Leadership

Board of Directors

src board of directors george prudat

George Prudat was born and raised in Saskatchewan and has been married to Joan for 46 years (1973). They currently reside in St Walburg, Saskatchewan.

He is a retired Royal Canadian Navy Commander and was the Captain of HMCS Nipigon, a helicopter equipped destroyer. He has more than 20 years of seagoing service in ships that operated globally and more than 15 years of experience at the senior executive level.

George is a graduate of Memorial University (BMS), a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College (pcsc) and holds a Professional Governance qualification. After retiring from the Navy he was employed at the Centre for Operational Analysis, a research centre within Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). 
George is a Board Member of the North West College and formerly served as the Mayor of St Walburg.

src board of directors leanne bellegardLeanne Bellegarde, Q.C. has worked with the Government of Canada on the Treaty Land Entitlement Agreement, the City of Saskatoon, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and in her own successful private law practice on the Muskeg Lake First Nation Urban Reserve in Saskatoon. She worked at Nutrien (formerly PotashCorp) from 2010-2018 first as the Director, Aboriginal Strategy and more recently as the Director, Diversity and Inclusion.

Leanne has a Professional Director status from a joint program of the Johnson Shoyoma Graduate School and Governance Solutions (formerly Brown Governance). She is currently involved in the following boards: Sustainable Development Technology Canada, File Hills Qu’Appelle Developments, and the Saskatoon Public School Foundation. Leanne is from Treaty 4 territory but grew up in Meadow Lake and calls Saskatoon home. She is a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation.

mike crabtreeMike Crabtree is President and Chief Executive Officer of SRC. He has over 35 years of R&D experience spanning a range of industrial sectors, holds a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering and currently serves on the boards of several Canadian and US companies, as well as the Canadian Heavy Oil Association. Prior to his current role, he served as SRC’s Vice-President of Energy for over five years, was the Chief Commercial Officer at Carbon Engineering Inc. in Calgary, Alberta, the founder and CEO of Oilflow Solutions Inc. and has also held various senior roles with Schlumberger. In addition to technology innovation and leadership, he has proven international experience in converting research and development into fully commercial technology. Mike is recognized for driving business growth for both global leaders and start-ups in the oil and gas, renewable energy and environmental sectors.

src board of directors michael meekinsMichael has been President & CEO of Westbridge Capital Ltd., since co-founding in 2007. For the two decades prior to the formation of Westbridge, Michael was actively involved in the Canadian telecommunications industry, initially as Vice President of WorldxChange Communications and finally as President & CEO of Modern Digital Communications Inc. Michael was a finalist in the 2003 Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the Year awards and is actively involved on the board of a number of private companies in diverse industries.

src board of directors bill millerBill Miller has 40 years of environmental protection and resource management experience as a Saskatchewan public servant. Being stationed throughout the province, Bill interacted with a number of cultures, groups, government ministries and industries. Assignments included managing provincial parks, inspection and compliance duties, environmental assessment reviews and developed approvals for oil and gas exploration and developments on resource crown lands. During the last 20 years duties focus on a variety of wood industries, municipal drinking water and wastewater works, as well as hazardous substances and waste dangerous goods storage facilities.

In 2003, Bill was asked to lead the unit responsible for licensing and inspecting drinking water and wastewater facilities in the northern 2/3 of the province. Responsibilities included strategy and protocol development, managing up to 10 environment officers, oversight of the unit’s investigating complaints and regulatory compliance and spill/upset response regarding water and sewage works.

src board of directors mark pickardRaised on a farm in southern Saskatchewan, educated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan, Mark Pickard is the founder and President of InfraReady Products Ltd. InfraReady is an industrial food ingredient manufacturer, utilizing infrared cooking technology to process a wide variety of plant constituents. In 2018, InfraReady was awarded the ABEX Award for Innovation and was a previous winner of the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership Exporter of the Year Award.

With 40 years’ experience and a devotion to value-added processing, Mark has had past Board roles at AgWest Bio, STEP, POS Pilot Plant, and the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Center. Currently, Mark is a Board member of the National Food Processing Skills Council, PAMI (Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute), and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Agricultural Development Fund.

src board of directors norm beugNorm is the former Sr. Vice President, Potash Operations for The Mosaic Company. While at Mosaic, he had overall responsibility for the Potash Business Unit’s (PBU) six mining operations in Canada and the USA. Under Norm’s leadership, the PBU launched a $6.0 billion expansion campaign to add in excess of 5 million tonnes of production capacity in the Saskatchewan operations. 
 
Norm has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently Chair of the Tourism Saskatchewan Board and Vice Chair of the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSask) Board. He is a former board member of SaskEnergy and the former Chairperson of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. Norm is Past President of the Saskatchewan Mining Association, Past Chair of the Saskatchewan Potash Producers Association, and was a board member for the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation. He is the past honorary chair of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Centennial Advisory Committee.
 
In 2005, Norm was honoured with a Centennial Medal from the Government of Saskatchewan. In 2002, he was named one of the ten most influential businessmen in Saskatchewan. 
 
Norm and his wife Jocelyn Souliere have three children and are based in Regina, Saskatchewan. They contribute to their community by serving on various boards and committees and enjoy time with their family, golf, the arts, and travel.

Kurtis is the Director of the Water, Waste and Environment Department at the City of Regina. In this position he is responsible in overseeing the water, wastewater, drainage and solid waste services within the City of Regina. This position allows him to work with a diverse group of colleagues to ensure reliable service is provided to the residents of Regina.

Kurtis grew up on his family farm outside of Moose Jaw, SK. Kurtis graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007. Kurtis has been registered as a professional engineer in Saskatchewan since 2010. Kurtis was elected as an APEGS Councillor from 2018-2021 and has volunteered with the APEGS Environmental and Sustainability Committee for about 6 years, from 2011-2016. In addition, Kurtis is on the board of directors of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council since 2021.

Kurtis is married and has two young boys and enjoys spending time at the lake, including fishing, kayaking and boating, and helping out on the family farm.

Kari Harvey SRC Board MemberKari Harvey is CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan where her responsibilities include working with community partners to nurture an environment that supports the success of start-up tech companies in the province, and with the research community to ensure Saskatchewan research and commercialization interests are maximized.

Her 25-year public service career includes senior leadership positions in the Ministry of Agriculture such as Director of the Agri-business Development Branch, Executive Director, Capital and Regional Services with the Saskatchewan Ministry Health, and Executive Council and Office of the Premier as Assistant Deputy Minister, International Relations and Protocol. Kari is currently a board member with the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and Saskatchewan’s first tech incubator, Co.Labs. In the fall of 2020, she was also appointed to the National IRAP Advisory Council.  

Kari holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration, both from the University of Regina.

Executive Team

mike crabtreeMike Crabtree is President and Chief Executive Officer of SRC. He has over 35 years of R&D experience spanning a range of industrial sectors, holds a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering and currently serves on the boards of several Canadian and US companies, as well as the Canadian Heavy Oil Association. Prior to his current role, he served as SRC’s Vice-President of Energy for over five years, was the Chief Commercial Officer at Carbon Engineering Inc. in Calgary, Alberta, the founder and CEO of Oilflow Solutions Inc. and has also held various senior roles with Schlumberger. In addition to technology innovation and leadership, he has proven international experience in converting research and development into fully commercial technology. Mike is recognized for driving business growth for both global leaders and start-ups in the oil and gas, renewable energy and environmental sectors.

ryan hillRyan Hill previously served as the Associate Vice-President, Finance, and the Controller for SRC. In addition to corporate management and leadership, Ryan is a Chartered Accountant and has more than 15 years of financial management, audit and tax experience.

wanda nyirfaWanda Nyirfa is responsible for numerous functions at SRC, including communications, corporate social responsibility, competitive intelligence, government relations, impact measurement and legal and risk. She is SRC’s Privacy Officer. In addition to corporate management and leadership, she has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications; formerly working as a partner in a communications and event management company, as well as in economic and business development. 

Jesse Merilees SRC VP Environment and BiotechJesse Merilees previously served as SRC's Director of Operations in its Environment and Biotech Division. In addition to corporate management and leadership, he has experience in strategy development and financial management.

Toby Arnold, SRCToby Arnold is responsible for safety, human resources, information technologies, facilities and security. Toby previously served as HR Manager with Nortel, Siecor and Corning Cable Systems. In addition to corporate management and leadership, she has HR expertise in compensation and organization design and the development of management systems.

lesley mcgilpLesley McGilp is Vice-President of SRC’s Energy Division. She previously managed SRC’s Pipe Flow Technology Centre for over 10 years and prior to SRC, served as a Staff Engineer at Rock Energy and a Senior Engineering Advisor at Northrock Resources. In addition to corporate management and leadership, she has over 10 years of experience in upstream oil and gas, including exploration and development and acquisitions and divestitures. Lesley holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Business Administration from the Haskayne School of Business.

Muhammad Imran Vice President SRCDr. Muhammad Imran previously served as Director of Operations, Energy Division at SRC. He started at SRC as a research engineer in the EOR Field Development Business Unit and then became Business Unit Manager. He completed a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering. Career highlights at SRC include many research projects involving innovative proofs of concept; development and optimization of medium and heavy oil EOR processes; lab-scale equipment design; and physical and mathematical modelling. He is skilled in planning, coordinating and executing successful strategic business programs and managing high performance teams.