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Leadership Team

Terry Stephenson

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.

Michael Zvonkovic

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Zvonkovic is responsible for all financial aspects of the company including planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all financial related activities to the development of financial and operational strategies. Prior to Vertex, Mr. Zvonkovic began his career with pwc in Edmonton where he gained experience in assurance, audit and taxation. Mr. Zvonkovic later joined a local financial services company as controller, where through several promotions he then became the Vice President of Finance. In this capacity, Mr. Zvonkovic was responsible for assisting the company on being listed on the TSX and NYSE. In addition to numerous acquisitions, Mr. Zvonkovic also managed public company compliance, reporting, banking and treasury management. In 2012, Mr. Zvonkovic became the CFO and Executive Vice President of a privately held foreign exchange company with operations spanning throughout Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Under this role he was responsible for financial management, strategic planning, corporate development; financial regulatory and compliance matters related reporting in the various geographical locations.  Mr. Zvonkovic holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Accountant.

Jason Clemett

Executive Vice President

Mr. Clemett is responsible for the daily operations of Vertex’s rentals division, as well as Vertex’s fluid management solutions service offering. Mr. Clemett is also responsible for the corporate safety program and for the sales and growth initiatives across all divisions at Vertex. With over 20 years of oil and gas experience, Mr. Clemett was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Giant Energy Services Ltd. Under his leadership, Red Giant Energy Services Ltd. grew to become a leading oilfield service company providing clients in the industrial and commercial sector with fluid management and logistic services in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Before founding Red Giant Energy Services Ltd., Mr. Clemett served as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Trinidad Drilling Ltd., where he was responsible for the sales and growth initiatives. Mr. Clemett quickly advanced to Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for Trinidad Drilling Ltd.’s daily operations in North America, Mexico and South America. Mr. Clemett was a member of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club, winning a Grey Cup in 1998.

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.

Deon Walsh

Vice President, Environmental Services

Mr. Walsh is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the industrial cleaning, safety, and environmental services operations of Vertex. With over 25 years of industrial maintenance and fluid services experience, Mr. Walsh was previously Senior Vice President Oilfield Services for North America with AECOM, a global infrastructure firm. Mr. Walsh served AECOM and its predecessors since 1993. Prior to 1993, Mr. Walsh was with CEDA International Corporation in Fort McMurray as Area Supervisor for industrial cleaning, maintenance and turnarounds. Mr. Walsh is a graduate of the Queen’s School of Business Executive Program and has successfully completed the Corporate Executive Program at the University of Alberta School of Business.

Sherry Bielopotocky

Vice President, Corporate Services

Ms. Bielopotocky is responsible for Vertex’s entire financial management, which includes budgeting, forecasting and planning, risk management, financial reporting, information technology, human resources and all administrative functions at Vertex. Prior to joining Vertex, Ms. Bielopotocky began her career with Flint as a corporate accountant where she was responsible for maintaining all of the financial records of the organization. Ms. Bielopotocky has extensive experience in acquisitions and integrations and has a strong background in construction and the oil and gas industry. Ms. Bielopotocky holds a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration – Accounting degree from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is a Certified Professional Accountant.