Directors & Management

Don Paulencu, CA, ICD.D

Don Paulencu, CA, ICD.D

Chairman, Director

Mr. Paulencu was employed at Deloitte LLP for 39 years and served as audit partner for the past 31 years. Mr. Paulencu served in many leadership capacities in the Edmonton office including office managing partner for 10 years, and has provided audit, accounting, tax and advisory services to both public and private companies. Mr. Paulencu has also served as audit partner for several public corporations and large privately-held corporations. Mr. Paulencu serves on three Board of Directors for large privately-held companies in the real estate, technology and manufacturing industries.

Mr. Paulencu holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. He holds the CPA designation (Alberta) and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Effective date of appointment to the Board of Directors: 07 August 2015

Terrance Kutryk, ICD.D

Terrance Kutryk, ICD.D


Terrance Kutryk was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Pipeline Ltd. Prior to that Mr. Kutryk had an extensive career at Husky Energy Inc. culminating as Sr. Vice President, Midstream & Refined Products where his responsibilities included global commodity marketing, trading, product distribution, logistics & storage, pipelines, cogeneration, retail /wholesale operations, and new ventures. He was also a governance committee member of Husky’s multi-billion dollar joint-venture Sunrise Energy Project.

Mr. Kutryk has also held the position of Chairman of the Board for Sultran Ltd., Pacific Coast Terminals Company Ltd. and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA).

In addition to Athabasca Minerals, Mr. Kutryk sits on the boards of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission, Unit Electrical Engineering and VantEdge O&G, advisory boards for Crux OCM, WaterSMART Solutions, the University of Calgary’s Haskayne Centre for Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics, and the Schulich School of Engineering industry advisory council.

Mr. Kutryk is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Petroleum Society of Canada, CFA Institute and the Calgary Society of Financial Analysts.

Mr. Kutryk holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Calgary, is a graduate of the Petroleum Land Management program at Mount Royal University, and graduated with an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds designations from the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.


Effective date of appointment to the Board of Directors:  September 2019

Jon McCreary

Jon McCreary


Jon McCreary is the CEO of JMAC Energy Services Inc., the holding company for various oilfield service and materials based businesses operating primarily in North Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Idaho, Washington and Argentina. JMAC's divisions consist of stimulation water transmission, environmental services, oil sales and blending, heavy civil construction, pipeline construction, materials production, ready mix, and real estate. JMAC is the industrial water transmission market leader in the Bakken shale with over 200 miles of buried water transmission pipelines. Mr. McCreary has been CEO of JMAC for twelve years through several economic cycles. During his tenure JMAC grew from 15 employees to over 500 while seeing revenue rise to well over $100 million per year.

Prior to JMAC, Mr. McCreary was the CFO of a $400 million publicly traded bank in the state of Oregon. Mr. McCreary accumulated over 15 years of corporate finance experience in the banking, brokerage and insurance industries prior to building a market leading oilfield service company. In total, Mr. McCreary has over 30 years of broad management experience.

Effective date of appointment to the Board of Directors: 01 November 2020

Neil D. Manning

Neil D. Manning



Neil D. Manning was formerly the President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of Wajax Corporation for a ten-year term and prior to that he held the position of President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Director at Strongco Corporation.  Mr. Manning brings over four decades of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and executive in both private and publicly-traded companies and provides public market experience, financial and analytical expertise and capabilities.

Mr. Manning has extensive Board knowledge in the areas of Operations Management, Strategic Planning, Acquisitions and Divestitures as well as Investor Relations.  In addition to Athabasca Minerals Inc., Mr. Manning currently sits on the Board for TransForce International Inc. where he also Chairs the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

As well, Mr. Manning was a member of the University of Alberta School of Business Advisory Council for six years and held the position of Chairman for three years.  He is a graduate of the University of Alberta where he obtained his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Effective date of appointment to the Board of Directors: 25 October 2019.

Dale Nolan, GSC

Dale Nolan, GSC


Mr. Nolan is a founding director of Athabasca Minerals Inc., and has been involved in the gravel, transportation and construction business for over 35 years.

Mr. Nolan is past president of the Hopkins Group of Companies ("Hopkins"), a Lacombe, Alberta based company that incorporated in 1966. Hopkins develops gravel pits and performs custom crushing of aggregate. Hopkins has crushed for numerous counties and municipal districts throughout Alberta, and has provided services to Alberta Transportation for various road construction projects for over 50 years. Hopkins also supplies transportation services to deliver gravel and move oilfield equipment throughout Western Canada.

Mr. Nolan has served as director and president of the Alberta Sand and Gravel Association as well as director of the Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association.

Effective date of appointment to the Board of Directors: 11 July 2016.

Robert Beekhuizen, P. Eng, M. Eng, ICD.D

Robert Beekhuizen, P. Eng, M. Eng, ICD.D

Chief Executive Officer, Director

Robert Beekhuizen is CEO of Athabasca Minerals Inc, and has 30+ years industry experience including prior senior executive roles with AltaGas, Granite Construction, Fluor, Husky Energy, and Flint/URS. Robert has managed and directed organizations and multi-billion dollar capital programs with responsibilities encompassing engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, commissioning & operations. His sector experience includes international and domestic ventures in Oil & Gas, Oilsands, Refining, Midstream, Power, Mining, and Infrastructure. Robert has successfully established sanction requirements for Owner and Contractor organizations at Board levels, and has been appointed to the Board of wholly-owned subsidiaries. He has successfully tendered and negotiated individual risk-based contracts of $1 billion. His expertise includes organizational development & performance management, integrated delivery of major capital programs, and contracting models that align the supply chain with a collective commitment to achieve and preserve stakeholders' value.

Robert is a registered professional engineer (APEGA), and holds BSc, B.Eng and M.Eng degrees, with graduate school specialization in Project Management. He has been a guest lecturer in Project Management, Construction Management, and Procurement (Tendering) at the University of Calgary in both the Engineering and MBA faculties. Robert received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Dana Archibald, BSc, RPF

Dana Archibald, BSc, RPF

Chief Operating Officer

Dana Archibald is a well‐rounded safety conscious leader with extensive experience working within the Civil, Pipeline and Environmental sectors across multiple jurisdictions within Canada and the United States. Mr. Archibald was previously employed as Senior Project and Business Development Manager for Dechant Construction and Shott Earthworks Inc. Mr. Archibald was responsible for the safe and efficient development and delivery of all projects, leading a multidiscipline execution team of up to 150 hourly staff. Prior to this Mr. Archibald held positions including Supervisor Environment Projects and Senior Project Analyst with Enbridge Pipelines Inc. leading a team of environmental professionals, consultants and field staff on projects in the development, execution and reclamation phases, including the completion of Regulatory Applications for the National Energy Board and Provincially regulated projects. Mr. Archibald also previously held the position of Energy Projects Manager with Altus Group Limited and was responsible for managing employees and contractors within the Energy Projects Portfolio.

Mr. Archibald holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the University of Alberta, is a Registered Professional Forester, is Co-Chair of the Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association Sub-Grading Committee and is a board member of LAT60 Explore.


David Churchill, CPA, CA, ICD.D

David Churchill, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Chief Financial Officer

David Churchill is a senior financial and accounting executive with more than 30 years of experience spanning multiple sectors, including oil & gas services, manufacturing & construction, maintenance & environmental services, and public practice.  Mr. Churchill was formerly the CFO for CEDA and Tarpon Energy Services respectively, Vice-President Financial Operations and Corproate Secretary for Anthem Properties Group, and senior manager at KPMG.

Mr. Churchill received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and his Chartered Accountant designation from the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants.  He has also completed the Directors Education Program and the advanced Executive Certificate in General management from the Queen's School of Business Executive Program.  David has received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Coporate Directors and sits on the Board of the Hull Child and Family Foundation, serving as the Board Chair.


Ryan Lissel, P. Eng, MBA

Ryan Lissel, P. Eng, MBA

Vice President Projects and Operations

Mr. Ryan Lissel has joined Athabasca Minerals Inc as Vice-President, Projects & New Ventures. Mr. Lissel is a registered professional engineer (APEGA), with an MBA (finance) from University of Calgary and brings 30+ years career experience in project management and capital project development across a variety of industrial sectors including Oil & Gas, Mining, Manufacturing, Materials Processing and Automation. His recent and past roles include Project Director (CEDA International), General Manager & Director of Major Projects (Wilbros Canada), and Sr. Vice-President, Integrated Services (Tarpon Energy Services).

Mr. Lissel has executed projects from $10 million to $1 billion in size during his career. He has developed and directed multi-discipline project organizations through the project lifecycle of engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and commissioning with the requisite focus on safe delivery, environmental sustainability, quality management, tendering, contractor management, and project controls. Mr. Lissel will provide project executive oversight and management of AMI’s growing number of projects within both AMI Silica and AMI Aggregates divisions.  

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