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.
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 operating officer (COO) 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.
Sheila is a Principal Soil Scientist at Matrix, and joined the company in 2003. Sheila has a M.Sc. in Soil Science from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. in Agriculture, Crop Science
and Extension from the University of Saskatchewan. She has over 20 years of experience with environmental assessment and research projects with a focus on soil reclamation, contamination assessment and remediation.
At Matrix, Sheila provides technical advice and direction on a wide range of projects including contaminated soils, environmental monitoring and research on soil-water-contaminant interactions. She has served as client accountable for one of Matrix’s top ten clients over the last decade.
Sam Bellamy is Vice President for Matrix’s Eastern Canada operations and a Principal Water Resources Engineer with 20 years of experience in the water resources and environmental field for both the private and public sectors. Experienced in the development and application of hydrologic, hydraulic and integrated surface/groundwater models, he specializes in water resource impact assessments, water supply projects, flood mapping studies, climate change adaption studies, environmental flow requirement investigations, and source water protection plans. Sam provides leadership and technical support to a team of talented hydrogeologists, geomorphologists, biologists, design technicians and engineers.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Ontario and Alberta.
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.
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.