Experience In The Business

North American Helium benefits from the support and guidance of a Board of Directors that combines deep experience in the oil and gas business, the industrial gas and helium business and also major public and private equity firms.

Board of Directors

Nicholas Snyder, CFA

Chairman and CEO

Mr. Snyder has significant experience investing in the resource space, actively engaging with management teams of numerous public and private companies. He was previously a Principal at Union Square Research Group, a boutique research firm catering to institutional investors and prior to that he was President of Morris Snyder Asset Management.

W.G. “Bill” Young, P.Geol, MBA

Director and President

Mr. Young has 40 years of technical and management experience in the Canadian and US oil industry, including at Texaco and Dome Petroleum. He was one of the initial team members of Renegade Oil and Gas and a founder of Renegade Petroleum, successfully managing major exploration programs at both companies.

Ian Robertson, Esq.

Director (independent)

A partner at Robertson Neil, LLP, Mr. Robertson has over 40 years of industry and legal experience, including as President & CEO of Canadian Turbo, a billion-dollar publicly-traded oil refining and marketing company.  Mr. Robertson was previously a Partner at McMillan, LP, and serves as Director, Governor or Trustee of numerous organizations.

William Fennebresque

Director (independent)

Managing Partner at energy-focused private equity firm Stronghold Resource Partners, Mr. Fennebresque was previously Co-Founder and CEO of A2 Access, a financial technology firm that was sold to a Carlyle Group portfolio company. Prior to that, he was a partner at Hound Partners, a multi-billion long/short equity Tiger Cub hedge fund.

Glenn Fischer, MBA

Director (independent)

Previously the President and COO of Airgas, Mr. Fischer has 25 years of experience in the industrial gas business.  Prior to that he served as President of BOC Gases, North America. After leaving Airgas, Mr. Fischer was an operating partner at AEA Investors, stepping in to serve as the interim CEO for four different portfolio companies owned by that firm.

Phil Kornbluth, MBA


President of Kornbluth Helium Consulting, Mr. Kornbluth has 34 years of experience in the helium business. He previously served as EVP of the International & Helium division of Matheson TNSC and as VP of Global Helium at the BOC Group. Mr. Kornbluth also serves as a consultant to North American Helium.

Arthur Spector, JD

Director (independent)

Founder of private equity fund Safeguard International, Mr. Spector has served as CEO or Chairman of a number of public companies, including Advanced Metallurgical Group, Neoware Systems and State National Bank of Maryland. He was previously a Managing Director at TL Ventures, a major venture capital firm.

Robert C. Watson, ICD

Director (independent)

President & CEO of the Information Technology Association of Canada, Mr. Watson previously served as President & CEO of Saskpower and SaskTel, both multi-billion-dollar Saskatchewan Crown Corporations.  Mr. Watson currently serves as a Director of numerous corporate, educational and non-profit boards.

Jeff Volling, MBA

Director (independent)

Senior Vice President and Investment Officer of Bessemer Private Investments, Mr. Volling  is part of a team overseeing a private equity investment strategy and related portfolio of investments. Prior to joining Bessemer, he was most recently a Vice President with AEA Investors, a private equity fund based in New York City.  Prior to AEA, Jeff was a private equity professional with Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago and also worked in investment banking with Credit Suisse in New York City.