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.


John Barkhouse
Mr. Barkhouse joined Newalta as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2014. He is responsible for building on the overall success of Newalta and for creating, planning and executing the strategic direction of the company. Mr. Barkhouse is a seasoned executive with extensive experience building and growing companies in North America and internationally. He brings deep engineering, planning and operational expertise to Newalta along with a strong focus on customer relationships. His focus on achieving safety excellence, employee engagement and establishing a leadership framework has been key to his success. Prior to joining Newalta, Mr. Barkhouse was President of Bredero Shaw where he led the development of corporate strategy and the company's global expansion. He held senior leadership positions at Caterpillar Inc. with a strong operational and commercial focus. Mr. Barkhouse holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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 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.


R. Vance Milligan, Q.C.
Prior to his retirement in 2010, Mr. Milligan had been a practicing lawyer with the national law firm of Bennett Jones LLP since 1980. 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.


Gordon Pridham, Chair
Mr. Pridham has over 35 years of experience financing and advising 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 Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Research Capital and Raymond James in Canada. 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 has been the Chair of Benefuel Inc., a private Texas based company active in the commercialization of a next generation biodiesel technology, since 2009. Mr. Ryley was also the Managing Partner of Beacon Head Energy Ltd., an advisory and investment management firm with a focus on business planning, strategy and new business development, in the alternate and renewable energy industries, from 2008 to 2013. Prior thereto he held various positions with Suncor Energy Inc. over a 25 year period and most recently was Executive Vice President, Refining and Marketing.  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 Tribute Resources Inc.

Michael Starzer
Mr. Starzer has over 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. Mr. Starzer is Chairman and CEO of Fifth Creek Energy, a private exploration and production company. Prior thereto he served as President and CEO of Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., a Denver, Colorado based exploration and production company that he co-founded. Previously, he served as an Officer, Manager and a Vice President of Berry Petroleum Company, Inc., and prior to that, held various positions at Unocal and California States Lands Commission. 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.


Laurie Tugman
Mr. Tugman is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Marsulex Inc. and has substantial experience on boards as a director and chair. Marsulex was a publicly traded company providing industrial services, environmental compliance solutions for air quality control and industrial hazardous waste streams, and a producer and marketer of sulphur-based industrial and water treatment chemicals. In 2011, Mr. Tugman organized and executed the exit strategy for Marsulex including a multi-stage sale of strategic assets. He is currently the Chair of Nexterra Systems Corp., a Director of Pinova Holdings Inc. and has over 30 years of experience in financial and operational management in the environmental compliance, industrial waste management, chemical and oil and gas industries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and was elected a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant.