Our Values & Leadership

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Our Leadership Team

 

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Matthew Heffernan
Chief Executive Officer
Company Officer Since: 2006

Matthew's extensive experience of executive management in technology, SCADA, sales and business development continues to aid Zedi in achieving the vision of becoming the Global Leader of Production Operations Management. Matt was engaged as a Director with the company prior to accepting his current position as President and CEO in 2006. In addition to his work at Zedi, Matt is the Executive Chairman of Blackbridge Corporation.

Matt is formally educated in electronic engineering technology at Algonquin College and business computing at the Anderkoch Institute.

 

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Ilario (Larry) Spagnolo
Chief Commercial Officer and President US Operations
Company Officer Since: 2011

As Chief Commercial Officer, Larry leads a team that is dedicated to all customer facing activities that include Marketing, Sales and Customer Care. He is responsible for building corporate brand equity, creating customer demand, enabling sales and increasing our value proposition to our customers. Larry brings over 25 years of executive management experience, helping organizations rapidly grow and profit. He is an active member in the community and sits on the Board of Governors at NAIT Polytechnic.

Larry is a Graduate of the NAIT School of Business, Grant MacEwan University, The University of Toronto Rotman School of Business, and York University with studies in business and administration.

 

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Clement Gaudet
Chief Operations Officer and President Canadian Operations
Company Officer Since: 2001

As COO, Mr. Gaudet is responsible for the commercial production and delivery of all products and services of the company. Clem is also responsible for the direct oversight of our Field Service and Operations. He brings over 35 years of experience in operations management, data communications, research and development.

Clem is a Professional Engineer in Electrical Engineering registered in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.


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James Freeman
CTO and President New Ventures
Company Officer Since: 2007

James' team is at the forefront of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In addition to integrating innovations like Low Power Wide Area Networking (LPWAN) technology into Zedi’s award-winning IIoT platform, James and his team are leveraging Zedi’s experience in running a platform that monitors 1.3 million (March 2017) sensors into new commercial verticals outside of Oil & Gas.

He brings 26 years of experience in domestic and international business, in technical, marketing and investment management roles, in a variety of industries. James is active in the community with youth and adults in a variety of sports and wellness activities, and sits on the Board of TransRail Innovation Group of Calgary.

James holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Alberta

 

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Grant Exner
Chief Financial Officer
Company Officer Since: 2008

As head of Zedi's Finance team, Grant is responsible for all accounting, taxation and financial reporting as well as risk management and treasury functions. Grant is a Chartered Accountant who brings 24 years of experience in executive, entrepreneurial and consulting roles spanning both the high tech and energy industries.

Grant earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan before becoming a Chartered Accountant. He is also very active in the community, serving on two non-profit boards, and in youth sport initiatives as a competitive coach.

 

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Robert W. Gordon
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Company Officer Since: 1992

Bob has been with Zedi since 1992 at which time he served as VP, Operations and General Counsel. During his tenure he has held executive positions in finance, customer support, marketing and sales. Currently, Bob continues his role with Zedi as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Bob's conservative and value based approach ensures that Zedi remains a transparent and dependable company.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Alberta and has served on numerous boards including 20 years on Trinity Western University board of Governors, which he chaired for 6 years. Currently serving as a director of Blackbridge Corporation.

 

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Debra Deane
Vice President, People

Debra is a successful business woman with a strong background in strategy, business development, technology, marketing & communications, and operations.  Since joining Zedi in 2004, Debra has served on the executive leadership team as Vice President for a number of portfolios and is currently Vice President, People where she leads the development and delivery of programs designed to create an exceptional experience for employees.
 
Deb holds an MBA from the University of Calgary and is actively involved in her community, having served on a variety of not-for-profit and professional association boards. She currently sits on the boards of Calgary Economic Development and the Calgary Film Centre.

 

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Christine Barr
Vice President Finance

Christine is responsible for managing the operations of the North American finance team.  Her strong background in crop research provides a unique perspective and is enhanced by her vast experience in public practice where she worked with a variety of businesses encompassing many sizes, and industries.


Christine earned her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Biotechnology and Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge before obtaining her CPA CA in Alberta.

 

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Zedi is a leading oil and gas technology and services company in the field of production operations.  We help the world’s oil and gas producers be more productive, more profitable and more sustainable.

Through technology backed by expert consultation and services, we help our customers realize their production potential. With 60 years of continuous operations in North America, we’re recognized as one of the industry’s best workplaces which sets us apart in the production operations landscape. With our unique combination of award-winning automation, data management and field and professional services, we offer complete solutions for the challenges our customers encounter.