Since 1962, Vertex has been a leading North American provider of environmental and industrial services. With over 50 years of expertise, Vertex helps clients achieve their development goals through our versatile suite of services. From the initial site selection, consultation and regulatory approval, through the construction, operation and maintenance phases, to conclusion and environmental cleanup, Vertex offers a diverse range of services throughout the life cycle of our clients’ projects.
Vertex serves clients in the oil and gas, oilsands, petrochemical, renewable energy, utilities, agriculture, forestry, drilling, midstream, mining, aggregate and municipal sectors.
Since 1962, Vertex has been a leading North American provider of environmental services. We service clients in the oil and gas, midstream, utilities, mining, forestry, agriculture, and the municipal real estate sector.
To continually evolve, expanding our knowledge base, service offerings and expertise, enabling us to serve our customers with increasingly innovative solutions.
We follow through on our commitments and always hold ourselves accountable for our values and professional ethics. The importance of transparency and personal responsibility is underscored in all of our service offerings.
At Vertex, safety is the foundation of every decision and behavior and it is part of absolutely everyone’s job. Maintaining the safety of our employees, subcontractors, clients, and the public is our highest priority.
Critical and Creative Thinking
We do not automatically accept the status quo. Our culture is one of intrinsic support for new ways and ideas. We work through problems quickly and efficiently by objectively analyzing facts and remaining collectively focused on innovative solutions.
We are driven by excellence in execution. We are steadfast and focused on creating a superior customer experience, maintaining a competitive cost structure and maximizing project outcomes through execution.
We adapt to our environment, responding to challenges and opportunities equally, focusing on implementing positive long term and sustainable change to our systems, processes and service offerings.
Executive Leadership Team
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Terry Stephenson founded and became President of Vertex in 2005. As President, Mr. Stephenson is responsible for Vertex’s day-to-day operations. Mr. Stephenson began his career with KPMG LLP gaining experience in audit, due diligence, valuations and taxation, where he advanced to Manager with a heavy clientele of construction clients. Mr. Stephenson joined Flint Energy Services Ltd. as the Director of Finance, where he was responsible for merger and acquisition transaction structure, support and execution along with public company compliance, tax planning and treasury management. In 2005, Mr. Stephenson founded Blackjack Investments Ltd., a privately held investment company focused on investments in the energy and resources sector. Mr. Stephenson has been a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has been considered a Rising Star in a publication of Oil Week. Mr. Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently sits on the boards of a number of private ventures.
Chief Financial Officer
Sherry Bielopotocky serves as Chief Financial Officer of Vertex Resource Group Ltd. where she is responsible for planning, forecasting, implementing and managing all the financial related activities of the company as well as risk management, information systems, human resources and asset management at Vertex. She joined Vertex in 2005 and prior to her appointment as CFO, held the position of Vice President, Corporate Services at Vertex from 2015 to 2021.
Ms. Bielopotocky brings over 20 years of experience in strong business processes, financial management and analysis with a focus on growth, and operational execution. More specifically, she has significant experience with merger and acquisition integration, risk management, contracts, and public company reporting and compliance. Industry experience includes consulting, logistics, manufacturing and construction. Ms. Bielopotocky holds a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration-Accounting Degree from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Paul Blenkhorn, P.Eng
Vice President, Consulting Services
Mr. Blenkhorn is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the consulting division of Vertex. Mr. Blenkhorn began his career with Hood Packaging Corporation, a privately held manufacturing company in the paper converting and packing industry. At Hood Packaging Corporation, Mr. Blenkhorn gained experience in process improvement, capital investment, technical sales support, product development in a wide array of business efficiency and improving initiatives. Mr. Blenkhorn joined Pioneer Land Services Ltd. in 2006, as a project engineer but quickly became responsible for the development and growth of their environmental division. Mr. Blenkhorn holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and is a Professional Engineer, registered in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. Mr. Blenkhorn came to Calgary in 2000, after being drafted by the Calgary Stampeders. Mr. Blenkhorn remains active in the community, supporting the Stampeders alumni association and the United Way of Calgary.
Vice President, Logistics
Mr. Challis is responsible for 5 geographically located fluid hauling business divisions within Vertex, providing transportation for NGL’s, crude, condensate and fluids within Canada and into the US. With over 20 years of experience in the energy services industry, successfully leading public and private transportation companies in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and throughout the United States, Mr. Challis brings a wealth of industry management experience and knowledge and has been involved in successful capital restructuring and turnarounds in the transportation industry. A proven safety leader, Mr. Challis is client-focused and thrives on providing solutions to customer challenges. Executing on growth and diversification strategies are Chris’s strengths that have allowed him to build strong and successful teams. Mr. Challis holds a Bachelor of International Management degree with a minor in French and German from the University of Lethbridge. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering and serving on the board for various local not-for-profit organizations.
Vertex holds accounts with ISNetworld, ISNetworld RAV’s Plus, Complyworks, CanQual and Avetta (Formerly, PICS Auditing) which allows our clients transparency into our Health and Safety Management System. All of these mechanisms are used and monitored to strive for continuous improvement to ensure that we are moving forward in health and safety.
2017 – Vertex was approved and is now recognized as a Gold Shovel Standard Certified contractor. This program recognizes those companies with a Safety Management System set up to ensure safe excavation practices for the protection of buried assets and those working around them.
2016 – Vertex was a finalist in Alberta Venture’s, Alberta’s Best Workplaces for Diversity, and was requalified as a Gold Standard Winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
2015 – Vertex was named a Gold Standard Winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Gold standard winners have maintained their Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation for four consecutive years. The award is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business, and MacKay CEO Forums. Vertex was also a finalist in 2015 for Alberta Venture’s, Alberta’s Best Workplaces 2014 for Aboriginal Employees.
2013 – Vertex was named Contractor of the Year by Alberta Venture
Vertex and the Corporate Health and Safety team were awarded the David Ellis Award for demonstrating a continuous commitment to increasing workforce participation in safety activities to provide a safe work environment. This accolade recognizes Vertex as one of the top safety leaders in North America.
Board Of Directors
As chairman of the Vertex board of directors, Mr. Butlin provides vision, mentorship, and leadership to the Vertex management team. Previously, Mr. Butlin was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Flint Energy Services Ltd. (“Flint”), a publicly-traded energy company, until 2007 and 2005, respectively. Under his guidance, Flint grew from a small Canadian oilfield services firm to a public corporation with over 7,500 employees, 49 North American locations, and $1 billion of revenues. During Mr. Butlin’s 25-year tenure at Flint and its predecessor company, HMW Construction Ltd., he led the acquisition of over 29 companies and the listing of Flint on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Butlin is currently a Director of The Crossing Company. Previously, Mr. Butlin was a Director of the Edmonton Eskimo’s Football Club, Graham Construction Ltd., Derrick Golf & Winter Club, and past Chairman of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Mr. Butlin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Michigan Technological University.
Terry Freeman is currently Head of Investments for ATB Capital, a private equity firm making minority equity investments in Alberta-based companies. In the past, he served as Managing Director of Northern Plains Capital, a niche private equity firm specializing in growth-oriented oil field services and energy industrial investments. Founded in 2005, Northern Plains Capital had $140 million under management in three funds and made 17 investments in various companies. As a Managing Director, Mr. Freeman was responsible for sourcing investments and investors, driving strategy, value creation, and eventual exits for investments and corporate governance at a Board of Directors level. Mr. Freeman also spent fifteen years as Chief Financial Officer of Flint Energy Services and its predecessors, where he managed the financial and administrative operations of the company including investor and banking relations, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and various other executive responsibilities including acting as Corporate Secretary. He spent five years on the board of Flint Energy Services following his tenure as Chief Financial Officer until its eventual sale. He currently sits on the boards of a number of private construction, energy services, private equity, and real estate ventures as well as the board of directors of McCoy Global Inc., a publicly-traded oilfield services company. In addition to these roles, Mr. Freeman has held multiple volunteer positions with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, Chief Financial Officer Leadership Program, the University of Alberta, and various other community and charitable organizations. Mr. Freeman graduated from the University of Alberta in 1982 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Trent Baker is a managing partner for 32 Degrees Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in Canadian oil and gas opportunities with approximately $200 million under management. Mr. Baker has been with the firm since 2007 and is responsible for deal sourcing, driving strategy and value creation, investment due diligence, and investor relations. Prior to joining 32 Degrees Capital, Mr. Baker worked in the audit department of KPMG LLP. He currently serves on the board of directors of CORE Linepipe Inc., Duvalta Energy Corp., and HPC Energy Services Ltd. and has served on the board of directors of a number of previous companies. Mr. Baker holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, and is a CFA charter holder.
Mr. O’Connor, age 61, is currently the President of Timber Ridge Capital Ltd., a private holding and advisory company.
In the past, Mr. O’Connor has served as a Director and as Chairman of Flint, Director of IROC Energy Services Corp., President and Chief Executive Officer of Merak Projects Ltd., a software company focused on the international oil and gas industry, and a Partner with Bennett Jones LLP, a national law firm where he practiced corporate and securities law. He currently sits on the boards of a number of private and public construction, software services, oilfield services, and real estate ventures.
Mr. O’Connor is also active in the community and currently serves with various organizations including on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Stampede and is past Chair of Hull Services.
Mr. O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Stuart King has over 23 years of accounting and finance experience. Since December, 2017, Mr. King has held the title of Chief Financial Officer for CWC Energy Services Corp. Previously between November, 2010 and May, 2017, Mr. King was the Vice President, Finance and Controller of Canadian International Oil Corp., a private oil and gas company. Prior to Canadian International Oil Corp., Mr. King was the Acting Chief Financial Officer and Controller of Mahalo Energy, a public oil and gas company with operational assets in the U.S. Mr. King holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Alberta.
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Terry Stephenson founded and became President of Vertex in 2005. As President, Mr. Stephenson is responsible for Vertex’s day-to-day operations. Mr. Stephenson began his career with KPMG LLP gaining experience in audit, due diligence, valuations, and taxation, where he advanced to Manager with a heavy clientele of construction clients. Mr. Stephenson joined Flint Energy Services Ltd. as the Director of Finance, where he was responsible for merger and acquisition transaction structure, support, and execution along with public company compliance, tax planning, and treasury management. In 2005, Mr. Stephenson founded Blackjack Investments Ltd., a privately held investment company focused on investments in the energy and resources sector. Mr. Stephenson has been a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has been considered a Rising Star in a publication of Oil Week. Mr. Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently sits on the boards of several private ventures.