Meet The DEEP Team

Wade MacBain

Chair, Investor Relations

Wade MacBain’s background and education is in finance. Wade owned Matrix Financial, Saskatchewan’s only local investment dealer for 20 years, which was sold to Raymond James Securities. He has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for various public and private companies since 2002. Wade’s recent role was the Director of Investor Relations for Versa Bank, raising capital for Canada’s 10th largest Schedule 1 Bank. Wade has been involved with DEEP as a founding shareholder and is currently serving as a director to assist the board and CEO to develop Canada’s first Geothermal Power Project.

Ronald A. Carson


Ron Carson founded Carson Energy Services Ltd. (CES) in 1974 based in Lampman, Saskatchewan. CES grew to be one of Saskatchewan’s largest private companies engaged in energy services. Ron was recognized as the Ernst & Young 2009 Prairies Region Entrepreneur of the Year for energy services and the Oilman of the Year in 1997. In 2011 Ron received Saskatchewan’s highest honor, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (SOM).

James W. Gill


James Gill secured a place in mining history through the exceptional success and staying power of Aur Resources. Jim received a PhD in economic geology and founded Aur, a Canadian mining company. Aur grew through several acquisitions including the Louvicourt copper zinc mine, Chilean copper mines, and the Duck Pond zinc-copper deposit in Newfoundland and Labrador. He continued to develop and acquire mines in Canada and abroad until 2007, when he negotiated a large buyout of Aur by Teck Resources.

John Hooks


John Hooks has been the CEO of Phoenix Technology Income Fund since 1995 and Chairman of the Board of Phoenix since 2000. He was President of Phoenix Energy Services from 1995 until 2015. John has over 30 years of experience in the Canadian and International oil and gas service industry, including operations, senior management and ownership positions.

Kirsten Marcia

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Kirsten Marcia is the founder of DEEP and its President and CEO. Kirsten is a geology graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and a Professional Geoscientist, registered in the Province of Saskatchewan. She has worked in the exploration industry for 20 years for commodities including diamonds, gold and base metals, coal, uranium, and oil and gas.

Her past experience was focused in Saskatchewan and Alberta for Canadian TSX-listed companies including the position of Vice President of Exploration for Wescan Goldfields Inc., a Saskatchewan gold and coal exploration company; Director of Investor Relations for Vena Resources, a Peruvian mining company; and Exploration Manager for Shore Gold Inc., a Saskatchewan diamond exploration and development company. Kirsten considers herself a resource entrepreneur who has participated in the formation and early-stage development of Saskatchewan resource companies.

Doug McNeill


Doug McNeill has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He is currently the President of JKT Resources Inc. having recently retired as Chief Strategic Officer at The Stream-Flo Group of Companies. Doug is also a founding partner of Calgary-based Epoch Energy Development, a geothermal company established to unlock heat energy in Alberta and Canada.

Hank Swartout


Hank Swartout is a highly successful entrepreneurial businessman with over four decades of experience. Hank held the positions of President, CEO, and Executive Chairman of Precision Drilling Corporation while he lead and grew the company into becoming one of the largest Oilfield Service Companies in the world. Hank continues to provide expertise is advisory roles to numerous Alberta Corporations as well as supporting early-stage energy production companies and he continues to be a mentor in the Oil and Gas industry.