Our Team


Al Duerr, MBA, ICD.D – Founder and CEO of General Magnetic International Inc.
Strong background in international business as founder of environmental technology company in Malaysia and CEO of International Projects Group of an international private investment company. Former four term Mayor of Calgary, Mr. Duerr is on the boards of a number of Canadian companies.

Aaron Brassard, P. Eng. – Vice President, Engineering and Development.
Former world class magnetic bearing and rotating equipment specialist and Senior Mechanical Engineering Advisor at SKF Magnetic Bearings Inc. Prior to SKF he worked at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Japan. Mr. Brassard is a proven leader, bringing strong skills in rotating machinery, engineering design, computer applications and electromechanical technology to the company.

John Doyle – Vice President, Manufacturing.
Former General Manager of Advantage Products Inc., one of GMII’s development partners. Prior to Advantage, he was a senior designer for Revolve Magnetic Bearings of Calgary. Mr. Doyle is a Master Machinist, and a highly skilled industrial designer, production process planner and qualifier of suppliers in China. Mr. Doyle lives and works full time in China.

Darrell Hansen, C. Tech. – Vice President – Marketing and Sales.
Darrell has over 30 years in the oil and gas industry in engineering, operations, sales and marketing in both drilling and production. He brings national and international experience as a sales and operations manager. Darrell is a Petroleum Engineering Technician and is a member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Kit Chan, B. Comm., BA (Economics) – Chief Financial Officer and Legal Representative for GMII’s China operations.
Appointed to the Board of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Canada) June, 2010. Ms. Chan served on the Boards of Afexa from 2003 to 2009, and the Bank of Canada from 1999–2006. She plays a pivotal role in managing the administrative and financial operations of the company’s off shore operations.

Board of Directors

Gerald Maier O.C., C.D., LL.D., FCAE, FEC – Chairman of Granmar Investments and former Chairman and CEO of Trans-Canada Pipelines, Hudson Bay Oil and Gas and former Chief Executive of Conoco in the U.K.

Douglas G Nyhoff – Active personal investor and board member in early growth companies across range of industries.  Former CEO Ewing Management Group, Senior Vice President Carlyle Management Group, and former partner, Bain and Company

Al Duerr (Founder) – CEO, General Magnetic International Inc., former Mayor of Calgary (1989-2001), former President of Alpac Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Robert Nicolay – City Manager, City of Grande Prairie, former President and CEO, Oak Point Energy Ltd., former VP – Business Development, Pengrowth Energy and former President and CEO of Enmax Corporation, Calgary

Ron Newman – Professional Geophysicist: co-founder of Courage Energy , Winstar Resources and Geophysical Microcomputer (International) Ltd (GMA)

Al Schreiner – Past President and COO, Stream-Flo Industries Ltd., Alberta, Canada and former President of Dominion Oilfields Supply Company

Cameron Ross – Major-General (Retired), Canadian Armed Forces; former Colonel of the Regiment, Lord Strathcona’s Horse; former UN Assistant Secretary General/Force Commander UNDOF (Golan Heights); former President, HCR Security International Ltd; former Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary; former Chairman of the Strathcona Society