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
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 / Geosciences
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 / Business Development
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.
Senior Development Engineer
Christopher Cheng is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering with a Petroleum Engineering minor from the University of Calgary (2009). Mr. Cheng is a professional engineer with 10+ years of experience in the upstream oil and gas sector working in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin with his last 5 years specializing in new technology development. While working on the Heavy Oil Technology team at Devon Canada, Mr. Cheng led a multi-disciplinary team from conception to execution of an Experimental Scheme to test conductive heating of a heavy oil reservoir in Northeast Alberta.
In 2012, Mr. Cheng co-founded Holiday Rejects Apparel Inc., and appeared on Canadian reality TV show Dragons' Den where he and his partners pitched and executed a deal with three investors. In 2018, Mr. Cheng's most recent venture, Full Circle Energy, was amalgamated with Canuc Resources Corporation (TSX-V: CDA), where he is currently a member of the board as an independent director.
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.
Manager, Finance and Accounting
Austin Nieuwdorp brings over a decade of accounting and finance experience, including five years managing the financial reporting process at TSX listed Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. Prior thereto, he was with BDO, a mid-sized international public accounting firm with focus on small to midsized private and public companies. Austin is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Chartered Accountant, and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree specialized in finance. He is currently working on obtaining the Chartered Business Valuator Designation.
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.
Well Construction Advisor
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.