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. He has served as president and CEO since 2008, providing executive leadership and strategic vision to Matrix.

He served on the board of MindFuel (Science Alberta Foundation) for six years; and 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 Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer (COO) Holly Elrick stewards a high performing, collaborative culture that embraces excellence in client service. She is responsible for operationalizing company strategies to drive growth, innovation, technical excellence, and strong safety outcomes for our people. Holly’s background as a Chief Financial Officer provides a unique focus on disciplined planning and execution to ensure effective and efficient operations.

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.

Angela Gosselin, CPA, C.A.

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.

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

Senior Vice President of Shared Services
Vice President, Operations, Regulatory Approvals, Terrestrial and Project Services

Liz Parkin is a professional agrologist with more than 25 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. Liz has provided senior provincial and federal regulatory guidance and senior review services, as well as project management and biophysical technical expertise on a wide variety of environmental projects within the oil and gas industry.

Liz leads several teams at Matrix—including the regulatory approvals, terrestrial and project services teams—with a focus on efficient delivery of projects to our clients. She also has corporate leadership responsibilities for several shared services teams to align these teams in supporting operational excellence.

Liz was named a Principal in 2008 and served on the Matrix board of directors from 2010 to 2013. She 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.

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

Vice President, Technical Practice Areas

As Vice President, Technical Practice Areas, David Van Vliet helps to drive technical excellence and innovation, while ensuring Matrix consistently delivers high quality solutions for our clients. David has more than 25 years of experience as a water resources engineer in areas such as drinking water source protection, watershed hydrology, groundwater and surface water interactions, groundwater and surface water modelling, climate change impact assessments, and information management. He was 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 Guelph, Ontario.

Jon Hutt, P.Eng.

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

Jon Hutt has over 25 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry.  As Vice President for Matrix’s Southern Plains operations, Jon leads a highly capable team involved with assessment, remediation, reclamation, monitoring, and terrestrial projects located throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Following graduation, Jon started a branch office in Weyburn for KBL Land Use Consulting 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 Solutions.

Jon is a Professional Engineer, holding a degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina.

 

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

Vice President, Operations, Northern Plains

Scott Purves is a designated 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. Scott oversees Matrix’s operations in the Grande Prairie, Lloydminster, Edmonton, Drayton Valley, and Cold Lake areas.

 

Brian Fuchs, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Vice President, Operations, Calgary Water

As Vice President, Operations, Brian Fuchs is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of Matrix’s Calgary water teams (hydrogeology, surface water engineering and aquatics). Brian has 14 years’ professional experience and is a Principal Engineer specializing in environmental planning, assessment and regulatory approvals. Brian excels in leading multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists that evaluate complex problems and then articulate clear and practical solutions.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a professional engineer.

 

Sam Bellamy, P.Eng.

Vice President, Operations, Eastern Canada

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.