Company Leadership

Steve Cameron

President, Canada (Calgary)

Mr. Cameron is President, Norwest Canada with overall responsibility of the management and development of Norwest's Canadian operations. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Norwest Canada President
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Management Committee

Experience

  • 23 years with Norwest
  • 35+ years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 7 years Cominco Engineering Services Ltd. (Consulting Geologist)
    • 6 years Crows Nest Resources (Division of Shell Canada Resources) (Geological Modeling, Supervisory and Field Work, Regulatory Affairs, and Financial)
  • BSc Geology/Economics (University of Calgary)

Experience Highlights

He has over 36 years of professional expertise in geological evaluations of resources properties in Canada, the United States, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, and China. This includes directing exploration programs, the management and organization of geological databases and maps, regional geological studies, and developing geologic models. His positions with Norwest have included, President; Senior Vice President; Vice President Geology; Chief Geologist; and Senior Geologist.

Pat Akers

Vice President, Surface Mining and Financial Services (Salt Lake City)

Mr. Akers is a hands-on finance and operations leader with over 40 years of proven ability in operations and financial management. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Norwest Audit Committee
  • Member, Wyoming Mining Association Board
  • Member, American Coal Council Board
  • Member, Rock Springs, Wyoming Planning and Zoning Commission

Experience

  • 6 years with Norwest
  • 40 years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 20 years PacifiCorp (Bridger Coal Company) (General Manager, Director Finance and Operations)
    • 1 year NERCO (Manager Financial Planning and Analysis)
    • 4 years Energy Supply, Inc. (Executive Vice President, Finance)
    • 3 years Dwight Brehm Resources (Controller)
    • 2 years Energy Supply, Inc. (Controller)
    • 1 year Brehm Oil Company (Controller)
    • 3 years Krehbiel and Associates (Sr. Accountant)
  • BS Accounting (Brescia College)

Experience Highlights

He has hands-on experience in safety management, mine planning, production management, maintenance management, and environmental management. He has expertise in financial and cost accounting, taxation, internal control development, budget development and management, financial analysis, materials procurement and management, and business planning and analysis. He has successfully led major business change initiatives including strategy development and financial analysis.

Sean Ennis

Vice President, Mining Engineering (Vancouver)

Mr. Ennis has over 26 years of experience in the mining industry in the areas of mine engineering and mine geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Member Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), P.Eng.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), P.Eng.
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in New Mexico and Washington, PE
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
  • Member, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)

Experience

  • 20 years with Norwest
  • 26 years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 5 years Gregg River Resources, Ltd. (Mine Engineer)
  • MEng, Geoenvironmental Engineering (University of Alberta)
  • BSc, Mining Engineering (University of Alberta)

 

Experience Highlights

He is currently involved in feasibility level mine development for clients with coal and precious metal projects. He is also involved in geotechnical and geoenvironmental issues related to mining, including mine waste management, slope stability and mine closure, as part of mine permit applications. He has site experience in various disciplines of the mining industry such as short and long-range mine planning, surveying, project management, and site investigation. He is a qualified person under Canadian National Instrument 43-101 regulations.

Tim Fitzgerald

Vice President, Oil Sands (Calgary)

Mr. Fitzgerald has over 26 years of experience in surface mine operations as well as experience in various disciplines of the construction industry including surveying, heavy construction, and geotechnical work. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Alberta (APEGA) P.Eng.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) P.Eng.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) P.Eng.
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

Experience

  • 21 years with Norwest
  • 20 years mining industry experience
  • 6 years construction industry experience
  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering (University of Calgary)
  • CET Diploma Civil Engineering Technology (SAIT)

Experience Highlights

Mr. Fitzgerald brings strong management and communication skills along with a result oriented focus to all of his work. During his tenure with Norwest, he has held numerous management positions including his current position as Vice President, Oil Sands Mining and GM, Manager Mining, Project Manager, Senior Engineer, and Project Engineer.  He has been responsible for numerous oil sands projects related to all aspects of mine planning and development, tailings planning, project management and construction, owner and regulatory requirements, and capital and operating cost estimates.

Greg Gillian

President, U.S. Operations (Salt Lake City)

Mr. Gillian is President, Norwest U.S. with overall responsibility of the management and development of Norwest's U.S. operations.p> Read More.

Current Roles

  • Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Board of Directors (Coal Prep Society of America) 
  • Member Society for Mining Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)

Experience

  • 12 years with Norwest
  • 20 years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 3 years Luck Stone Corporation (Production Engineer/Plant Manager)
    • 3 years Bechtel Construction & Engineering (Lead Project Coordinator)
    • 1 year Cytec Mining Chemicals (Process Engineer)
    • 1 year Cleveland-Cliffs Mining Company (Metallurgical Engineer 1)
    • 1 year Cyprus Amax Cannelton Coal (Junior Plant Engineer)
  • BS Mining Engineering and Minerals Processing (Pennsylvania State University)

Experience Highlights

Mr. Gillian has over 20 years of experience in the mining and process industry. He has served in a variety of technical and operating positions during his career, both in the field and within office environments. These positions have included managing process and design for Norwest, production engineering, project management, and field-level project coordination for prior employers. He has expertise in working in coal, aggregate, and hard rock processing facilities.

His expertise includes serving as an Owner's Engineer for projects involving construction and project management; due diligence and fatal flaw analyses; process development; and construction designs for blending and processing plants. Directed engineering studies for oil sands projects in Canada, including tradeoff of fine tailings reclaim systems, large diameter slurry pumping, and dewatering solutions. Assisted with the process and design aspects of a conversion from an underground to surface mining facility. Completed fatal flaw analyses and capital requirements for restarting idled properties in British Columbia, which included designing and developing a field sample program, washability data analysis, simulations of process flowsheets, and developing conceptual arrangements for coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) area upgrades. Led performance and safety audits of major operations. Responsible for coordinating construction of below grade fiber optic systems within the Washington, DC and northern Virginia area. Developed engineering packages for wireless telecommunications installations in the eastern United States. Participated in ISO-related sampling studies.

He has lived or worked in the United States, Canada, Mongolia, Mexico, German, and India,

Jay Horton

Manager, Technical Services (Vancouver)

Mr. Jay Horton is the Manager of Technical Services for Norwest’s Vancouver office. He has over 18 years of experience in the mining industry, with expertise in surface and underground mine design, costing, mine closure, and project management. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), P.Eng.
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
  • Member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Experience

  • 14 years with Norwest
  • 17 years mining industry experience
  • B.A.Sc. Mining and Mineral Process Engineering (University of British Columbia)

Experience Highlights

He has been involved in surface mine planning and closure work throughout North America and abroad. He has been involved in defining and managing multiple waste types for environmental, construction, and reclamation planning purposes. He is experienced in permitting and risk assessment processes involving technical experts, regulatory bodies, and environmental groups throughout Canada and the United States. He is also a qualified person, under Canadian National Instrument 43-101 regulations.