How it Started

This is why we do it.
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Our story begins where we proudly call home; nestled between the breathtaking Rocky Mountains and the abundant prairies of Alberta. Our province is world-renowned for being a leader in the production of energy. Recent times, however, have seen widespread pressure, hardship, and numerous challenges in that sector. We also see enormous importance placed upon the evolution of the industry.

It is through a combination of intelligent tenacity and focused forward-thinking that we have reflected, learned, grown - and mobilized for exciting and significant opportunities ahead.

Energera is born. Out of the need for powerful and impactful enertech solutions, we usher in the next generation of energy. Our purpose is solution driven: to propel the energy industry and humanity forward so that we can wake up in the morning and feel good about the future. It is our belief that through innovative technology and hard work, we can create a safer, cleaner, more prosperous, and sustainable world.

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Changing the World of Energy.

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Energy powers everything that we do. To us, prosperity in society is possible only when energy is readily available and accessible for society to use and thrive. This not only allows for basic needs to be met but also creates a world of opportunity and advancement. We envision a world where energy is available, accessible, and affordable so that prosperity is not only possible but inclusive as well. Our goal is to achieve this without sacrificing our environment. It is our responsibility to make that vision a reality, and one that we proudly and capably take on.

Our team perpetually steps up to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. Energera’s current wellspring of Enertech solutions will help pave the path forward. And as for the technology we need that doesn’t yet exist? We are developing it ourselves or working in concert with others.

We look forward to continuing to write our story because we are just getting started.

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Energy powers everything that we do. To us, prosperity in society is possible only when energy is readily available and accessible for society to use and thrive. This not only allows for basic needs to be met but also creates a world of opportunity and advancement. We envision a world where energy is available, accessible, and affordable so that prosperity is not only possible but inclusive as well. Our goal is to achieve this without sacrificing our environment. It is our responsibility to make that vision a reality, and one that we proudly and capably take on.

Our team perpetually steps up to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. Energera’s current wellspring of Enertech solutions will help pave the path forward. And as for the technology we need that doesn’t yet exist? We are developing it ourselves or working in concert with others.

We look forward to continuing to write our story because we are just getting started.

Careers

The Future of Energy

We are excited about the future of energy, and we hope you are too. Our team has a lot of big ideas, and we can’t wait to continue to share them with our community and the rest of the world. Hydrocarbon innovation will continue to enable our clients on the journey to clean energy, and as we expand our portfolio of new and emerging technologies, we take another step forward.
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Core Values

We want to change the world of energy.

Our purpose is to be a leader in a world where energy is affordable, plentiful, and available, with far less environmental impact.
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Energera Core Values

  1. Professionalism: Consistently Excellent.
  2. Integrity: What is done when everyone is looking, and when no one is looking.
  3. Environment: It's Our World, our Future.
  4. Courage: The mental and moral strength to venture out and stand up to challenge. 5. Humanity: Valuing People.

PROFESSIONALISM: Consistently Excellent.

  • Capability – We work to be the expert at whatever we do.
  • Execution – We do well what needs to be done.
  • Efficiency – We constantly strive to do better and accomplish more.
  • Passion – We work from the heart.
  • Price – We see the value in what we do.
  • Adaptability – We are ready and willing to respond to any situation.
  • Eager to Learn – We are always seeking knowledge.

INTEGRITY: What you do when everyone is looking, and when no one is looking.

  • Respect – We treat ourselves and others with respect.
  • Accountability – We are ready to take the credit, and the fall.
  • Responsibility – We are eager to grasp new opportunities.
  • Ethical Behaviour – We do what is right, fair and legal.
  • Authenticity – We don’t need to pretend.
  • Humility – We win through actions, not words.
  • Character – We demonstrate inner strength, and work in a team.

ENVIRONMENT: It’s Our World, our Future.

  • Reducing environmental impact – whatever we do, we look to improve.
  • Respecting the environment – we work for clean air, water and land, with healthy wildlife

COURAGE: The mental and moral strength to venture out, and stand up to challenge.

  • Visionary – We take the lead in industry and in society.
  • Adventurous – We go outside our comfort zone.
  • Resilient – We learn from our losses and come back strong.
  • Hardy – We willingly manage demanding situations

HUMANITY: Valuing People

  • Safety – We help create a safe and healthy workplace, our “Sine qua non”.
  • Community – We care for the communities in which we live and work.
  • Good Management – We communicate well and mentor others.
  • Compassion – We care about others and help when life throws a curve ball.
  • Diversity – We see differences as opportunities.
  • Development – We are encouraging and supporting personal and professional growth.

"We are passionate change leaders setting a new standard based on the values of: Professionalism, Integrity, Environment, Courage, and Humanity."

Our People

If it weren’t for our people, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Boldness and out of the box thinking is what fuels our team’s groundbreaking ideas. We are all passionate about trying something new, optimizing, and hustling until we have a best-in-class output that we can all be proud of. Everyone is a key contributor, and it is through collaboration and the celebration of diversity and ideas that enables us to achieve such high-quality results.

Leadership Team

Todd Van Vliet

Todd Van Vliet

PRESIDENT, CEO AND BOARD MEMBER

Todd Van Vliet is the CEO of Energera Inc., a global energy technology company focused on providing innovative solutions that promote safety, efficiency, and environmental protection.

Todd’s vision is to build a company that leverages Canada’s prowess in energy technology innovation to change the world of energy. Since co-founding the company in 2011, Todd has grown Energera Inc. to over 200 employees, has diversified its business through strategic acquisitions, and has expanded operations across Canada, the US, and Argentina.

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Lance Holmstrom

Lance Holmstrom

CFO AND BOARD MEMBER

Lance Holmstrom, ICD.D, BComm, CCP, CPA-CGA, MBA has been with Energera Inc. since 2011 and has over 25 years of financial management experience.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of Alberta, holds a Certified Credit Professional designation from the Credit Institute of Canada, has his CPA-CGA designation in accounting and earned his Master's in Business Administration Degree from Laurentian University.

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David Sobernheim

David Sobernheim

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Sobernheim serves as Chief Operating Officer for Energera Inc. since September 2021. He has more than 33 years’ experience in the upstream E&P industry, working for Schlumberger in progressing roles of responsibility including operational and technical positions worldwide.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School Mines, and a Master of Science in Petroleum and Geoscience Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Wayne Clarke

Wayne Clarke

VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONAL RISK

Wayne Clarke, CD, MBA has been with Energera Inc. since 2015 and brings 30 years of logistical and HSE experience to the organization.

He is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s OH&S programs, the University of Alberta and Ivey School of Business Leadership Programs, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta. 

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Robert Pacileo

Robert Pacileo Jr.

GENERAL COUNSEL & CORPORATE SECRETARY

Robert Pacileo Jr. B.A. (Economics & Philosophy), J.D., has been with Energera Inc. since 2018 and has over 25 years of experience as an attorney. Robert began his career in law working for the Pacific Stock Exchange Inc. in San Francisco, California on Self-Regulatory Organization policy and enforcement. He then spent over 16 years working for Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California where he worked on a broad range of matters, including capital investments and portfolio management, SEC reporting (8-K, 10-Q, & 10-Ks), corporate governance, swaps and derivatives trading initiatives, and the drafting of corporate policies and procedures related to, among other things, SOX compliance, money-laundering prevention, and insider trading.

Since joining Energera Inc. Robert has been instrumental in helping to shape policies and procedures that help guide our board and the management team.


Adam Grasty

Adam Grasty

VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONS

Adam brings over 20 years of industrial experience to Energera.

Working in the energy industry has allowed Adam to gain many certifications and educational achievements, including professional development and leadership programs through Ivey School of Business, The University of Alberta, Executive Education, and an EMBA through The University of Fredericton. He is dedicated to team building, safety, and operational excellence.

Adam utilizes his many talents and skills for the betterment of the organization. Adam believes successful operations depend on hard work and three words, “Inspire, Strive, Thrive.


Laura Handler

Laura Handler

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Laura Handler, PHR, SHRM-CP, has been with Energera Inc. since September 2018 and has over 20 years of experience in human resources. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Business from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Laura provides strategic guidance and leadership for all aspects of the human resources function and promotes a positive culture.

Laura has previously worked in several industries including healthcare, manufacturing, and oil and gas (independent exploration and energy investment company).


Anand Natarajan

Anand Natarajan

DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION & DESIGN, MSc, PhD, P.Eng

Anand is the Director of Innovation and Design, joining the Energera team in 2021.

He received his BE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras, his MSc in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Greenwich, and his Doctorate in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Anand’s experience encompasses work with CNRL, Bantrel and Syncrude in materials engineering and processes, conjointly with reliability and production. He is a member in good standing with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and the International Society of Petroleum Engineers, holding the position of Chairperson of Communications and Outreach on the Edmonton Section.


Michael Ross

Michael Ross

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN

Michael has served as Chairman of the Energera Inc. Board of Directors since October 2018 and a Director since October 2017. He is currently Director and co-founder of a family held business advisory firm. In 2012 he retired as CEO of Conroy Ross Partners. Throughout his career, Michael worked with and advised private equity firms, boards of directors and senior executives in the areas of governance, culture assessment, business strategy, organizational design, merger and acquisition integration, succession planning and executive recruitment.

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Sales Team

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Creed Avery

SALES ACCOUNT MANAGER, SOUTHEAST REGION

Creed is the Southern Region Account Manager for Frac Shack and Sandtinel based out of Midland Texas and has been with Energera since 2022.

To get in touch with Creed to set up a meeting, book a demo, or get a sales quote, you can contact him through email, LinkedIn or by scanning the QR code to download his information directly to your device.

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Luke Franz

SALES ACCOUNT MANAGER, NORTHEAST REGION

Luke is the North East Account Manager for Frac Shack and Sandtinel sales based out of Pennsylvania and has been with Energera/Frac Shack since 2019.

To get in touch with Luke to set up a meeting, book a demo, or get a sales quote, you can contact him through email, LinkedIn or by scanning the QR code to download his information directly to your device.

Dan Meikle

Dan Meikle

SALES ACCOUNT MANAGER, CANADA

Dan is the Sales Representative for Frac Shack and Sandtinel based out of Calgary and has been with Energera/Frac Shack since 2017.

To get in touch with Dan to set up a meeting, book a demo, or get a sales quote, you can contact him through email, LinkedIn or by scanning the QR code to download his information directly to your device.

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Justin Essman

SALES ACCOUNT MANAGER, ROCKIES

Justin is the Rockies Account Manager for Frac Shack and Sandtinel sales based out of Colorado and has been with Energera since 2022.

To get in touch with Justin to set up a meeting, book a demo, or get a sales quote, you can contact him through email, LinkedIn or by scanning the QR code to download his information directly to your device.

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Jaime Pacheco

SALES ACCOUNT MANAGER, PERMIAN

Jaime is the Texan Permian Basin Account Manager for Frac Shack and Sandtinel sales based out of Midland, Texas and has been with Energera since 2023.

With a career spanning over two decades in the Texan Permian Basin oilfield region, Jaime has assembled an impressive portfolio committing focus to becoming an expert in the energy industry and establishing himself as a knowledgeable and reliable connection within the Sales realm.

Jaime possesses a robust aptitude, seamlessly merging a profound understanding of the sales process with the ability to establish and pursue consistent, measurable goals. By identifying areas for improvement and forecasting trends, Jaime’s understanding of industry landscapes helps to ensure that strategies developed not only meet but exceed customer expectations in the ever-evolving oilfield sector.

A firm believer in the power of networking and building relationships, Jaime thrives on developing positive connections with both existing and potential customers. His dedication to fostering these strong ties is evident in every interaction he is part of, contributing to the success of both his team as well as with his customers.

When he’s not in the oil and gas field, Jaime finds joy on the baseball field coaching his son, Dane, America's favorite pastime, as well as spending time with his daughter, Ryleigh, imparting the wisdom of a southern Texas belle.

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Research & Development Team

Anand Natarajan

Anand Natarajan

DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION & DESIGN, MSc, PhD, P.Eng

Anand is the Director of Innovation and Design, joining the Energera team in 2021.

He received his BE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras, his MSc in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Greenwich, and his Doctorate in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Anand’s experience encompasses work with CNRL, Bantrel and Syncrude in materials engineering and processes, conjointly with reliability and production. He is a member in good standing with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and the International Society of Petroleum Engineers, holding the position of Chairperson of Communications and Outreach on the Edmonton Section.


Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston

LEAD CFD RESEARCHER

Chris Johnston has served as R&D Lead for Sandtinel and Energera since January 2020. He previously worked with modeling and improving Sandtinel technology since its inception in 2016.

He has previously held roles in mechanical piping design and in environmental fluid services.

He graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta in 2016 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and serves as a public-school board trustee in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

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Rizwan Al-Rahman

SENIOR ENGINEER, PRODUCTION/ENGINEERING

Rizwan has over 12 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. After graduating with distinction from UofA in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, he attained a Masters degree in Advanced Composite Materials and Nanotechnology.

With a track record of leading engineer department, managing mega-construction projects, development of patent pending technology, combined with mechanical, process and electrical design experience of petrochemical facilities and skid mounted equipment, Rizwan leads the design improvement of all new and existing equipment at Energera.

With customer focused solution-oriented attitude, he takes pride in solving technically challenging problems at Energera that sets Energera apart from others in the industry.

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