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 - DirectorBoard of Directors 

Ernest Nycz – Chairman of the Board of Directors

A graduate in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Ernest boasts 42 years’ experience in project and engineering management, design, and construction of SAGD flow lines, well pads, plant facilities, pipelines, compressor plants, and major civil projects.  Besides numerous other projects, Ernest was Project Manager for Trans Alta Energy Corporation regarding the development, design, and construction of the $118 million 1,000 tonne per day Edmonton Co-Composting Facility and his responsibilities included managing and directing the multi-disciplinary team that completed the design development and process engineering, related plant infrastructure development & design, plant energy utilization and related material handling and transportation logistics.  As co-founder and shareholder of Prairie Green Renewable Energy, Ernest has spearheaded the PGRE Project, managing overall logistics implementation with respect to the design, and future construction and operation of the Project. 

Ernest received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1972 and is a licensed member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists & Geophysicists of Alberta, the Association of Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan and Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.


Richard Hopp - Director

Strategic business development specialist with 35 years experience commercializing conventional & renewable energy projects. 

Former President & CEO of Inland Natural Gas Marketing (1991-1995).

Co-founder of Maxim Power Corp.  (1995 -2006).

President of Run of River Power Inc. (2007-2012).

Founder and principal of Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation, S2G Biochemicals Ltd. and Mountain Power Inc.



Gary Philip McCartney - Director

Gary has twenty-five years’ experience in the engineering, design and calculations required for Petro-Chemical, Oil & Gas, Power, Mining, SAGD, Pipelines and Water installations. Gary is fully conversant with all aspects of Engineering, Design, Projects and Quality Assurance to ISO 9000 standards.  Gary is a Principal and Director at PVP Engineering.  PVP Engineering Ltd. is an employee-owned company based in Calgary, Alberta providing pressure vessel and piping engineering services to the Oil and Gas industry.  PVP’s mandate is to deliver cost effective engineering solutions while delivering quality products to their clients. PVP services include a full range of feed, detailed and field related piping engineering and pipeline services supported by an extremely strong as well as a range of specialist finite element and hydraulic transient simulation services.


Timothy Richter - Director

  Tim is an experienced project development executive with expertise in the renewable and energy sectors seeking to conceive and implement strategic project portfolios, both in entrepreneurial project orientation and large-scale capital deployment.  Tim is a registered civil engineer by trade.   Tim developed and directed the technology implementation and field execution for small grains (barley and wheat) based bioethanol company in multiple locations.  As the principal consultant at Matera, LLC, Tim has become the subject matter expert and works with various development companies worldwide on sound and financeable business models in the advanced biofuel-eligible barley and wheat sector.


Aaron Serhan - Director

A successful entrepreneur and farmer in Northeast Saskatchewan, Aaron has always had a passion for agriculture and building value in the businesses he has started.  Aaron has a track record of identifying needs in the sector and starting several successful companies from ground zero.  With a broad understanding of the commodities and futures markets, Aaron has the knowledge and experience in hedging required to manage fluctuating agricultural commodity markets.  Aaron was also founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of North Star Fertilizers Ltd, an independent agricultural retail business serving Northeast Saskatchewan and portions of Manitoba.  North Star was recently sold by Aaron to Crop Production Services (CPS), a subsidiary of Agrium Inc. 


Chris Rahbek-Nielsen - Director

Chris has been a Professional Engineer in Alberta since 1995. He is an experienced Electrical Engineer, project manager, quality manager, and process-oriented thinker who has worked on many capital intensive projects in the oil & gas, manufacturing, and petrochemical industries. 

He is the founding member of MAC Engineering Inc., a successful engineering solutions provider located in Calgary, Alberta. Chris' technical expertise, skills in optimizing business processes, and continuous improvement mindset have helped the company thrive since it was founded in 2006. To expand his company's expertise to the United States, along with his business partners, he founded MAC Automation in 2014.