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 Coordination

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 of Science 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).

Majid (Matt) Nasehi, M.Sc., P. Eng.
Manager of Operations

Matt has more than twenty years of experience in engineering management, product development and technology evaluation as well as management of energy and environment related projects.  He studied Industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts and completed his Master of Science in Petroleum Systems Engineering at the University of Regina.  For the past ten years, his work has been focused on Enhanced Oil Recovery and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage.  Matt has also been actively involved in the development of international CCS standards since 2012 and currently serves as the vice-chair of the Canadian CCS Technical Committee.  

Zeinab Movahedzadeh, B. Sc.
Project Coordinator

Zeinab graduated from the University of Regina with a degree in Petroleum System Engineering. She joined PTRC in January 2019 and is responsible for coordinating the centre's Aquistore’s MMV program as well as the Heavy Oil Recovery Network projects. She has 3 years of experience providing services to the oil and gas industry, helping clients leverage their data to optimize operations and performance.


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 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Alberta. His poetry collection, Garments of the Known, was published by Nightwood Editions in 2001.


Mattea Columpsi
Communications Assistant

Mattea Columpsi graduated from the University of Regina in Fine Arts - theatre acting and performance studies - and took a certification course in public relations.  She joined the PTRC to offer her expertise in social media and other platforms.



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