Leadership Opportunities Within the IECA
Energy credit professionals like yourself help fulfill the mission of the IECA by serving in volunteer positions on the Board of Directors. IECA board members have the unique opportunity to work alongside other industry leaders and expand their network all while having a positive impact on the industry. The IECA Advisory, Nomination and Elections Committee is responsible for making recommendations for board candidates but members may make nominations per the procedures outlined in the IECA bylaws.
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IECA Board of Directors
Board members listed below have volunteered time and effort to further the IECA's mission and help create the best possible association for its members.The Executive Committee is composed of the President and Vice Presidents who oversee the overall operations of the IECA. IECA Directors specialize in ensuring the effectiveness of specialized areas within IECA and work alongside the Executive Committee.
Jay Hoellen is Vice President, Credit Risk at Tenaska, Inc. He has been in this role at Tenaska since 2001. Jay currently is active in managing the day to day credit functions of the natural gas trading at Tenaska Marketing Ventures. Jay has been active in the IECA since 1998 having served as Technology Committee chairperson, Gas, Liquids, and Electricity Committee chairperson, Assistant Treasurer and has been a member of the Conference Management Committee for a number of years. He was also honored as co-2012 Member of the Year for his work on the website redesign project and is a graduate of the IECA Leadership Program. Jay graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. He is married to Jill and they have two children, Kate and Kyle.
Michael Dutka, Past President
Located in Calgary Alberta Canada, Michael graduated from the University of Alberta in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and finance major. He began his credit career at the Royal Bank of Canada as lending and branch administration officer. In 1993 he transitioned to Equifax, a consumer and commercial credit reporting bureau where he managed a portfolio of energy accounts. Michael moved to EPCOR Utilities in 2001 as Senior Credit Analyst where he provided credit support for both the regulated & non-regulated gas & power trading portfolios. Michael transitioned to the oil and gas sector in 2007 and is with CNOOC International, a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies with operations in Asia, Africa, North and South America, Oceania and Europe. Michael manages commodity and non-commodity credit risk and marketing contracts for CNOOC and is a long-standing member of the IECA. He spends downtime with his wife Darlene and two daughters Mackenzie and Alexandra.
Neal Brandemark, Treasurer
PETRONAS Energy Canada Ltd.
Neal is the Risk Manager at PETRONAS Energy Canada Ltd., a natural gas producer and Canadian subsidiary of PETRONAS, Malaysia’s fully integrated multinational oil & gas corporation. At PETRONAS, Neal is responsible for the credit risk, market risk, contract administration and marketing accounting functions, as well as the corporate insurance program. Prior to joining the company in 2014, Neal held various roles in credit, risk and capital markets at Nexen, EPCOR, Duke and TransCanada. Neal holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Calgary, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a Certified Treasury Professional.
A member of the IECA since 2001, Neal has held various IECA leadership positions since 2007 and most recently, in 2019, served as VP, Membership. Locally, Neal volunteers with Momentum, a non-profit community economic development organization focused on poverty reduction, where he has been on the Momentum Board of Directors since 2016 and is currently Momentum’s Treasurer.
Neal has called Calgary home for over 30 years, and can often be found skiing, cycling or golfing in the nearby Rocky Mountains, along with his wife Maureen and their two daughters.
Paul Heikkila, Assistant Treasurer
BMO Capital Markets
Paul Heikkila is a Director within Corporate Banking – Trading Products, providing portfolio management coverage in support of the Commodity Products Group as well as BMO Insurance. In addition, he manages the trading products portfolios of the US Government and its related entities.
Paul joined BMO in 2011. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets, Paul was a Vice President at Bank of America responsible for portfolio and relationship management within the commercial banking segment. He began his career as a credit analyst at Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services in Chicago.
Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Craig Enochs, First Vice President
Reed Smith, LLC
Craig Enochs is a partner in the Houston office of the law firm Reed Smith, LLP. He assists clients in a wide array of energy transactions that include physical and financial products and complex credit structuring. His clients run the gamut across the energy industry, including merchants, producers, generators, end users, municipalities, lenders and hedgers. Prior to entering private practice Craig worked in the legal department of TXU Energy Trading Company. He is a committed member of CLEG who has chaired two Gap Risk Working Groups for the IECA and who speaks regularly on issues relating to the energy industry, particularly as they relate to credit. Craig graduated from the University of Houston in 1994 (B.A. Psychology) and The University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1996 (J.D.). His wife Tammi attends as many IECA conferences as she can squeeze into her schedule and they have three children.
Franco Negri, Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Technology
Franco is the Senior Manager, Credit Reporting & Compliance at ATCO Group, a company that engages in structures and logistics, electricity, and pipelines and liquids businesses worldwide. ATCO was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada. Franco leads a team of credit professionals who manage all areas of credit risk across the company, including complex business development projects and trading of various commodity portfolios. He joined ATCO in 2013 and has 10 plus years of experience as a credit risk professional. Prior to joining ATCO, Franco was a Senior Credit Analyst at TransAlta Corporation and held various positions at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce prior to joining TransAlta. Franco holds a B.Comm. Finance from the University of Calgary. He has been a member of the IECA since 2006 and served as the Chair of the Canadian Regional Education Committee in 2017.
Phil Lookadoo, Vice President of Sustainability
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Phil Lookadoo is a partner in the D.C. office of Haynes and Boone, LLP and is the current chair of the Dodd-Frank Working Group of the IECA. Phil has been practicing law in the energy sector for more than 30 years and has represented developers of fossil fuel-fired and renewable power generation facilities, obtaining FERC approvals under the Federal Power Act and PURPA, negotiating project contracts, project financing agreements, and related M&A agreements. Phil has an active commodity trading practice, including physical supply and financial derivatives transactions involving oil, natural gas, various petroleum products, electricity, RECs, ethanol, biodiesel, RINs, and other commodities. Phil has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading energy lawyers. Phil holds a B.S. in Physics from West Virginia University, a M.S. in Nuclear Physics from University of Virginia and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
Nithya Venkatesan,Vice President of Education
Nithya Venkatesan has over 15 years of risk management experience spanning credit risk, market risk and enterprise risk. She currently serves as Manager, Risk Controls for Hess Corporation (Hess) globally. Hess is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. The company has an industry-leading position in two key U.S. shale plays — the Bakken in North Dakota and the Utica in Ohio. Hess is also one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a key natural gas producer and supplier to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. The company is engaged in exploration and appraisal activities offshore Guyana, participating in one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade with the first phase of a planned multiphase development of the Liza Field in Guyana underway. Her responsibilities include managing the day-to-day credit and market risk functions, oversight and reporting of the regulatory requirements associated with commodity risk, supplier credit risk and financial reporting related to commodity risk hedge accounting. She has been a member of the IECA since 1998 and currently serves on a few committees. Raised in Houston, Nithya now lives with her family in Sugarland, TX.
Twin Eagle Resource Management, LLC
Christy is the Vice President of Contracts at Twin Eagle Resource Management, LLC, a provider of wholesale energy and midstream services focused on creating value for customers throughout North America, with its corporate office in Houston. In her current role, Christy manages all aspects of contract negotiation and administration, as well as the transaction confirmation process, for natural gas, power, crude oil and NGLs. Prior to joining Twin Eagle in 2011, Christy spent 20+ years in various accounting and contract administration roles at RRI Energy/Reliant, Dynegy and Enron. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
A member of the IECA since 2011, Christy chaired the Contracts and Legal Education Group (CLEG) in 2018 and is currently a co-chair of the US Regional Education Committee.
When Christy isn’t working, she enjoys time spent with her husband, three kids and two adorable granddaughters.
DNB Bank ASA
Sven currently serves as Vice President of Trade and Export Solutions at DNB Bank ASA, London branch. Previous to joining DNB, he spent 12 years at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) as Director for Oil & Gas for European transaction banking. Sven is a career transactional trade finance banker with over 25 years of experience in commodities trade finance. He maintains strong relationships with large multi-national corporates and trading houses in Europe, US and Australasia.
Castleton Commodities LLC
Joshua currently serves as Managing Director, Global Head of Credit at Castleton Commodities International LLC, a global commodity merchant headquartered in Stamford, CT. Prior to joining Castleton in 2016, his prior commodity trading experience includes roles as Head of Energy Credit at Noble Group Limited, Director of Credit at Constellation Energy and Strategic Credit Manager at BP Energy. Joshua’s career began as an energy banker, spending a combined 8 years at JPMorgan Chase and Société Générale.
He holds a BBA from Texas Tech University, an MBA from Texas Christian University and is an MS Finance Candidate at Johns Hopkins University
Joshua has been an active member of the IECA since 2006, participating in events in North America Europe and Asia. His past involvement with the IECA includes serving as a panel speaker in the 2012 and 2019 Spring Education Conferences and the 2017 Spring Education and Networking Event in NYC. Josh currently serves as the Chairman of the Professionals for Diversity & Inclusion Group through the 2018-19 term.
The Energy Authority
Justin is an experienced credit professional with The Energy Authority and the former Chair for the Developing Energy Professionals Group and Chair of the Executive Committee for the North American Power Credit Organization. Justin is a graduate of the Moody’s Analytics Credit Risk Management Certificate Program and currently serves as a Member of both the University of North Florida’s Economics Advisory Council and the International Society of Organizational Development and Change.
Justin received his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, his Master of Intercultural Communication and International Management from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany, in cooperation with the University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland, and a Certificate of Participation from Dongbei University of Finance & Economics in Dalian, China. Justin also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. Justin is currently completing his dissertation for his Doctor of Business Administration at the AACSB Accredited Jacksonville University.
Cenovus Energy Inc
Ender Cheung is a Specialist, Credit Risk with Cenovus Energy Inc.. She joined Cenovus Energy in 2012 and provides credit support for downstream commodity marketing & hedging activities, upstream joint venture & supply chain management and treasury investment risk. Prior to joining Cenovus, Ender was at Nexen Inc. where she eventually became Team Lead, Credit for Global Crude Oil overseeing the credit risk management function for the international crude oil portfolio. Ender is a committee member of the Canadian Regional Education Committee and served as Chairperson in 2019-2020. Ender holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. Outside of work, Ender spends her time with her husband Sopheara and two children, Sydney and Everett.
Castleton Commodities LLC
Naeem is responsible for the management of credit risk globally, with a focus on Castleton’s oil trading platform. This role involves risk management on daily transactional flow, counterparty credit management, credit structuring of origination initiatives, and management of select trade finance activities.
With 17 years of experience in the commodity industry, Naeem has covered a multitude of traded products. Prior to joining CCI, Naeem has had experience working in the oil refining, merchant trading, and banking sectors.
Wilbury Stratton Consultants Limited
Mikhaela's experience spans human capital recruitment and market analysis, with extensive relations. She has a proven track record of facilitating introductions and placements of key individuals and team moves for the global IECA membership base and beyond.
Mikhaela is regularly mandated to provide clients with strategic information, relating to macro considerations, structure evaluation, competitor analysis, market mapping and industry intelligence. In recent years, Mikhaela has worked closely with traditional energy clients who are diversifying their focus to incorporate renewables and cleantech. Her existing client base includes global dominators & blue chips to some of the most advanced start-ups seen in the last decade across areas such as energy, renewables, space & satellite, emissions monitoring and cyber security.
Holding a BA Hons in International Business and E-commerce, Mikhaela avidly enjoys supporting the IECA endeavours in future proofing the organisation through technology. Outside of work, Mikhaela owns, competes and trains horses in the discipline of Eventing and is a Level 1 British Dressage Steward, protecting the welfare of the horse in the competitive environment.
Kevin Page is an Associate General Counsel for Tenaska’s energy management and natural gas marketing companies. In over a decade of legal practice, he has gained significant experience by assisting clients with physical and financial energy transactions, credit arrangements, bankruptcy matters and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Tenaska, Kevin practiced law in the Houston offices of Reed Smith, LLP and Jackson Walker L.L.P. He has been a member of the IECA since 2011 and has served in various positions, including co-chair of the Contracts and Legal Education Group (CLEG) for two years. Kevin graduated from Baylor University in 2003 (B.B.A. Marketing and Economics) and from Baylor University School of Law in 2006 (J.D.). He and his wife Nicole live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area with their two sons, Collin and Declan, and their two daughters, Savannah Grace and Lucy.