Notre Équipe

La diversité de notre équipe en combinaison avec nos connaissances et expérience en industrie nous permet de prendre des décisions bien fondées et judicieuses afin d'encourager un succès à travers toute l'industrie.

 

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, civil construction & management, oil and gas, infrastructure & housing, staffing, water care and renewables.

Deanna Fequet

Manager, Human Resources

As Human Resources Manager, Deanna’s responsibilities are to ensure and develop and positive work culture through efficient communication at Steel River Group.  Strategic planning for staffing, employee relations and engagement are integral in fostering the productive work environment at Steel River Group.

Most recently Deanna obtained her Human Resources Certificate from Bow Valley College and is excited to integrate her learnings to the Steel River Group.  Deanna has previously graduated with a Degree in Criminal Justice and has worked closely with many families in the Calgary and surrounding areas and First Nations. Prior to Steel River Group, Deanna was employed with the Government of Alberta, Child and Family Services, as a casework and assessor for the Indigenous Office and the formerly known Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center. 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.

Trent Fequet

Chief Executive Officer

A proud Indigenous entrepreneur and business leader with 25 years of experience with some of Canada’s most prominent pipeline, infrastructure, and mining companies. Trent founded Steel River Group in 2017 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, he established his company’s 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.

As a diverse management entity, Steel River Group provides corporate governance, structure, and support to its group of companies as well as to its Ecosystem partners.

As Chief Executive Officer, Trent 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.

TJ Galiardi

President

On October 23rd, 2023 TJ Galiardi was named President of Steel River Group.

TJ Galiardi has been active in real estate for over 15 years as an investor and developer and has been a guest lecturer at Rice University and the Tuck School of Business. After retiring from professional hockey in 2017, he Co-Founded Outcast Foods, a food-technology company that upcycles waste stream produce. TJ left Outcast Foods after completing its Series A fundraising to join Steel River Group as Chief Development Officer in early 2022.

He is also a former NHL forward, having played with the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames & Winnipeg Jets after being drafted while playing at Dartmouth College.  Outside of work TJ enjoys spending time with his wife Paulina & their 3 children as well as playing tennis.

Leon Gladue

Manager, Community Engagement

With a career spanning over two decades, Leon has dedicated more than 20 years to various facets of the construction industry, amassing a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience. His extensive background has afforded him a profound understanding of the industry, encompassing work in remote locations and communities. Leon has leveraged this expertise to concentrate on Indigenous relations, demonstrating a particular focus on fostering positive connections.

In the realm of Indigenous relations, Leon has excelled by applying his insights to establish and maintain favorable relationships in numerous communities. His objective is to ensure that local and Indigenous opportunities are maximized on projects, contributing to a more inclusive and mutually beneficial approach.

Notably, Leon served as a Community Engagement Liaison for Steel River Group in 2021, further enriching his understanding of community dynamics and project engagement. Leon is a proud member of the Bigstone Cree Nation from Wabasca-Desmarais, Alberta.

Brock Henderson

Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Partnerships

Brock’s role at Steel River Group is supporting the development and sustainability of all partnerships within the Steel River Ecosystem. Before Steel River Group, he worked in the areas of banking, fabrication, and agriculture.

As a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management, his strategic thinking, networking, and research helps provide decision making depth for Steel River Group in advancing corporate initiatives and supporting the company’s mission.

Cherag Kapoor

Director, Business Analytics & Economics

Cherag is a data-driven business analyst with a double specialization in Supply Chain and Business Technology from UBC Sauder. Prior to joining to Steel River Group, he was working as a Strategic IT Business Analyst at Mastec Canada (Energy Construction). He has also worked at TC Energy and CNOOC International (Previously Nexen) in supply chain and a business analytics role, respectively. He has industry experience in Education, Event Management, Energy Construction, Financial Services (Sales), Public Accounting (Tax and Financial Compilations), and Oil, Gas & Energy.

Trevor Mahl

Vice President, Staffing

Trevor brings over 25 years of experience and knowledge in the field of Recruitment and Human Resources. He is a graduate of the NAIT Business program and has owned and operated his own staffing company that offered recruitment services for executive search, construction and project management, skilled trades and engineering and operations.

Prior to Steel River Energy Services, Trevor worked for Clean Harbors, Alberta Pacific Forest Industries, Manpower Services, and ATCO Electric. He is passionate about People, Culture and Innovation and brings a forward-thinking approach to aligning people, companies and communities together to achieve their goals.

Jamielyn Masicampo

Payroll Lead

Jamielyn has been with Steel River since February 2021 as the Payroll Administrator. Before joining Steel River, she worked as a bookkeeper, ATM processor, payroll coordinator, and accounts payable analyst for organizations like Maxium Mechanical Ltd., STRAIT Group Ltd., Cash Casino and Ensign Energy Services, Inc. 

Jamielyn has obtained a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. 

Coming from the Philippines to Canada and working for an Indigenous owned and operated company, Jamielyn feels privileged to be immersed directly with Indigenous Nations and Groups and has learned about the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in Canada. When she is not in the office, Jamielyn is gardening or planning her next travel destination. 

Leroy McKinnon

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Leroy 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, he oversees marketing, branding and communications initiatives and supports business development.  Leroy holds a Bachelor 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, he worked for Parkland Corporation, Enviros and TAQA. Leroy also spent over 13 years in the hockey industry working for Hockey Canada, the Western Hockey League, and Canadian Hockey League.

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

Breanne Mezei

Business Operations Coordinator

Breanne, the Business Operations Coordinator at Steel River Group, is a driven and results-oriented professional with a diverse background. Formerly associated with an asset management firm in the Greater Calgary Metropolitan Area, Breanne brings a wealth of experience, having served in the service industry for several years and worked as a Litigation Legal Assistant at one of Canada’s top business law firms for over three years.

Equipped with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary and a Legal Assistant Diploma from SAIT, Breanne is a valuable asset to the Steel River team. She takes pride in her exceptional people skills, coupled with an intricate attention to detail. Breanne is committed to continuous learning and career growth, seizing every opportunity to expand her knowledge.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Breanne finds joy in activities such as hiking or snowshoeing in the Rockies, exploring global destinations through travel, and nurturing her passion for plants in her leisure time.

Christine McNabb

Corporate Accounting Lead

Since April 2021 Christine has played an integral role at Steel River Group, in April 2022 she was promoted to lead, Corporate Accounting. Her extensive experience in accounting is formed from previous companies like Mastec Canada Inc., Advanced Accounting Ltd., and Waterflood Services & Sales through roles like accounting technician, office manager and accounting administrator. 

Christine holds a diploma of accounting from Saskatchewan Polytechnic College. As a certified personal trainer Christine is passionate about health and wellness, as well as reconnecting back to her Indigenous roots. 

Mike Meaney

Directeur des Opérations

Steel River Group is happy to have Mike Meaney back in the fold. Mike had previously worked with SRG as the Project Manager supporting the Alberta’s First Nations Site Rehabilitation Program. The program administered ~$113 million to 36 First Nations to build capacity, develop lands and conduct inactive wellsite closure activities on reserve lands.

Establishing relationships with many of these Indigenous Nations fueled Mike’s passion for economic reconciliation, along with the need for building and maintaining capacity within the Nations.

Mike has an extensive project management background with previous experience in earthworks, pipeline, environmental and asset retirement (closure/site rehabilitation). He holds a diploma in Land Reclamation from Olds College and maintains a Project Manager Professional certificate (PMP). His experience comes from various managerial positions at Obsidian Energy, Husky Energy, and other construction contractors.

As SRG’s Chief Operating Officer, Mike possesses a strong mindset to overcome challenges. He believes in building a strong team foundation and relationships is the key to a successful project.

Living an active lifestyle outside of the office, Mike is very passionate about coaching CrossFit, snowmobiling, and mountain biking.

Ryan Murray

Vice President, Finance

Ryan has been with Steel River 2021 and serves as Controller for the Steel River Group of Companies. In his previous role, Ryan acted as the corporate accounting lead but now oversees a wide range of finance services including accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting & accounting, and budgeting. 

Prior to joining Steel River Group, Ryan worked for H&R Block, Crowe Mackay LLP and the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, where it formed his composite management skills today. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Management (Accounting) degree from the University of British Columbia. 

Outside of the office, Ryan supports the ongoing development of new volleyball players by coaching adult recreational teams across Calgary.  He has also volunteered at hospice care and Kelowna General Hospital wards speaking and engaging with patients in care. 

Ryan feels fortunate to be a team member of Steel River and is a strong believer in the company’s people first culture and its focus on the community. 

Elizabeth (Liz) Russell

Procurement Specialist

Liz joins Steel River in the capacity of Procurement Specialist, contributing her expertise to support our projects. With a rich background as a skilled supply chain professional, Liz has been instrumental in developing effective supply chain strategies for over six years.  She has also owned and owned operated a small leather manufacturing business for over 10 years.

Liz passion lies in harmonizing supply and demand dynamics to significantly enhance profitability. Widely recognized for her adept troubleshooting skills in addressing supply chain challenges, she thrives in dynamic and fast-paced environments, showcasing unwavering dedication and reliability.

Liz’s reputation extends to her proficiency in building strong vendor relationships, approaching support with respect and integrity to safeguard the organization’s best interests. She is particularly skilled in negotiating prices while maintaining a focus on sustaining quality.  In addition to her professional pursuits, Liz excels in collaborative team environments that foster positivity and continuous learning, contributing to the analytical growth of the organization.

Beyond the workplace, she finds joy in the mountains, indulging in activities like mountain biking, walking or hiking with her dog, and sharing moments of warmth and connection with her partner Gary and her family.

Terri Shaddick

Terri Shaddick

Directeur Financier

Terri is a chartered accountant who brings nearly 20 years of experience in accounting and finance.  Before joining Steel River Group in 2023, Terri was working as a Corporate Controller for Stampede Drilling Inc.

Graduating from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, Terri gained a well of knowledge when it comes to financial modelling, budgeting & forecasting, and financial analysis.

Outside of work, Terri is a cycling enthusiast, looking to ride trails all over Alberta and B.C.

Peter Timmins

Chief Administrative Officer

Peter 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 Chief Administrative Officer with Steel River Group, Peter oversees the overall operations for the business and is responsible for implementing our organization’s vision, strategies, polices & procedures, and direction. He also manages operational oversight regarding finance, human resources, organizational development, information technology and administration.

Peter’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.

Ronaye Wilson

Project Manager

Ronaye brings over 18 years of project management experience in a multitude of disciplines in the commercial and residential construction spheres to Steel River.  Renowned for her adept leadership and commitment to precision and efficiency, she boasts a track record of successfully overseeing numerous high-end projects, guiding them seamlessly from development to completion. Known for her meticulous attention to detail and organizational prowess, Ronaye excels in fostering and maintaining positive working relationships with owners, stakeholders, subcontractors, and colleagues.

A consummate professional, Ronaye possesses the proven ability to navigate challenging situations, demonstrating excellent decision-making skills and diplomatic acumen. Within Steel River, she assumes a pivotal role, spearheading the organization, planning, and execution of projects, all while adhering to specific budgetary and scheduling constraints.

Logan Woodland

Manager, Health Safety and Environment (HSE)

Logan began his career with Underground Services Ltd in 2004, gaining unparalleled experience in the heavy civil industry, while also establishing himself as a respected health and safety professional. Currently working as the Health and Safety Manager for Steel River Group, Logan is widely known for his passion to keep others safe and ensure everyone goes home at the end of the day happy and healthy.

Outside of work, Logan is an avid outdoorsman. Logan is the President of his local Delta Waterfowl chapter and has spent many hours volunteering and mentoring young and new hunters. In 2021, Logan was awarded the chapter volunteer of the year award. Logan strongly believes in Steel River Group’s Vision and Values as they align with his own personal values.

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