The board of directors provides direction and advice on the overall stewardship of the company. Directors of the board are elected annually by shareholders at the annual general meeting.
John Feick is currently an investor in energy related businesses in Western Canada and the Executive Chairman of Matrix Solutions. He is one of the Founders of Matrix and served as its CEO until 2003. His previous business experience includes positions as Senior Vice President of Nova Corporation, President and COO of Nova Chemicals, and Chairman and partner of Kemex Engineering. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Graham Construction, Enmax Corporation, Veresen Inc. and Occidental Petroleum Corp.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Doctorate degree, also in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Alberta.
Environmental industry leader Matthew Sutton joined Matrix Solutions in 2021, bringing more than 30 years of executive experience from the world’s top environmental and engineering consulting firms. Matthew has led CH2M’s Environment and Nuclear Management Business as President; served as CEO, Global Environmental Engineering Services at AECOM; and directed North American Operations as Executive Vice President at Arcadis. He has a passion for bringing innovative technologies to environmental challenges and joined Matrix from ehsAI—an environmental compliance artificial intelligence start-up—where he was an investor and Senior VP for Corporate Development, and remains a member of the board of directors.
Matthew has appeared on numerous panels and delivered keynote speeches for global environmental industry conferences and forums. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Renewable Energy from the University of New Hampshire.
John Abbott is an independent consultant providing financial advice to companies engaged in the energy sector. With more than 30 years of financial industry experience, John has been involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt financing transactions for companies and governments in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and China. John is also a director of Nexen Energy.
Previously, John managed the investment banking office of BMO Capital Markets in Calgary. More recently, he was executive advisor to Deloitte in the energy sector, focused on Canada and China.
John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Memorial University in Newfoundland, and is a chartered financial analyst.
Chief Financial Officer
Angela Gosselin is Chief Financial Officer at Matrix, managing the company’s finance and risk strategies. She oversees the finance, contracts and procurement, legal and enterprise risk management organizations of Matrix. Angela joined Matrix in 2013 as Director of Finance, and became Vice President, Finance, Contracts and Procurement in 2017.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Calgary and a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She received her Chartered Accountant designation in 2005 and has over 15 years of financial experience in a variety of industries, including brokerage regulation, investment banking, technology, and oil and gas services.
For the past 15 years she has also volunteered and served on two non-profit boards in the child abuse and domestic violence prevention sectors.
A proud Canadian, a corporate activist and a community catalyst, Karen has served on the executive leadership teams of Enbridge (EVP People, Planet and Partners and then Chief Transformation Officer) and TELUS (President of Business Solutions including Partner Solutions and International; President of TELUS Quebec). She has also served on the boards of the Alberta Children’s Foundation, Western Financial, Energir, the Women’s Leadership Foundation, and Loblaw. She believes corporations are living breathing organisms; systems that can evolve to create communities where individuals can grow and thrive. Karen was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. She was inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Hall Fame, named Woman of the Year by Canadian Women in Communications and a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA foundation.
A biologist by training, Karen received a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science from Mount Allison University in 1989.
Kaush Rakhit is the president of Canadian Discovery and Rakhit Petroleum Consulting. After graduating from university, Kaush founded Rakhit Petroleum Consulting. The company grew quickly and became internationally recognized as a leader in the application of hydrodynamics, basin analysis, and integrated geologic studies. Kaush is also the co‑founder of Groundwater Solutions, now Matrix Solutions, and numerous junior exploration and production companies.
Kaush holds a Bachelor of Science degree in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo and was the first Master of Science degree candidate to complete the University of Alberta’s petroleum hydrogeology program.
Chris Seasons is a senior advisor and director at ARC Resources and provides leadership support to the executive team in the areas of strategy and risk management, as well as investment decision‑making. Chris brings over 30 years of operating experience covering all facets of the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry. He currently represents ARC on the boards of Longshore Resources and Steelhead Petroleum.
Chris is also a current director and past chair for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. He is also the past president of Devon Canada Corporation, former chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and past member of the Oil Sands CEO Council.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Queen’s University.
Amanda Freer is a Principal Hydrogeologist at Matrix with almost 20 years of environmental consulting experience in Alberta and across Western Canada. Her core values include a commitment to health and safety, client-focused service and achieving cost-effective and technically defensible environmental solutions. Throughout her career, she has specialized in environmental issues affecting the upstream oil and gas industry and has an in-depth understanding of client and regulatory requirements throughout a project life cycle. She has extensive experience developing conceptual and numerical models of groundwater flow and contaminant fate and transport in support of risk assessment and risk management.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science from McGill University and completed a Master of Science in Hydrogeology through the University of Calgary.
Henri de Pennart is a Principal Biologist with over 25 years of environmental consulting in Western Canada. He has been involved in the planning, permitting, construction monitoring and reclamation of upstream and midstream oil and gas and infrastructure projects. Henri has extensive expertise in projects in and around water including planning, permitting, construction, and emergency response. He also has experience in environmental impact assessments, risk assessments and environmental auditing (compliance, management system and transactional).
Henri completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology, Cellular and Molecular Genetics at University Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris. He also holds a Master of Science and earned his Ph.D. in Developmental Biology.