Company Leadership

Steve Cameron

President, Canada (Calgary)

Mr. Cameron is President, Norwest Canada with overall responsibility of the management and development of Norwest's Canadian operations. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Norwest Canada President
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Management Committee

Experience

  • 22 years with Norwest
  • 35+ years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 7 years Cominco Engineering Services Ltd. (Consulting Geologist)
    • 6 years Crows Nest Resources (Division of Shell Canada Resources) (Geological Modeling, Supervisory and Field Work, Regulatory Affairs, and Financial)
  • BSc Geology/Economics (University of Calgary)

Experience Highlights

He has over 34 years of professional expertise in geological evaluations of resources properties in Canada, the United States, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, and China. This includes directing exploration programs, the management and organizatino of geological databases and maps, regional geological studies, and developing geologic models. His positions with Norwest have included, President; Senior Vice President; Vice President Geology; Chief Geologist; and Senior Geologist.

Sean Ennis

Vice President, Mining Engineering (Vancouver)

Mr. Ennis has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry in the areas of mine engineering and mine geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Member Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), P.Eng.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), P.Eng.
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in New Mexico and Washington, PE
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
  • Member, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)

Experience

  • 19 years with Norwest
  • 25 years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 5 years Gregg River Resources, Ltd. (Mine Engineer)
  • MEng, Geoenvironmental Engineering (University of Alberta)
  • BSc, Mining Engineering (University of Alberta)

 

Experience Highlights

He is currently involved in feasibility level mine development for clients with coal and precious metal projects. He is also involved in geotechnical and geoenvironmental issues related to mining, including mine waste management, slope stability and mine closure, as part of mine permit applications. He has site experience in various disciplines of the mining industry such as short and long-range mine planning, surveying, project management, and site investigation. He is a qualified person under Canadian National Instrument 43-101 regulations.

Tim Fitzgerald

Vice President, Oil Sands (Calgary)

Mr. Fitzgerald has over 26 years of experience in surface mine operations as well as experience in various disciplines of the construction industry including surveying, heavy construction, and geotechnical work. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Alberta (APEGA) P.Eng.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) P.Eng.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) P.Eng.
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

Experience

  • 21 years with Norwest
  • 20 years mining industry experience
  • 6 years construction industry experience
  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering (University of Calgary)
  • CET Diploma Civil Engineering Technology (SAIT)

Experience Highlights

Mr. Fitzgerald brings strong management and communication skills along with a result oriented focus to all of his work. During his tenure with Norwest, he has held numerous management positions including his current position as Vice President, Oil Sands Mining and GM, Manager Mining, Project Manager, Senior Engineer, and Project Enginerr.  He has been resonsible for numerous oil sands projects related to all aspects of mine planning and development, tailings planning, project management and construction, owner and regulatory requirements, and capital and operating cost estimates.

Greg Gillian

Vice President, Process and Design Engineering (Salt Lake City)

Mr. Gillian has over 20 years in the mining and process industry, and has lived or worked in the United States, Canada, Mongolia, Mexico, Germany, and India. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Board of Directors (Coal Prep Society of America) 
  • Member Society for Mining Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)

Experience

  • 11 years with Norwest
  • 20 years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 3 years Luck Stone Corporation (Production Engineer/Plant Manager)
    • 3 years Bechtel Construction & Engineering (Lead Project Coordinator)
    • 1 year Cytec Mining Chemicals (Process Engineer)
    • 1 year Cleveland-Cliffs Mining Company (Metallurgical Engineer 1)
    • 1 year Cyprus Amax Cannelton Coal (Junior Plant Engineer)
  • BS Mining Engineering and Minerals Processing (Pennsylvania State University)

Experience Highlights

He has served in a variety of technical and operating positions during his career, both in the field and within office environments. These positions have included managing process and design for Norwest, production engineering, project management, and field-level project coordination for prior employers. He has expertise in working in coal, aggregate, and hard rock processing facilities.

His expertise includes serving as an Owner's Engineer for projects involving construction and project management; due diligence and fatal flaw analyses; process development; and construction designs for blending and processing plants. Directed engineering studies for oil sands projects in Canada, including tradeoff of fine tailings reclaim systems, large diameter slurry pumping, and dewatering solutions. Assisted with the process and design aspects of a conversion from an underground to surface mining facility. Completed fatal flaw analyses and capital requirements for restarting idled properties in British Columbia, which included designing and developing a field sample program, washability data analysis, simulations of process flowsheets, and developing conceptual arrangements for coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) area upgrades. Led performance and safety audits of major operations. Responsible for coordinating construction of below grade fiber optic systems within the Washington, DC and northern Virginia area. Developed engineering packages for wireless telecommunications installations in the eastern United States. Participated in ISO-related sampling studies.

Jay Horton

Manager, Technical Services (Vancouver)

Mr. Jay Horton is the Manager of Technical Services for Norwest’s Vancouver office. He has over 15 years of experience in the mining industry, with expertise in surface and underground mine design, costing, mine closure, and project management. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), P.Eng.
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
  • Member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Experience

  • 13 years with Norwest
  • 17 years mining industry experience
  • B.A.Sc. Mining and Mineral Process Engineering (University of British Columbia)

Experience Highlights

He has been involved in surface mine planning and closure work throughout North America and abroad. He has been involved in defining and managing multiple waste types for environmental, construction, and reclamation planning purposes. He is experienced in permitting and risk assessment processes involving technical experts, regulatory bodies, and environmental groups throughout Canada and the United States. He is also a qualified person, under Canadian National Instrument 43-101 regulations.

Tim Peterson

Senior VP, Geotechnical Engineering (Vancouver)

Mr. Peterson has 40+ years of engineering experience in geotechnical and civil engineering. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), P.Eng.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), P.Eng.
  • Chartered Engineer United Kingdom
  • Member, Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE)
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (MASCE)
  • Member, Geologic Society of London UK (FGS)
  • Member, Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS)
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

Experience

  • 20 years with Norwest
  • 40+ years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 16 years Monenco Agra (Senior Supervising Geotechnical Engineer)
    • 1 year Hydroelectric Feasibility Study, Bolivia (Manager of Operations Miguillas Valley)
    • 13 years Civil Engineering Department, Calgary (Senior Supervising Geotechnical Engineer; Supervising Geotechnical Engineer; Director of Field Investigations, Basha, Pakistan; Manager Special Design Group; Senior Geotechnical Specialist)
    • 11 years Pell Frischmann and Partners (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Assistant Engineer)
  • BSc Civil Engineering (Portsmouth)
  • HND Civil Engineering (NE London Polytechnic)

Experience Highlights

He has worked on many varied projects including thermal and hydroelectric power plants, dams, open pit mines, light to heavy industrial complexes, gas plants, low and high rise residential, hospital, educational, and commercial buildings, roads, bridges, port facilities, off-shore platforms, small and large diameter water, sulphur and gas pipelines and transmission lines. He has specialist experience in the field of permafrost engineering having worked on the design of the Yukon section of the Alaska Highway gas pipeline. He has worked on several overseas projects including open pit mines in the USA, Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Colombia, and Australia; major hydroelectric studies in Pakistan and Bolivia; industrial and commercial projects in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. His experience includes the design of pad, raft and most types of piled foundations; the design of earth fill, tailings and water retaining structures, power tunnels, diversion tunnels; detailed settlement analyses; frost heave and thaw settlement analyses; seismic analyses; and stability analyses of open pit mines, road and rail cuttings and embankments, earth and rock fill dams, and excavated marine slopes. Over the years he has conducted several geotechnical due diligence reviews for investors and insurers in the United Kingdom and in several states including coal mines in Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Mississippi. For over 20 years he has provided ongoing geotechnical assistance to a major Canadian Utility, including design and monitoring of coal mine highwalls, waste dumps and tailings impoundments and geotechnical input to mine planning. Over the last 15 years he has been heavily involved in geotechnical designs associated with several of the major oil sands properties north of Fort McMurray, including large open pits, waste dumps and major tailings structures. More recently, he has been involved in several mine closure projects in Alberta, Washington State, and in New Mexico.

Carl Pollastro

President (Salt Lake City)

Mr. Pollastro has over 40 years in the mining and energy industries. His expertise lies in operations management and engineering; specializing in underground, highwall, and surface mining. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Board of Directors (Intermountain Electronics)
  • Qualified Professional Certification

Experience

• 7 years with Norwest

• 40+ years mining industry experience

• Previous responsibilities:

  • 6 years Interwest Mining (Director of Operations; Director, Technical Services and Project Development)
  • 18 years Energy West Mining (Various Management Positions)
  • 4 years Emery Mining Company (Longwall Section Foreman, Chief Mining Engineer)
  • 2 years Soldier Creek Coal Company (Chief Mining Engineer)
  • 4 years Kaiser Steel Company (Student Intern)

• BS Mining Engineering (University of Utah)

Experience Highlights

He is responsible for management the operating disciplines across the U.S. offices, which encompass geology, surface and underground engineering, process and design engineering, and financial analysis. He coordinates all International business activity and provides oversight for the India business representatives. Since joining Norwest, Mr. Pollastro has been involved in numerous project responsibilities including:

  • Federal bankruptcy trustee advisor providing services such as expert witness, equipment evaluations, multi-year mine oversight.
  • NI 43-101 Technical Reserve studies and reporting.
  • Multiple property evaluations for acquisitions and follow-up studies of initial assessment and technical reports for listing on various stock exchanges.
  • SEC Reserve, pre-feasibility, and feasibility studies.
  • Mine assessments and due diligence for financial / acquisition partners in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and China, India, South America, and Eastern Europe.
  • Continuous improvement/operational reviews for mechanized method enhancement in worldwide locations.

 

 

Keith Wilson

Vice President, Mining & Mine Development (Calgary)

Mr. Wilson has over 25 years of surface mining experience. Read More.

Current Roles

  • Board of Directors (Norwest)
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), P.Eng
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), P.Eng.
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS), P.Eng.
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

Experience

  • 15 years with Norwest
  • 25+ years mining industry experience
  • Previous responsibilities:
    • 10 years at operating coal mines across western Canada
    • Additional years of experience include dragline planning, truck and shovel planning, drill and blast engineering and field supervision.
  • B.Sc. Geological Engineering (University of Saskatchewan)

Experience Highlights

His mining operations background includes experience at both dragline and truck and shovel coal operations in western Canada. Mr. Wilson has strong project management capabilities and specializes in the complete analysis of mineable oil sands and surface coal deposits, including scheduling, mine and tailings material balances, mine equipment selection and fleet sizing, cost estimating, budget preparation, and project economics.