Leadership Team

Matrix Solutions’ senior leadership team is composed of experienced professionals, all of whom are technical experts in their fields. Focused on empowering clients, employees, our communities, and the environment to thrive, our leadership team executes the company’s strategy and day‑to‑day operations.

Robert Pockar, M.Sc., P.Eng.

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.

Holly Elrick, C.A.

Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President, Information & Services

Holly Elrick is the chief financial officer (CFO) and senior vice president of information and services 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.

Ian Dyck, BASc., M.Sc

Vice President, Operations, Calgary Water

Ian Dyck has 20 years’ professional experience in operations management, strategy development, geophysics, and coastal engineering across North America. Ian brings a wealth of experience leading teams of engineers and scientists on complex portfolios, as well as developing and implementing growth strategies in both the industrial and municipal markets. As vice president, Ian is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of Matrix’s Calgary Water team.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Science in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University.

Jon Hutt, P.Eng.

Vice President, Operations, Southern Plains, and Calgary Assessment, Remediation, Reclamation and Monitoring

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 multidisciplinary management for spill response projects. Jon started his career working in the oil industry through the cooperative 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.

Liz Parkin, M.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Project Services, and Vice President, Operations, Calgary Approvals

Liz Parkin is a professional agrologist with more than 20 years of experience consulting in the oil and gas industry. Since joining Matrix in 2000, she has been involved in numerous predevelopment projects and currently provides management and seniorlevel regulatory guidance on environmental assessments for in situ, oil sands, and federal and provincial pipeline projects. Liz was named a principal in 2008 and served on the Matrix board of directors from 2010 to 2013.

As vice president of project services, she provides leadership to the Drafting, GIS, Environmental Data Services, Document Services, and Equipment teams, supporting the efficient delivery of projects to Matrix clients. In spring 2015, she took on the additional role of vice president of operations, terrestrial.

Liz earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary and her Master of Science degree in environment and management from Royal Roads University in 2004.

Scott Purves, B.Sc., EP, P.Ag.

Vice President, Operations, Northern Plains

Scott Purves is an environmental professional and professional agrologist with more than 15 years of experience in the environmental industry. His project experience has focused on site assessment, spill response, liability and risk assessment, soil and groundwater monitoring programs, in situ and ex situ remediation techniques, reclamation, and regulatory closure of contaminated sites.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in land use and environmental studies from the University of Saskatchewan and holds the professional agrologist designation in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. He was named a Matrix principal in 2014 and a vice president in 2015. He oversees Matrix operations in the Lloydminster, Edmonton, Drayton Valley, and Cold Lake areas.

David Van Vliet, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Vice President, Operations, East

David Van Vliet has 20 years of experience as a water resources engineer, most recently with AquaResource, which merged with Matrix in late 2011. David has experience in various areas relating to water resources, including watershed hydrology, groundwater and surface water interactions, hydrologic impact assessments, climate change, and information management. He was actively involved in the development of the water quantity framework relating to the Province of Ontario’s Clean Water Act.

David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in water resources engineering from the University of Guelph before going on to complete a Master of Applied Science degree in water resources from the University of Waterloo. He is based in Waterloo, Ontario.