing, M&A, and private equity. John holds a degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Law degrees from McGill University in Montreal, and an MBA degree from INSEAD in France.
Chief Business Development Officer / Director
Paul Cairns has spent close to 20 years in the energy and technology verticals with a focus on development and incubation of new ventures. He has been on the executive team that has spanned the entire start-up life-cycle and brought firms from initial inception to IPO. After years with Acumen Capital Partners and Stephen Avenue Securities, Paul Founded Cairns Capital Corporation to provide capital solutions to the energy and technology sectors. Paul is a well-known incubator and developer of new and IP-grounded ventures. Paul is based in Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.
Chief Financial Officer
Ryan Michaluk brings over 30 years of accounting and finance experience, including 10 years as CFO of publicly traded companies in the oil and gas (Fairmount Energy Inc.) and energy services industries (IROC Energy Services Corp. and CWC Energy Services Corp.). Prior thereto, Ryan was the Controller and Senior Director of Finance for Dynegy Canada Inc., a natural gas, crude oil, and electricity marketing and trading firm, where he also developed Dynegy Canada’s retail electric settlement and billing systems. Ryan is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, and Certified Managerial Accountant and holds a bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Executive Vice President / Operations
Derek Riddell is an expert in upstream energy operations. Over his nearly thirty years in the business, Derek has amassed a resume of adding tremendous value to operational efficiency and strategic processes, most recently as the VP Operations at RMP Energy Inc. He started his career at Rising Resources Ltd in 1992 and held positions of increasing responsibility in various roles at Gardiner Oil and Gas Ltd., Poco Petroleums Ltd., Burlington Resources Canada Ltd., and Rider Resources Ltd. Mr. Riddell earned a Bachelor of Applied Petroleum Engineering degree and a diploma in Petroleum Engineering Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and Saskatchewan (APEGS) as well as the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Chief Technology Officer
Matt Toews is a professional engineer with over a decade of experience in production and operations with a focus on management and technology development. Fueled by a passion for new ventures and developing projects from the ground up, Toews has produced an extensive portfolio of pilot projects with a successful track record of creating value through technology commercialization. During his tenure at Cenovus Energy, Toews led a team accountable for wellbore design and optimization at Cenovus’ thermal assets – which produce an aggregate 370,000 bbl/d. Toews graduated with Distinction from the University of Calgary Oil and Gas Engineering.
Executive Vice President
Jeanine Vany is an APEGA registered professional geologist with a career spanning over 15 years in the oil and gas industry. Her experience ranges from reservoir characterization, drilling and operations to full field delineation strategies, asset management, and acquisition. Ms. Vany has spent her career at foremost E&P companies such as EnCana, Devon and Total. She joined GLJ Petroleum Consultants in 2012, where she led the geoscience aspects of in-situ reserves and resource evaluations in addition to working deep basin unconventional plays. With a passion for people, projects and technology development, Ms. Vany led GLJ’s first oil sands technology panel, created and taught GLJ’s In-Situ Resource and Reserves course for industry professionals and spearheaded new business initiatives for the firm in unconventional resource plays. Jeanine holds an Honours B.Sc degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from Saint Mary’s University and a Business Essentials Certificate from the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.
Executive Vice President
Robert comes to Eavor with nearly 40 years international business development, sales, marketing and management experience in the energy industry. Graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he spent the first 7 years living and working in Indonesia, Australia and India for Schlumberger. Returning to Europe he joined IBM as a salesman, before going on to build and manage international sales and marketing organisations for Halliburton and IHS, as well as personally closing multi-million dollar contracts across Europe, Asia and Africa and North and South America. He has been a frequent consultant to the World Bank on projects ranging from energy planning in Angola to infrastructure development and capacity building in Mauritania. In Iraq he worked under the United Nations “oil for food programme” and in China advised state companies on strategic gas development.
Bailey Schwarz is a professional engineer with a decade of hands on engineering experience that focused on data analytics and process optimization. Ms. Schwarz has a passion for innovation, actively seeking opportunities to trial new technologies and push boundaries. During her tenure at Cenovus Energy, Ms. Schwarz led a multi-disciplinary team of engineers to commission and operate industry leading, large scale steam assisted gravity drainage facilities spanning cogeneration, steam generation, processing and water treatment. Bailey graduated with a Degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University and recently passed her CFA Level I exam.
Vince DiStefano is an APEGA registered professional geologist with a strong exploration background in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, Eastern Canada and Europe. Mr. DiStefano is a self-starter with strong analytical skills who thrives on deciphering geological clues foundational for new energy discoveries. With over 17 years of experience Mr. Distefano is well versed in developing projects from identification of prospective lands for acquisition through to drilling operations and petrophysical evaluation. Prior to Eavor, he worked for exploration and production companies; notably Bankers Petroleum, Mancal Energy, Husky Energy and Devon Canada. Mr. DiStefano holds a BSc degree in Geology from the University of Calgary.
Mr. Lindop brings a unique quality to Eavor™. As the former Mayor of Devon Alberta, Mr. Lindops’ expertise in intra-governmental projects and infrastructure development is best-in-class. During his tenure as Mayor, Mr. Lindop promoted and successfully established numerous Green Initiatives with private and public sector investment. Prior to his mayoralty, Mr. Lindop consulted in the private sector for Crest Cameron in leadership mentoring. Prior to, Mr. Lindop served his community in public education as the principle of secondary school. During that tenure, Mr. Lindop established the Rotary project that brought community outreach and development co-operative with Canada and Belize. Mr. Lindop is bilingual (French) and holds a Bachelor in Education (University of Alberta) and a Master’s in Education (Portland University).
Stephen Longfield is an APEGA registered Professional Geologist with a diverse background in horizontal field development planning, 3D geological reservoir modelling and horizontal geosteering. Mr. Longfield has worked a variety of projects in both Canadian and European jurisdictions and brings 12 years of experience to Eavor. Mr. Longfield has led major development programs and executed live geosteering operations in structured conventional and unconventional reservoirs. He is also an accomplished reservoir modeller having constructed realistic geomodels of the subsurface for field development and EOR project planning (SAGD, CSS, Polymer flood, Waterflood, CO2 Gas flood). Mr. Longfield holds a BSc., Petroleum Geology from the University of Calgary.
Accounting & Financial Analyst
Mara Stirling is an accounting and financial analyst at Eavor Technologies. Prior to joining Eavor Mara worked as an analyst at a successful technology start-up in Calgary. Mara holds a BA in Economics from Dalhousie University where she graduated with honours.
Representatives & Advisors
Vice President Business Development
James Heatherington brings over 25 years of international energy experience in engineering, sales and entrepreneurship. Starting with a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering, he has excelled in consulting and field operations first onshore with the Evaluators in Alberta and then offshore with the Japan Drilling Company. With IHS Energy in Tokyo, he drove sales and consulting to clients across APAC; managing teams and leading projects to help international oil/gas and energy companies and government with their daily workflows and to solve intractable issues. Project types included country entry, LNG, exploration, development, M&A, geopolitical and energy economics. James is a long-term Yokohama resident.
Mr. Jackson is an energy sector sales veteran who brings over 32 years very successful multi-industry level experience. Mr. Jackson has been responsible for many sales teams that overcame incredible challenges to deliver far beyond revenue goals. Most recently, Mr. Jackson serves as a strategic sales consultant with Shell New Energies focusing on developing projects for key clients seeking energy security and resilience. Mr. Jackson also serves as Chairman of the Board at the Clean Energy Business Network. Prior to this role, Mr. Jackson served as Chief Business Development Officer with Thermal Energy Partners (TEP), a geothermal development company. Prior to joining TEP, Mr. Jackson was Founder of Emergent Global Security, a firm that delivers energy security solutions to critical infrastructure clients worldwide. Prior to Emergent, Mr. Jackson was a Regional Vice President at Dell Inc. (formerly InSite One), where he led a Channel-sales team. Mr. Jackson is also a Gulf War Veteran and served as a U.S. Navy SEAL for 11 years.
Vice President Business Development
Wouter Kool spent over 30 years in the oil & gas service industry in technical, consulting and Business Development roles working in highly varied environments, in small teams, his own company and with large companies like Halliburton mainly working in the Middle East, Magreb region and European markets. During his term with ION Geophysical Inc. Wouter gained considerable experience through organizing multi-client seismic programs in politically complex areas (Black Sea, Eastern Mediterranean, Iraq). Collaborating with oil industry top executives, governments and scientific institutions resulted in a significant number of multimillion-dollar contracts providing game changing solutions that improved the regional exploration success rates of the customers. Through his role with Eavor he now contributes a wealth of business development expertise to the team. Wouter is passionate about the global energy transition away from hydrocarbons which is reflected by his lifestyle, maintaining a small holding using sustainable methods and renewable energy in Umbria, Italy where he is based. He speaks six languages and holds a degree in Geology and Hydrology from the University of Amsterdam.
Dr Horst Kreuter is a geologist and civil engineer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Austin) with 20 years of experience in geothermal energy in Germany and worldwide. Being one of the founders of the first geothermal development company in Germany (founded 1999), he is since then involved in the development of geothermal projects for his own company as well as a consultant for developers, communities, utilities and renewable energy institutions. In this role and also as a former board member of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) and the German Geothermal Association (BVG) he was and is involved in the promotion of geothermal energy in all levels of politics and society. He is also engaged in numerous research projects on the German and international level. He has worked as a consultant to the World Bank.
Alex Vetsak has built an international career in the energy industry, starting from the drilling operations of a single well to the strategy and capital management of a multi-billion energy company. Being passionate about new technology development and commercialization, Alex has brought more revenue streams by technology introduction into emerging markets and unthinkable applications, endeavoring into the blue ocean of opportunities and always challenging the status quo. In the last decade, he facilitated corporate investments into a new field development in Western Siberia and paved the way for drilling services into new markets in Western Canada. Alex relies on fundamental knowledge, gained in Petroleum Engineering, M.Sc degree from the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, and Computer Science, M.Sc degree from the Tomsk Polytechnic University.
Thorsten Weimann is an expert in geothermal and drilling technology with more than 25 years of professional experience. In 2007 he founded gec-co Global Engineering & Consulting – Company, which specializes in planning heat and power plants in the deep geothermal sector. As CEO of gec-co he initiated several R&D projects to improve geothermal technology. He is technical Manager of the German Geothermal Association (Bundesverband Geothermie e.V.) and he is well networked in the German geothermal industry. Mr. Weimann has a diploma in Engineering (Technical University of Munich) and an MBA (Universities of Augsburg and Pittsburgh).
Douglas Beach brings three decades of international energy, commodity and financial market experience to EavorTM. His career at Koch Industries included leadership of various trading, supply, and oil asset operations in England, Switzerland, U.S., Canada, Russia, and Singapore. Executive leadership of international commodity supply and trading businesses capped a career that includes successful business development, acquisitions, trading, directorship contributions, and innovations in infrastructure, trading, and analytical approach. His experiences include responding to counterparty bankruptcies, ship groundings, spills, pirates, and nearby terrorist attacks, creations of financial derivative products, business opening thrills, business closing sadness, a disgruntled oligarch, a successful public offering, failed trades, and the lists of smaller mistakes that add up to formative experience. Mr. Beach has a B.Sc. in Business from Emporia State University and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.
Mr. Burstall practices in the area of commercial law with an emphasis on securities law. Mr. Burstall’s practice includes all aspects of securities law from both the perspective of an issuer or an underwriter B.Comm (University of Calgary), Bachelor of Laws (UBC).
Chris Ho is a venture capitalist focused on early-stage deep technologies. Prior to his career in VC, he worked at ZS Associates, a sales and marketing consulting firm, where he specialized in sales transformation projects, across a broad spectrum of industries including high-tech, travel and transportation, and agri-chemicals. Chris is based in New York and holds a BA in Political Science and an MS in Electrical Engineering, both from Columbia University.
Ross McCurdy has spent most of his career in all areas of innovation: technology creation, technology transfer, business start-up, venture capital, from private to public company, investor and mentor to technology start-ups. Dr. McCurdy holds a Ph.D. from the Dalhousie University, a Master of Science and a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science from Saint Mary’s University.
Dr. Finian Tan founded Vickers Venture Partners in 2005 with four partners. He is currently based in Singapore. Before starting Vickers, Finian was a Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, acting also as the founding partner of its Asia Pacific Operations, he discovered Baidu and led all the investment rounds into Baidu, and remained its largest backer until IPO. Prior to DFJ, Finian was Deputy Secretary of Trade and Industry for the Singapore Government where he oversaw the creation of the billion-dollar TIF fund and was subsequently appointed as chairman of the fund. As part of his earlier career path, Finian ran Goldman Sachs Asian trading arm. Finian received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in Engineering from Cambridge University. He received his B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Glasgow.