About Us // History

Management Profiles

Swan Hills Synfuels Management is combining their extensive industry experience in a collaborative effort to develop industry leading energy conversion projects. The team is driven by environmental consciousness and the desire to develop a new and important industry for Alberta and beyond.

Kevin Nabholz // President and CEO

Formerly Executive Vice President – Major Projects with Suncor Energy, Kevin Nabholz led over $30 billion of EPC projects in Canada and internationally, and in all aspects of the upstream and downstream parts of the energy business, before retiring in 2012. Kevin has significant leadership experience in operations and maintenance leading the Upgrading and Extraction business units at Suncor’s Oil Sands Facility near Ft. Mc Murray.

Kevin was deeply involved in corporate strategy development and implementation and was part of the team of executives who contributed to the increase in Suncor’s market capitalization from $2 billion to over $60 billion. Kevin joined Swan Hills Synfuels management team in July 2014.

Stephen White // CFO & Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration

Stephen White was previously President and CEO of Veresen, before retiring in 2012, and was co-founder and CFO of Fort Chicago, Veresen’s predecessor. Stephen has significant leadership experience in pipeline, midstream, and power project development, financing, construction, and operation. Stephen was formerly Chairman and a Director of Alliance Pipelines and Aux Sable Liquid Projects.

Stephen was a founder of Western Oilsands and its initial CFO, and held various senior roles at Chauvco Resources. Stephen joined Swan Hills Synfuels management team in July, 2014.

Douglas J. Shaigec P. Eng // Executive Vice President, Commercial Development

Doug Shaigec is an engineer with over 20 years experience in energy project development and operations, gas processing facility operations, gasification project development, and power generation business development and construction.

Doug is the founder of Swan Hills Synfuels and has led the project development efforts since its inception in 2005.

Doug formerly led TransCanada’s western North America power generation development business, which developed over 350 MW of high efficiency gas-fired cogeneration in Alberta. Doug was also formerly with Shell Canada in gas processing and operations project management.

Tim Crowe, P.Eng. // Vice President, Development

Tim Crowe, an engineer with over 25 years energy experience brings a unique combination of expertise in project management, regulatory affairs, and solid technical and business experience in energy project development and operations. Since joining the company in April 2007, Tim has led Swan Hills Synfuels’ efforts in securing regulatory approvals for its developments and in the design and execution of its subsurface activities.

Tim has extensive sour natural gas and oil sands development experience, having spent 19 years with Shell Canada prior to joining Swan Hills Synfuels.

Jack Szyszkowski, P.Eng. // Vice President, Technical Services

Jack Szyszkowski is an engineer with over 15 years of experience in energy project development and operations, design, engineering, project management and execution, primarily in the field of large scale power generation, gasification, gas treatment and gas processing facilities development. Since joining the company in early 2008, Jack has been responsible for all facility design, engineering and construction activities, including execution strategy development and planning, and contract development and negotiation.

Prior to joining Swan Hills Synfuels, Jack spent 10 years at TransCanada within their project development and executions groups, specifically involved in the company’s large scale EPC and EPCM developments including the 550 MW Portlands Energy Centre in Toronto, Ontario, the 172 MW Mackay River Cogeneration Facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and the proposed Belle Plaine Polygeneration (gasification) Project near Regina, Saskatchewan.