2018 kent ferguson

Kent Ferguson has over 20 years of experience in the banking industry and was appointed Co-Head, Canadian Energy, for RBC Capital Markets’ investment banking group in 2014. In addition to leading the energy group, Kent leads senior account coverage and the execution of financing and M&A transactions for oil & gas companies.

Kent is married to Carrie (Giroux) Ferguson and has two children who keep their parents very busy.

Kent holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a member of the CFA Institute and is active in the community. His work in the community includes roles with the United Way of Calgary & Area, coaching hockey, the RBC Capital Markets Foundation, UNICEF patron's council in Calgary and RBC’s annual employee giving campaign.

Kent was co-chair of the of the Oil & Gas division for the 2015-2017 Calgary United Way Campaigns, is co-chair for Major Energy of the 2018 campaign and in April 2018, joined the United Way Calgary & Areas Board of Directors.




Seyi is currently a Senior Business Analyst, Brookfield Residential for Brookfield Residential Properties Inc., a leading North American land developer and homebuilder with operations in strategic markets including Alberta and California. At Brookfield Residential, Seyi is focused on Sustainability and Marketing initiatives and works towards strategic planning, marketing strategy development, reputation management, and corporate communications strategy and execution efforts.

Seyi has two major degrees from Queen’s University (BSc. & BPHE), a postgraduate certificate in Sports Business Management from Algonquin College, a certificate in E-Marketing from the Canadian Marketing Association, and an Executive MBA also from Queen’s University.

Seyi is a strong team player and highly skilled problem-solver with the ability to develop strategies that provide positive business solutions and lead teams towards success. Having worked with a variety of organizations, Seyi has a wide range of experience in client relations, branding, corporate communications, social media, digital media and strategic partnerships.

Seyi has a passion for innovative community work. He has been involved with the United Way of Calgary and Area since 2010. His community work involves being past Chair of the United Way’s Gen Next strategic engagement initiative, an ex officio Board member to the United Way Board of Directors, and is currently actively involved with the Young Rotary Organization.

In April 2018, Seyi was invited to join the UWCA Board of Directors. Seyi is currently a member of the UWCA Board Strategic Planning Committee and the Reputation Alignment Committee.



Deborah Yedlin has covered the energy sector as a columnist and radio commentator since 1996.  She has worked with the Financial Post, The Globe and Mail and is currently a business columnist with The Calgary Herald and weekly contributor to CBC radio.

Prior to her career switch to journalism, Deborah was an investment banker on Wall Street and Bay Street, working with Goldman Sachs, Richardson Greenshields and Burns Fry Limited.

She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Alberta, an MBA in finance from Queen’s University and the ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Deborah served as the 2016 Co-Chair of the Calgary and Area United Way campaign and  was elected to the United Way of Calgary and Area Board of Directors in 2017. 

Deborah is currently a member of the UWCA Board Finance & Audit, Public Policy and Reputation Alignment Committees.



Shane Fildes joined BMO in 1993 and was appointed to his current role in 2009.

He is responsible for leading the firm’s Investment & Corporate Banking operations in the global energy market comprised of over 160 professionals located across offices in Calgary, Houston, Toronto, New York, London, Beijing and Melbourne.

Shane has over 25 years of experience in global energy markets providing capital markets and strategic advice to clients, ranging from capital raising to mergers, acquisitions and restructurings.

Shane holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance (Gold Medalist) from the University of Alberta and is a CFA Charterholder.

Shane was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Globe & Mail in 2009 and was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture in 2014.

Shane and his wife, Roxanne, have supported the United Way of Calgary and Area for the past 20 years. Shane joined the UWCA Major Donor Cabinet in 2003 and co-chaired the Major Donor Cabinet from 2015 – 2017. In April 2018, Shane joined the UWCA Board of Directors and is a member of the Board Finance & Audit Committee and the Board Investment Committee.

Shane also actively supports the Kids Cancer Care organization through the Tour for Kids Cycling Adventure and the High Hopes Challenge at Camp Kindle.



Trevor is a Partner in Boost Energy Ventures Inc., a firm providing strategy, asset development, and analytical services to the energy industry.  Founded on the premise that rapid evolution in global energy markets will increasingly reward corporate agility, Boost Energy Ventures works with partners to create new business models that are urgently required to deliver greater value and improve lives. 

Prior to co-founding Boost Energy Ventures, Trevor was leading strategy, development, and M&A activities in a large multi-national electricity business, working primarily in the UK and North American markets.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science in Management (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics.

Having spent a portion of his time at the LSE exploring the link between energy infrastructure investments, economic growth, and socio-economic outcomes, Trevor is passionate about the implementation of innovative constructs in the energy sector that strengthen society by delivering responsible, reliable, and cost-effective energy.

Trevor joined the UWCA Board of Directors in 2017 and is currently a member of the Board Strategic Planning and Public Policy Committees.