Executive

Newalta's dynamic growth is led by a core group of talented and responsible decision-makers. They lead by example, with their attention to detail and uncompromising focus on safety.


John Barkhouse

John Barkhouse
President and Chief Executive Officer

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.


Michael Borys

Mike Borys
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Borys directs the financial operations of Newalta and ensures the company has the financial resources in place to execute its growth strategy. He oversees Finance, Investor Relations and Information Technology for Newalta. He has 30 years of financial management experience in strategy development, financing, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management. This extensive leadership experience is a key asset as the company expands its environmental services business in Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining Newalta in 2008, he held the roles of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Brick Group Income Fund; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Famous Players; and Chief Financial Officer for Tricon Canada (formerly PepsiCo restaurants). Mr. Borys holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and is a Chartered Accountant.


Troy McElgunn
Senior Vice President, Operations

Mr. McElgunn is a key member of Newalta's leadership team. Since joining Newalta in 1987, he has demonstrated proven and effective operations management. Mr. McElgunn has progressively held more senior positions within the company and now oversees the Oilfield Division in Canada and the U.S. as well as Engineering and Technical Services. Prior to joining us, he held supervisory and management positions with Tuboscope, Precision Waste Management and Anadime Corporation. His wealth of market knowledge and technical expertise has enabled Newalta to further diversify its oilfield business while optimizing financial performance.


Doug Pecharsky
Senior Vice President, Operations

Mr. Pecharsky has been a vital member of the company's leadership team since he joined Newalta in 1985. He has held a number of senior positions within the Company over his career. Mr. Pecharsky is responsible for developing and implementing business strategy, measuring operational performance and driving financial results for the Heavy Oil Division and Drill Site business unit. He also oversees business development, operations management and regional sales and marketing. His strong operational leadership, aggressive approach and market knowledge have been instrumental in the development of Newalta's waste recovery technologies and applications.


Took Whiteley
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel

Mr. Whiteley has been with Newalta since 2005. In his role as Senior Vice President, he is responsible for Corporate Development, Technical Development and Legal Services. Prior to joining Newalta, Mr. Whiteley practiced corporate and securities law with Bennett Jones LLP of Calgary with a focus on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. Mr. Whiteley also sits on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta.


Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes
Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr. Barnes joined Newalta in 2014 to focus on merger and acquisition opportunities in the rapidly growing U.S. market. His knowledge of finance, industry experience and network of contacts are valuable assets to Newalta as the company expands its relationships and evaluates acquisition opportunities. Mr. Barnes has extensive experience in investment banking, including time at Lehman Brothers, Tucker Anthony Sutro, Cleary Gull and Sarowdin Partners, an investment banking firm he founded ten years ago. Over his career, he has closed more than $2 billion in M&A transactions and private/public equity financings. Mr. Barnes earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Linda Dietsche
Vice President, Finance

Ms. Dietsche joined Newalta in 2003 as Assistant Controller focused on corporate accounting after working with Mount Royal University and Ogilvy and Mather in progressively responsible accounting positions. She became Vice President, Finance in 2012. Ms. Dietsche provides leadership and oversees the corporate accounting group enterprise-wide and is responsible for corporate reporting, treasury and insurance, taxation, and the provision of Newalta financial statements for regulatory reporting purposes. She has a Certified Management Accountant designation and a Masters in Business Administration from Royal Roads University.


 Basil El-Borno

Basil El-Borno
Vice President, Innovation and Process Development

Mr. El-Borno joined Newalta in 2014 to advance sustainable innovation and process development. He works closely with Operations to commercialize new technologies and processes by exploring and driving opportunities for licensing, joint ventures and partnerships. Mr. El-Borno has 20 years of experience in oil and gas, process and water treatment, and advanced equipment technologies. Prior to joining Newalta, he was Director of Oil and Gas at DuPont Canada. Over his career, he has held various senior roles in technical sales and business development at Champion Technologies, GE Water and Process Technologies, and Nalco. He holds an Executive MBA from the Centre for Innovative Management at Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Jordan. Mr. El-Borno is also a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) recognized by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).


Bryne Gramlich
Vice President, Heavy Oil

Mr. Gramlich joined Newalta in 1993 and has held various management positions in oilfield and industrial operations in Western Canada. He oversees the Heavy Oil group including the long-term onsite contracts in Canada's oil sands region and the company's Heavy Oil facilities. Mr. Gramlich's previous experience includes various positions in sales and operations in the oil and gas industry in Western Canada.


 Colin Merrick

Colin Merrick
Vice President, Corporate Services

Mr. Merrick has over 20 years of experience in corporate services. He oversees the Human Resources; Environment, Health and Safety; Corporate Communications; and Sustainability functions of the organization  He is responsible for developing Newalta's culture of high-performance, accountability and engagement as well as implementing the policies and programs that facilitate the alignment of Newalta's vision, objectives and behaviours. Prior to joining Newalta, Mr. Merrick was Vice President, Human Resources and Health, Safety & Environment with Black Diamond Group Limited in Calgary. Prior to that, he held various senior positions at Pace Oil & Gas Ltd. and Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Merrick holds a Master's degree in Organizational Management from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California and is a Business Administration graduate from Mount Royal University in Calgary.


Mike Nerbas
Vice President, Oilfield

Mr. Nerbas is the Vice President responsible for building and growing Newalta's presence in the Oilfield Division in Canada and the U.S. Mr. Nerbas has more than 20 years of experience including working with Newalta as Vice President, U.S. Operations, General Manager, Drill Site and Senior Business Manager, Onsite. Prior to Newalta, Mr. Nerbas worked in the environmental consulting field where he started Greystone Environmental and led its growth prior to its sale to Arcadis Canada where he then served as Vice President. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Calgary.