Executive Team

Guy Nelson

Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President - Empire Industries Ltd.

B.Comm., University of Alberta (1977); MBA, University of Western Ontario (1979)

Career Highlights

  • Chief Executive Officer and President of Empire Industries Ltd. (TSXV:EIL) since its inception in 2006, and Executive Chairman since 2014. He was Chairman of its predecessor, Empire Iron Works Ltd., since 1997. Director and non-executive Chairman of Tornado Global Hydrovacs Ltd. (TSXV:TGH) since its inception in 2016. Chairman of Better Work Place Inc. from Sept. 2001 to present.
  • Guy holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School and a B.Comm from University of Alberta.

Allan Francis

VP - Corporate Affairs and Administration

LLB, University of Manitoba (1986), MBA, Ivey School of Business in London, ON (1991)

Career Highlights

  • Allan provides services to all the Empire subsidiary companies, particularly in the general areas of risk management, commercial management, acquisition due diligence and corporate governance.
  • Prior to joining Empire, Allan spent ten years in the steel fabrication business with Dominion Bridge and Canron in Toronto where he provided his expertise in all of the above areas.

Michael Martin

Chief Financial Officer

Chartered Accountant - Institute of Manitoba Chartered Accountants (2006)

Career Highlights

  • Michael joined Empire in 2010 as Director of Finance and Corporate Controller, after serving progressively senior accounting and finance positions at Ernst & Young, and Epic Production Technologies. He was promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer of Empire Industries in May, 2012.

Hao Wang

President & Chief Operating Officer, Dynamic Attractions

Career Highlights

  • Hao Wang held various executive leadership positions at Multimatic Inc., a global, high-performance automobile design, engineering and manufacturing company headquartered in Ontario, for over 20 years.
  • As Vice President of Asia Pacific between 2012 and 2017, Mr. Wang led the creation of Multimatic’s production operations in China and presence in South Korea, India and the ASEAN region.

Board of Directors

Guy Nelson

Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President - Empire Industries Ltd.

B.Comm., University of Alberta (1977); MBA, University of Western Ontario (1979)

Career Highlights

  • Chief Executive Officer and President of Empire Industries Ltd. (TSXV:EIL) since its inception in 2006, and Executive Chairman since 2014. He was Chairman of its predecessor, Empire Iron Works Ltd., since 1997. Director and non-executive Chairman of Tornado Global Hydrovacs Ltd. (TSXV:TGH) since its inception in 2016. Chairman of Better Work Place Inc. from Sept. 2001 to present.
  • Guy holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School and a B.Comm from University of Alberta.

Ian Macdonald

Non-Executive Chairman - Empire Industries Ltd.

BComm, Carleton University (1973); MBA, Queen's University (1974), Chartered Accountant

Career Highlights

  • Non-executive Chairman of Empire Industries Ltd. Managing Director of Tricapital Management Limited/Tricapital Solutions Inc. since 1986. Tricapital is a merchant bank that advises mid-sized private and public companies and co-invests with management in transactions it advises on. Ian is Chairman of Quadrant Cosmetics Corporation, Canada's largest independent distributor of prestige fragrances and cosmetics, and Chairman of MI Petro(Central) Inc., Ontario’s largest maintenance and repair service provider of retail gas station fuel dispensing equipment. Ian is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from Queen's University.

Jack Chang

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Jack Chang is a partner of Fort Capital Partners (Fort), an investment banking firm based in Vancouver that works with public and private companies in Canada. Fort draws from their collective capital markets experience to provide clients with fresh, accessible and independent investment banking advice. The senior professionals of Fort have served as lead manager or financial advisor on a wide variety of capital raising and M&A assignments over the past 20+ years.
  • Over the past years, Jack Chang has grown their China-Canada cross border investment banking practice, and have gained significant knowledge and experience in fostering outbound investment from Chinese institutions into Canadian clean technology companies that are transforming a wide range of sectors. Prior to forming Fort Capital Partners, Jack Chang founded Canadian Resources Capital Corporation, an Exempt Market Dealer registered with several provincial securities commissions. A finance graduate of Simon Fraser University, Jack Chang is currently undertaking a distance Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Born in Taiwan, Jack Chang and his family immigrated to Canada in 1989.

Bob Marshall, P.Eng

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Sr. Project Director – Pipelines for WorleyParsons. Robert is a professional engineer (BSc. CE; M.Eng.) with over 30 years of experience in the Oil and Gas EPCM industry working on major domestic and international pipeline and civil projects.
  • Robert has a proven track record of successful project completions and effective resource management through the use of sound technical, financial and business acumen combined with strong leadership, training, delegation and motivational skills in a variety of cultural environments.

Terry Quinn

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Currently the Principal of Quinn Consulting, a mergers and acquisitions consulting practice focusing on industrial services and construction businesses in the western Canada oil and gas basin, he has previous experience as General Manager of Delta Catalytic Corporation, President of Tru-Way Group, General Manager and Partner of National Construction Corporation.
  • Terry sits on the board of directors of a private industrial company and a private not-for-profit organization.

James Chui

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Mr. Chui is the Chairman and CEO of Excellence Raise Overseas Limited; a Director of HIP Energy Corp. and COO since June 2010; CEO, Director and CoFounder of HIP Energy Resource Limited and HIP Technology Limited; Chairman and President at Sino-Pacific Agency Partners (Hong Kong) Limited since 2010; a Director of Beijing You Peng Technology Co., Ltd (one of the largest OTV platform and service providers in China); Chief of Business Development at United Biomedical Group Inc., as well as Supervisor and Director of its subsidiary, United BioPharma Inc. (which is a public company in Taiwan and Shanghai Shen Lian Biomedical Corp., and will be listed in Shanghai Stock exchange in near future), since 2014; and has served as the President and CEO of various successful international companies in the high-tech manufacturing and Resource sectors.
  • He was instrumental in arranging the private placement financing that led to the spinout of Tornado Global Hydrovacs Ltd. (TSXV:TGH) from Empire.

Audit Committee

Guy Nelson

Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President - Empire Industries Ltd.

B.Comm., University of Alberta (1977); MBA, University of Western Ontario (1979)

Career Highlights

  • Chief Executive Officer and President of Empire Industries Ltd. (TSXV:EIL) since its inception in 2006, and Executive Chairman since 2014. He was Chairman of its predecessor, Empire Iron Works Ltd., since 1997. Director and non-executive Chairman of Tornado Global Hydrovacs Ltd. (TSXV:TGH) since its inception in 2016. Chairman of Better Work Place Inc. from Sept. 2001 to present.
  • Guy holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School and a B.Comm from University of Alberta.

Ian Macdonald

Non-Executive Chairman - Empire Industries Ltd.

BComm, Carleton University (1973); MBA, Queen's University (1974), Chartered Accountant

Career Highlights

  • Non-executive Chairman of Empire Industries Ltd. Managing Director of Tricapital Management Limited/Tricapital Solutions Inc. since 1986. Tricapital is a merchant bank that advises mid-sized private and public companies and co-invests with management in transactions it advises on. Ian is Chairman of Quadrant Cosmetics Corporation, Canada's largest independent distributor of prestige fragrances and cosmetics, and Chairman of MI Petro(Central) Inc., Ontario’s largest maintenance and repair service provider of retail gas station fuel dispensing equipment. Ian is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from Queen's University.

Terry Quinn

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Currently the Principal of Quinn Consulting, a mergers and acquisitions consulting practice focusing on industrial services and construction businesses in the western Canada oil and gas basin, he has previous experience as General Manager of Delta Catalytic Corporation, President of Tru-Way Group, General Manager and Partner of National Construction Corporation.
  • Terry sits on the board of directors of a private industrial company and a private not-for-profit organization.

Corporate Governance Committee

Ian Macdonald

Non-Executive Chairman - Empire Industries Ltd.

BComm, Carleton University (1973); MBA, Queen's University (1974), Chartered Accountant

Career Highlights

  • Non-executive Chairman of Empire Industries Ltd. Managing Director of Tricapital Management Limited/Tricapital Solutions Inc. since 1986. Tricapital is a merchant bank that advises mid-sized private and public companies and co-invests with management in transactions it advises on. Ian is Chairman of Quadrant Cosmetics Corporation, Canada's largest independent distributor of prestige fragrances and cosmetics, and Chairman of MI Petro(Central) Inc., Ontario’s largest maintenance and repair service provider of retail gas station fuel dispensing equipment. Ian is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from Queen's University.

Bob Marshall, P.Eng

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Sr. Project Director – Pipelines for WorleyParsons. Robert is a professional engineer (BSc. CE; M.Eng.) with over 30 years of experience in the Oil and Gas EPCM industry working on major domestic and international pipeline and civil projects.
  • Robert has a proven track record of successful project completions and effective resource management through the use of sound technical, financial and business acumen combined with strong leadership, training, delegation and motivational skills in a variety of cultural environments.

Terry Quinn

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Currently the Principal of Quinn Consulting, a mergers and acquisitions consulting practice focusing on industrial services and construction businesses in the western Canada oil and gas basin, he has previous experience as General Manager of Delta Catalytic Corporation, President of Tru-Way Group, General Manager and Partner of National Construction Corporation.
  • Terry sits on the board of directors of a private industrial company and a private not-for-profit organization.

Safety Health Environment And Community Committee

Bob Marshall, P.Eng

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Sr. Project Director – Pipelines for WorleyParsons. Robert is a professional engineer (BSc. CE; M.Eng.) with over 30 years of experience in the Oil and Gas EPCM industry working on major domestic and international pipeline and civil projects.
  • Robert has a proven track record of successful project completions and effective resource management through the use of sound technical, financial and business acumen combined with strong leadership, training, delegation and motivational skills in a variety of cultural environments.

Terry Quinn

Independent Director - Empire Industries Ltd.

Career Highlights

  • Currently the Principal of Quinn Consulting, a mergers and acquisitions consulting practice focusing on industrial services and construction businesses in the western Canada oil and gas basin, he has previous experience as General Manager of Delta Catalytic Corporation, President of Tru-Way Group, General Manager and Partner of National Construction Corporation.
  • Terry sits on the board of directors of a private industrial company and a private not-for-profit organization.

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