Our Team

The diversity of our people, 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 sectors.

 

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

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Trent Fequet

Trent Fequet

Chief Executive Officer

A proud Indigenous entrepreneur and business leader with 23 years of experience with some of Canada’s most prominent pipeline, infrastructure, and mining companies, Mr. Fequet founded Steel River Group 3 years ago based on the belief that there has never been a better time to reimagine how a private Indigenous business defines, creates and captures value for Indigenous communities’ & people. To achieve this goal, Mr. Fequet centered his company around Governing Principles, which are deeply rooted in Indigenous values, beliefs, and culture. The foundation is grounded by a strong sense of community, centered around people and relationships. These relationships are premised around creating alignment between three critical groups: Steel River Companies; Indigenous Communities; and Alliance Partners through Steel River Group’s Inclusion Ecosystem Model.

 

Steel River Group brings these entities together under a shared vision and common goals and facilitates agreements, partnerships, and the creation of new companies. As a management entity, Steel River Group provides corporate governance, structure, and support to its group of companies as well as to its Ecosystem partners.

 

As President and CEO, Mr. Fequet drives Steel River Group’s vision and provides support and guidance to his team and Ecosystem partners. He believes strongly in helping those around him to succeed and spends countless hours supporting and enabling his staff and mentoring entrepreneurs and individuals around him. His vision for the organization’s future is to support the process of collaborative engagement, foster the preservation of cultural and traditional values, and champion social sovereignty and economic sustainability for our people.

Nick Pentelichuk, P. Eng

Nick Pentelichuk, P. Eng

President

Mr. Pentelichuk has more than a decade of experience in Western Canada’s pipeline industry where he is successfully led major pipeline projects for industry-leading companies such as Spectra Energy, Enbridge Pipelines, TransCanada Pipelines, and Pembina.  Nick’s success in the industry comes from his desire and ability to expertly apply technical leadership, project management, and industry best practices. Mr. Pentelichuk holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and believes deeply in the importance of people and relationships in building thriving businesses.

In his role with Steel River Group, Mr. Pentelichuk guides the growth of the organization, ensuring it continues to develop as a safe and outstanding place to work. He believes great opportunities can be uncovered by encouraging further connections between industries in need of skilled workers, and Indigenous communities looking for engagement in industry development.

Mr. Pentelichuk is passionate about supporting the personal and professional development of Steel River Group employees and enjoys participating in mentorship opportunities to assist those new to the industry in growing their knowledge and skills.

JP Gladu

JP Gladu

Chief Development & Relations Officer

Mr. Gladu brings over 25 years of executive experience to Steel River Group.  He served as President & CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) from 2012-2020 where he became internationally recognized as an expert voice.  Mr. Gladu also serves on the Board of Mikisew Group of Companies, Noront Resources, and Social Awareness Group Inc. as the Senior Indigenous Business Advisor.

Mr. Gladu’s experience provides a breadth and depth of expertise in partnering with Indigenous communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industries of all shapes and sizes, and government.

Community, culture, and family are what energize JP. He finds joy in time spent with his daughter, Chloe, and loves being in nature hunting and fishing with friends and family. He has seen firsthand how powerful education can be in creating choice and prosperity, making mentorship something he feels strongly about.

Mr. Gladu holds a diploma and undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University and an Executive MBA from Queens University as well as an ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Shane Yamamoto

Shane Yamamoto

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Yamamoto brings more than 35 years of construction experience across diverse sectors including public infrastructure, telecommunications, railway, mining, and energy.

 

Having worked in both field roles, and extensively in construction management, he excels in understanding the logistics and realities required to achieve the big picture. With a past portfolio including projects ranging from $20M to $200M, Mr. Yamamoto has the proven ability to successfully plan, execute and close large scale projects, manage relationships with various stakeholders and maintain best-practice safety standards.

 

In his current role, Mr. Yamamoto oversees all operational elements for Steel River Group and its wholly-owned companies. Under his leadership, Steel River Group remains committed to operational excellence.

 

Mr. Yamamoto endeavors to share and apply his extensive operational experience with all of Steel River Group’s Indigenous and Alliance partners in the common pursuit of ethical, responsible, and equitable forward momentum.

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Forigo

Dan Forigo

EVP, Business Development & Relationships

Mr. Forigo has leveraged an extensive background in finance, business development, and operations to achieve continued success in leadership roles within the energy and construction industries. Experience in international financial markets and roles with construction industry leaders where he made significant contributions to acquisition and growth efforts, aboriginal relations development, and operational effectiveness, along with a Degree in Economics from the Haskayne School of Business, inform his approach.

 

In his role with Steel River Group, Mr. Forigo combines his proven understanding of the industry landscape and his business instincts and experience to develop and deploy Steel River Group’s multidisciplinary, integrated approach to construction.

 

Mr. Forigo also serves as a Governor with the Canadian Energy Executive Association (CEEA), as Treasurer on the executive committee of the Calgary Flames Ambassadors Program, and as a long-standing Calgary Stampede Courtesy Car Committee volunteer. He applies this same passion for improving and empowering the community into his work with Steel River Group and their Indigenous partners.

 

Peter Timmins

Peter Timmins

EVP, Corporate Services

Mr. Timmins brings a wealth of operations knowledge and experience to Steel River Group, having previously held the position of Vice President, Operations at a notable engineering firm as well as a role as Business Operations Manager of a pipeline construction company. He holds a BSc. in Biology from the University of Alberta, a BSc. in Computer Science from the University of Victoria and an MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University.

As Vice President, Corporate Services with Steel River Group, Mr. Timmins informs the planning process to ensure strategies, policies, and procedures align with and support business operations. He also manages operational oversight regarding records, corporate property, and administration, as well as the human resources, organizational development and information technology/systems departments.

Mr. Timmin’s passion for people inspired him to join the Steel River team, a culture founded on leadership he characterizes as inspirational. He enjoys helping people realize their potential, develop their skills and progress through their careers and sees tremendous opportunity for Indigenous communities to engage with industry resulting in increased employment and lasting socioeconomic benefit.

Ralph Wieler

Ralph Wieler

Vice President, QHSE & Governance

Mr. Wieler brings more than 20 years of midstream, pipeline, field production, oilsands and petrochemical experience in domestic and U.S. oil and gas to the Steel River team. He’s lead efforts to plan and maintain emergency and environmental response programs to meet or exceed regulatory requirements and industry best practices, and has excelled in working with government, NGO groups and the industry technical sector. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree as well as certification as a Registered Professional Biologist and Canadian Registered Safety Professional.

In his role with Steel River Group, Mr. Wieler will apply his extensive experience reporting and working with regulators and developing EHS goals, plans and strategies as he leads all aspects of QHSE and Governance.

Mr. Wieler is committed to the responsible, safe and respectful development of resources and believes that working with Indigenous Partners and well-matched Alliance Partners will allow Steel River Group and its group of companies to achieve this critical outcome.

Kirk Poitras

Kirk Poitras

Vice President, Economic Development & Partnerships

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.

Lyle Guard

Lyle Guard

Vice President, Legal and General Counsel

Mr. Guard brings a wide background of legal expertise to Steel River Group with over sixteen years practicing law.  Prior to joining Steel River, he was Vice President Legal and General Counsel at Horizon North Logistics Inc., Assistant General Counsel – Project Execution at Spectra Energy, a lawyer in Dubai with an international law firm and also worked in both the Calgary and Toronto offices of Bennett Jones.  Mr. Guard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Trinity Western University and a Bachelor of Law from Dalhousie University.

As Vice President, Legal and General Counsel, Mr. Guard provides strategic legal advice relating to governance, litigation, regulatory, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general commercial matters.   He provides oversight of external legal counsel and acts as a key interface with external and internal stakeholders.

Mr. Guard enjoys helping Steel River team members to realize their objectives and is passionate about supporting the personal and professional development of Steel River Group employees.

Candice Robertson-Shattler

Candice Robertson-Shattler

Director, Corporate and Partnership Development
Derek Riewe, CPA CGA

Derek Riewe, CPA CGA

Director, Finance & Controller

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

As Controller with Steel River Group, Mr. Riewe provides efficient and effective accounting leadership to all of SRG’s operating companies. His passion for providing financial support and leadership to operations, mentorship to co-workers, and an entrepreneurial drive, well-aligned with SRG’s culture, inform his approach.

Having been raised in rural Northern Alberta, he has first-hand understanding that success of a community is contingent on all stakeholders caring about one another, including companies operating as part of the community, and is proud to support SRG in creating projects that result in ongoing positive relationships, opportunities, support and pride for all parties.

Trevor Delorey

Trevor Delorey

Senior Operations Manager

Mr. Delorey is a Professional Civil Engineer with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, with a depth of experience in all aspects of bidding, planning and execution, management of teams, contractors, scheduling, and equipment utilization and a commitment to safety and compliance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University.

In his role as Operations Manager, Mr. Delorey is the direct line of sight between Steel River Group and band member-owned businesses that engage with SRG. He is responsible for consultation on general management, bid review and regulatory considerations.

Mr. Delorey joined Steel River Group excited for the opportunity to use his front-line operational experience to educate and empower entrepreneurial business owners and partners to maximize their success.

Kevan Mikkelsen

Kevan Mikkelsen

Manager, Finance

As Manager, Finance, 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

Manager, Marketing & Brand

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

Manager, Human Resources

As the Manager, Human Resources, Jenna develops and supports objectives that 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.

Theresa Frankel

Theresa Frankel

Manager, Community Relations
Brock Henderson

Brock Henderson

Manager, Corporate Development
Deanna Fequet

Deanna Fequet

Lead, 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.

 

Deanna graduated from SAIT with a diploma in business and has also graduated from Lethbridge College with a Degree in Criminal Justice.  She has worked closely with many children and families in the Calgary region as a youth development worker for non-profit organizations and as a caseworker/investigator 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 a proud member of Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan.  She 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.

Sharon Bird

Sharon Bird

Lead, QHSE
Colleen Buffalo

Colleen Buffalo

Office Manager
Kendra Thompson

Kendra Thompson

Accounts Payable Analyst
Michael Wood

Michael Wood

Accounts Payable Analyst
Suzanne Lavoie

Suzanne Lavoie

Coordinator, Human Resources