Advisory Board

The Acceleware Advisory Board ("AAB") brings together a group of six heavy oil and oil sands leaders with extensive experience in oprations, technical, and leadership roles. This group will provide guidance to Acceleware throughout the RF technology testing and commercialization process. Acceleware formed the AAB to ensure that RF XL and Modular RF meet the key functional and economic demands of heavy oil and oil sands operators.

The AAB consists of:

Cal Coulter

Cal has 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with a BSC in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech. He has held positions in production, facilities, gas processing, joint operations, drilling, completions, exploration and operations in sweet, sour conventional and thermal operations. For the last 15 years of his career he worked on research and development the first 4 in carbon capture and storage with the international Carbon Capture Project where he was a member of both the capture design team and the subsurface storage team. The next 11 were as the Director of Subsurface Technology for Suncor where he led the development of SAGD enhancement technologies and all novel in situ bitumen recovery technologies. He initiated work on surfactants, solvents and Suncor involvement in the n-solv Best project and the industry consortium ESEIEH radio frequency powered solvent recovery project. This position also led the engineering, geology and geophysics for all undeveloped projects including the delineation and applications for the Meadow Creek and Lewis fields.

Cal has been involved in the design, procurement, construction and operation of technology projects including Suncor first SAGD pilot at the Burnt Lake Thermal Project, sat on the technical board for the Dover UTF project, the Fort Kent Thermal project and many non-conventional production tests.

Chad Robinson

Chad Robinson has over 18 years of accounting, finance and private equity experience, focused in the oilfield sector. Since 2006, Chad as CFO, had been part of the ownership and management team that developed and grew Pacesetter Directional Drilling (Ranked 1st in Alberta Venture Fast 50 for 2008 and ranked 12th on Profit 200 list of fastest growing companies for 2010) into Canada’s largest premier private directional drilling company. What is unique about Pacesetter’s growth is that it was financed all through cash flow and conservative use of bank financing. In January of 2015, Pacesetter finalized a majority investment by Schlumberger which positions the company for future growth. Chad has an eye towards current and future Value Creation, Company and Sales Strategy, Financial Structuring and Modeling, Team Building, and Industry and Competitive Analysis.

From 1998 to 2006, Chad held the positions of VP Corporate Finance and Investment Analyst with a prominent Calgary based Merchant Bank. Chad also serves on several private company Boards and is Vice-Chairman of the Board of CUPS, a non-profit serving impoverished families in the Calgary region.

Chad has a ICD.D Directors Designation, a MBA in Corporate Finance, a Master’s Degree focused in Resource Economics and a BSc. in Chemistry. Chad grew up in Edmonton and currently resides in Calgary, where he lives with his wife and two children. He enjoys cross-fit, fly-fishing, mountain biking, skiing and wake-surfing.

Don Verdonck

Don Verdonck is retired from a career in the oil and gas business, and most recently with a mid-sized company focusing on oil sands development and operations. He also serves on two private oil and gas boards, and is Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Mary’s University in Calgary.

He has worked in the Energy Industry in Western Canada for 40 years. His experience spans executive level management, as well as operational and facilities management.

He retired from his position as VP Thermal at Athabasca Oil Corporation in 2018, and prior to that worked with Brion Energy, a joint venture between Athabasca Oil Corporation and PetroChina from 2010 to 2014. Before that, he was VP Development at Athabasca Oil Corporation, where the company grew its portfolio of oil sands opportunities through exploration and development programs.

He is married with two adult children and has been active in his Church community, as well as other volunteer organizations.

Don has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and completed the Institute of Corporate Directors program in 2014.

Heath Williamson

Heath Williamson funded his Petroleum Engineering education at the University of Alberta by operating heavy oil wells for BlackRock Ventures Inc. in the Lloydminster, Cold Lake, and Peace River regions. Out of University, Heath worked as a consultant for several major E&Ps coordinating large core hole drilling programs in the Athabasca Oil Sands. Heath rejoined the BlackRock Ventures principals when they did a reverse takeover of Pearl E&P and rebranded the company as BlackPearl Resources Inc. At BlackPearl, Heath started off as a Drilling & Completions Engineer and quickly took on progressively increasing roles of responsibility as Asset Manager for both the Blackrod SAGD Pilot and Mooney Chemical EOR Projects as well as Senior Advisor for the Onion Lake Thermal Project. More recently, Heath has taken on the role of General Manager, Thermal & EOR with the responsibility of advancing the full cycle development of BlackPearl’s Thermal & EOR heavy oil assets in Alberta and Saskatchewan while also identifying and evaluating accretive acquisition opportunities. Heath’s entire career has been focused on the heavy oil sector, and he has established a track record of adding value within each part of the heavy oil business chain from resource characterization to land acquisition, regulatory administration, project scoping, well design, production engineering, reservoir management, and project closure. Heath authors technical papers, presents corporate material at industry conferences, represents BlackPearl on a number of industry associations, and has volunteered his time as organizer and chair for many industry events. In April, 2018, Heath joined the Board of Directors for the Canadian Heavy Oil Association.

Jeff Reading, B.A., B.Ed., M.A.

Jeff is President of Actions Matter, an independent, social enterprise business intent on efforts that address energy innovation, energy efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaption, sustainability, energy and environmental literacy and business commercialization of clean tech solutions.

As part of this work, Jeff provides innovation leadership at ATCO with their Electricity Global Business Unit Innovation Team, which is focused on an assortment of initiatives that expand renewable energy generation, introduce clean power, advance electrification of transportation, and engage in grid modernization efforts.

Previously, Jeff worked in education in Toronto and Calgary, holding an assortment environmental and energy innovation leadership positions; with the Ministry of Environment and Parks in Alberta developing sustainability initiatives; and with the City of Calgary, leading the Ecological Footprint Project along with a number of GHG management initiatives.

He has been active in the not for profit world as well with leadership roles at Climate Change Central (C3), Carbon Management Canada and Kinetica Ventures.

In addition, Jeff teaches at the University of Calgary, is Chair for the Green Learning Canada Foundation (GLCF), past Chair of the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE), Board member with the Alberta Clean Tech Industry Alliance (ACTia), advisor with Carbon Talks Canada and sits of the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation Grant Review Committee.

Jeff has experience in social enterprise development, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, renewable energy solutions, facilitation across a wide range of audiences and topics, environmental business case development, partnership management at the local, national and international level, organizational transformation and change management, environmental and energy literacy, and outdoor education.

He is supporting market entry for Acceleware’s unique and novel Radio Frequency Heating technologies.

When he’s not working, Jeff enjoys outdoor adventures with his family, all around the world.

John Howard

John is a proven executive with thirty-eight years of experience in the energy sector with a focus on conventional and thermal heavy oil production. In May, 2017 he retired as Vice President, Production East, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

John held several leadership roles in his 13 years with Canadian Natural, including Thermal Production Vice President, Bitumen Study Co-ordinator, and Thermal Production Manager. Prior to his role with Canadian Natural, John co-founded and was Executive Vice President of Verdant Energy Ltd, a renewable energy company providing waste-to-energy solutions. John was also Vice President, Operations with Numac Energy Ltd., and Technical Superintendent at Shell Canada’s Peace River Complex. He also spent his early years in the industry in various technical roles with Shell Canada Ltd.

John is a Volunteer Advisor for WaterNEXT (a water technology accelerator) and a Director of Autism Calgary. He has been a Director of Verdant Energy Ltd., New Heights School for Children with PDD/Autism, and the William G. (Bill) Howard Foundation. He also served on the Capital Fundraising Committee for the Society for the Treatment of Autism.

John has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Institute of Corporate Directors and The Chancellor’s Club of the University of Calgary.