Our team is made up of industry professionals with experience in pipeline operations, process control engineering, process control standards, ISA certified automation and sales and operations strategy with a combined industry experience of over 100+ years.
Vicki Knott, P.Eng
CEO and Co-founder
Vicki comes from an operational background at TransCanada Pipelines where she worked in commercial operation, process control engineering, and most importantly, spent significant time in the control room. She is a chemical engineer with a special interest in system wide operations and control. She sees liquid pipelines as a single operational process to be optimized in real time by providing the control room operators with the best tools possible. Utilizing her tenacious spirit she is excited to provide engineered software solutions to ensure that the industries front line people (control room operators) can operate oil and gas asstes in the safest, most profitable way.
Roger Shirt, P.Eng
CTO and Co-Founder
Roger holds a PhD from UBC and has 20+ combined years of experience in oil pipelines process control. Notably, he has pioneered process control standards for Enbridge Pipelines and has made significant contributions to TransCanada Pipelines liquids operations. Roger’s analytical skills drive him to ensure maximum quality and operability in all Crux OCM products. In Roger’s past experience, he has seen the increases in efficiency and profits that advanced control solutions have brought to other industries and he is excited to bring these benefits to oil and gas industry.
Fernando is an ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) with over 28 years of experience as a process automation consultant. He has developed process control strategies, completed variability optimization projects as well as process control optimization projects for many industry verticals. Fernando’s desire to create maximum productivity for organizations is well applied to the liquids pipelines industry though Crux OCM. Fernando has seen first hand the improvements in operability and increases in efficiency that advanced control solutions can provide and is thrilled to be on a team working to improve the oil and gas industry.
Partner and VP of Sales
Matt has been seen a few sides of oil and gas business over the last 10 years. He has been on the operations side, running remote manufacturing facilities throughout North America, to being on the front line of an Oil and Gas OCTG company operating in Western Canada. Matt holds close to heart a team based selling mentality and although, as a customer, he may be your initial point on contact at Crux he will ensure to involve the individual’s necessary to solve your current need in an efficient and effective manner. You won’t just get to know Matt – you get to know us all. Matt knows that Crux has a solution the industry needs to hear about and he is excited to share this solution with you.
Matthew Gervais, P. Eng
Implementation and Commissioning Lead
Matt is an Electrical and Communications Engineer with a Professional Engineering designation in Canada. He specializes in the design, programming, and commissioning of PLC and HMI systems. Notably, Matt has previously led the design, programming and commissioning of TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline and a Suncor Gas Plant. His skills ensures that the Crux OCM products are safety and efficiently integrated into the existing control room system, maximizing the capabilities added value control room operations.
As well as serving on the Advisory Board of Crux, Mr. Marcotte will be fulfilling the role of Vice President, Corporate Development and CFO on an interim basis. Curtis holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional designation, and is a seasoned finance, commercial viability, and economics professional. He has worked with and for small and medium size enterprises as well as large organizations, including roles as VP, Corporate Finance, Director, Commercial Banking and Senior Advisor, Business Development. Over the last ten years as an industry consultant, Mr. Marcotte has served as the CFO for startup organizations and continues to provide Corporate Development and Financial and Acquisition Advisory Services to entities in E&P, energy services and midstream industries along with non-energy related clients. Curtis has seen and experienced much in his more than twenty-seven (27) years in Investment Banking, Commercial Banking and Industry roles. Mr. Marcotte continues to be an active member of the Zone Startups Calgary mentorship program as well as serving on Foothills Medical Centre’s Fund Development Council, part of Calgary Health Trust.
Mr. Terrance E. Kutryk was President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Pipeline. Prior to this he had an extensive career at Husky Energy culminating as Senior Vice President, Midstream & Refined Products. He held the position of Chairman of the Board for Sultran Ltd., Pacific Coast Terminals and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. Mr. Kutryk maintains an active management, operations and due diligence consulting practice and in addition to his advisory capacity with Crux OCM he sits on the Alberta Government Natural Gas Advisory Panel and the advisory boards for Alberta WaterSmart Solutions, the University of Calgary Haskayne Centre for Advanced Supply Chain Management & Logistics and the board of VantEdge O&G. He has Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Calgary and a Petroleum Land Management certificate from Mount Royal University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds designations from the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. Mr. Kutryk is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Petroleum Society of Canada, CFA Institute and the Calgary Society of Financial Analysts.
Dr. Grant Bartlett
“Crux OCM is a logical addition (exciting addition) to pipeline control technologies”
– Heather Chalmers, President and CEO of GE Canada
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