A commitment to high standards.

To ensure our standards of quality and fairness positively reach and affect each of our clients, employees and stakeholders, Aveda has enacted essential procedures and policies for corporate governance.

From oil and gas and environmental protection to law and accounting, each member of Aveda’s board of directors brings experience from a diverse array of disciplines, while sharing extensive experience in both the management and governance of publicly traded oil and gas companies.

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David P. Werklund , , , Executive Chairman

An acclaimed Canadian entrepreneur, oilfield industry leader and dedicated philanthropist, David (“Dave”) P. Werklund cultivated his can-do attitude from his wholesome upbringing in rural Alberta. Growing up on a farm fostered a solid work ethic, promoted a strong foundation of core values, and nurtured an appreciation for protecting the environment.

An entrepreneur at heart, Werklund has a remarkable desire to always do better and an extraordinary knack for recognizing and seizing opportunities. His industrious career began in 1965 at Shell Canada where he worked as a production manager. It was here where Werklund recognized and capitalized on the need to address environmental and waste management issues in the oil and gas exploration industry. He co-founded Concord Well Servicing in 1979 and grew it from a one-rig operation to the third largest well service company in Canada.

And his business ventures did not stop there. In 1984, Werklund founded Canadian Crude Separators with an initial investment of $50,000 in a small oilfield service company in northern Alberta. His vision for environmental stewardship drove the company to produce cutting-edge advancements and progressive technologies. By 2007, Werklund had distinguished CCS Corporation as a $3.7 billion multifaceted corporation. Today, the company employs 4,000 personnel and is internationally recognized and trusted as an industry leader, providing integrated and environmentally responsible services to upstream and downstream oil and gas companies across North America.

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Stefan Erasmus , , , Director

In addition to his duties as an Aveda director, Stefan Erasmus is president of Werklund Capital Corporation, which supports the Werklund family and its wealth management, and a board member of the Werklund Foundation, which governs the family’s philanthropic efforts. Prior to this role, Erasmus was managing director for Western Canada at the global consulting firm Resources Global Professionals.

A former CFO for a public independent power producer, he has also led a national electronic integration company. Erasmus started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in England, providing audit and consultative services to a wide array of industries. He is a law graduate from Manchester University in England and Bourgogne University in France, as well as a chartered accountant in England, Wales and Canada, and sits on a number of boards for private and public companies. Erasmus is actively involved in numerous nonprofit activities, and is an alumnus of Calgary Inc. Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40.

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Doug McCartney , , , Director

Doug McCartney is the managing partner of Burstall Winger LLP, practicing in the areas of securities and corporate finance and corporate and commercial law. With extensive experience in corporate finance securities transactions—including public and private share and debt financings, initial public offerings, mergers and business combinations, corporate restructurings, and stock exchange listings—McCartney helps his clients interpret, understand and meet their reporting obligations under securities laws.

In addition, he is a director or officer of several public and private companies. McCartney received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Calgary in 1995 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 1998. He was called to the Alberta Bar in 1999.

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Paul Shelley , , , Director

Paul Shelley serves as principle and consultant for various corporate finance, merger, acquisition and divestiture activities. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from Queen's University and subsequently obtaining his CGA, he operated his own business for a number of years before selling it and joining RBC Financial Group.

He served in various capacities at RBC, including manager of special loans, where he was responsible for managing a number of accounts in excess of $100 million each. He also worked as a centre manager, where he served a broad base of businesses in British Columbia. After 15 years with RBC, Shelley left to join GE Capital as an executive and, for the next nine years, was responsible for the company's significant growth in Western Canada.

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Larry Heidt , , , Director

Mr. Heidt offers a significant depth of expertise in the oilfield services arena and has held executive level roles for nearly thirty years. He held the role of President with Bawden Drilling, Noble Drilling, and Nabors Drilling and later was the President and CEO of Nabors Well Services. Upon the acquisition of Nabors Well Services by C&J Energy Services, he continued as the President of Production Services and has most recently been a professional advisor to executives with C&J Energy Services.

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