ASGA Board of Directors

The ASGA serves to represent the interests of Alberta sand and gravel operators on key industry related issues and proposed regulatory changes and to promote and educate today's aggregate consumers.
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The Alberta Sand & Gravel Association's Board of Directors consists of nine regular members that represent companies engaged in the Alberta aggregate industry. Directors actively represent the association throughout the province and across Canada on a wide range of committees and policy initiatives.

Board of Directors and Executive


President, Dale Soetaert, P.Ag
Environment & Land Manager, Northern Prairies, Lehigh Hanson Materials Ltd.

Dale is the Environment and Land Manager for Northern Alberta, Northern Saskatchewan and North East British Columbia. He manages environmental compliance, permitting and land agreements for Inland Aggregates, Concrete, Cement and Pipe businesses lines in the region. In addition to his work with the ASGA, Dale is also on the Sturgeon County - Calahoo Villeneuve Gravel Extraction Committee.

Dale has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Alberta and a Groundwater Engineering Technology Diploma from NAIT. He resides with his family in the Calahoo area as a Director on the West Sturgeon Agricultural Society, Chair of the Calahoo Hall Committee and a minor hockey coach for the CR Knights. Dale has been around sand and gravel and industry operators his entire life, giving him a valuable understanding of what it takes to work with the industry and local communities to achieve common goals.

                   
Dale speaks on ASGA Truck Registry and CAP Levy                Dale speaks on Health and Safety and Permitting


Past President, Travis Coates, P. Eng.
Southern- Alberta Property Manager, Burnco Rock Products Ltd.

Travis is a Professional Engineer and has worked in the aggregate industry for close to ten years. He has held a variety of positions that have provided him with a range of industry experience. Based in Calgary, he has supervised urban and rural gravel pits supplying a wide range of ready mix plants, asphalt plants, cement plants, and road builders. He has been involved with permitting of new and existing sites, has participated in public consultation efforts and understands the importance of maintaining a social license to operate. Travis' other roles have involved the continuous evaluation of current and potential aggregate sites. This involves the estimation of: reserves, permitting requirements, processing, logistics, end users and evaluation the economic viability of these projects based on the results.

Travis graduated from the University of Calgary in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Director, Brock Helm, B. Sc. / B Ed.
Land and Aggregate Manager, Mixcor Aggregates Inc.

Brock has several years of experience in the sand and gravel industry, which includes field experience; working on the gravel crushers, managing Quality Control and permitting both crown and private pits with various regulators. Over this period of time, he developed an extensive understanding of the challenges faced by the sand and gravel industry and a comprehensive knowledge of the sand and gravel business.

Previous to his work with Mixcor, Brock was a Land Coordinator with TBG Contracting Ltd., Aggregate Manager with Lafarge Canada Inc., and Land Manager with Sureway Group of Companies. Joining the ASGA Board of Directors in 2009, he has since been involved with the Eagle Point Blue Rapids Board as a Director and an industry representative on the Sturgeon County Gravel Committee. He was instrumental to both the Pit Environmental Assessment and Reclamation Security (PEARS) committee and the Surface Water Body Extraction Committee joint committee with Alberta Environment that eliminated double security requirements for operators in Alberta. He is currently the Chair of the ASGA Land and Environment Committee.

Brock completed his combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge. He has extensive industry experience and background and brings a large network of invaluable contacts and fostered relationships that guides the ASGA and the aggregate industry to move forward. He is an unwavering source of support for the industry and the Association.

Treasurer, Ian Hancock, RPFT
ColasCanada Inc.

Ian has been working with ColasCanada Inc. for the past 6 years as Aggregate Manager in charge of the Aggregates Division for ColasCanada. The primary focus of this position is the acquisition of gravel reserves in the Western Canadian market for the Colas Group of Companies.

Ian has a Forest Technical Diploma from NAIT and is a Registered Professional Forest Technician. Prior to working in the private sector, he was employed with the Alberta Government for 30 years working in Head Office of Sustainable Resource Development and many different Forest districts in the Province doing Fire Control, Timber Management and Land Use related duties which included sand and gravel approvals, policy and regulations throughout the Province.

Ian brings practical experience on public lands to the ASGA board and is instrumental assisting with working groups and provincial stakeholder involvement.

Director, Joe Hustler, RPFT
Aggregates Resource Manager, Knelsen Rock Products Ltd.

Joe has been working the last 5 years for Knelsen, currently as Aggregate Resource Manager. His main duties include permitting, exploration, and pit management throughout northern Alberta.

Receiving a BSc. Forestry from the University of Alberta and is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF), he is currently working on a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Athabasca University to further enhance his business skills. Previous to the aggregate industry, Joe spent 13 years in the forest sector working in northern Alberta. During that time he developed strong background and experience in logging, transportation, planning, wood purchase, and safety; all skills which were directly transferable to the aggregate industry.

Director, Conor McClocklin
Border Paving

While enrolled in the Civil Engineering Program at the Northern Alberta Institute for Technology, Conor began his work in the Road Building industry as a summer student in 1997. He spent four seasons working with a consulting firm based out of St. Albert before joining Border Paving Ltd. in the spring of 2001.

Over the past 14 years, Conor has been involved in many aspects of construction from surveying and quality and quantity control to estimating and project management to gravel exploration, pit planning, permitting and development, making him a versatile addition to the ASGA Board of Directors. Conor joined the ASGA Board of Directors in January of 2014.

Director, Ed Nash
Owner, Nash Enterprises Ltd.

Ed began a career in gravel at an early age of 12 years old, when he would spend summer holidays working in his father's gravel pit. The Nash family has been rooted in the Slave Lake community for over 95 years. Buying Nash Enterprises in 1993, Ed has built extensive experience on all aspects relating to permitting on Crown Land and developing a successful business model to reflect the unique aspects and challenges relating to operating in the green zone.

Following High school, Ed had the opportunity to backpack Europe and South East Asia before attending college. He has also been a Deckhand on a 40ft. yacht from Hawaii to New Zealand and took his Harley around North America for close to a year. Following the purchase of Nash Enterprises, Ed has been attending the school of Hard Knocks ever since.

Ed is very active in the Slave Lake community. He has helped build local area ski hill, participates on the Ski patrol in Slave Lake, and currently sits on the Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Operating in a unique niche market, Ed brings an important and invaluable perspective to the Board and the Association that allow the organization to better represent the Alberta market and ASGA members.

Director, Nick Ryan, C.E.T.
GM Materials Engineering, Volker Stevin Canada

Bio coming soon.

Director, Brent Morrey
General Manager, Edmonton Aggregates, LafargeHolcim

New to Alberta in 2015, Brent supplies the Board with a wealth of outside knowledge based on his experiences within the aggregates industry over the last fifteen years. Originating from Brantford, Ontario, Brent has previously held management roles in sales, logistics and operations in various major market areas within Eastern Canada. During his tenure in Ontario, he was an active member of the OSSGA (Ontario Stone Sand & Gravel Association) and the former APAO (Aggregate Producers Association of Ontario.)  Prior to his arrival in Alberta, Brent spent seven years based out of Switzerland, in a global consulting and project management role supporting existing aggregate operations and new aggregate developments within Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.  

Brent graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Diploma of Operational Research at the University of Ottawa. He also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Quarry Management from Leeds University in the United Kingdom.

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One mile of a 6-lane highway needs 133,500 tonnes of aggregate.