Our Leadership

The strength of the Firebreak management team stems from combined expertise in both management and technical areas. The leadership and alignment characteristics of Firebreak’s management team makes us very responsive to situations requiring innovative solutions.

Frank HolemansFrank O. Holemans, President & CEO
Frank Holemans is the founder of Firebreak Canada Corp. and serves as the company’s President and CEO; he also serves as President and CEO of Firebreak USA Corp.

Mr. Holemans held executive positions in several other companies was founder of E-Tronics Battery Support Systems Corp. (now Valesco Battery Support Systems) and served as President of the publicly trading company until December 2000, when he retired from the company. E-Tronics developed and build automated industrial battery support systems to precondition new batteries, recondition and recover old batteries, identify capacities and faults, and help manage the battery fleet.

He is a graduate of McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Frank has several years of firsthand experience with military, law enforcement, and public safety.

Frank lives on a ranch in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Central Alberta where he raises Angus Cattle and Anglo-Arab horses. In his spare time Frank volunteers at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Citizens on Patrol and other volunteer organizations.

Dennis Kambeitz, Communications
Having worked as an editor and director in the media arena for several years, Dennis possesses a unique knowledge of what it takes to make a great production for us in all levels of media. A graduate of SAIT’s Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio program and The Media Workshops at UCLA. Dennis has 15 years experience in the television industry. Dennis is a member of Mensa Canada and also serves on the board of governors for the Parks Foundation of Calgary.

Board of Advisors
Firebreak’s Board of Advisors includes business owners and managers from a variety of businesses and disciplines. Each offers a unique perspective, and a wealth of experience to draw on. We also get great cross-fertilization from each of our respective businesses as we share ideas and suggestions. Our advisory board participates in regular brainstorming sessions, and we frequently contact advisers individually to draw on their specific areas of expertise. Here is a synopsis of our advisory board, listed in alphabetical order.

Peter deBruijn, RPF.
Peter’s vast wildland fire industry experience includes 20 years with the Canadian Division of Phos-Chek® brand fire chemicals where he held positions ranging from Technical Sales Representative to General Manager. During these years he participated in many large scale and well known events such as: the Hagersville tire fire in the Province of Ontario; the Canada-Indonesia Forest Fire Management Seminar in Djakarta, Indonesia; multiple fire-storm events in the State of California; and large scale fire events throughout western Canada. More recently he has been working with the Wildland Fire Operational Research Group of FPInnovations; conducting a number of research projects involving water additives used in fire suppression/structure protection under wildland fire conditions. Peter holds a Master’s degree in Forestry, specializing in prescribed burning, and is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with the Association of BC Forest Professionals. In 1997 he chaired the FireExpo97 Wildland Fire Equipment Exhibition in Abbotsford, British Columbia; has served as a Fire Warden for the Coastal Fire Centre in British Columbia; was acting Director of Education for Forest Education BC (formerly BCFA); and conducted multiple prescribed fire research projects in the USA.

Mr. T.J. (Jake) Harp
brings over 50 years experience working in the oil industry. He is a Petroleum Engineer, graduated from Louisiana State University in 1950. During the period of 1952 to 1975 he was the Canadian Manager of Drilling and Production of Hunt Oil Company and Apache Corp. He started his own businesses Harp Oilfield Rentals and Harp Resources. He started Coyote Oilfield Rentals which he sold later to New Alta Corp. and is currently the President of 4H Resources. Jake is on the Board of Directors of Canadian Superior Energy (a $310 Million capital company) and Cheyenne Energy (a $60 Million capital company), in addition he is on the Reserve and Audit Committee for Canadian Superior Energy. He is a Lifetime Member of the Professional Engineers of Canada. We have identified a strong business person in Jake Harp being that he has started four companies that are very successful and look at him for direction on implementing a similar strategy.

Richard W. Lawrie, CFO.
has recently retired from the position of Fire Chief of the City of Abbotsford after 30 years of experience with the fire service. In June of this year (2007) he will be completing his second term as the President of the Fire Chiefs Association of British Columbia. Richard has worked with every aspect of the Fire Service in British Columbia and Canada and his experiences have provided detailed familiarity with the issues and the options for growth and development. Richard’s formal education includes the University of British Columbia, Banff Center for Management, Canadian Emergency Preparedness College and the Justice Institute of B.C. He has been awarded the Chief Fire Officer Professional Designation (CFOD). Richard Lawrie has been part of fire department analysis and strategic planning for many years and is responsible for the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Services Master Plan which has been recognized as one of the most definitive plans in B.C. Richard has worked as an associate consultant with a variety of jurisdictions with the most recent being with Richmond Fire Rescue developing and completing their Strategic Plan. Through his involvement as a Fire Chief and with professional associations he has been instrumental in enhancing the legislative governance of the fire service in BC and improving the delivery of services to citizens. Richard is the principal of R.W. Lawrie and Associates.

 

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Address: R.R.1, Sundre, Alberta, CANADA T0M 1X0
Telephone: 403.507.4772
Fax: 403.507.4770
E-mail: frankh@firebreakcanada.com


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