Leadership

Board of Directors

dennis fitzpatrick​Dr. Dennis Fitzpatrick is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Regina. He has held a number of administrative positions, including Vice-President of Research at the Universities of Regina and Lethbridge and was head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Manitoba for ten years. Dr. Fitzpatrick served on the executive of a number of scientific societies, including President of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies and the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences. He served as Chair of the Council of Congress for the International Union of Nutritional Sciences 16th International Congress held in Montreal. Dr. Fitzpatrick serves on several national boards, including the Biotechnology Human Resources Council and the National Research Council Committee on International Science, Engineering and Technology, as well as a number of regional initiatives. In 2010, the ASTech Foundation honoured him for his Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community.

janusz kozinski

Born and raised in Poland, Janusz received his PhD in Energy & Environmental Engineering from the University of Science & Technology (AGH) in Krakow. After postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Janusz joined McGill University in 1994, and was appointed Associate Vice-Principal (Research & International Relations) in 2005. In 2006 he was named International Chair in Bioenergy for the Institute for Advanced Studies and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France.

Prior to joining York University, Janusz served as Dean for the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. He has also completed the prestigious Oxford Advanced Management & Leadership Programme at Oxford University, and the Executive Education Program on Crisis Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University. He joined York University as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering in 2010. On July 1, 2012 he was appointed as the inaugural Dean of the newly created Lassonde School of Engineering.

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 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.

kelly bode

Kelly Bode is a corporate-commercial lawyer and partner at WMCZ Lawyers, a full-service law firm in Saskatoon. Kelly specializes in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, but assists clients with all of their corporate needs, including business set-up and maintenance, secured lending and succession and tax planning.

Kelly is active in the Saskatoon community. She recently served as Chair of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and is a past board member of the YWCA Saskatoon and the Princess Shop. She has volunteered and continues to volunteer for many professional and community organizations and initiatives.

Kelly is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan where she received a Bachelor of Arts with High Honours in Political Studies and a Bachelor of Laws with Distinction. She happily resides in Saskatoon with her husband Jeret and daughters, Nora and Iris.

src board of directors erin hermanErin Herman is Vice President of Engineering at SmartSand Inc in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He has over 15 years’ experience as a private business owner in the field of R&D, successfully developing and commercializing technology and equipment. Erin is a life-long resident of Saskatchewan, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. 

An inventor with multiple current and pending Canadian and USA Patents, Erin has been a founding and managing partner in several startup companies providing equipment for the Oil and Gas Service sector in North America. These Saskatoon SMEs developed a customer list which included many of the world’s largest Multi-National Oil and Gas service companies by providing novel solutions that delivered strong value and enhanced safety for their customers.

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 george prudatGeorge Prudat was born and raised on a farm near Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. He has been married to Joan for 46 years (1973). They currently reside in St Walburg, Saskatchewan.

He is a retired Royal Canadian Navy Commander. He was the Captain of HMCS Nipigon, a helicopter equipped ASW destroyer. He has more than 20 years of seagoing service and more than 15 years of experience at the senior executive level. He is a graduate of Memorial University (BMS) and a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. After retiring from the Navy he was employed at the Centre for Operational Analysis, a research centre within Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). He was the Project Manager for the Joint Fires Technical Demonstration Project, and the Project Manager for the BattleSpace Deconfliction Project (a bilateral project with DSTO Australia). 

George is currently the Mayor of St Walburg and a Board Member of the North West College.

src board of directors nathan rhodes

Nathan is the Director of Digital at Brandt Group of Companies where he's building an industry-leading team to position Brandt squarely in front of where many of their customers are doing business today: online. Prior to Brandt, Nathan spent over two years at Mentor, A Siemens Business in product development, and over 5 years at Vendasta - a digital marketing tech company - filling various roles in product management and customer acquisition.

Nathan joined SRC's Board of Directors and Audit and Finance Committee in 2012. In 2015, Nathan successfully completed the Directors Education Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada and was awarded its designation of ICD.D as one of the youngest to have ever received the designation. In 2008, Nathan obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan with a minor in International Business.  
 

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.

wanda nyirfaWanda Nyirfa is responsible for numerous functions at SRC, including communications, CSR, 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.

craig murrayCraig Murray previously served as SRC's Manager of Development Engineering, and Senior Test Engineer of IBM Canada Ltd. In addition to corporate management and leadership, he has 20 years of experience in electronics and instrumentation design and development.

toby arnoldToby 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.

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 13 years of financial management, audit and tax experience.

Muhammad Imran Vice President SRCDr. Muhammad Imran previously served as Director of Operations, Mining and Energy Division at SRC. He started at SRC as a research engineer in the EOR Field Development Business Unit and was 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.