Our Team

The diversity of our people, combined with industry experience and knowledge give us the ability to make sound, well-founded business decisions to encourage success across all industries.

 

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

CORPORATE EXECUTIVES

TRENT FEQUET

President & 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

President, Steel River Solutions; Steel River Equipment; SRSP

 

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 Steel River Solutions, Steel River Equipment, and Steel River SICIM Pipeline Inc., ensuring they continue 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.

SHANE YAMAMOTO

President, Steel River Energy Services

 

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 and strategic elements for Steel River Energy Services. Under his leadership, Steel River Group remains committed to operational excellence.

 

Mr. Yamamoto aspires 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.

BERNIE ROBERT

Chief Operating Officer

 

Mr. Robert has over 25 years of Senior Executive experience, primarily in the construction sector having held senior roles at Keller Group, Keller Canada, North American Construction Group, and Enbridge, and has led organizations in both Public and Private ownership environments. His extensive leadership background in several areas includes identifying practical solutions to complex business challenges within the private sector, including equipment, construction, manufacturing, and energy and resources.

 

Mr. Robert is a certified professional accountant, holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Calgary, and completed the Kellogg School of Business Executive Development Program and CICA Corporate Controllership Program. In his role with Steel River Group, Mr. Robert oversees all financial and corporate aspects of the organization stewarding the growth of the organization, while maintaining strong internal controls and financial disciple.

 

Mr. Robert is a strong believer in mentorship and is passionate about passing on his knowledge and experience to newer members of the company and fostering both personal and professional growth.

ADAM LOWTHER

Chief Financial Officer

 

Adam joined Steel River Group of Companies on November 1, 2021. In his role, Mr. Lowther is responsible for all aspects of the financial management of Steel River Group, including the overall financial strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and partnerships of the company.

 

Adam, who is a CPA, CA, and holds CFA, CBV, and ICD.D designations, joins Steel River from Cervus Equipment Corporation where he served as Chief Financial Officer leading the multinational finance and accounting team, accountable for overseeing finance structure and strategy, investor relations, information systems, treasury, insurance, accounting, and reporting.

 

Mr. Lowther brings an extensive background in corporate finance, financial planning and reporting, treasury, strategic planning, and capital markets to Steel River Group of Companies. Mr. Lowther also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

DEAN MONTGOMERY

Chief Development & Relations Officer

 

Indigenous economic and business development, and executive advisory experience in the oil and gas, high voltage electrical and renewable energy sectors; interacting and presenting to hundreds First Nation communities and Indigenous leaders across Canada. He has a strong history of creating profitable business growth and fostering CSR between First Nations and corporations across Canada; while helping Indigenous communities and businesses realize an increased volume of business activity with further involvement and ownership in large scale business opportunities in the resource sectors.

 

Prior to joining the Steel River Group, he was an Executive Advisor to Quanta Canada companies for eight years, and the founder of their Indigenous Advancement Initiatives and Inclusion strategies.  Dean has had the honour of developing harmonious and mutually prosperous relationships with the leadership and Economic Development Corporations with over 150 First Nations in Western Canada.

PETER TIMMINS

Senior Vice President, 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

Senior Vice President, QHSE

 

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.

GEENA JACKSON

Senior Vice President, Community & Corporate Relationships

 

Ms. Jackson is a proud member of the Shíshálh (Sechelt) Nation on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. Ms. Jackson is thrilled to be working with a progressive company that shares the same values and mandates she has supported throughout her career. Everything has led to here!  She will lead the management and communications of internal /external Indigenous & Community Relations across Canada, in addition to strategies working within Indigenous partnerships and Corporate Clients.  Ms. Jackson is proud her career has allowed her to work with over 150 First Nation Partnerships throughout British Columbia.

 

As a passionate advocate for Indigenous Rights, Ms. Jackson worked with the Squamish Nation for 13 years as the Economic Development Officer. She led procurement, partnerships, and relationship building with industry for Major Capital Projects.  In addition, Ms. Jackson managed the Squamish Nation Trust where she assisted the development of over 530 Indigenous businesses with Squamish and Snuneymuxw Nation member entrepreneurs. Additionally, Ms. Jackson created the Youth Indigenous Entrepreneur Dream Camp, a weekend workshop dedicated to teaching youth about becoming an entrepreneur.

DELBERT WAPASS

Senior Executive Advisor

 

A member of the Thunderchild First Nation, Former Chief Delbert Wapass has a deep-rooted political career spanning 20 years which includes 3 terms as Chief of Thunderchild First Nation and elected 2 times as Vice Chief for the Federation of Indigenous Sovereign Nations.

 

Mr. Wapass served as Chairman and Vice-Chair on Canada’s Indian Resource Council Board (IRC) as well various other boards. He has also worked as a Senior Health Policy Analyst for the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the organization representing Canada’s First Nations citizens.

 

Former Chief Delbert Wapass brings an abundance of experience and knowledge to guide Steel River Group, our employees, and our Ecosystem, through lived experiences, mentorship, and business strategies. He will steward Steel River’s internal and external relationships with a keen focus on growing Steel River’s strategic footprint across North America through knowledge sharing of Indigenous education, policy, and politics.

 

Mr. Wapass holds a Masters and Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native Studies from the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (University of Regina).

CANDICE ROBERTSON-SHATTLER

Vice President, Corporate Development & ICEA

 

Mrs. Robertson-Shattler has over 15 years of experience in the heavy civil construction, education, and not-for-profit sectors.  Prior to joining Steel River Group, her previous roles included Educator, National Health and Safety Manager, and Director of Learning Services.  As the Vice President of Corporate Development and ICEA, Mrs. Robertson-Shattler leads the Steel River Integrated Consultation and Engagement Approach (ICEA) and supports various teams throughout the organization.

 

A graduate from McGill University and a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Mrs. Robertson-Shattler’s passion for empowerment through education and employment is a natural fit with Steel River Group’s vision and values.  A member of the Golden Key International Honour Society for her post-graduate work at the University of Alberta, she has a passion for life-long learning.

 

Mrs. Robertson-Shattler is proud of her Indigenous heritage and is committed to working with Indigenous people and communities for positive social and economic change.

LEROY MCKINNON

Vice President, Marketing & Alliance Relations

 

Mr. McKinnon brings more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas, sports, social services, and not-for-profit sectors to the Steel River team.  In his role, Mr. McKinnon oversees the Alliance Partnership program and leads the Marketing and Communications department providing guidance, helping to maintain consistent branding and leading communications initiatives. Mr. McKinnon holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University and a Public Relations Management Diploma from the University of Calgary.

 

Prior to joining Steel River Group, Mr. McKinnon worked for Parkland Corporation, Enviros and TAQA. Mr. McKinnon also spent over 13 years in the hockey industry working for the Canadian Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Hockey Canada.

 

Mr. McKinnon believes success is built on strong teamwork and working together to align Indigenous communities, people, and businesses with industry will lead to greater opportunities.

LYLE GUARD

Vice President, Legal & 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.

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