Matrix Solutions’ senior leadership team is composed of experienced professionals, all of whom are technical experts in their fields. Focused on empowering our clients, employees, communities and the environment to thrive, our leadership team executes the company’s strategy and day-to-day operations.
HOLLY ELRICK, C.A
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.
BRIAN FUCHS, B.A.SC., P.ENG.
As Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer, Brian Fuchs stewards a high performing, collaborative culture that embraces responsiveness and agility in service of Matrix’s clients. Brian brings experience leading the delivery of Matrix’s services to clients for regulatory planning and permitting in the energy sector and emerging areas like zero-carbon fuels, energy storage projects, and carbon sequestration. He has served on Matrix’s senior leadership team since 2019 as an operations Vice President and most recently as Vice President, Revenue and Growth.
In his role, Brian oversees our operations teams that deliver successful projects for our clients across Canada. He also supports the growth and diversification of the company’s revenue base by leading our engagement with our clients and ensuring our technical teams are delivering valuable solutions for the challenges facing communities and industries
Brian holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a professional engineer.
ANGELA GOSSELIN, CPA, C.A.
Senior Vice President, 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.
DAVID VAN VLIET, M.A.SC., P.ENG.
Senior Vice President, Technical Excellence & Innovation
As VP, Technical Practices and Innovation, 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.
Senior Vice President, People & Culture
Paula Thompson is Matrix’s Senior Vice President of People and Culture. Drawing on her nearly 25 years of Human Resources expertise, Paula helps to develop and evolve our culture to ensure Matrix attracts and engages the best and the brightest in the industry. Paula leads a talented human resources team and works with the rest of the Executive Leadership Team, to design and implement people-related initiatives and practices that help us achieve our strategic goals. Paula previously served as Vice President of People and Culture for Tervita, in addition to experience with a number of oil and gas service companies and roles in the logistics, high tech, and hospitality industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Acadia University
JON HUTT, P.ENG.
Vice President, Operations
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.
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.
SAM BELLAMY, P.ENG.
Vice President, Operations
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.
ROBERT BROWN, MES
As Vice President, Operations for the Natural Sciences and Approvals teams in Western Canada, Robert oversees a dynamic team of regulatory experts and scientists that provide innovative and effective solutions for our clients. With over 20 years of consulting and government experience, he has been involved in a wide range of environmental impact assessments, regulatory applications, and operational monitoring projects working across infrastructure, oil & gas, power, mining, and government sectors. Robert’s technical focus is on integrated, multi-disciplinary surface water projects, leveraging collaborative approaches and effective information management.
He holds a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier joint Graduate program and an Honours degree in Geography, Environmental and Resource Management from Western University.