Capital Partners to Indigenous Nations

 

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Indigena Holdings



John Jurrius

CEO, Indigena Holdings

Mr. Jurrius has spent over 30 years developing projects and providing financial solutions in partnership with Tribal Nations in the US and First Nations in Canada. His vision and determination to assist Indigenous Nations in using their rights and resources to create economies capable of sustaining their socio-economic needs has led to the creation of hundreds of millions of dollars of new long-term commercial revenue for Nations and their associated partnerships with industry and the financial community. These assets have provided above sector returns for investors while at the same time creating material assets for the Nations. Mr. Jurrius attended Angelo State University after serving in the U.S Military as a military intelligence analyst. Mr. Jurrius is an honorary Chieftain of the Blood Tribe.

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Mr. Jurrius began his career in 1986, developing energy properties on the Southern Ute Reservation. In 1992 Mr. Jurrius had began partnering directly with the Nation on energy projects by sourcing joint venture capital to finance acquisitions in both the upstream and midstream energy sectors. In 1996, he agreed to serve as the Southern Ute Tribe financial advisor, responsible for the overall management of the Tribe’s financial affairs. It was during this time that Mr. Jurrius developed a comprehensive financial plan and model, which was adopted by the Tribe in 1999.

The purpose of the financial plan was to provide to the Tribe a strategic alternative to the Federal Government’s passive management model and deploy the Tribe’s estate to produce economic independence. At the same time, the plan institutionalized the separation of government and business activities and established a relationship between the financial health of the organization and the long-term expansion of social commitments to their membership which ensured economic stability, minimum levels of social programs and additional benefits, depending upon the prosperity of the Tribe’s business activities. The Financial Plan consisted of separating the Southern Ute's wealth into two portfolios: the Permanent Fund and the Growth Fund. The Permanent Fund is a low-risk, investment grade endowment fund formed to perpetually generate annual incomes that cover the costs of the Southern Ute Government activities and services. The Growth Fund holds the Southern Ute’s business enterprises. Given that the Southern Ute's crude oil and natural gas reserves are finite, since 2001, the Growth Fund diversified into other investments including real estate, alternative energy and other opportunities, both on and off of Southern Ute land. In addition to serving as financial advisor for the Ute Tribe he also served as the finance director of their Growth Fund. While working with the Southern Utes, significant accomplishments included the acquisition of Red Cedar Gathering Company; McKenzie Methane Corporation, the cornerstone of Red Willow Production Company’s producing properties; the Nation’s first non-Reservation direct asset investment in Contango Oil and Gas Company, and the Tribe’s attainment of a AAA credit rating from Fitch and Moody’s rating agencies.

In 2008, Mr. Jurrius founded Native American Resource Partners, a Quantum Energy portfolio company that provided capital for energy opportunities with Indigenous Nations in Canada and the United States. NARP created four co-partnered energy companies with Nations as well as a specialized oilfield service company.

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Christine Robertson, P. Eng.

President, Indigena Holdings

Ms. Robertson is a professional engineer and an experienced energy executive with a diverse technical and business background, having served on senior management teams of many companies in her 30 year career. She was instrumental in planning and implementing the significant growth of several junior energy companies. In 2012, Ms. Robertson joined Native American Resource Partners, where she was the COO of the company and its subsidiaries Tribal North Energy Services, and Kainai Energy – all companies working in co-partnership with Indigenous Nations. Ms. Robertson is an expert in the regulatory framework and in executing projects on First Nation lands in Canada with a focus on best practices and environmental responsibility. She holds a B.Sc. with distinction, in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a registered member of Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Susan Hammer

VP Client Relations, Indigena Holdings

Ms. Hammer has worked exclusively with Indigenous Nations for almost 20 years. She works closely with Indigenous Nations’ Chiefs and Councils, communities and their representatives, and has successfully helped organise and guide Nations through designation and referendum votes. Ms. Hammer has a thorough understanding and appreciation for the many challenges and complexities of endeavoring to create economically sustainable development within a federal regulatory framework.

Ms. Hammer started working with Tribal Nations in 1995 as Finance Director of the Southern Ute Tribe’s housing entity. She went on to work with Southern Ute’s Growth Fund as one of the five founding employees. In 2005, Ms. Hammer became the Northern Ute Tribe of Utah’s Director of Tribal Housing. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized her achievement through the granting of the Outstanding Achievement award in recognition of her efforts. She also served on the board of the National Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) representing all Tribes in the US on Housing issues. In 2008 Ms. Hammer joined Native American Resource partners and is well respected in the Indigenous communities with whom Indigena partners.

Crystal Rampersaud

Executive Assistant, Indigena Holdings

Ms. Rampersaud is Indigena’s Executive Assistant and brings with her over 10 years of office and project coordination, administration, event planning and executive support from the finance, investment and tech industries.




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Indigena Capital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Indigena Holdings



Cullen Schaar

President, Indigena Capital

Mr. Schaar has broad experience making control and non-control investments across a variety of commercial sectors. Prior to Indigena, Cullen was an investment professional with Leucadia National Corporation and Jefferies Capital Partners after beginning his career in investment banking at Jefferies. Cullen graduated from The University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Stemp

Vice President, Operations, Indigena Capital

Mr. Stemp is a professional engineer with over 25 years of field operations and technical expertise. Prior to joining Indigena, Mr. Stemp was an energy services Operations Manager and technical subject matter expert predominantly with Schlumberger Oilfield services. He has overseas operational experience in South East Asia, the United States and the Middle East. Mr. Stemp focuses on execution and safety in all of our operations.

Mr. Stemp holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. Upon joining Indigena in 2015, he managed the growth of our Tribal North Energy Services division and since 2019 has been managing our capital expansion at Kainai Forage.

Michael J. Kryczka

Vice President, Indigena Capital

Mr. Kryczka is a key part of the business development team at Indigena, where he works closely with the technical team to identify and evaluate potential partnership opportunities. Mr. Kryczka has 25 years of energy experience, specializing in land management, negotiations, A&D, strategic planning, business development and Aboriginal relations. He has considerable experience in the structuring and implementation of working partnerships with Indigenous Nations. Mr. Kryczka has founded and overseen the growth of a number of successful junior energy companies, and joined Native American Resource Partners in 2013 as Vice President, Land.

Mike holds a Bachelors degree in commerce, with distinction, from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Landmen.

Justin Ferguson

Vice President, Indigena Capital

Mr. Ferguson has spent his 15-year career finding innovative ways to build organizations, coalitions and partnerships between diverse stakeholders in the public...

Mr. Ferguson has spent his 15-year career finding innovative ways to build organizations, coalitions and partnerships between diverse stakeholders in the public and private sectors. He excels at finding ways to bridge the gap between parties using mutually beneficial and collaborative solutions.

Payton Porter

Associate, Indigena Capital

Mr. Porter is an Associate on Indigena Capital’s investment team....

Mr. Porter is an Associate on Indigena Capital’s investment team. Prior to joining Indigena, Mr. Porter worked for Vaquero Midstream, a Permian Basin midstream company, and BB&T Capital Markets, as part of the Industrial Services equity research team.

Mr. Porter graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Economics.

Crockett Jurrius

Associate, Indigena Capital

Mr. Jurrius is an Associate on Indigena Capital’s investment team. Prior to joining Indigena, Mr. Jurrius was an Investment Associate at AFO Capital, the family office of the Andrews Family, based in Fort Worth, where he focused on underwriting, due diligence and...

Mr. Jurrius is an Associate on Indigena Capital’s investment team. Prior to joining Indigena, Mr. Jurrius was an Investment Associate at AFO Capital, the family office of the Andrews Family, based in Fort Worth, where he focused on underwriting, due diligence and management of investments across an institutional portfolio.

Mr. Jurrius holds a B.B.A. in Accounting, and a Masters in Accounting with an emphasis in Financial Valuation from Texas Christian University. Mr. Jurrius is a Certified Public Accountant.

Patrick Homa

Analyst, Indigena Capital

Mr. Homa is an Analyst on Indigena Capital’s investment team. Prior to joining Indigena, Mr. Homa was an Assurance Senior at Moss Adams LLP, one of the 10 largest public accounting firms in the US, and...

Mr. Homa is an Analyst on Indigena Capital’s investment team. Prior to joining Indigena, Mr. Homa was an Assurance Senior at Moss Adams LLP, one of the 10 largest public accounting firms in the US, and was based in their Dallas, TX office. He primarily focused on performing financial statement audits in the real estate and energy sectors for a variety of clients, including Indigenous Nations in the US.

Mr. Homa holds both a B.B.A. in Accounting and a Masters in Accounting with an emphasis in Financial Valuation from Texas Christian University. Mr. Homa is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

Frank Opolski

Corporate Controller, Indigena Capital

Mr. Opolski is the Corporate Controller overseeing Indigena Capital’s finance and accounting team. Prior to joining Indigena, Mr. Opolski worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the asset...

Mr. Opolski is the Corporate Controller overseeing Indigena Capital’s finance and accounting team. Prior to joining Indigena, Mr. Opolski worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the asset & wealth management assurance group in Dallas, TX, where he primarily led audit engagements of complex private equity funds.

Mr. Opolski is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Accounting and minor in Finance, as well as a Master’s in Professional Accounting with a concentration on Financial Reporting and Assurance.

Nicola Pomeroy

Canadian Controller, Indigena Capital

Ms. Pomeroy is Indigena Capital Canada’s Controller, overseeing the financials pertaining to the Canadian operations. Ms. Pomeroy has 18 years' of experience in various financial roles and...

Ms. Pomeroy is Indigena Capital Canada’s Controller, overseeing the financials pertaining to the Canadian operations. Ms. Pomeroy has 18 years' of experience in various financial roles and industries including oil and gas service, construction, and communications. Ms. Pomeroy is actively pursuing an Executive Master of Business Administration Degree at the University of Fredericton specializing in Business Analytics.

Chase Anderson

Senior Accountant, Indigena Capital

Mr. Anderson is a senior accountant on Indigena Capital’s finance and accounting team. Prior to joining Indigena, Mr. Anderson worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the international tax – quantitative solutions group in Dallas, TX...

Mr. Anderson is a senior accountant on Indigena Capital’s finance and accounting team. Prior to joining Indigena, Mr. Anderson worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the international tax – quantitative solutions group in Dallas, TX. Chase is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A. in Accounting and a Master’s of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Tax/Entrepreneurship.