Our Team

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Management Team

Jason Tocheniuk President & CEO

Since cofounding the company in 2011, Mr. Tocheniuk successfully executed a management buyout in 2014, closed Aureus’ first private placement in 2018, expanded operations into the US and most recently completed the acquisition of a technology-based fluid treatment company. Mr. Tocheniuk has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas sector ranging from consulting for large producers to working in the service industry.

Ron Hozjan VP Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hozjan joined the Aureus team in January 2020 bringing over 30 years of oil and gas experience, over 20 of them as a senior financial officer, primarily with publicly traded companies.  Mr. Hozjan is a CPA who has successfully grown several energy companies from start-up to mid-cap size.  His strengths are in capital markets, finance and accounting, mergers and acquisitions, internal controls and all other facets of public company reporting. Mr. Hozjan’s strong communication skills are an asset both when interacting with shareholders, public markets and within the internal operations group.

Jeff Taylor VP Operations

Mr. Taylor has nearly a decade of experience working in leadership and supervisory roles on the completions side of the service industry. Mr. Taylor is a leader who engages with staff on all levels and encourages communication across the company. His efforts focus on building a great corporate culture, and a commitment to safety and execution. Mr. Taylor has a strong ability to communicate with clients and translate their problems into solutions.

Chad Randal VP Fluid Technologies

Mr. Randal has over 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry with various roles including entrepreneur, director energy marketing, business development, integrated solutions, technical services and field operations. His industry experience and focus has been around service and technology integration for full project lifecycle commercialization. Mr. Randal was the founder of Amperage Energy, an organization designed around technology integration and management of sustainable resources. He is industry recognized in Canada for successfully integrating comprehensive oil and gas service packages. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist and a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

James Gaudet Cofounder

Mr. Gaudet was one of the original cofounders of Aureus Energy in 2011 and has played an instrumental role in equipment design and implementation of new technology. With many years of hands on experience, Mr. Gaudet’s knowledge and expertise has helped train and advance the experience level of the entire Aureus team.

Board of Directors

Rafi Tahmazian Chairman

Director and Senior Portfolio Manager with Canoe Financial; Mr. Tahmazian manages the Canoe Energy Class, Canoe Energy Income Class, and the Canoe Energy Alpha Fund. Prior to Canoe, Mr. Tahmazian spent 13 years at First Energy Capital, a leading investment dealer that focuses on the energy industry. Mr. Tahmazian has more than 28 years of oil & gas, energy banking and investment management experience. He is also on the board of directors for Artis Exploration Ltd and Well Ventures Corp.

Jason Tocheniuk Director & Cofounder

Since cofounding the company in 2011, Mr. Tocheniuk successfully executed a management buyout in 2014, closed Aureus’ first private placement in 2018, expanded operations into the US and most recently completed the acquisition of a technology-based fluid treatment company. Mr. Tocheniuk has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas sector ranging from consulting for large producers to working in service industry.

Steven Looke Director

Partner at Walter Ventures, the energy focused family investment arm of Walter Oil & Gas; prior to joining Walter Ventures, Mr. Looke spent over 6 years in the oil and gas industry with The Sterling Group, Madison Dearborn Partners and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Looke is responsible for overseeing Walter Ventures investments and finding new opportunities in the exploration & production business, oilfield services and outside the oil and gas sector.

Josh Woitas Director

Independent businessman; Mr. Woitas has managed Calmar Capital Corp. (an energy focused private equity and merchant banking firm) since December 2010. Prior to joining Calmar, Mr. Woitas spent six years in the Oil & Gas Investment Banking Group with Tristone Capital Corp. and Macquarie Capital. Mr. Woitas currently sits on the board of directors of a number of private companies including Certarus Ltd., Rolling Hills Energy Ltd., Mediterra Energy Corp. and Turnstone Energy Inc.

Jason Moser Director

Director of Investments and partner of PFM Capital; Mr. Moser is responsible for managing the firm’s energy portfolio. Prior to joining PFM, Mr. Moser worked on the trading desk for Capital Power Corp. (formerly EPCOR Merchant & Capital) and as an oil and gas equity research associate for Raymond James in Calgary. In addition to his role overseeing the firm’s investments in the oil and gas sector, Mr. Moser is an important member of the overall investment team, providing investment insight and proficient analytical skills across the sectors.

Chad Randal Director & Cofounder

VP of Fluid Technologies of the Corporation; Mr. Randal has over 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry with various roles including Entrepreneur, Director Energy Marketing, Business Development, Integrated Solutions, Technical Services, Field Operations. His industry experience and focus has been around service and technology integration for full project lifecycle commercialization. Mr. Randal was the founder of Amperage Energy, an organization designed around technology integration and management of sustainable resources. He is industry recognized in Canada for successfully integrating comprehensive oil and gas service packages. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist and a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

P.L. (Lonny) Tetley Corporate Secretary

Mr. Tetley holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary. Mr. Tetley is in the corporate finance and securities group of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP and has a wide range of experience in corporate governance, equity financings and M&A transaction work. Mr. Tetley is currently the director and/or corporate secretary of several issuers and is also a member of a Private Funds Independent Review Committee for Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd.