Our Team

Our combined industry experience and knowledge give us the ability to make sound, well-founded business decisions to encourage success in Canada’s natural resource development.

 

Steel River Group’s leadership team brings a unique perspective backed by years of experience, that links a wide array of knowledge in the construction, heavy civil, infrastructure, and oil and gas industries.

Steel River Group

Trent Fequet

Trent Fequet

President and CEO

As President and CEO, Trent guides Steel River Group’s overall direction while ensuring that all members of the Steel River family have the support they need to grow and succeed.

 

His clear communication style, entrepreneurial vision, and proven track record of success have earned him a reputation as a dynamic business leader. He fosters greater achievement through trust, accountability, and mutual respect.

 

A proud Aboriginal business professional, Trent founded Steel River Group based on the belief that there has never been a better time to align the needs of industry with value for Indigenous communities, people and groups. Over the past 20 years, Trent held senior leadership roles with some of Western Canada’s largest pipeline, infrastructure, and mining companies. This experience allowed him to develop a robust network of industry contacts across Canada, as well as a deep understanding of what matters most in business: People. He is deeply committed to encouraging the personal and professional success of the Steel River Group team through mentorship, support, inspiration and coaching.

 

Trent is proud of his Aboriginal heritage and commitment to Indigenous people and communities. Throughout his career, he has worked as an effective collaborator, connecting both Indigenous and non-Indigenous companies and communities under shared values, beliefs, and visions.

Nick Pentelichuk, P. Eng

Nick Pentelichuk, P. Eng

Chief Operating Officer

Nick was inspired to join Steel River Group by the company’s commitment to safety, people, and high-quality work. Now, as Chief Operating Officer, Nick guides Steel River Group’s growth, ensuring it continues to develop as a safe and outstanding place to work.

 

After completing a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Alberta, Nick went on to acquire more than a decade of experience in Western Canada’s pipeline industry. He successfully led a number of major pipeline projects, where he gained valuable knowledge of technical leadership, project management, and industry best practices. He is passionate about supporting the personal and professional development of Steel River Groupe employees and enjoys participating in mentorship opportunities to help those new to the industry gain proper knowledge.

 

Nick recognizes the importance of people and relationships in any business and as a dedicated family man, he values Steel River Group’s relationship-based model. He believes great opportunities can be uncovered by encouraging further connections between industries in need of skilled workers, and communities looking for engagement in industry development.

Dan Forigo

Dan Forigo

Chief Corporate Officer
Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Chief Finance Officer
Kelsy Kading

Kelsy Kading

Executive Vice President

Connecting with people is Kelsy’s primary responsibility as Steel River Group’s Executive Vice President. His role ensures that partnerships with alliances, clients, and Indigenous communities are a strategic fit—taking into account all parties’ needs—and then aligns with Steel River Group’s corporate vision.

 

Before Steel River Group, Kelsy was the Aboriginal and Community Engagement Manager on the TransMountain Expansion Project for one of the general construction contractors. This role had a number of responsibilities including planning and executing strategic initiatives related to maximizing employment and procurement opportunities throughout the pipeline corridor. Prior to this, he held senior executive roles in the modular construction industry. His ability to learn and collaborate with Indigenous communities is one of the key drivers that keeps him connected to a diverse number of groups.

 

Kelsy uses his innovative leadership skills in unison with strategic thinking and creativity. Combined, his talents help Steel River Group’s business development, marketing, strategic direction, and community initiatives.

Peter Timmins

Peter Timmins

Vice President, Corporate Services

As Vice President, Corporate Services, Peter Timmins is responsible for strategic planning and operation, document control, human resources, organizational development and information technology/systems departments. Peter is a key member of the executive management team who delivers efficient and effective strategic services that align with and allow SRG to meet its business and operational goals.

 

The leadership and vision are what inspired him to join the Steel River Group, also having prior experience working closely with a number of key SRG team members.

 

With a BSc in Biology, a BSc in Computer Science and an MBA in Executive Management, Peter brings leadership, a positive attitude and excellent work ethic to our team. He is passionate about people and he provides mentorship to others, helping them develop their skills and progress through different phases of their careers.

Derek Riewe, CPA CGA

Derek Riewe, CPA CGA

Controller

Derek graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, before receiving his CGA and CPA in 2010.  Derek has worked in various financial roles including joint venture, tax, procurement and project accounting.

 

As the Controller, Derek provides efficient and effective accounting leadership to all operating companies of Steel River Group. His passion for providing financial support and leadership to operations and mentorship to co-workers inspired him to join Steel River Group due to SRG’s leadership team and entrepreneurial passion.

 

Growing up in a rural area in Northern Alberta, Derek understands the success of a community is based on how all participants, including companies operating as part of the community, take care of the people. Derek is hopeful that SRG will provide value to these communities through projects that result in ongoing positive relationships, opportunities, support and pride for all parties.

Kevan Mikkelsen

Kevan Mikkelsen

Finance Supervisor

As Finance Supervisor, Kevan assists Steel River Group’s CFO with all accounting operations. Committed to contributing to the organization’s success, he is working towards his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation to add to a BBA degree.

 

Kevan is especially excited about working with Steel River Group in its early growth phase to mature and succeed right alongside it. With their guidance and expertise, he hopes he and his coworkers can make a lasting and meaningful impact on the Indigenous communities that Steel River works with.

 

Leaning on his strong work ethic, willingness to learn, and experience as a cost controller on major pipeline construction projects, Kevan intends to implement efficient and effective company operations that benefit the Steel River team and its customers.

Shay Jacobson

Shay Jacobson

Marketing & Media Manager

Shay graduated from Mount Royal University in 2017 with a BBA in Marketing and is passionate about implementing creative thinking, design, analysis and communication to help companies build their brand through their history, experiences and company culture.   Shay balanced University and a career in the oil and gas industry for over 4 years as a marketing professional. Her primary responsibilities included website design, marketing communication, creation of promotional material, brand development, social media management, and event planning.

 

Working closely with Indigenous communities inspired Shay to be a part of Steel River Group and to help build their brand around their people, the communities and its unique business eco-system.

Jenna Klit

Jenna Klit

Culture and Labour Relations Lead

As the Culture and Labour Relations Lead, Jenna develops and supports objectives which lead to a high-performance, employee orientated culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and the ongoing development of a superior workforce. Jenna’s passion to provide best in class support balanced with advocacy for employees is demonstrated day in and day out.

 

Prior to Steel River Group, Jenna worked in the Supply Chain and Logistics Industry performing a wide range of HR related duties as an HR Generalist, delivering support with employee relations, disability management, performance management, labour relations, recruitment and training, and development.

 

Jenna was inspired to join Steel River Group because of the “we choose to care” culture and the opportunity to work with an experienced team in a collaborative environment.

Kirk Poitras

Kirk Poitras

Indigenous Relations & Business Development Lead

Kirk Poitras, the Indigenous Relations and Business Development Lead, manages SRG’s relationships with industry. Kirk is motivated to see indigenous communities become self-sufficient and financially successful by being able to offer them more sustainable employment avenues. He wants our people to succeed in every aspect of life.

 

Kirk has a background in Chemical Engineering Technology as well as Pipeline Operations. He also worked with Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3 in business development, ATCO Energy Solutions as a Commercial and Marketing Rep and with BP Canada Energy as a Logistics and Marketing Analyst.

Deanna Fequet

Deanna Fequet

Corporate Social Responsibility

As Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, Deanna’s responsibilities are to ensure Steel River Group remains connected to the community in a culturally appropriate manner, by instilling and communicating Steel River Group’s values, ethics and standards in a professional manner over social media platforms.

 

Deanna graduated with a Degree in Criminal Justice and has worked closely with many families in the Calgary region as a youth development worker and then as a caseworker for Child and Family Services. She worked collaboratively with Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services Alberta, and Alberta Justice in a multi-disciplinary approach conducting investigations to determine outcomes for child abuse cases.

 

Deanna is excited to be part of such an inclusive company and culture that will bring success to people, projects, First Nations and Steel River Group. She believes that we are in an industry and time that allows for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to work together and conclude projects with a better understanding of what is required to formulate a successful future.

Amy Capewell

Amy Capewell

Executive Assistant

Steel River Solutions

Greg Fontaine

Greg Fontaine

Vice President and General Manager

With nearly three decades of experience in the oil and gas industry, Greg has completed projects with values in excess of $200-million and direct responsibility of over 700 staff. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, taking courses and training in areas such as management, negotiating, leadership, and safety.

 

Having worked in many areas of the pipeline industry, from construction bidding through final reclamation to inspection and restoration, Greg gained comprehensive project knowledge and exceptional and unique industry expertise. His ability to understand the different perspectives of all Steel River Group stakeholders—from new team members to senior executives—allows him to identify, create, and realize new synergies and opportunities.

 

Greg is inspired by Steel River Group’s dedication to bridging the gaps that have traditionally existed between Indigenous communities and resource industries. He understands the need for capable individuals and opportunity and is driven by a desire to create balance through collaboration.

Mike Runcer

Mike Runcer

Director of Construction

Having worked in the pipeline and construction industry for more than two decades, Mike brings a wealth of experience to Steel River Group.

 

As Steel River Solutions Director of Construction, Mike uses his outstanding team leadership, project management, and problem-solving abilities to oversee the growth of Steel River’s crew for project bids, all while ensuring quality, productivity, and efficiency. Mike is passionate about supporting both the management and construction teams at Steel River Group and believes that the strength of the company lies in its strong culture and connections between all staff members.

 

As a First Nations professional, Mike is motivated to help Indigenous communities achieve greater success through increased opportunities for education and industry experience. He is inspired by a vision of building not only pipelines but also successful companies that will foster greater well-being for Indigenous communities and people across Western Canada.

Steven Zubkowski

Steven Zubkowski

Director, Support Services
Trevor Delorey

Trevor Delorey

Vice President, Special Projects
Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy

Operations Manager, Major Projects

Jim has spent over 25 years in the oil and gas industry mainly working for 3 of the largest pipeline contractors in Canada. Early in his career he worked alongside various foremen learning the trade as he progressed to working directly with senior executives on critical, complex and sensitive issues. He realizes that a key to successful projects requires transparency and being involved through the entire project lifecycle.  This includes being hands on during execution in respect to Safety, Construction, Quality, Environment and Project Controls.His work experience combined with formal education have developed Jim into an exceptional leader, managing projects and people while taking the time to train new and younger colleagues.

 

Jim was inspired to join Steel River Group due to the vision of the organization and the people. He’s passionate about building relationships and trust and is determined to play a role in bridging the cultural gap within Indigenous communities and organizations. Jim believes that once a trusting relationship is developed with coworkers, clients and within communities, there is no ceiling to what can be achieved.

Dave “Davey” d’Oliveira

Dave “Davey” d’Oliveira

Procurement Manager

As Procurement Manager, Davey assists in the analysis of project needs to guide Steel River Group’s project submittals. He is highly regarded among peers for his unwavering work ethic, leadership, and integrity.

 

Passionate about relationships, Davey strives to understand and bring together the various perspectives of Steel River’s staff, partners, and industry stakeholders. He focuses on building a solid network rooted in mutual respect. Before joining Steel River, Davey gained a broad array of industry experience in the past 21 years, working his way up through positions ranging from labourer to foreman, before moving into project management. He brings over 12 years of purchasing experience to his current role and uses this knowledge to ensure Steel River provides reliable, efficient, and high-quality services.

 

Davey recognizes the tremendous value and possibilities when industry and Indigenous communities work in tandem towards a shared goal. He is driven by a vision to see Indigenous communities and individuals be recognized for their experience and knowledge—a future based on greater prosperity and shared benefits for all parties.

Christopher Pittman

Christopher Pittman

Project Controls Manager
Curt Combs

Curt Combs

Quality Assurance Manager
Kendall Smith

Kendall Smith

Health and Safety Manager
O.J. Zawaski

O.J. Zawaski

Environmental Lead

Steel River Water

Todd Wingenbach

Todd Wingenbach

Vice President

As Vice President of Steel River Water, Todd brings over 20 years of management and superintendent experience in the pipeline industry and has successfully owned and operated businesses in equipment rentals and water fluid services.

 

Todd was inspired to join Steel River Group because of the vision of the company, team atmosphere and people. Todd looks forward to providing Steel River Water his experience and expertise to build and support a successful fluid transfer business and to utilize his leadership skills and tools to help other employees and Indigenous communities become successful.

 

Jared Brack

Jared Brack

Operations Manager

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