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.

Michael Bender, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Vice President, Operations, Western Surface Water

Michael Bender is the vice president of operations, western surface water. As a seasoned water resources professional with over 20 years in the industry, Michael is an industry leader and award winning innovator. With Canadian and international experience, he is an expert in river engineering, fish passage, culvert design, erosion control, mine water management, mine closure planning, drinking water source protection, water supply planning, drought preparedness, flood control, and watershed management.

Michael holds a doctorate degree in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba.

Martin Bobyn, B.Sc.

Vice President, Operations, Hydrogeology

Marty Bobyn is the vice president of operations, hydrogeology, and a principal environmental geoscientist with more than 20 years of diverse experience in geological, hydrogeological, and environmental projects. He has managed all aspects of exploration for oil sands evaluation programs in the Fort McMurray area, and has carried out numerous environmental investigations at upstream and downstream petroleum production and distribution facilities across Western Canada.

Marty has been involved in the development and implementation of risk management and remedial action plans at contaminated sites, as well as the development of environmental management systems and regulatory compliance programs for the oil and gas sector. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology (advanced) from the University of Saskatchewan.

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.

Brent Forrest, P.Eng.


Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness

Brent Forrest is a professional engineer with more than 20 years of experience. As vice president of organizational effectiveness, he leads the quality and training functions at Matrix. These teams are responsible for delivering standards, systems, and processes that support the scalability, sustainability, and effectiveness of Matrix projects and operations, and the professional development of our people.

Brent has a strong background in hydrogeology, geophysics, and remediation, and provides technical leadership and direction to Matrix’s in situ remediation and geophysics teams, providing clients with effective, pragmatic, and cost effective solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in geological engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Jon Hutt, P.Eng.

Senior Vice President, Assessment, Remediation, Reclamation and Monitoring
Saskatchewan and Manitoba

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.

R. Blake Louden, P.Geol.

Senior Vice President, Assessment, Remediation, Reclamation and Monitoring
Alberta and British Columbia

As a principal geologist, Blake Louden provides technical support to Matrix projects, including geological and hydrogeological assessment and interpretation and design of soil and groundwater remediation systems. He is senior vice president of assessment, reclamation, remediation, and monitoring for Alberta and British Columbia.

Blake earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary, with a major in geology and a minor in geophysics. A principal geologist at Matrix, he has over 25 years of consulting, hydrogeology, and geology experience. From 1986 to 1992, Blake worked throughout South America and Russia assessing oil and gas reserves for lending institutions. Since joining Matrix in 1992, he has conducted more than 600 site assessments in the upstream oil and gas industry.

Josh MacKenzie, B.A.

Vice President, Information Technology

Josh MacKenzie has more than 20 years of experience in professional services and technology businesses. As vice president of information technology, he supports Matrix’s infrastructure, help desk and software solutions teams, and the delivery of highvalue services to clients across Canada.

Josh earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics, mathematics, and theatre arts from Coe College. Before joining Matrix in 2013, he worked for a global consulting firm, where he led project delivery teams with clients in diverse industries.

Mary Mayes, P.Chem.

Vice President, Operations, Assessment, Remediation, Reclamation and Monitoring
Peace Region and Northeast B.C.

Mary Mayes is a professional chemist with more than 25 years of experience in the environmental industry. She has conducted and directed environmental site assessments of oil and gas facilities, soil monitoring programs at production and processing plants, liability assessments, and assessment and remediation of sites contaminated by hydrocarbons, salts, and/or metals. As well as managing numerous regulatory soil and groundwater monitoring projects, Mary provides technical leadership to a variety of projects in her role as principal environmental chemist.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and is a registered member of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA) and the Association of the Chemical Profession of British Colombia (ACPBC). She was named a Matrix principal in 2013 and a vice president in the spring of 2015. She oversees Matrix’s operations in the Peace Region and northeastern British Columbia.

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

Vice President, Project Services
Vice President, Terrestrial

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, Assessment, Remediation, Reclamation and Monitoring
Central Alberta

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.

W. Robert Sturgess, P.Eng.

Senior Vice President, Environmental Planning, Assessment and Approvals

Rob Sturgess is a principal engineer at Matrix with a combined 20 years of industry and environmental experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University and specializes in project management, regulatory permitting, environmental impact assessments, and industrial approvals applications.

Rob participated in the founding and management of an independent consulting company, E2 Environmental Alliance, which merged with Matrix in 2002. He also served as an executive and corporate director with these companies. He is senior vice president of environmental planning, assessment, and approvals.

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

Senior Vice President, Water Resources

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.

Stacey Wiens, P.Ag.

Vice President, Operations, Assessment, Remediation, Reclamation and Monitoring
Saskatchewan West

Stacey Wiens is a professional agrologist with more than 20 years of experience, 11 of which have been in the upstream oil and gas industry. He has managed multidisciplinary projects involving abandoned well site reclamation and remediation, as well as hydrocarbon and salinity contamination at numerous Western Canadian upstream oil and gas facilities. He oversees Matrix’s operations in the Swift Current, Kindersley, and Medicine Hat areas.

Stacey joined Matrix in 2009 through the Odyssey Matrix merger. He was named a principal in 2014 and a vice president in 2015. He is currently the volunteer chairperson for the Southwest Saskatchewan Area 3 Environmental Response Unit, and sits on the board of directors for the Swift Current Chamber of Commerce.