Executive Team

Board of Directors

David Crowshaw

David is a Certified Petroleum Geologist with over 27 years of experience in the oil and gas industry throughout the Western Canadian and Williston Basins. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary and presently a member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) and American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

As a geologist, David has experience in many areas of the petroleum industry holding senior positions in junior producing companies. Technical and management experience includes field operations, geological evaluation of reservoirs, acquisitions and divestitures, land and full-cycle exploration.

In the past 15 years, David has held various executive positions in three junior oil and gas exploration and production companies. Since July 2010, Mr. Crowshaw has been providing marketing representation for Iroc Energy Service.

Victor H. Redekop

Victor’s first job following university was with the Farm Credit Corporation as a Loan Officer. In 1971 he joined the accounting firm now known as Collins Barrow and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1973. Victor joined SIMMONS EDECO as Controller in 1973 and in 1984 was appointed Executive Vice President.

Victor also graduated in 1968 from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Agriculture (Economics)

Jay Simmons

Jay began his career at Deloitte & Touch where he earned a Chartered Accountant designation and focused on Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring in the Financial and Special Services Department. He went on to build his own private holding company, Simmons Financial Holdings Corp., a personal holding company that takes an active role in a portfolio of businesses that require either financial restructuring or patient and active capital to fund new ventures. Jay has been involved in the creation and growth of several operating companies, both public and private. As part of a turnaround, Jay served as Chairman of Simple Power, a private Texas-based retail power provider from 2007 to 2011.  From 2009 to 2011, Jay served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Palko Environmental Ltd., a publicly traded company providing waste management and resource recovery solutions to the oil and gas industry.  Previous to these operating roles, Jay was President of ENTx Capital Corporation, a private equity firm focused on investments in the power industry.
Jay also serves as CEO and Director of Durum Properties Inc., which owns and manages 225,000 sqft of industrial property and 425 acres of land, Spruce Ridge Capital Inc., which has 927 acres of development lands and Foundation Place Capital Inc., holding 10,000 sqft of development land in downtown Calgary.  Jay also serves as Chairman for Cube Lease Inc., a private software development company providing proprietary data visualizations for various real estate markets and director for WindRiver Power Corp, a private renewable power developer, and Simmons Edeco Inc., a private international land based drilling contractor.
Jay earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Dalhousie University.

Senior Management

Niels Versfeld - Chief Executive Officer

Niels joined SIMMONS EDECO in 2017 as CEO.  As CEO Niels is accountable for the overall leadership, strategy and operating performance of the company.  Niels has fourteen years experience in the energy sector, ten of which have been dedicated to the management of sales, operations, and business development for energy services firms. Prior to accepting the role of CEO with SIMMONS EDECO, Niels was responsible for Gibson Energy's Canadian environmental services division. Previous to Gibson Energy, Niels was the Chief Operations Officer for Palko Environmental.  Niels initially began his career in environmental consulting, followed by facility and regulatory development at CCS Corporation. 

Niels holds an Honours B.Sc. in Environmental Science; an MBA focused on Energy Management from the University of Calgary, and is a certified Environmental Professional.

Chris H. Reimchen - Chief Financial Officer

Chris joined SIMMONS EDECO in 1983 as staff accountant responsible for the financial reporting of various companies within the group. Chris was promoted to Controller in 1988 and was appointed CFO in 2001. Chris is responsible for managing all fiscal aspects of the company’s performance.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Calgary and completed his Certified Management Accountant designation in 1987.

Rob Matheson - Vice-President Business Development

Rob came to SIMMONS EDECO in 2009 where he took on the role of Director of Operations in Albania. He brought to that position expertise gained through his role as Manager of East Coast Exploration for Forent Energy, a Calgary-based junior oil and gas company and through his experience as President and CEO of Accurate Technologies, a wireline company he operated from 2000 to 2007. Prior to running Accurate Technologies, Rob worked for Baker Atlas both as a wireline field engineer and manager of their Calgary field services operations.

Rob graduated with a B.Sc. (honors) in Geology from Dalhousie University in 1990 and an MBA from the University of Calgary in 2002.

Alexander Moya – Operations Country Manager – Mexico

Alex came to SIMMONS EDECO in 2015 where he took on the role of Country operations Manager in Mexico. He has over 20 years of experience in the drilling industry, beginning as a BOP and drilling tools specialist with Santa Fe Drilling Venezuela in 1998. In 2006 Alex commenced upon an intensive development program to assume various roles on the drilling side of the business; becoming a Rig superintendent for Precision drilling, Weatherford Drilling International and Calmena Energy Services in Venezuela and Mexico during the years 2006 - 2012. In 2012 Alex became Operations Manager for Calmena and was responsible for overseeing the operations, business and contracts for all operations in Mexico. Following the acquisition by SIMMONS EDECO of Calmena rig fleet, Alex joined the team in his current capacity.

Alex is a Mechanical Engineer specialized in Maintenance obtained from the Santiago Mariño Polytechnic University Institute in Venezuela.



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