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  • Executive Team

Meet our Executive Team.

Horizon North’s executive team not only possesses deep industry knowledge and experience, but has a well-rounded business perspective to meet today’s challenges. Above all, the team is thoroughly committed to Horizon North’s Vision, Mission and Values.

  • Rod Graham

    Rod Graham

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    As President and CEO, Rod has overall operations and management responsibility for Horizon North. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Planning from January to November 2014. Rod has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from May 2012 to January 2014.

    From 2010 to 2012, Rod was the President and CEO of ZCL Composites Inc.  Prior to his role at ZCL, he was co-founder and Managing Director of Northern Plains Capital Corporation, a Calgary-based private equity firm focused on investing in oilfield and energy industrial companies. From 1998 to 2004, Rod worked at Peters & Co. Limited in institutional sales, and with ARC Financial Corporation serving as Senior Vice President and Director.

    Rod holds an HBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, a CFA and a MBA (Ivey Scholar) from the University of Western Ontario. He has served on multiple public, private and not for profit boards.  Rod is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Business Council of Canada.

  • Scott Matson

    Scott Matson

    Senior Vice President Finance and CFO

    As Senior Vice President Finance and CFO of Horizon North, Scott oversees the finance and accounting, tax and treasury, and reporting functions. He has been with Horizon North since its public launch in 2006 as the Corporation’s first Controller, Operations Finance.

    From 2005 to 2006 Scott was Group Controller, Canada for Precision Energy Services. Prior thereto, he was Manager, Financial Reporting & Analysis for Precision Energy Services from 2002 to 2005.

    Scott has a degree from the University of Calgary.  Scott articled with KPMG LLP in Calgary, Alberta and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1998.

  • Bill Anderson

    Bill Anderson

    Executive Vice President Quality, Health, Safety and Environment

    As Executive Vice President Quality, Health, Safety and Environment, Bill is responsible for delivering world class safe work procedures and safe workplace behaviors for all company related activity, focusing on: environmental protection; employee, client and public safety; quality; and regulatory compliance.

    Bill gained extensive experience in the field of logistics, operations and safety during his 25 year career with BP, before joining Horizon North in 2006. This experience, coupled with unwavering commitment to Horizon North employees has contributed to the success of Horizon North’s dynamic and multi-faceted Safety and Quality programs. Bill’s Aboriginal heritage provides deep insights into first nation’s business ventures within Horizon North.

    Bill graduated from the Civil & Structural Technology program from the BC Institute of Technology and he is a member of the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists.

  • Warren Murray

    Warren Murray

    Senior Vice President Camps and Catering

    As Senior Vice President Camps & Catering for Horizon North, Warren is responsible for the overall development and maintenance of food services, housekeeping, camp management, and camp equipment fleet management.

    Warren has over 35 years of experience in the industry. From 1997 to 2008, Warren gained experience in numerous roles as Field Supervisor, Operations Manager, Account Executive, Sales Manager and Vice President Sales within PTI Premium Camp Services Ltd. Prior to his career at PTI, he worked at Hofman Camp Services from 1977 to 1985 in numerous positions including operations manager.

    Warren has training in Plastic Technology and Leadership Essentials from the Niagara Institute.

  • Kapul Gill

    Kapul Gill

    Vice President Manufacturing

    As Vice President Manufacturing for Horizon North, Kapul oversees the execution of camp and modular unit estimating, design, manufacturing, and installation activities as well as access mat manufacturing.

    Kapul brings with him over 28 years of experience in manufacturing within a number of industries including automotive, aerospace, and luxury yachts. From 2012 to 2015, Kapul was the Chief Operating Officer at ZCL Composites Inc. Prior to his role at ZCL, he worked in Senior Management positions for companies in Ontario including; PMP (Automotive) Ltd., and Pratt & Whitney Aerospace. Kapul brings with him international experience working as General Manager at Princes Yachts, and other Senior Positions at Jaguar, Honda, and Rover in England.

    Kapul has a received his Doctorate in Philosophy from the Coventry University in England.  He was also award his Masters of Science Degree from the University of Warwick, and his Bachelor of Science Degree from Coventry University.

  • Mike Hammerschmidt

    Mike Hammerschmidt

    Vice President Transportation and Logistics

    As Vice President Transportation & Logistics for Horizon North, Mike is responsible for the overall operations and management of matting and transportation related activities. In 2003 he joined Swamp Mats Inc. which was acquired by Horizon North in 2006.

    Mike has 35 years of oilfield service related experience helping to introduce access matting solutions to the Canadian oilfield industry in 1998 through his work for International Mat of Canada.

    Mike is a graduate of the Petroleum Technician program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

  • Pat Hammerschmidt

    Pat Hammerschmidt

    Vice President Aboriginal and Community Relations

    As Vice President Aboriginal & Community Relations for Horizon North, Pat is responsible for providing a consistent company-wide approach to establishing Aboriginal partnerships, joint ventures and working agreements and the delivery of the community relations initiatives for the Company.

    Pat has extensive experience in the resource sector. He was one of the principals of Swamp Mats Inc. which was acquired by Horizon North in 2006.  Prior to this, Pat worked as a sales manager for International Mat of Canada.  Pat also gained experience during his 18 years working for NOVA Corporation in various positions of increasing responsibility. In 1998, during the TransCanada Pipelines merger, he worked as a senior advisor.

    Pat holds a certificate in Business & Supervision and in Human Resources Management from the Edmonton Continuing Education Centre. He is also a graduate of Instrumentation Technology – Process Measurement from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.  Pat has extensive professional experience in Aboriginal consultation and awareness, customer service training, performance sales, and strategic planning & development.

  • Darren Bolding

    Darren Bolding

    General Manager Power Systems

    As General Manager Power Systems for Horizon North, Darren is responsible for the management of leading edge technology development and operations. He joined Horizon North in 2008 and has a pivotal role in the management, development and success of Power Systems.

    Darren started his career as an apprentice electrician with Kelon Electric, which later became Tesco Corporation where he was responsible for installation and training for electric AC top drives. Darren gained experience while working in Northern Africa in the role of rotating operations manager.  Darren started his own consulting company in 2005, building 7 of the first 21 electric AC top drive drilling rigs in Canada.

    Darren completed 1 year of training in electrical engineering technology at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.  He then completed his electrician’s apprenticeship in 1998.

  • Ben Bazinet

    Ben Bazinet

    Vice President Human Resources

    As Vice President Human Resources for Horizon North, Ben is responsible for leading the development of Human Resources strategies including human capital development, organizational effectiveness, transformational cultural change, labour relations, total rewards strategy and talent acquisition.

    Ben has extensive experience in project management, strategic planning, project allocation and communications. Prior to joining Horizon North, Ben was President at WaterGeeks Laboratories Inc. from 2007 to 2014. He also gained experience at TELUS Communications Inc. from 1999 to 2007 working in project management, financial consulting, and as the strategy manager.

    Ben has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and a Project Management Master’s Certificate from George Washington University. He has also completed a Competent Communicator & Leader Designation from Toastmasters International.

  • Lyle Guard

    Lyle Guard

    Vice President Legal & General Counsel

    As Vice President Legal & General Counsel, Lyle advises Horizon North on all matters requiring legal representation.

    Lyle has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, energy and construction transactions, emissions trading, finance, and general corporate law.  Prior to joining Horizon North, Lyle was Assistant General Counsel – Project Execution with a Fortune 500 midstream company.  He also gained international banking and energy experience while working as a solicitor in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and was previously a member of both the Calgary and Toronto offices of a Canadian based international law firm.

    Lyle was called to bar in the Province of Ontario in 2004 and Alberta in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.

  • Jeff Thomas

    Jeff Thomas

    Vice President Sales and Marketing

    As Vice President Sales and Marketing, Jeff oversees all aspects of Horizon North’s Sales and Marketing functions.  He is responsible for creating a single, cohesive sales and marketing team through comprehensive strategy, and standardized systems and processes.  Jeff and his team are responsible for achieving growth in sales, profitability and market share in both incumbent and new markets.

    Prior to joining Horizon North, Jeff spent 11 years with Xerox where he led significant growth in new product lines, and had several roles in Operations, Sales and Management.  More recently, Jeff spent 10 years with ADP leading the Multinational Sales Organization for Asia Pacific with sales and marketing teams spread throughout 14 countries. He was also a key individual responsible for leading ADP’s journey from a payroll outsourcing company to a fully integrated Human Capital Management company.

    Jeff attended the University of Manitoba and completed Professional Project Management Studies at Mount Royal College.

  • Jeff Strank

    Jeff Strank

    Vice President Business Development - Industrial

    As Vice President Business Development – Industrial, Jeff focuses on managing executive relationships within key strategic client accounts. He also drives Horizon North business into new geographies, new vertical markets and develops strategic relationships with governmental and regulatory decision makers.  He works in conjunction with the Sales and Marketing and Operations organizations to execute on behalf of Horizon North’s Industrial clients.

    Prior to joining Horizon North, Jeff was the co-founder of Empire Camp Equipment Ltd. (“Empire”), a Western Canadian focused provider of camp and wellsite buildings, with approximately 1,700 beds and supplemental camp support equipment that was acquired by Horizon North on August 23rd, 2016. At Empire, Jeff managed all day to day dealings including business development, customer relationships and operations.  Prior to Empire, Jeff led sales and business development at Western Camp Services.

    Jeff graduated from the Business Administration Program at NAIT in 2002.

  • Joseph Kiss, M.Eng., P.Eng.

    Joseph Kiss, M.Eng., P.Eng.

    Vice President Business Development – Commercial

    As Vice President Business Development – Commercial, Joe is focused on managing executive relationships with our key strategic client accounts within the modular construction industry. He also drives Horizon North business into new geographies and vertical markets, while developing strategic relationships with governmental and regulatory decision makers.

    With over 20 years of senior management experience, Joe has occupied previous roles as Vice President & General Manager of Cementec Industries Inc., Chief Operating Officer of Genalta Power Inc., and most recently, President of Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems.

    Joe has his Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary. As well, he is an APEGA Licensed Professional Engineer with extensive executive experience in modular product development, project management, operations, business development, and corporate management.

  • Jeff Litchfield

    Jeff Litchfield

    Vice President Operations, Camps and Catering

    As Vice President Operations, Camps and Catering, Jeff oversees all operational aspects of the division. His areas of responsibility include: hospitality, facility management, procurement and logistics.

    Prior to joining Horizon North, Jeff spent eleven years at Finning holding multiple senior management roles, leading corporate wide Emergency Response Plans projects and Finning’s Quality program under the 6 Sigma/Lean banner. He also worked at Weatherford, leading special projects to improve progressive cavity pump supply chain and has taught at the University of Alberta, where he was a session instructor for an MBA, Operations Management course.

    Jeff holds a Bachelors of Commerce in Management Science from the University of Alberta, acquired his CORS Diploma at the Canadian Operational Research Society, and a Lean Certificate from NAIT.