About Pure Environmental
Pure is driven by the deep roots established in the energy sector waste management industry by its Chairman David (Dave) Werklund. Dave is an acclaimed Canadian entrepreneur, the pioneer who developed the Canadian oilfield waste management industry, an energy services industry leader, and dedicated philanthropist. In 1984, he established the first oilfield waste management company (CCS) in Alberta and grew that organization into a $3.7 billion dollar enterprise by 2007. This company, and the many others Mr. Werklund has established, led to him receiving the Ernst & Young’s Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. Mr. Werklund was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2018.
Mr. Werklund believes in surrounding himself with talented, progressive individuals, as evidenced by the leadership team he has assembled at Pure.
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. It is where Dave's business philosophy was established and is fundamental to the operations of the Werklund Family Office.
An entrepreneur at heart, Dave 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 Dave 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.
In 1984 he established Canadian Crude Separators (CCS - a founding company of Tervita) which grew into a $3.7 billion enterprise by 2007. CCS recognized the need for a treatment facility and built one to meet a specific customer need. In the service rig industry they constantly looked for ways to improve the operation of their rigs resulting in CCS owning one of the most modern rig fleets in the industry. At their treatment facilities, CCS pioneered the Gravity Compression System which helps settle solid waste from the emulsions received at the plant. CCS implemented design innovations in their salt caverns to make them safe and permanent. These design changes led to the first Canadian underground storage facility at Hardisty. CCS believed that waste product should never touch the earth, which led to improvements in their waste management sites that exceeded existing regulatory standards and set the standard for other companies in the industry. Through his role as CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, built from the ground up, he received both Ernst & Young’s Prairie Region and Canadian Entrepreneur of the year in 2005. In 2012, CCS and its divisions came together to form Tervita Corporation with sales that reached $5.8 billion in 2013. Dave was with Tervita as chairman until 2016. This remarkable record of sustained growth is a testament to Dave’s philosophy of "empowering our people" and creating a workplace where innovation and a solutions-oriented, entrepreneurial spirit rules.
In 2006, Dave redirected his entrepreneurial endeavours with the establishment of the Werklund Family Office, a unique private family organization preserving and promoting the legacy and values of the Werklund family, and providing tailored personal and wealth management services for individual family members. Dave started Werklund Ventures Ltd. to personally invest in private innovative companies. Among his many interests, he is Founder and Chairman of Payload Technologies, the Chairman of Pure Environmental, and currently serves as the Chair of the Boards for RS Technologies Inc. and Intelligent Wellhead Systems.
In addition to his significant successes in the business community, Dave has also strived to enrich the lives of others through his invaluable philanthropic contributions to individuals, organizations, and to his community. In 2006, he endowed the Werklund Foundation as a legacy-building endeavor to empower youth through leadership education. The Werklund Foundation helped develop and launch Empowering Minds™, a program ensuring that thousands of Alberta students are provided an opportunity for empowerment and leadership training, a program considered life-changing by many of its participants. The Foundation continues to fulfil its mission of transforming communities by inspiring youth to achieve their full potential. It has supported and partnered with many inspiring organizations including, but not limited to, the WE Charity (formerly Free the Children), the Calgary Arts Academy, AWALI, Telus Spark, the University of Calgary, Junior Achievement, and Kids Help Phone.
Meet The Team
President & CEO
An innovative executive with more than 20 years of experience in waste management, reclamation, transportation and logistics, health and safety, and construction, Rick is highly sought out for his unparalleled expertise as an influential leader in both the private and public sectors across North America.
A professional Agrologist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Northern British Columbia, his proficiency in strategic planning and his entrepreneurial mindset have enabled him to excel in a variety of leadership positions. Prior to coming to Pure Environmental, he was VP of Operations at a publicly traded oilfield services company, overseeing their United States development and operations, and Chief Operating Officer and Director of a company specializing in construction, transport, and logistics.
A trailblazer in the industry, Rick has been with Pure since 2021. He exemplifies Pure’s mandate to meet industry challenges head-on and specializes in strategic planning, implementation of forward-thinking systems to ensure profitability and performance, sales and marketing, and business operations.
Building a culture established on respect, integrity and honesty, Rick prides himself in being an approachable and trustworthy leader, inspiring those around him to strive for excellence and connect the dots to reach the organization’s goals, together, while building longstanding relationships with clients and stakeholders.
RAMIN BOGZARAN, EP
VP Corporate Development
For more than 30 years, Ramin has been a trusted and dynamic environmental professional and business leader, spearheading strategic development, driving innovation, and growing businesses across Canada, the United States, and throughout international markets.
Graduating from the University of Regina, Ramin holds an Environmental Professional designation. His entrepreneurial drive paired with his keen business acumen have propelled him forward in his career, holding progressively senior positions as an executive with major North American environmental and energy services companies ranging from integrated energy sector waste management to environmental contracting companies. He was a founding partner of an environmental technology company which developed a patented technology to treat oily sludge waste streams, a venture which was later divested to an international oilfield services provider.
Ramin has been an integral part of the leadership team at Pure Environmental since 2018. He leads corporate development and strategy. Drawing from his expertise in the areas of business development, technology implementation, project management, operations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, and human and capital resource management, he is focused on helping to grow Pure’s world-class waste management infrastructure and environmental services.
Ramin is a natural leader and prides himself in being able to create and foster collaborative environments and build synergies across the organization. Anchored by integrity and a passion for inclusivity, Ramin works to build a culture rooted in teamwork, and strives to empower his team to function as a united group to achieve excellence while building lasting relationships with clients and stakeholders.
TROY SCHWAB, CPA-CMA
Director of Finance
Known for his versatility and ability to bridge the gap between the technical and the everyday, Troy is highly skilled in maximizing organization profitability in competitive markets in industries across North America. A senior financial leader with more than 25 years of experience, he leads by example and implements innovative solutions for complex problems.
Hailing from Winnipeg, MB, Troy began his career in transportation. His focus on teamwork, reliability and mastery of all levels of finance saw him quickly accelerate into leadership roles at large industrial waste and services companies. He excels in management reporting, budgeting, and forecasting functions while also utilizing his managerial experience to lead strategy and planning in business development, administrative support functions, and operations.
As Director, Finance at Pure Environmental since 2018, Troy draws from his breadth of experience to build and implement effective financial systems, report financial results, execute growth strategies, and manage day-to-day efficient processes related to operations. Troy balances his financial expertise with a strong foundational understanding of overall business operations, helping to grow Pure’s world-class waste management infrastructure by adapting quickly to new situations, assessing business needs, and streamlining administrative tasks in areas like IT and HR.
A motivated and committed leader, Troy develops meaningful relationships with employees and external stakeholders and cultivates strong finance teams. He goes out of his way to assist others, enabling them to excel, and in turn, the organization to thrive.
Director of Operations
Lance is a passionate leader who strives to listen and empower his people and valued customers. An expert in the industry, he has more than 25 years of experience in upstream waste management, environmental compliance, and water treatment.
Proficient in strategic growth and planning, Lance began his career as an oilfield mechanic. His natural leadership ability and enthusiasm quickly propelled him into a senior leadership role at one of North America’s largest industrial waste and services companies for 15 years where, most recently, he was Director of Northern Operations with responsibilities ranging from profitability to construction and operation of facilities in an active region with multiple facilities and infrastructure.
Known for his high energy and wholehearted approach to everything he pursues, Lance has been at Pure Environmental since 2018. He possesses a strong ability to problem solve and make sound decisions that reflect Pure’s corporate values of trust and integrity. He specializes in strategic growth initiatives, marketing and field operations, customer service, and operational excellence.
An ardent mentor committed to ensuring the safety of those around him, Lance strives to cultivate a positive culture for his team through a foundation of respect and trust. He goes out of his way to make the workplace an inclusive environment for all, aligning with Pure’s vision, to drive success for his team and the company.