Our Management Team

RETI’s management team members have proven track records of Indigenous-based investments and partnerships for value creation and shareholder growth. The team brings together strong technical, capital markets and commercial capabilities in executing joint ventures, and Indigenous and stakeholder engagement and partnerships.

Stephen Mason

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen brings over 40 years of success in developing domestic and international energy business opportunities. He has led the start-up of seven companies with the most significant being Artumas Group Inc., which reached an enterprise value of $1 billion with over 200 employees in Canada, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Steve brings extensive experience with high-level government policy makers, First Nations communities and non-governmental agencies.

Jeremy Yee

President

Jeremy has over 17 years’ experience in energy, commercial, infrastructure, energy transition & ESG investments. Recently, he was Vice President, Land & Corporate Development for Canamax Energy Ltd., a junior private equity oil & gas company.

Jeremy holds an MBA from the Smith School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Haskayne School of Business.

Dr. Ako Ufodike

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Ako Ufodike (PhD, ICD.D, CPA) has over 25 years’ experience in oil & gas, power generation and telecommunications utilities. He has been CEO for Kainji Resources, an international oil & gas company as well as CFO of several telecommunications companies, including CCI Wireless and Jaguar Wireless.

Mr. Ufodike has served on several public company boards including chairing of audit committees. A graduate of Haskayne’s PhD program, Dr. Ufodike is a Canadian FCGA and FCPA, a US CPA, a UK FCCA and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He's also a Certified Director ICD.D of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Warren MacPhail

Executive VP Engineering

Warren is a member of the Siksika Nation of Treaty 7 with over 28 years’ experience in petroleum engineering and operations.

Warren started his career with Imperial Oil and has held leadership positions with Devon Energy and NCS Multistage focusing on drilling & completions, operations, R&D, and technology commercialization. He has managed complex projects in the Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Delta, Western Canada and USA.

Steve Butler

Executive VP, Business Development & Carbon Trading

Mr. Butler has over 17 years’ experience in business development and commodity trading with a focus in the carbon trading space.

Steve has held senior leadership position at multiple energy trading companies most recently BP. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in managing both regional and national trading desks.

Curtis Heide

Executive VP Projects

Curtis has worked in oil and gas development for the last 20 years, both for large integrated companies and small junior startups.

He has worked with many First Nations to advance economic diversity and in 2009, assisted in establishing the Centre of Excellence at the FSIN to provide support and opportunity for responsible development of natural resources to First Nation communities.

Curtis is a Professional Engineer registered with APEGA and APEGS.

Cindy Rogers

VP Finance and Administration

Cindy has over 25 years’ experience in accounting and finance in the energy sector including midstream and regulated pipeline industries.

Cindy has been a subject matter expert for the Association of Financial Professionals relating to the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Certification.

Michelle Goodkey

VP External Relations

Michelle brings over 20 years experience bridging cultural differences between communities and organizations to work together to develop billions of dollars of nature resources in western Canada. From consultation, creating the 'S' in ESG targets, negotiating benefit agreements to equity sharing in both the public and private sector.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management-Forestry and a Certificate in Aboriginal Resource Community Planning from the University of Northern British Columbia; as well as an Applied Communications Certificate from the University of Calgary

Dr. Harrie Vredenburg

Director of Policy

Dr. Harrie Vredenburg (PhD, ICD.D) is Professor & Suncor Chair in Strategy & Sustainability, Haskayne School of Business & Research Fellow, School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. He is also an International Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Said Business School.
His landmark research papers on energy, environment and economy, including on Indigenous inclusion, have been published in leading international journals and have been cited more than 7,500 times according to Google Scholar.
He has served as advisor to business and governments and serves as a non-executive member of the boards of directors of Toronto and London stock exchange-traded, and private equity-owned, energy companies.

Richard Grant

General Counsel

Richard has over 35 years’ experience in legal, land, business and management in the energy and resources sectors worldwide.

He has acted for Indigenous groups and industry to negotiate over 15 commercial joint ventures in Western Canada and North America with a focus on Indigenous rights.

Kyle Mason

Manager Business Development

Kyle has worked in Supply Chain and Customer Relations departments for various industries, including the oil and gas sector.

Prior to this, over a seven-year period, he worked on Canadian and international drilling rig crews, led on-site infrastructure construction teams and held technical and community out-reach positions in the oil and gas service industry. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

Peter Snow

Indigenous Relations Consultant

Peter Snow is an Indigenous Relations consultant for the energy industry, Indigenous Communities, and government agencies. With over 30 years of experience working in the energy industry, Peter has worked effectively with midstream and upstream companies, impacting Indigenous communities.

Peter holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and was president of his own Environmental company for over a decade. Peter has actively engaged Indigenous communities in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Provincial and Federal Government agencies on behalf of Industry.

Peter recently served on the CEPA Indigenous Affairs working group as a subject matter expert in the field of consultation and relationship building. He also guest lectures at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary where he has sat as an Advisory Board member to the faculties of environmental studies over the past decade.

Our Board of Directors

Chief Ouray Clark Crowfoot CPA, MBA

Director

Chief Crowfoot of Siksika Nation completed his post-secondary education at East Carolina University where he earned a Master of Business Administration and Master of Accounting.

Prior to assuming his role as Chief, he served as the Nation’s Chief Financial Officer. He has also held a number of other high-profile positions throughout his career in finance. Most notably, he was Financial Reporting Manager at XPO Logistics, Inc., Senior Assurance Associate at KPMG Audit, and Manager of Standards and Certification with the First Nations Financial Management Board.

Bettina Pierre-Gilles CPA, CMA, MBA, ICD.D

Director

Bettina is the Chair and Managing Director of the Piikani Investment Corporation, a Treaty 7 First Nations based in Southern Alberta. She also serves as Board Member of Bow Valley College and as Chair of the Community Relations, Board of Trustees Member of Queen’s University’s Board of Governors.

Bettina holds the Certified Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA) designation, an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada and received an MBA from Queen’s University.

Stephen Mason

Board Chair

Stephen brings over 40 years of success in developing domestic and international energy business opportunities. He has led the start-up of seven companies with the most significant being Artumas Group Inc., which reached an enterprise value of $1 billion with over 200 employees in Canada, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Steve brings extensive experience with high-level government policy makers, First Nations communities and non-governmental agencies.

Robert Morin

Executive Director

Robert is a member of Enoch Cree Nation and the former President & CEO of River Cree Resort and Casino. Robert was the driving force behind the visioning and development of the River Cree, a $173 million dollar development financed through a $90 million dollar bond offering, $60 million in bank financing and $23 million in equity.

Dennis Cornelson

Executive Director

Dennis has over 40 years’ experience in business development, governance and financial stewardship. CEO and Board roles with three greenfield oil & gas pipelines, (Iroquois Pipeline, Express Pipeline and Alliance Pipeline). He is a founding shareholder of Clarington Capital that transitioned into Clarington Industrial Alliance with $16 billion of AUM.

Jeremy Yee MBA

Executive Director

Jeremy has over 17 years’ experience in energy, commercial, infrastructure, energy transition & ESG investments. Recently, he was Vice President, Land & Corporate Development for Canamax Energy Ltd., a junior private equity oil & gas company.

Jeremy holds an MBA from the Smith School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Haskayne School of Business.

Dr. Ako Ufodike PhD, CPA, ICD.D

Executive Director

Dr. Ako Ufodike has over 25 years’ experience in oil & gas, power generation and telecommunications utilities. He has been CEO for Kainji Resources, an international oil & gas company as well as CFO of several telecommunications companies, including CCI Wireless and Jaguar Wireless. Mr. Ufodike has served on several public company boards including chairing of audit committees.
A graduate of Haskayne’s PhD program, Dr. Ufodike is a Canadian FCGA and FCPA, a US CPA, a UK FCCA and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He's also a Certified Director ICD.D of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Peter Snow

Indigenous Relations Consultant

Peter Snow is an Indigenous Relations consultant for the energy industry, Indigenous Communities, and government agencies. With over 30 years of experience working in the energy industry, Peter has worked effectively with midstream and upstream companies, impacting Indigenous communities.

Peter holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and was president of his own Environmental company for over a decade. Peter has actively engaged Indigenous communities in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Provincial and Federal Government agencies on behalf of Industry.

Peter recently served on the CEPA Indigenous Affairs working group as a subject matter expert in the field of consultation and relationship building. He also guest lectures at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary where he has sat as an Advisory Board member to the faculties of environmental studies over the past decade.

Reconciliation Energy Transition Inc.

1000, 550 – 6th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB     T2P 0S2