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 Chair 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.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Holly Elrick is Matrix’s President & Chief Executive Officer. With more than 20 years of executive leadership experience—including 10 years serving as Matrix’s Chief Financial Officer, then Chief Operating Officer—Holly stewards a high performing, collaborative culture that embraces excellence in client service and health and safety. She leads the development and execution of long-term strategies that drive growth in new markets, foster technical excellence, and ensure efficient operations.
Holly is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) and previously served on the Board of the YWCA of Calgary.
Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University. She also studied commerce and accounting and achieved her Chartered Accountant designation. 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.
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.
Delanie Player is a Principal Wildlife Biologist at Matrix Solutions with over 20 years of experience in projects requiring environmental support for development, research, and land use planning. She provides technical expertise on large multidisciplinary projects including environmental impact assessments (EIAs), renewable energy reports, spill response, wildlife mitigation plans, and wildlife monitoring projects. Delanie has extensive experience helping clients understand provincial and federal wildlife regulations and advising on approaches to minimize wildlife impacts.
Within Matrix, Delanie is the Wildlife Technical Lead and Power Market Sector Lead. Through these roles, she provides leadership and senior technical support to staff
across disciplines, providing insight into opportunities for growth and development of Matrix’s services and people.
Delanie has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta.
Jeff Prince is a designated consulting engineer and principal water resources engineer with Matrix and has extensive experience managing multidisciplinary water resources planning, design, and implementation projects. He has been a consulting engineer for over 20 years with leadership roles in both large public companies and smaller private consultancies. Jeff was a founding member and CEO of Ecosystem Recovery Inc. and played a key role in the vision, growth, and success of the environmental consulting company, leading to the 2021 merger with Matrix.
Jeff holds degrees in both civil engineering (McMaster University 2001) and biology (Wilfrid Laurier University 1994). He is also a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.