Management & Directors

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 served as President of Baseball Alberta for eight years ending November, 2016; serves as Vice President with Baseball Canada and serves on two advisory Board of Directors for large privately-held companies in the real estate and manufacturing industries.

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

Gerald Romanzin

Gerald Romanzin


Mr. Romanzin is an independent Calgary businessman who serves as a director of Crescent Point Energy. Previously, he held a variety of senior roles with the TSX Venture Exchange, including Executive Vice President and Acting President, and was the Executive Vice President of the Alberta Stock Exchange, prior to its conversion.

Formerly, Mr. Romanzin served as a director of FET Resources Ltd., Ketch Resources Ltd., Ketch Resources Trust, Cadence Energy Inc., Trimac Transportation Ltd, Kereco Energy Ltd. and Flowing Energy Corporation. Mr. Romanzin is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Effective date of appointment to the Board of Directors: 13 November 2015

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 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.

Mr. Nolan is currently working towards his MA in Leadership and Management studies from Briercrest Seminary.

John Halliwell

John Halliwell


Mr. Halliwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Anacort Capital Inc., a Calgary based investment management firm, and the Managing Director of Grenville Properties Ltd., a real estate holding company. He has been active on the Board of Directors of a number of publicly traded corporations during the past twenty-five years, including Penn West Petroleum Ltd., Manhattan Resources Ltd., Blackfoot Resources Ltd., and Western Energy Services Ltd, as well as several private corporations. He previously held management positions in Petro-Canada, most recently as General Manager, Asset Rationalization.

Effective date of appointment to the Board of Directors: 30 November 2017

Robert Beekhuizen

Robert Beekhuizen

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.

Mark Smith, MBA, P. Eng

Mark Smith, MBA, P. Eng

Chief Financial Officer

Mark was most recently employed with Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets in Calgary, AB providing Investment Banking expertise within the oil and gas industry for exploration and production, midstream, oilfield services, and royalty companies. Prior to his tenure at Scotiabank, Mark was employed as a Drilling Engineer with Shell, responsible for engineering and planning for exploration drilling programs in the Duvernay.

Mark is a registered engineer with APEGA and holds an MBA from University of Oxford – Said Business School. He completed his Masters in Petroleum Engineering thesis at University of Houston on the subject of horizontal drilling in the Duvernay formation.


Dana Archibald

Dana Archibald

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.


Mark McCallum, CET, NCSO

Mark McCallum, CET, NCSO

Vice President, Business Development

Mr. McCallum is registered with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta as a practicing certified engineering technologist and is registered with the Alberta Construction Safety Association as a certified National Construction Safety Officer and Safety Auditor. He has more than 20 years management experience in aggregates mining and exploration, labour market development and communications. He is a graduate of the civil engineering technology program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and currently serves as a Board of Governor for the Rupertsland Institute.

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