Board

Newalta’s Board of Directors brings a diverse perspective to matters affecting the company. Their guidance is based on successful careers in a broad range of industries.


Alan Cadotte
Mr. Cadotte joined Newalta Corporation in 1993 as President and Chief Executive Officer. His previous executive experience in waste management and environmental services included positions with Chrysler Corporation, ORTECH, Tricil Ltd. and Laidlaw Inc. Mr. Cadotte is a 1973 graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Masters Degree in Engineering.


Harvey Doerr
Mr. Doerr has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry where he gained exposure to domestic and international exploration and production, heavy oil and offshore development, refining, retail marketing, acquisitions and divestitures, strategic planning and government relations. He retired in 2009 as Executive Vice President of El Dorado, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil Corporation where he was responsible for worldwide refining and marketing operations and strategic planning. Mr. Doerr has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is also a director of MEG Energy Corp.


Robert J. Gemmell
Mr. Gemmell has 25 years of investment banking experience and most recently was President and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Global Markets Canada and its predecessor companies (Salomon Brothers Canada and Salomon Smith Barney Canada). In addition, he was a member of the Global Operating Committee of Citigroup Global Markets from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Gemmell has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He is also a director of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited.


Robert MacDonald
Mr. MacDonald is an oil and gas banking professional with 27 years’ experience as a senior officer of several Canadian chartered banks, 18 years experience in Alberta and nine years in the United States. His experience includes oil and gas banking/financing ranging from advisory, strategic alternatives for senior and bridge debt structuring, project financing, mezzanine debt structuring, portfolio management, credit risk management, financial analysis and loan re-structuring. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. MacDonald was Director, Commercial Banking with CIBC World Markets. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. MacDonald was Vice President, Oil & Gas Group with CIBC. Mr. MacDonald has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (major in Economics and Finance and minor in Accounting) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. He is also a director of Trilogy Energy Ltd. (General Partner of Trilogy Energy Trust).


Vance Milligan, Q.C.
Mr. Milligan has been a senior partner with the national law firm of Bennett Jones LLP since 1987. Mr. Milligan's practice focuses in representing public and private companies in various industry sectors, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, public and private financing, as well as matters relating to corporate governance. Mr. Milligan holds a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction), Major – Political Science from the University of Lethbridge and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. He is also a director of Tesco Corporation.


Dick Pinder
Mr. Pinder graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan in 1973 and became a Chartered Accountant in Alberta in 1975. His 30-year career has predominantly focused on managing or advising growth businesses in a variety of sectors in the western Canadian economy. He spent four years in public accounting, and then 15 years in top management roles engaged in strategic planning, re-engineering, and executing growth plans. More recently, he has worked in advisory and governance roles in both private and public companies of varying sizes, and has been involved in many corporate financial transactions. He is also a director of WebTech Wireless Inc.


Gordon Pridham
Mr. Pridham is President of Edgewater Capital Inc. of Toronto, Ontario. He has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, capital markets, and corporate banking. Mr. Pridham has financed and advised companies in public and private markets across a broad range of industry sectors. He has an extensive background in the energy and natural resources sectors, having worked in the Energy and Minerals group in New York, Calgary, and Toronto for Chemical Bank and National Bank. Mr. Pridham has also managed the Investment Banking groups of Merrill Lynch Canada, Midland Doherty, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Research Capital, and Raymond James. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto.


Susan Riddell Rose 
Ms. Riddell Rose is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Perpetual Energy Inc. Prior thereto she was the Chief Operating Officer for Paramount Resources Ltd. and prior thereto a geological engineer with Shell Canada Limited. Ms. Riddell Rose graduated from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario in 1986 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering. She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and has served as a governor for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.


Tom Ryley
Mr. Ryley is a Principal with Beacon Head Energy, a business advisory and investment management firm specializing in alternate and renewable energy.  He has over 30 years of experience working in the Canadian energy industry.  Previously he was with Suncor Energy for 25 years where he held a wide range of commercial, operating and business development positions.  He has an extensive background in the Energy and Natural Resources sectors, having worked for Alberta Department of Energy and Natural Resources and Trans-Northern Pipeline Company.  Mr. Ryley graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts and from Carleton University with a Master of Arts in Public Administration.  He is currently a director of Benefuel Inc.

Michael R. Starzer
Mr. Starzer has 30 years of experience in the U.S. oil and gas industry, and has served in numerous positions evaluating and developing oil, gas, electricity and geothermal resources. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., a Denver, Colorado based exploration and production company which he co-founded. Previously, Mr. Starzer served as a Vice President of Berry Petroleum Company, Inc., and prior to that, held positions at Unocal and California State Lands Commission. He presently serves on the board of Bonanza Creek Energy. Mr. Starzer holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska and is a registered professional engineer in petroleum engineering.


Barry Stewart
Mr. Stewart is a Professional Engineer with more than 40 years industry experience. Mr. Stewart became Chair of the Newalta Board in 2008. He graduated from Queen’s University with a BAppSc in Engineering Physics and has a Management Diploma from the University of Western Ontario. From 1991 to 2001, Mr. Stewart was with Suncor Energy Inc., nine years as Executive Vice President – Exploration & Production, followed by Executive Vice President – In-situ & International (New Technology). He is also a director of NAL Oil & Gas Trust.


Laurie Tugman
Mr. Tugman is the former President and CEO of Marsulex Inc. and has over 30 years of experience in financial and operational management in the industrial waste management, environmental compliance, and oil and gas industries. He is currently Chair of Nexterra Systems Corp. and a Director of Pinova Holdings Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and was elected a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant.