North American Helium is led by an experienced team which combines strong scientific, engineering, geologic and business capabilities. As the Company continues to advance its strategy toward build a leading helium exploration and production company in North America, it has been actively growing its technical and organizational capabilities. North American Helium currently employs 12 full-time staff engaged in land acquisition, engineering, exploration and geo-technical development functions. The company also employs 10 part-time subject matter experts across a variety of technical areas specific to exploring for, processing and marketing helium.


Nicholas Snyder, CFA

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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.

Marlon McDougall, P. Eng.

President & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. McDougall has 35 years of experience in the Canadian oil & gas sector, most recently as COO of Grizzly Resources. Previously he served as COO of Pengrowth Energy, where had responsibility for  500+ indirect reports and annual capital budgets approaching $1 billion, successfully managing multiple major capital projects and drilling programs.

Neil Burrows, CPA, CMA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Burrows has 30 years of experience specializing in junior oil and gas companies. He has expertise in operational accounting, corporate development and administration.  He was previously CFO and VP of Finance at publicly-traded Striker Exploration, Alston Energy, and Renegade Oil & Gas, as well as Addison Energy, a subsidiary of Exco Resources.

Vance Blydo, P.Eng.

Vice President Operations

Mr. Blydo is a professional engineer with 25 years of operational experience in the oil & gas industry in Western Canada, both in exploration and development, production, plant design, and facilities operations. He previously managed the drilling program at Spyglass Resources after working in operations at Renegade Petroleum and Zapata Energy.

Patty Thomas, M.Sc., P.Geo.

Vice President Exploration

Mrs. Thomas has 33 years of experience exploring, developing, and mapping hydrocarbon formations in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin and is responsible for multiple oil & gas discoveries in Saskatchewan. She was previously VP Exploration for Raven Energy and Prairie Hunter Energy, as well as working for larger oil companies and government clients.

Donna Bowles, P. Land

Vice President Land & Government Relations

Mrs. Bowles is a professional landman and has over 25 years of diverse experience in the energy industry. She was previously a founding member of Standard Exploration after working at the predecessor to that public company. Prior to that she worked for eight years at Canadian Natural Resources. Mrs. Bowles was the Chairperson of the 2014 CAPL Conference.