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.

Richard Dawson

Senior Vice President, Canada (Vancouver)

Mr. Dawson has over 39 years of experience in geology, mining, and geotechnical engineering related to resource development. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Executive Management Committee
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), P.Eng.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), P.Eng.
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM)
  • Member, Canadian Geotechnical Society

Experience

  • 20 years with Norwest
  • 38 years industry experience
  • Recent Responsibilities:
    • 3 years AGRA Earth & Environmental Limited (Senior Geotechnical Engineer)
    • 4 years Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alberta (Research Engineer)
    • 4 years Smoky River Coal Limited (Senior Geologist, Engineering Geologist)
    • 5 years Geologic Consultant (Exploration Geologist)
  • PhD, Geotechnical Engineering (University of Alberta)
  • MSc Mining Engineering (University of Alberta)
  • BSc Geology (University of Alberta)

Experience Highlights

Mr. Dawson's technical expertise is in mine waste geotechnics (waste dumps and tailings), slope stability (rock and soil), and risk evaluations. In addition to carrying out design assignments, he provides geotechnical oversight and review for Norwest projects and also acts as an external reviewer for many large mining projects in North American and abroad.

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,

Larry Hechel

Vice President Geological Services (Salt Lake City)

Mr. Henchel has over 38 years of experience in the mining and energy industries, with experience in exploration, development, and support of both surface and underground mining operations. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Professional Geologist, State of Utah, P.Geo
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), P.Geo

Experience

  • 14 years with Norwest
  • 38 years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 7 years Whitewood Geologic Group, Inc. (Vice President/Sr. Geologist)
    • 2 years Cyprus Coal Company (Geologic Engineer)
    • 4 years Getty Mining Company (Project Exploration Geologist)
    • 2 years Energy Fuels Corporation (Field Geologist)
  • BS Geology (Saint Lawrence University)

Experience Highlights

He has held numerous positions in exploration and mining, including field geologist, field manager, project manager, mine geologist, and consultant. He is experienced working with numerous mineral properties throughout the United States, Canada, India, South America, the Middle East, Mongolia, and southern Africa. He has planned and implemented multi-commodity exploration projects worldwide. He has provided management and technical support to large drilling projects which developed into established properties with substantial reserves and numerous successful mining operations. He has supervised hydrologic and geotechnical programs to support mine planning and permitting. He is experienced in supporting active operations and provides an understanding of geological considerations critical to successful mining ventures. He is proficient in preparation of technical reports in support of listings on major international securities exchanges. He has a thorough knowledge of international resource and reserve reporting standards including U.S. Industry Guide 7, Canadian National Instrument 43-101, and Australasian JORC standards. 

Mr. Henchel is well-versed in mineral property evaluations and due diligence efforts. His extensive international experience provides a broad knowledge base of property development conditions and considerations in other countries. He is skilled in geologic interpretation, modeling and resource/reserve analysis of single and multi-seam coal deposits; CBM and UCG properties; oil shale and bituminous sand resources; phosphate, potash, uranium and iron ore deposits. He is experienced in development of mineral properties from greenfield through implementation of mining operations. Versatile in conducting in-mine support projects. Implemented and conducted numerous pit and underground quality programs. He has worked closely with mine engineers in monitoring slope and highwall stabilities and underground mine hazard prediction.

Donna Hildebrand

Manager, Human Resources (Calgary)

Donna Hildebrand has over 25 years of experience as a Human Resources professional in the areas of oil and gas, insurance brokerage, transportation, and health care. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Certified Executive Coach
  • EQi Certified
  • Member Strategic Capability Network

Experience

  • 6 years with Norwest
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • Gibson Energy, (Sr. Supervisor, HRCM and Payroll Services)
    • Aon Risk Services (Human Resources Manager)
    • Trimac Transportation (HR Director, North America)
  • Executive MBA, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Experience Highlights

Her knowledge and expertise includes Corporate policy and procedures, recruitment and selection, compensation, performance and career management, reward and recognition, pensions and benefits, HRMS, and employee relations for both Canada and the United States. 

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.

Darren Johnson

Manager, Accounting (Calgary)

Mr. Johnson is a Professional Accountant who has 25 years of experience in Financial Management in a variety of industries. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Experience

  • 5 years with Norwest
  • 25 years industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 7 years Husky Energy (Analyst Crude Oil Marketing, Team Lead Accounting)
    • 13 years EDS Canada (Manager of Finance)
  • Diploma of Technology, Financial Management (British Columbia Institute of Technology)

Experience Highlights

He has let many accounting departments. He provides accurate information to stakeholders including analysis, budget forecasting, and preparing financial reports.

Tim Peterson

Senior VP, Geotechnical Engineering (Vancouver)

Mr. Peterson has 40+ years of engineering experience in geotechnical and civil engineering. Read More.

Current Roles

  • 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.
  • Chartered Engineer United Kingdom
  • Member, Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE)
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (MASCE)
  • Member, Geologic Society of London UK (FGS)
  • Member, Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS)
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

Experience

  • 20 years with Norwest
  • 40+ years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 16 years Monenco Agra (Senior Supervising Geotechnical Engineer)
    • 1 year Hydroelectric Feasibility Study, Bolivia (Manager of Operations Miguillas Valley)
    • 13 years Civil Engineering Department, Calgary (Senior Supervising Geotechnical Engineer; Supervising Geotechnical Engineer; Director of Field Investigations, Basha, Pakistan; Manager Special Design Group; Senior Geotechnical Specialist)
    • 11 years Pell Frischmann and Partners (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Assistant Engineer)
  • BSc Civil Engineering (Portsmouth)
  • HND Civil Engineering (NE London Polytechnic)

Experience Highlights

He has worked on many varied projects including thermal and hydroelectric power plants, dams, open pit mines, light to heavy industrial complexes, gas plants, low and high rise residential, hospital, educational, and commercial buildings, roads, bridges, port facilities, off-shore platforms, small and large diameter water, sulphur and gas pipelines and transmission lines. He has specialist experience in the field of permafrost engineering having worked on the design of the Yukon section of the Alaska Highway gas pipeline. He has worked on several overseas projects including open pit mines in the USA, Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Colombia, and Australia; major hydroelectric studies in Pakistan and Bolivia; industrial and commercial projects in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. His experience includes the design of pad, raft and most types of piled foundations; the design of earth fill, tailings and water retaining structures, power tunnels, diversion tunnels; detailed settlement analyses; frost heave and thaw settlement analyses; seismic analyses; and stability analyses of open pit mines, road and rail cuttings and embankments, earth and rock fill dams, and excavated marine slopes. Over the years he has conducted several geotechnical due diligence reviews for investors and insurers in the United Kingdom and in several states including coal mines in Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Mississippi. For over 20 years he has provided ongoing geotechnical assistance to a major Canadian Utility, including design and monitoring of coal mine highwalls, waste dumps and tailings impoundments and geotechnical input to mine planning. Over the last 15 years he has been heavily involved in geotechnical designs associated with several of the major oil sands properties north of Fort McMurray, including large open pits, waste dumps and major tailings structures. More recently, he has been involved in several mine closure projects in Alberta, Washington State, and in New Mexico.

Aaron Sellick

Vice President, Mining and Tailings (Calgary)

Mr. Sellick has more than 25 years of experience in mine engineering, operations, regulatory, and consulting roles related primarily to oil sands mining and processing. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists of Alberta (APEGA), P.Eng

Experience

  • 10 years with Norwest
  • 24 years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 10 years Alberta Energy & Utilities Board (Executive Manager, Fort McMurray Oil Sands Branch)
    • 4 years Syncrude Canada Ltd. (Mining Engineer)
  • BS Engineering, Technical University of Nova Scotia

Experience Highlights

He brings a broad perspective related to oil sands operations, as well as relevant regulatory and government policy directions within Canada. He is recognized for superior analytical, decision making, communication skills, and the ability to create a vision and demonstrate strategic planning and leadership in accomplishing that vision. He has managed multi-disciplinary teams to complete all aspects of oil sands mining projects. He has completed evaluations of mine designs including studies to devine economic pit limits, pit development sequences, and associated layouts of surface facilities. He has completed the integration of long-term planning for tailings management and mine waste disposal to ensure overall plan feasibility; evaluations of in-pit production train relocation strategies; and lease boundary mining and tailings plan feasibility studies. He has worked with regional multi-stakeholder groups to address regional environmental and socio-economic issues related to exploration and development of energy resources in northeastern Alberta.

Kevin Whipkey

General Manager, Eastern Operations (Charleston)

Mr. Whipkey has over 33 years of experience in mining engineering, engineering management, and operations management in the coal industry. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Registered Professional Engineer (West Virginia, Utah, Colorado, Kentucky, and Ohio)
  • Registered Professional Surveyor (West Virginia)
  • Certified Underground Mine Foreman (West Virginia)
  • Certified Surface Mine Foreman (West Virginia)
  • Approved Person, Department of Environmental Protection (West Virginia)

Experience

  • 15 years with Norwest
  • 33 years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 3 years Cline Resource and Development Co., Inc. (Mining Engineer, Mine Manager)
    • 15 years Cannelton Industries, Inc. (Mine Manager, Manager Engineering, Chief Engineer, Division Engineer, Project Engineer/Production Forman, Mining Engineer)
    • 3 years Union Carbide Corporation (Mining Engineer Trainee)
  • BS Mining and Minerals Engineering (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Experience Highlights

His background includes engineering and management of operations using the room and pillar method, with extensive experience in mine planning, construction, and start-up of new underground mines. He possesses significant operating experience with refuse disposal areas, including impoundments, slurry cells, and underground slurry injection. Mr. Whipkey is also experienced in planning and construction of river loading facilities; materials handling; construction projects; surface mine planning, permitting, and reclamation; highwall miner planning; accident investigation; and reserve evaluation. In addition, he has recent experience in providing mine planning and operational assistance to potash mining operations.

Keith Wilson

Vice President, Mining & Mine Development (Calgary)

Mr. Wilson has over 25 years of surface mining experience. Read More.

Current Roles

  • 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.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS), P.Eng.
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

Experience

  • 15 years with Norwest
  • 25+ years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 10 years at operating coal mines across western Canada
    • Additional years of experience include dragline planning, truck and shovel planning, drill and blast engineering and field supervision.
  • B.Sc. Geological Engineering (University of Saskatchewan)

Experience Highlights

His mining operations background includes experience at both dragline and truck and shovel coal operations in western Canada. Mr. Wilson has strong project management capabilities and specializes in the complete analysis of mineable oil sands and surface coal deposits, including scheduling, mine and tailings material balances, mine equipment selection and fleet sizing, cost estimating, budget preparation, and project economics.

Nancy Witmer

Manager, Administration (Calgary)

Ms. Witmer has over 42 years of experience in the mining and resource exploration industry. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Assistant to Board of Directors
  • Shareholder Liaison

Experience

  • 18 years with Norwest
  • 42 years industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 7 years Environmental Consultants (Manager/Executive Assistant)
    • 7 years Western Research (Executive Assistant to the President)
    • 10 years Calgary Exhibition and Stampede (Assistant to the Facilities and Entertainment Manager)
  • Graduate Administrative Program (Olds College)

Experience Highlights

In her current role, Nancy is responsible for management of the Administration Department in Calgary, while providing support to the Vancouver and Saskatoon administrative functions. She also provides assistance to the Norwest Board of Directors, Executive Management Team, and Shareholders. She has responsibility for the preparation and distribution of Technical Reports in accordance with the requirements of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure and National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure.