Martin R. Ferron joined the Corporation a President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of the Board on June 7, 2012. Mr. Ferron has been in the oil and gas business since 1980 and has held executive leadership roles for the last 20 years, with both oil service and exploration and production companies. Mr. Ferron’s prior Chief Executive Officer positions include Helix Energy Solutions, a NYSE listed international energy services entity and Morrison Energy, a private oil service and production company. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering; a M.Sc. in Marine Technology; and, a MBA from three separate universities in the United Kingdom.
Joe Lambert joined NACG in 2008 as General Manager of Mining after an extensive career in the mining industry and was promoted to Vice President, Oil Sands Operations in September of 2010, before shifting to Chief Operating Officer in June of 2013. Prior to that, Joe’s career began in the gold industry where he spent 17 years in roles of increasing responsibility in engineering and operations both open pit and underground. Joe’s more recent contracting and oil sands experience included positions as General Manager with Ledcor and Mine Development Manager, Oil Sands with Shell. Joe graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering in 1986.
Jason Veenstra joined NACG in 2018 from Finning International Inc., where more recently he led sales and marketing efforts for Caterpillar equipment in their Canadian mining division. Prior to Finning, Jason spent 10 years at the publicly traded Westmoreland Coal Company in various roles, including CFO and Treasurer. Jason also has experience in the nickel industry with Sherritt International and the insurance industry with Forensic Investigations. Jason articled to become a Chartered Accountant at Ernst & Young. He holds an accounting designation from CPA Alberta and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.
Barry Palmer joined NACG in 1982 as a heavy equipment operator. Barry has moved up through the company over his years with NACG, holding positions of Operations Foreman, General Foreman, Superintendent, Project Manager, Operations Manager and General Manager of HC&M prior to being promoted into his present role of Vice President, Oil Sands Operations in December of 2011. In June of 2013, Barry was named Vice President, Heavy Construction & Mining, and in November of 2018, Barry’s title was escalated to Senior Vice President Operations. Barry’s career began in the aggregate industry, moving into road building, civil construction and heavy construction and mining over the course of his 34 years in the industry. Before joining NACG, Barry worked for PCL and Steels of Canada.
Jordan A Slator became Vice President and General Counsel on November 28, 2018. Mr. Slator originally joined the Corporation as General Counsel on August 30, 2010. He has also served as Corporate Secretary since June 2, 2011. Mr. Slator began his career in law with Miller Thomson LLP in Edmonton after being called to the Alberta bar in 1996. He practiced in the firm’s corporate commercial department, advising a wide range of clients, from owner-operated businesses to large multi-national corporations, financial institutions and governments. He has extensive experience in corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, banking and financing, commercial real estate and leasing, intellectual property, director liability, securities regulation and construction law. Mr. Slator holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.
David G. Kallay became Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment and Human Resources on November 28, 2018. Mr. Kallay originally joined the Corporation as Health and Safety Manager on December 1, 2008. He was promoted to General Manager of Health, Safety, Environment and Training on October 1, 2011 and General Manager of Human Resources July 21, 2016. Mr. Kallay brings over 20 years of progressive leadership in human resources and safety management in both the private and public sector. He has worked in other industries outside of heavy construction and mining, which include forestry, insurance, oil and gas and health care. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kallay was employed as an Organizational Health consultant with Sun Life Financial helping companies in various sectors align people strategy to business strategy. Mr. Kallay was a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta in the Occupational Health and Safety program from 2003 until 2014. Mr. Kallay is skilled in all aspects of human resources, occupational health, safety and training. In his current role, he leads a team in reinforcing strong company culture, creating and leading employee engagement, development programs, talent management strategies and organizational performance improvement that support the achievement of business goals and objectives. Mr. Kallay graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor degree from the University of Alberta.