BILL GIESE, President & CEO
Bill is the “big picture” guy, overseeing the entire organization’s direction and flow. He continually scrutinizes and evaluates business activities from 20,000 feet. He also engages in valuable face time with clients to review their overall satisfaction with Synergy’s products and services.
Bill sits on the IRWA sub-committee, CRWEF, where he advocates for furthering the education of right of way professionals. Bill has his SR/WA designation and facilitates several IRWA courses. He is also a member of CAPL and AASLA and is a long-time volunteer with the Calgary Stampede’s Downtown Attractions committee.
Keith Turner, Executive Vice President
As executive vice-president, Keith is responsible for Synergy’s day to day operations, ensuring branch and project management are at optimal levels. He oversees client relations, process development, project execution, and the maintenance of Synergy’s proprietary database. As a mentor, Keith provides guidance and direction to all team members in every aspect of land management.
Keith looks forward to the opportunities for growth and diversification that lie ahead and the role he will play in leading the team.
Keith has achieved his SR/WA designation and stays involved with the IRWA through various committees, and is also a member of CAPL and AASLA. He also volunteers for his kids' many sporting activities.
Rory Brown, Regional Director - West
Rory has been involved with agriculture his entire life, having grown up on his family’s mixed farm in Vauxhall, Alberta. His hands-on background in agriculture, the oil patch and road construction enables him to identify with landowner concerns and to adapt to unique situations both theoretically and practically.
While attending U of C, Rory discovered a career that appealed to his agricultural roots and he switched gears immediately. After several years in the industry, Rory joined Synergy where he has quickly emerged as a leader and mentor of junior staff. He contributes significantly to the structure and future direction of Synergy.
Rory is nearing completion of his SR/WA designation, currently serves as vice-president of the IRWA Calgary Chapter, and is a member of CAPL and AASLA.
Dan Braund, Regional Director - Central
Dan joined Synergy in 2011, and has taken on increasing responsibility, initially as branch manager and now including the role of regional director – central. He has worked hard to cultivate business relationships in the Edmonton region and to market the Synergy brand. He has played a significant role in overseeing specific project work and opening branch offices in Brandon and Cambridge. Dan is a great communicator and his strength lies in his listening skills and his ability to put people at ease.
Dan is an active member of the IRWA and currently sits on the executive for Chapter 62. He is also a long-time volunteer in his local community and encourages his team members to contribute their time to local charitable organizations.
Jennifer Potter, Director, Land Administration
Jennifer’s first career was in the medical industry, but switched to oil and gas when she recognized the potential for a lifelong career with unlimited growth opportunities.
Jennifer has worked in all aspects of surface land and has advanced quickly due to her work ethic and no-nonsense attitude. She is a leader in the company who brings a fresh perspective and ideas for the future growth of the company.
Jennifer continues to upgrade her education within the field. She has obtained her C.P.S.A. designation through CAPLA/Olds College, and has assisted other surface land professionals throughout the industry in achieving the same designation by facilitating study groups. She is a CAPLA member and volunteer, and also volunteers on her children’s parent councils.
Kevin Koopman, Director, Business Development
Kevin is a go-getter extraordinaire who never quits. Having spent several years pursuing a career as a professional goalie, followed by obtaining a bachelor of Commerce degree with a concentration in Petroleum Land Management, Kevin understands and personifies dedication, excellence and overcoming challenge.
He has worked steadily in the oil and gas industry for over 16 years, in the field as a mineral and surface landman, coordinating land sales, while successfully maintaining and enhancing new and existing client relationships.
Kevin currently oversees Synergy’s business development and mineral departments. He is integral in establishing and streamlining processes, improving efficiencies and providing top-notch service to all Synergy clients.
Kelly deCaux, Branch Manager, Fort St. John
Kelly hails from rural Saskatchewan where he grew up on the family farm. He has worked as a mechanic, farm equipment salesman, in construction and has a professional agrologist designation. Kelly is extremely knowledgeable and interested in the environmental aspect of the industry.
Kelly recently joined Synergy as the Fort St. John branch manager. Having lived in Fort St. John from 2000 to 2006 while working for the BC Oil and Gas Commission, he feels this is somewhat of a homecoming and looks forward to the opportunity to grow the business.
Kelly loves to learn and continually educates himself through a variety of courses ranging from oil well reclamation, injury prevention and safety to diversity awareness and creating a respectful workplace. He is an active member of the BCIA (BC Institute of Agrologists), an active Ducks Unlimited volunteer in Alberta and looks forward to rejoining the NEBC group.
Wade Conner, Branch Manager, Fort Macleod
Wade was born and raised near Fort Macleod, Alberta on the family farm. Because of his love for and commitment to the farming lifestyle, he envisioned a career where he could apply his own life experiences in mutually beneficial ways. The option of a land agent career seemed a logical choice, and after obtaining his diploma through Olds College, Wade joined the Synergy team in 2009.
Wade has gained valuable skills working on transmission line right of way acquisition, coordination, and maintenance, along with highway widening and pipeline projects. Wade is a willing learner and is committed to being involved in the industry. As such, he is an active member of the IRWA’s Calgary Chapter through which he stays current on industry news, trends and activity. Wade became branch manager in 2014, a role which has provided him with challenges and opportunities to augment his personal and professional development.
Troy Welder, Branch Manager, Regina
Troy was born and raised in Saskatchewan and has spent his entire professional career working in all aspects of Saskatchewan Land. His previous work experience in the Land Titles and Geographical Information industry and education in Human Justice and Management Development lend themselves to his role as branch manager. He is the consummate leader and mentor, effectively sharing his knowledge with the Synergy team.
Troy’s expertise is in large acquisition and divesture projects, analyzing complex mineral and surface issues and interpreting how current and past legislation affects those issues in the province. He provides exceptional customer service and high-quality, innovative solutions to address clients’ business needs. Troy is an extraordinary professional who attends to every detail and communicates effectively with staff and clients alike.
Gerry Davis, Branch Manager, Brandon
Gerry grew up on his family’s grain farm near Brandon, Manitoba. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Brandon University where he earned a B.Sc., with a Geology major and Geography minor. Eager to join the work force, he started his oil and gas career in Saskatchewan and spent the next 20 years as a petroleum geologist, working in-house at oil companies and performing well site work as a consultant. He drilled over 300 vertical and horizontal wells in every viable formation in the Saskatchewan/Manitoba portion of the Williston Basin.
Largely due to his agricultural background, Gerry found the land business fascinating, and in 2013 decided to make a career change. He brought his upstream oil and gas experience to Synergy where he serves as the Brandon branch manager. Gerry is working towards his SR/WA designation through the IRWA, and is excited to be growing the Synergy brand in his home town.
Paul Connor, Branch Manager, Cambridge
Paul joined Synergy midway through 2016, taking on the role of branch manager in Cambridge. Previously, Paul worked in the corporate communications field delivering tools such as: video, photography, conference and trade shows, and internal and external communications. He focused on people, the environment, Aboriginal involvement and stakeholder information for TransCanada Pipelines, Inter Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Canada, Suncor Energy, Arbonne Canada and Cisco Systems.
Paul is a skilled communicator who deals with people at all levels of business with equal acumen and diplomacy, and as a result, has developed long lasting relationships. He is highly organized, detailed and provides quality results. Paul prides himself on understanding clients’ needs and always strives to exceed their expectations. He is a member of the IRWA through which he maintains a network of industry colleagues. He has hit the ground running and is set to grow and diversify business in Ontario.