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Meet The DEEP Team

Kirsten Marcia

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.

Christie Gradin

Chief Financial Officer

Christie Gradin, CPA, CA was appointed Chief Financial Officer of DEEP in February of 2022. Christie brings extensive expertise, business acumen and senior financial management experience to DEEP having held numerous senior financial and management positions in both private and publicly traded companies. In addition to her position at DEEP, she serves as the interim Chief Financial Officer of Karnalyte Resources Inc., a development stage potash and nitrogen company traded on the TSX. Previously, Christie held the position of Director of Finance and Administration at SED Systems and has experience in both the insurance and financial services industries. Christie attended the University of Saskatchewan where she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree, with Great Distinction, and a Masters of Professional Accounting.

Wade MacBain

Director, 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.

Ashley Drobot

Director, Business Development

Ashley Drobot 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

Director, Drilling and Completions

Dave Brown is a highly experienced professional engineer specializing in well construction (drilling, completions and stimulation/fraccing). Dave has held senior management positions with E&P producer organizations where he managed capital budgets up to $1 billion 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.

James Scott

Director, Geoscience

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.

Rob McNeill

Project Manager

Rob McNeill co-founded Drifter Projects, a project management consulting group. Prior to Drifter, Rob has over 30 years of experience in the design, construction and operation of energy facilities.  His experience includes SAGD, gas processing and deep cut liquids extraction, sour gas processing and acid gas injection, conventional oil, and cogeneration.  Rob has executed projects both domestically and internationally and has been involved in emerging technologies such as solvent extraction and plasma gasification.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Steve De Maio

Financial Project Management Advisor

Steve De Maio, P. Eng., MBA has 28 years of industry experience and has held executive positions for over two decades. He has built and led successful teams in companies ranging in size from small entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion dollar enterprises. Steve’s distinct competences include capital projects, design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations, technology development, corporate and business development, strategy, finance, corporate and economic modelling.

Leo Groenewoud

Exploration and Geoscience Advisor

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. Leo has worked in western Canada and internationally for oil and gas companies large and small in technical, managerial and executive roles.

T.M. Gunderson

Technical Special Advisor

T.M. Gunderson 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.

Matthew Minnick

Reservoir Engineer (RESPEC) Special Advisor

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.

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 Mario 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.