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.

Martin A. Lambert // CEO

Martin A. Lambert has over 30 years experience in corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, capital funding, and structuring and financing. Martin co-founded Matco Capital in 2001 and was the partner responsible for its Swan Hills Synfuels initiative until he joined Swan Hills Synfuels on a full-time basis as its CEO in October 2008.

Martin was previously a Partner and CEO of the Bennett Jones Law Firm.  Named Alberta’s Business Person of the Year for 1998 by Alberta Venture Magazine, he is described in Chambers Global as a “heavy hitting M&A practitioner” and “as good as it gets in the oil patch.”  He has also been recognized as one of Canada’s top 30 dealmakers by Canada’s National Post.

Douglas J. Shaigec, P.Eng. // President

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 a founder of Swan Hills Synfuels and he has been its President since the inception of Synfuels’ project development efforts 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 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 subsurface activities.

Tim has extensive sour gas and oil sands development experience and 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 constructions activities, including exectution 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.