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 the executive chairman of Matrix Solutions and a director of Occidental Petroleum Corporation in the United States. John is a consultant and investor in energy‑related businesses in Western Canada.
His previous business experience includes chairman and partner of Kemex Engineering Ltd., senior vice president of NOVA Corporation, and president and chief operating officer of NOVA Chemicals. He also served on the board of directors of Oak Point Energy and Fort Chicago Energy Management.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Queen’s University and a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta.
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Rob Pockar has extensive experience as an environmental consultant in the oil and gas industry, including environmental liability assessment and remediation, water resources engineering, and environmental impact assessments to support project design and regulatory approval. Rob joined Matrix in 1993 and has grown with the company through a succession of more senior appointments and responsibilities. Rob has served as president and CEO of Matrix since 2008 and provides ongoing executive leadership and strategic vision to Matrix.
He is currently on the board of directors of Oak Point Energy and was previously on the board of MindFuel (Science Alberta Foundation) for six years. He also coaches his sons’ hockey and soccer teams.
Rob is a professional engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science degree in earth science from the University of Waterloo.
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.
Holly Elrick is the chief financial officer (CFO) at Matrix. Holly provides leadership to Matrix’s financial and business strategy and operations. Before joining Matrix, she was the CFO of Arcis Corporation, a Calgary‑based energy services firm, and controller before that. Holly oversaw the privatization of the company and, ultimately, the sale of the company to a global competitor in 2012.
From 2008 to 2012, Holly served on the board of directors of the YWCA of Calgary.
Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in English, from Queen’s University. She also studied commerce and accounting and achieved her chartered accountant designation in 1999. Holly articled at KPMG and worked on both audit and tax engagements in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, health care, hospitality, and not‑for‑profit.
Claudia Gomez is a principal soil scientist at Matrix and has been with the company since 2005. Claudia has over 20 years of experience in research and environmental consulting. She has researched diverse research topics, ranging from bioluminescence at the University of Alberta to the use of tailings sands in reclamation materials with the Alberta Environmental Centre. Claudia began her environmental consulting career with Komex International, where she worked as a soil scientist from 1997 to 2005. At Matrix, Claudia provides technical advice and direction on a wide range of projects, including pre‑development assessments, contaminated sites, and reclamation.
Claudia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences and a Master of Science degree in soil science from the University of Alberta.
Jon Hutt is a senior vice president at Matrix. Jon’s experience includes providing senior‑level guidance on assessment, remediation, reclamation, and monitoring projects involving hydrocarbon and salinity impacts at upstream and midstream oil and gas facilities, as well as multi‑disciplinary management for spill response projects. Jon started his career working in the oil industry through the co‑operative education program, with his initial term working as a battery operator for PanCanadian Petroleum Limited, followed by various assignments throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta with Gulf Canada Resources. Following graduation, Jon started a branch office in Weyburn for KBL Land Use Consulting. Jon expanded the Saskatchewan operations, adding a satellite office in Swift Current, and was appointed vice president of the company in 2003. He worked for KBL until the sale of its Saskatchewan assets in 2006 to Odyssey Environmental, where he served as president and CEO until 2009 when Odyssey merged with Matrix.
Jon is a professional engineer, holding a degree in environmental systems engineering from the University of Regina.
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.