Executive

Newalta's dynamic growth has been led by a core group of talented and responsible decision-makers with an average of 20 years of industry experience. They lead by example, with their attention to detail and uncompromising focus on safety. They have championed the company’s growth. They are steering the organization to future successes.


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.


Alan Cadotte
Senior Executive Advisor

Mr. Cadotte provided the vision and strategy and guided the dynamic growth of Newalta from 1993 until 2014 as President and CEO. He established the high operating standards, strong business ethic and innovative mindset that are the cornerstones of Newalta today. In 2014, he became an executive advisor to the new President and CEO John Barkhouse and announced his plans for retirement from the company in 2015. Mr. Cadotte's previous executive experience in industrial waste management and environmental services included positions with Chrysler Corporation, ORTECH, Tricil Ltd. and Laidlaw Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Masters Degree in Engineering.


Michael Borys

Michael 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, Corporate Communications 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.


Peter Dugandzic
Executive Vice President, Corporate Services

Mr. Dugandzic provides strategic leadership and maintains a proactive approach to business management. After many years of leading Newalta operating groups across Canada, he now oversees the Human Resources; Environment, Health and Safety; Capital Management; Engineering; and Sustainability functions of the organization. Since joining Newalta in 1994, he has been key in directing people resource strategies, shaping the company's corporate culture and promoting a safe operating environment that respects the environment. Mr. Dugandzic has 30 years of experience in the resource and waste management industry sectors in Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth Sciences from St. Francis Xavier University.


Troy McElgunn
Senior Vice President, Oilfield

Mr. McElgunn is Senior Vice President, Oilfield and 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. 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.


Todd Moser

Todd Moser
Senior Vice President, Industrial

Mr. Moser joined Newalta in 2014 to oversee the company's Industrial operations across Canada. He has 25 years of operating experience with Rothsay (a member of Maple Leaf Foods Inc.) as Vice President and General Manager and, prior to that, with Petro-Canada (now Suncor) in various management roles. His knowledge of Canada's recovery and recycling market and its natural resources sector are a valuable addition to Newalta's executive team. His dynamic leadership will assist the Industrial Division as it pursues the execution of its long-term growth strategy. Mr. Moser earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from The University of Western Ontario.


Doug Pecharsky
Senior Vice President, New Markets

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. Promoted to Senior Vice President in 2011, Mr. Pecharsky is responsible for developing and implementing business strategy, measuring operational performance and driving financial results for the Heavy Oil and U.S. business markets. He oversees business development, operations management, regional sales and marketing and capital planning. 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, Business Development and General Counsel

Mr. Whiteley has been with Newalta since 2005. In his role as Senior Vice President, he is responsible for Business 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, Business Development

Mr. Barnes joined Newalta in 2014 to focus on business development 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 within Newalta's New Markets Division. 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, Human Resources

Mr. Merrick has over 20 years of experience in human resources. He is responsible for further developing Newalta's culture of high-performance, accountability and engagement as well as implementing HR 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 a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management from Mount Royal University in Calgary.


Mike Nerbas
Vice President, U.S.

Mr. Nerbas is the Vice President responsible for building and growing the Newalta presence in the United States. Mr. Nerbas has more than 20 years of experience including working with Newalta as a General Manager, Drillsite and a Senior Business Manager, Onsite. Prior to Newalta, Mr. Nerbas worked in the environmental consulting field as Vice President with Arcadis Canada and Director of Greystone Environmental Consultants. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Calgary.