Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Daniel K. Halyk is the President and CEO of Total Energy Services Inc., a TSE listed public energy services company that he founded in 1996. Mr. Halyk is also a principal of Trident Capital Partners LP, a limited partnership that he co-founded in 1997 that makes investments primarily in the energy industry. Prior to starting Total and Trident, Mr. Halyk practiced corporate and securities law with Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary. Mr. Halyk serves on the boards of several private companies that are primarily involved in the energy and real estate industries. Mr. Halyk currently serves on the board of directors of Innovation Saskatchewan and the Calgary Winter Club as well as the advisory board of the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. Mr. Halyk served as a member of the five person Alberta Financial Investment Planning and Advisory Council that reported to the Alberta Minister of Finance in 2008. Mr. Halyk attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees and served as a clerk to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal before being called to the Bars of Saskatchewan (1993) and Alberta (1994).
Shaun T E Mesher PhD. Vice President & Director- Synoil Fluids Holdings Inc. Graduating in 1988 with a BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal, and completing a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland in 1992. Dr. Mesher has impressive academic qualifications, which have been further advanced with more than 50 patents and papers. He has focused much of his professional chemical research and development on the uses of hydrocarbons in drilling and completions methodologies for the oil and gas sector. He began his professional career with Alberta Sulphur Research, at the University of Calgary, as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, from 1993 to 1996. In 1996 he moved to the private sector joining Trysol Canada Ltd. where he worked for five years, in various roles ranging from Operations Manager, Research and Development Manager and Product Development. From mid 2001 to 2003 he was employed by Newpark Drilling Fluids based in Calgary as a Senior Research Scientist. Dr. Mesher joined Synoil Fluids as Vice President in 2003 with responsibilities including product development, technical sales and operations, research and development. He is also a director and indirectly a shareholder of the Company.
Bob Eyolfson and his wife Wendy operate B.W. Seeds, a grain, oilseed and Pedigree Seed farm. They are also a retailer for Shortline farm supplies. Bob is extensively involved in his community and has served on various Boards and Committees in the Foam Lake and Leslie area. Bob and Wendy have three daughters.
Glenn Helgason , owner and operator of Eagle Agri Ltd – a 13,000 acre grain farm loacted at Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. Mr. Helgason obtained his BSA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990 and is a member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. Mr. Helgason worked for FCC from 1990 thru 2003 holding various financial and land management roles. Mr. Helgason was on the board of the former Saskatchewan Renewal Fuels Association.
Bruce L. Pachkowski has been a principal of Trident Capital Partners LP since December 1997. Mr. Pachkowski is a founding director, and currently chairman of the board of directors of Total Energy Services Inc. (a public energy services company listed on the TSE) and a director of several private companies. Prior to his involvement with Trident, Mr. Pachkowski was the President and director of Emergo Canada Ltd., a private equity investment group with activities in Canada, the United States and Eastern Europe. Before joining Emergo Canada Ltd., Mr. Pachkowski practiced as a chartered accountant for over 12 years, latterly as a partner of KPMG Peat Marwick Thorne and a Senior Vice President of Peat Marwick Thorne Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Management and holds the designation of Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. Mr. Pachkowski has served as a member of the Management Advisory Council with the Faculty of Management, University of Calgary and the Faculty’s International Business Advisory Group.