Our Team

CEO, President

Dan MacLean, CEO

Dan joined the PTRC in 2017, and is former CEO and President of Tundra Oil and Gas from 2008 to 2014.  Previously, he acquired over 26 years of leadership and technical expertise with Chevron Canada. Dan brings with him a keen understanding of the challenges faced by heavy and tight oil operations in Western Canada, and his reservoir knowledge is proving invaluable in directing the PTRC’s research efforts. Dan is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and received his MBA from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California in 2000.


Jim MacDonald, CA
Chief Financial Officer

Jim comes to the PTRC with over twenty years of experience in financial management, including 15 years with Crown Life Canada.   Just prior to joining the PTRC in 2011, Jim worked for three years with the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.


Haley Solie
Financial Operations Coordinator

Haley is responsible for the day to day financial activities at the PTRC, as well as the administration and execution of contracts. She received a diploma in office administration and comes to the PTRC with seven years of administrative experience. 


Project Management and Administration

Erik Nickel, M.Sc., P. Geo
Director of Operations

Erik Nickel graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Geology in 1994 and obtained his Master’s degree in geology from the University of Regina in 2008.  After a 5 year tour as a wellsite geological consultant, Erik spent 15 years as a research geologist with the petroleum geology branch of the Saskatchewan Geological Survey.  His research interests, while there, were primarily in the Mississippian carbonates of southeast Saskatchewan, performing some of the original Midale reservoir characterization for PTRC’s Weyburn project starting in 2001.  Erik also studied many other aspects of Saskatchewan’s petroleum and natural gas resources, most notably an extensive body of work on the geology of Bakken tight oil reservoirs.  Erik joined the PTRC in 2014 and is primarily responsible for the management and delivery of enhanced oil recovery research programs, including STEPS and HORNET, as well as managing the Centre’s carbon capture and storage projects (Aquistore and Sask CO2 User).

Afton Leniuk
Junior Project Engineer

Afton Leniuk graduated from the University of Regina with a degree in Environmental Systems Engineering in 2014.  She also attended SIAST where she was enrolled in as a Environmental Engineering Technologist and has prior work experience in land development design, infrastructure and highways work.  Afton is currently working alongside the senior project management team assisting in the administration and delivery of PTRC’s enhanced oil recovery and carbon capture and storage projects.



Norm Sacuta, M.A., M.F.A.
Director of Communications

Norm Sacuta comes to the PTRC after seven years in communications with Natural Resources Canada, and several years of freelance writing, technical editing and journalism. He has a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters of Arts in English from the University of Alberta. His poetry collection, Garments of the Known, was published by Nightwood Editions in 2001.





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