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Management Team


Ernest Nycz, P.Eng. 

Founder and Chairman

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.


Kavanagh Mannas, P.Eng., MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kavanagh joined the PGRE team in December 2018 and is responsible for defining and executing PGRE’s short and long-term strategic priorities, as well as overseeing the company’s operational and financial performance, including project financing, development and execution. 

He began his career with Suncor Energy Inc., as an Operations Engineer before joining the Executive Team at Ikkuma Resources Ltd., a junior energy company, as a founding member. As VP Operations, Kavanagh was charged with overseeing all field construction, operations, and joint ventures, as well as evaluating and incorporating strategic acquisitions. During his time with the company, Kavanagh was involved in raising over $200MM in debt and equity. In 2017, Kavanagh joined PrairieSky Royalty Ltd., providing technical support to the organization before transitioning into his role with PGRE.

Kavanagh earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and his Master of Business Administration, specializing in Finance, from the University of Calgary. He is a licensed member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists & Geophysicists of Alberta.


Ron Hankewich

Chief Financial Officer

Entrepreneurial executive with over 25 years of experience in the energy business.

Co-founder of Elemental Energy which grew to an enterprise value of CAD $180 million.

Part of the management team that grew EPCOR Power Development to an asset base of CAD $4 billion. Broad commercial, operations, financial and M&A experience. Ron is a CFA and has a MBA

(Finance) from Queen’s University, and a M. Eng. (Chemical) from Western University.


Ken Day

Director of Construction

Over 40 years of construction and project management experience Ken is a seasoned Project Manager with a proven track record and is valued for his experience and practical approach to difficult problems.

Well versed in auto-cad and all project management tools to ensure projects are delivered on time and budget.

Ken also has exceptional design skills in electrical, controls, instrumentation and high voltage systems.