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About STEP

Board of Directors

STEP’s Board of Directors is comprised of energy services experts and industry professionals.


Mr. Freel has been a managing director at ARC Financial Corp. since 2016. Mr. Freel joined ARC Financial Corp. in 1998, with over two decades of oilfield services industry experience in engineering and investment roles, including nine years with Schlumberger Ltd. In addition, Mr. Freel serves on the boards of various private companies. Mr. Freel received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.


Mr. Davis has served as CEO and a director of STEP since its inception in March 2011 and also held the role of president from December 2013 to June 2021. Mr. Davis is a professional engineer with over 30 years of energy industry experience and is a co-founder of STEP. Previously, Mr. Davis held senior positions at Renaissance Energy Ltd. and Enerline Restorations Ltd. Mr. Davis was the president and CEO of Flexpipe Systems Ltd. and most recently was the president and CEO at Severo Energy Ltd. Mr. Davis served as a board member with the Impact Society (non-profit) until September 2017, previously holding the position as chair of the board. Mr. Davis is currently the chair of the board for CORE Linepipe Inc. Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, is a professional engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, and is a certified director from the Institute of Corporate Directors.



Ms. Garbutt is a corporate director. She was the senior vice-president, oil and gas/commodities for Bureau Veritas in North America from March 2019 to June 2021, responsible for leadership for a range of service offerings that cover the full life cycle of both the oil and gas, and mining sectors. Ms. Garbutt previously served as the CEO of Maxxam Analytics Corp. (a Bureau Veritas Company) from November 2015 to March 2019. Prior to that, Ms. Garbutt spent over 20 years with Schlumberger Ltd., including as president of Schlumberger Canada. Earlier in her career, Ms. Garbutt held technology positions with several service firms, always with a focus on applied technology. She has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Ms. Garbutt previously served as a member of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council and on the board of directors of Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada, Petroleum Services Association of Canada, C.E. Franklin and Absolute Completions. Ms. Garbutt holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University.


Ms. Angelle is a corporate director. She has been a director of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. since February 2011, and currently serves as the chairperson of the audit committee. From November 2017 to the present, and from January 2015 to December 2016, Ms. Angelle has served as a private investor and philanthropist. Ms. Angelle served as executive vice-president and CFO of BJ Services Company LLC, a provider of North American land pressure pumping services, from January 2017 to November 2017. From January 2014 through January 2015, Ms. Angelle served as senior vice-president, supply chain for Halliburton Company, responsible for global procurement, materials, logistics and manufacturing. From April 2003 through December 2013, Ms. Angelle served in various finance and accounting roles for Halliburton, including senior vice-president and chief accounting officer, and vice-president of investor relations. Before joining Halliburton in April 2003, Ms. Angelle worked for 15 years in the audit department of Ernst & Young LLP, where she specialized in serving large, multinational public companies and provided technical accounting and consultation to clients and other professionals. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame), and is a certified public accountant in Texas and a certified management accountant. Ms. Angelle serves on various charitable organizations, including on the board of directors and on the executive committees of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas and Junior Achievement USA. Ms. Angelle is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) distinguished Board Leadership Fellows, and is NACD Directorship Certified™.


Mr. Harbilas is the executive vice-president and CFO at AltaGas Ltd. and is responsible for AltaGas' finance, treasury, corporate development and capital market functions. Prior to joining AltaGas, he was the executive vice-president and CFO at Enerflex Ltd. Previously, Mr. Harbilas was vice-president, finance and CFO of Fortis Alberta Inc., and he held senior positions in various financial capacities at SNC-Lavalin Group and AltaLink Management Ltd. Mr. Harbilas holds a Bachelor of Commerce and graduate diploma in accounting from Concordia University. He is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, the Ordre des comptable agrees du Québec and Financial Executive Institute.


Mr. Skehar is a corporate director. He was president and chief executive officer of Bonavista Energy Corporation from December 2012 to October 2020, and brings over 27 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Skehar joined Bonavista in November 1999 as a production engineer and was promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer in November 2008. He started his career in 1994 as an operations engineer at Fletcher Challenge Energy Ltd. and, prior to joining Bonavista, held both production and exploration positions at Renaissance Energy Ltd. and Probe Exploration Inc. Mr. Skehar graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.


Mr. Gackle is a managing director at ARC Financial Corp. and leads its oilfield service investment team. Since joining ARC Financial Corp. in 2004, Mr. Gackle’s role has transitioned from analytical support roles to responsibilities ranging from deal origination and structuring to due diligence, execution, strategic development and investment monitoring. Mr. Gackle serves on the boards of various private oilfield service companies. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary, is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder, and is a certified director from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


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