Meet The DEEP Team

Kirsten Marcia

P. Geo., Director, President & CEO

Kirsten Marcia is the founder of DEEP and its President and CEO. Ms. Marcia 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. Ms. Marcia considers herself a resource entrepreneur who has participated in the formation and early stage development of Saskatchewan resource companies.

Tom Kishchuk

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Kishchuk has been appointed Chief Operating Officer effective November 25, 2020. Tom joined the DEEP team in September 2020 as a special advisor to the management team. Using his more than 30 years of technical and business management experience in the energy industry he will provide leadership to the surface operations and engineering teams as the project advances to achieve commercial operation of Canada’s first geothermal power plant. Prior to DEEP, Tom was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada, Ltd., and Vice-President Operational Support for Federated Co-operatives Limited.

Kelly McShane

Chief Financial Officer

Kelly, CPA, CA, is the Director of Finance at a Canadian research institution, aiming to position Canada as a global leader in water science. Previous roles have included, Senior Manager overseeing the work of six managers and approximately 40 staff responsible for financial reporting and budgeting processes at a large wholesaler. Senior Manager at a global accountancy firm; with a focus on audit and advisory services for publicly traded companies. CFO and Corporate Secretary at a TSX-V listed company, that operated in Canada and the United States; with responsibility for public market equity financing, joint venture financing, treasury management, financial reporting and regulatory compliance in Canada and the United States, and the successful acquisition and integration of a TSX-V listed company.

Outside of work Kelly is an amateur cellist, was twice a bronze medalist at the Canadian Biathlon championships and has taken mid-career breaks to focus fulltime on rock and ice climber in the Canadian Rockies and California.

Wade MacBain

Corporate Development

Mr. MacBain’s background and education is in finance. Mr. MacBain 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.

He is currently the Director of Investor Relations for Versa Bank, raising capital for Canada’s 10th largest Schedule 1 Bank. Mr. MacBain has been involved with DEEP as a founding shareholder, Director of Corporate Development, and currently serving as a director to assist the board and CEO to develop Canada’s first Geothermal Power Project.

T.M. Gunderson

Project Manager

T.M. is a professional engineer with design, field, and operating experience. He has over 20 years’ experience in clean energy/energy conversion, pipeline and facility design.

He also brings years of experience in identifying opportunities in processes to generate clean power with renewable and thermal energy developments. He has worked on most of the geothermal power plant designs in Canada and is a subject matter expert in low carbon energy development and has made presentations to industry groups, executive boards, government departments and investors.

T.M. earned a CPA designation from CPA Alberta. He holds a Diploma in Petroleum Engineering Technology from NAIT, an M.Sc. degree in Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and is a registered Professional Engineer in Canada and the United States.

James Scott

Exploration Manager and Geoscience Manager

James (Jay) Scott joined DEEP in May, 2021 and has over twenty years of experience primarily in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining DEEP, Jay held various geoscience roles in operations (wellsite geology), development, new ventures and management. Most recently, he was the Canada Geoscience Manager at Murphy Oil Company in Calgary, AB and helped lead the development in their Duvernay and Montney projects. Between 2003 and 2011, Jay worked at Canadian Natural Resources Limited and worked in the Calgary, AB and Aberdeen, Scotland offices.  Jay graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and is a member of the Professional Engineering and Geoscience associations in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Leo Groenewoud


Leo Groenewoud is a professional geophysicist and geologist with over 35 years of experience in the energy industry most recently as the Vice President of Geoscience at a private equity backed Saskatchewan focused oil company. Mr. Groenewoud has worked in Western Canada and internationally for oil and gas companies large and small in technical, managerial and executive roles.

Ashley Drobot

Operations Manager

Ashley is a professional geologist that has focused his career on the development of Saskatchewan resources. Over his 19 years within the Saskatchewan junior resource sector, Ashley has been fortunate to be involved in diamonds, gold, coal, oil and gas, and now geothermal exploration and production.

His extensive full cycle resource development experience with Saskatchewan exploration and production programs has provided a wealth of knowledge on both the technical aspects along with the provincial regulatory regime that governs the provinces resources.

Ashley has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently a registered Professional Geologist in Saskatchewan.

Dave Brown

Drilling Manager (Frontier Project Management)

Dave is a highly experienced Professional Engineer specializing in Well Construction (Drilling, Completions and stimulation/fraccing). Dave has held Sr. Management positions with E&P Producer organizations where he managed capital budgets up to $1 billion CDN and staff levels greater than 300. Dave has also held Executive level positions with E&P Service Provider organizations where he lead Divisions and held P&L accountability. In addition to his experience in Canada, Dave also has considerable international experience in a broad range of locations including SE Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, US, Mexico and Latin/South America.

Matthew Minnick

Reservoir Engineer (RESPEC)

Dr. Matthew Minnick is RESPEC’s Geothermal Subject-Matter Expert and Program Manager. He earned his BS and MS in Geological Engineering from South Dakota Mines and his PhD in Geological Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from the Colorado School of Mines. He has 15 years of experience in geological engineering focused on geothermal resource assessment and reservoir engineering, subsurface-flow modelling, three-dimensional (3D) earth modelling, advanced GIS applications, and machine learning. His geothermal experience ranges from traditional high-enthalpy systems in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of New Zealand and volcanic arc systems in Colombia, South America, to low-enthalpy sedimentary heat reservoirs and direct-use applications in Canada.

Bev Godson

Finance and Administration Consultant

Bev Godson, CPA, CMA is a finance professional with extensive experience in treasury, insurance, tax and risk management. Bev has over 25 years in the mining industry, most recent role was the Assistant Treasurer with Cameco Corporation, one of the world’s largest uranium producers. She has experience with merger and acquisition transactions and has facilitated numerous debt transactions over the years. Bev is also a Certified Lean Greenbelt.

Alvin Austin

IT and Risk Consultant

Alvin Austin has been at the forefront of IT for more than 35 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. His career has included several years as a technical staff member and Laboratory Coordinator with the UofS Department of Computer Science, and as a process analyst and financial software developer, technical manager, and IT Director with the Canadian financial institution VersaBank, and is assisting DEEP with its developing IT infrastructure operations, and risk and governance policies.

Roberta Wasylishen

Water Treatment Consultant

Roberta Wasylishen is the founder and President of Fluid Intelligence, a consultancy firm specializing in water chemistry. Through the use of analytics, data interpretation, and field experience, Fluid Intelligence is able to provide practical solutions to resolve water related production challenges.

Roberta’s diversified industry experience includes project work within the Canadian Oil Sands mining and in-situ operations, hydraulic fracturing and water management within unconventional tight oil and shale gas plays, and water injection projects including enhanced oil recovery waterflooding, chemical flooding, and disposal.

Her technical expertise, 20 years of industry experience, and business acumen bring a sensible perspective to industry challenges. She holds a Diploma in Chemical Technology from NAIT, an MBA from the University of Athabasca and is a Certified Engineering Technologist with ASET.

Scott Mario


Scott graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Comm (Finance) while working as an accounting student on Agrium’s Vanscoy Potash Operations VAULT Program. Soon after the VAULT Program wind-up, Scott began as an Accountant at the world’s first branchless financial institution: VersaBank. Here, Scott is responsible for internal and external reporting functions and financial analysis. Scott sits on The Pink Wig Foundation’s Board of Directors and is responsible for The Pink Wig’s financial reporting. The Pink Wig Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit organization based in Saskatoon, providing financial support for female cancer patients and their families.