Board of Directors
Mr. Auch joined the board of directors on October 5, 2006, and was subsequently appointed Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management and Compensation and Environment, Health & Safety Committees. Mr. Auch is a Chartered Accountant with extensive corporate finance, financial reporting, treasury, tax, and planning experience at a senior management level. He was the Chief Financial Officer of Longbow Capital Inc. a Calgary-based private equity firm, from 2010 until his retirement in 2019. From 2007 to 2009 he was Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of BlackWatch Energy Services, a publicly traded oilfield services company. From 2003 until 2007, he was Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Gibraltar Exploration Ltd., a private natural gas exploration and production company. Mr. Auch also served as a financial advisor to Enron Canada during its liquidation between March 2002 and March 2004. He was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of FirstEnergy Capital Corp. from 1993 to 2001. Prior to 1993, Mr. Auch was with Price Waterhouse, Chartered Accountants.
M. Bruce Chernoff
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Chernoff joined the board of directors on March 31, 2005. Mr. Chernoff is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University. Mr. Chernoff has been the President of Caribou Capital Corp., a private investment company, since 1999 and was the Chairman and Founder of Harvest Energy Trust. Mr. Chernoff is also a director of several other public and private entities.
Mr. Polz joined the board of directors on December 28, 2000. Mr. Polz has a master’s degree in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Polz began his career as an account manager and assistant sales director with SBH Cotton Mills in Cape Town, South Africa in 1976. Following his time there, he went on to hold various positions with Swiss and Austrian industrial companies. Mr. Polz became the sales and marketing director of Jenbacher Energiesysteme AG in Austria in 1994. He was responsible for global sales and marketing of gas engine powered combined heat and power plant equipment. In 1996, in addition to his Austrian responsibilities, Mr. Polz became President of Jenbacher Energiesysteme Ltd., USA, the sales and service organization of Jenbacher for the United States and Canada. Presently, Mr. Polz is a business consultant in the field of power generation and is focusing on international project development.
Mr. Wall joined the board of directors on May 13, 2019. Mr. Wall graduated with honours from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. Mr. Wall has 18 years political experience and served as the Premier of Saskatchewan November 2007 until February 2018. During his tenure Mr. Wall helped lead the province through a period of strong population and economic growth, export expansion, record infrastructure investment and tax reductions while helping to earn the province’s first ever AAA credit rating. Mr. Wall currently has his own consultancy business based in Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan as well as acting as a Special Advisor for a Calgary based law firm. Mr. Wall is also a director of several other public and private entities.
W. Brett Wilson
Mr. Wilson joined the board of directors on March 31, 2005. He completed a BSc (Eng) in 1979 and an MBA in 1985. He worked as a petroleum engineer with Imperial Oil before transitioning to a more than 20 year career as a investment banker. He co-founded FirstEnergy Capital Corp in 1993 where he participated in many billions of energy focussed financing and mergers/acquisition assignments until retiring in 2008. Since then, he has actively invested in a variety of industries – from farmland to power, from cannabis to sports teams – and more – while actively engaging in community activities in a variety of ways. His work as a entrepreneur with a deep social conscience earned him admission to the Order of Canada in 2011.