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Dave Werklund, Founder

Dave Werklund, Founder

Dave Werklund began his industrious career in 1965 at Shell Canada as a Production Operator. From this modest beginning, his rise in the oilfield industry has progressed to this day as he relishes challenges, and is driven to create organizations that reflect his own principles. Through his wealth of experience and expertise, he has become a trusted industry partner and one of Canada's most compelling leaders.

Throughout his career, Mr. Werklund has built organizations with the principle of "empowering our people", and where integrity, respect and teamwork were at the core of every action. However, Mr. Werklund is much more than the Co-Founder of Concord Well Servicing, Founder of Tervita (formerly CCS Corporation), and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tervita (formerly CCS Corporation). He is the entrepreneurial spirit and passion behind these organizations and the newly christened Werklund Family Office where he is currently the Founder & Executive Chairman.

Mr. Werklund's sound business sense, extensive industry experience, and commitment to his employees have been the key to his various organizations' long-term growth and sustainability. And his success speaks for itself: from a one-rig operation in 1979, Concord Well Servicing is now the third largest well service company in Canada; similarly, an initial investment of $50,000 in 1984 in a small oilfield service company in northern Alberta grew into Tervita (formerly CCS Corporation) and, by 2007, had been built into a $3.7 billion multi faceted corporation, internationally recognized and trusted as an industry leader providing integrated and environmentally responsible services to upstream and downstream oil and gas companies across North America and around the world.

Upon handing over the Tervita (formerly CCS) reins in July 2010 to new President & Chief Executive Officer, John Gibson, Mr. Werklund has continued his entrepreneurial endeavours as Founder & Executive Chairman of Werklund Capital, one of Canada's largest family-owned investment companies, and Founder & Chairman of Werklund Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Werklund Family Office dedicated to his lifelong commitment to excellence in leadership training and preparing today's youth to become tomorrow's leaders.

Among his many accolades, Mr. Werklund was most recently named as an Inductee into the 2013 Calgary Business Hall of Fame, with the Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony to be held on October 23, 2013. He was awarded Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005, and Industry Legend as Inspiration in 2007. He has also been featured in numerous publications including the Globe & Mail, the Financial Post, the Calgary Herald, Calgary Inc., and Alberta Venture where he was listed as one of Alberta's 50 most influential people.

Mr. Werklund's lifelong success is attributed to his commitment to great leadership principles, his enthusiasm for life long learning, and his dedication to strong values, steadfast ethics, and excellence.

Brian Evans

Brian Evans was born and raised in Edmonton. He attended the University of Alberta where he received degrees in Arts and Law. After articling and working as an associate with the Emery Jamieson law firm in Edmonton, he moved with his wife, Debbie, to Canmore and established Canmore's first full-time law office. 

After 13 years of practice in Canmore, he was elected the MLA for Banff-Cochrane in 1989 and served as MLA until he retired from government in 1997. During his time in government Brian served as Minister of Environmental Protection and as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Upon retirement from government Brian joined the Miller Thomson law firm in the Calgary office. In 2006, Brian left Miller Thomson and joined the Werklund Group as an Executive Director, serving in that position until retiring for the Werklund Group in 2010. Brian is currently Executive Chair of TSO Energy Corporation and Executive Advisor of Tecskor Corporation as well as serving on a number of not for profit and for profit boards. Brian is married to Debbie and they have 3 wonderful children, a very supportive son-in-law and daughter-in-law and 5 amazing grandkids. 

Tricia Leadbeater

Tricia is Director, Wealth Management and Portfolio Manager at Richardson GMP, with over 17 years of industry experience. Tricia holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA ) designation, an MA in philosophy from Dalhousie University and undergraduate degrees with distinction in English and Philosophy from the University of Calgary. In 2014, she completed the Institute for Corporate Directors Not For Profit certificate.

Tricia has volunteered with several not for profit organizations during her professional career. Tricia serves as a director on the boards of Theatre Calgary and Theatre Calgary’s Endowment. Tricia is also President of the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation; a past board member of the Calgary CFA Society and current committee member for the Calgary CFA Women in Investment Management conference. She also served as a founding member and past Treasurer of Calgary Cinematheque. Prior to joining the financial services industry, Tricia worked in research and teaching positions in philosophy at Dalhousie and the University of Calgary. When not attending art and film events in the city, Trish is usually in the mountains cross country skiing, hiking, or travelling.;

Mark WerklundMark Werklund

Mark Werklund is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at the Alberta College of Arts and Design with a major in sculpture. He and his wife Lori, are avid motorcyclists and take the opportunity to travel whenever they can.

 

 

Susan NormanSusan Norman

Susan Norman enjoyed a technology career in the computer and software industry. She established a successful business in Vancouver, which she later sold, relocated to Calgary, and continued to work with that company.

Currently retired, Susan enjoys giving back to the community through volunteering. She looked forward to interacting with her students when she taught English as a second language for the past 7 years. She was also a member of the Board for the later 2 years.

She is a Director of the Werklund Foundation, which makes a difference in the lives of students by supporting educational and leadership opportunities that will assist them in achieving their highest potential. The Foundation’s flagship initiative, Empowering Minds, provides students and educators with proven and innovative leadership programs that develop confidence, motivation, and resilience.

She is looking forward to her impending experiences volunteering in the classroom for Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta. Susan believes that each successful milestone in education contributes to our overall personal success and an attitude of lifelong learning.

Stefan ErasmusStefan Erasmus

Mr. Erasmus is president of Werklund Capital Corporation, a private wealth management advisory firm that serves an ultra-high net worth family. He is also a board member of the Werklund Foundation, governing the family’s philanthropy. He is responsible for overseeing strategic business development, risk management, and general corporate and family governance.

Prior to this role, Mr. Erasmus was Managing Director, Western Canada for global consulting firm Resources Global Professionals. A former CFO for a public independent power producer, he has also led a national electronic integration company, among other senior leadership roles. A law graduate from Manchester University, England and Bourgogne University, France, as well as a Fellow Chartered Accountant in the United Kingdom, and a Chartered Accountant in Canada, Mr. Erasmus started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in England serving a client portfolio from a wide array of industries providing audit and consultative services.

Mr. Erasmus sits on a number of boards for private and public companies and is actively involved in numerous non-profit activities personally. He is also an alumnus of Calgary Inc. Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, and a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. Today, Stefan and his wife Laura live in Calgary, Canada and have seven children.

Werklund Family Office
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