“Meet our close family of experienced and driven people who strive to deliver top quality, seamless emergency preparedness solutions.”

-Marlin Hovrisko, Founder & President

Marlin Hovrisko

Founder & President
(403) 930-7070

Marlin Hovrisko is the founder and President of Black Gold. With more than 20 years of experience in emergency preparedness, oil and gas project management and business operations, Marlin has helped grow the company from a loft to a continent.


As Black Gold president, Marlin oversees the consulting business, while at the same time driving innovation and growth across all markets. Prior to founding Black Gold, Marlin built a leading edge, technology-based consulting service.


Marlin has a BSc. from the University of Calgary. He is proud of the Black Gold family-like office atmosphere and attributes the company’s success to his committed, experienced, long-term project managers.


Outside of work, you can find Marlin watching his daughter ride her show jumping horse, attending ringette games or chasing walleye across North America.

Jason Swan

VP Operations
(403) 930-7077

Jason is a passionate leader who ensures operational excellence in the company. He understands that preparedness and safety are integral elements of any successful business. His main motivation is to design meaningful programs to help people communicate and respond effectively in emergency situations.


Jason joined Black Gold in 2006 and manages employees, develops business goals and assists in the development of effective emergency response plans for a diverse group of clients.


Prior to joining Black Gold, Jason was the Environmental, Safety and Regulatory Manager at Samson Canada. He holds a BSc. from the University of Calgary, diploma in Chemical Engineering from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).


Jason is a family man who is working with his wife to raise their children to appreciate the arts, history, science and the world around them.

Curtis Herron

Emergency Response Manager
(403) 930-7076

As Emergency Response Manager, Curtis Herron focuses on quality assurance and quality control in Emergency Response Planning. With a decade of experience in emergency response, he is well known in the industry as a skilled problem solver. His role with Black Gold includes being Project Manager, Senior Client Advisor and overseeing emergency response training programs.


In his previous position as a Senior Emergency Response Advisor with a major producer, he oversaw a multi-level emergency response process that helped protect people, the environment, corporate assets and reputation.


He has an Applied Degree in Criminal Justice from Lethbridge Community College.


When not at work, Curtis enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, family and dog Napoleon. Curtis is a major sports fan and enjoys playing baseball and golf.

Tammy Bonderenko

Office Manager
(403) 216-7052

Tammy Bonderenko has worked in office management for over 17 years and ensures the smooth day-to-day operation of the Black Gold office. Her responsibilities include office administration, finance, facilities management among many others.


Prior to joining Black Gold, Tammy worked in the oil and gas sector as office manager and field contract liaison in Cold Lake, Alberta for over 15 years.


In addition to spending time with her family, Tammy has been involved with the Cold Lake Youth Bowling Canada and was also the chairperson for 5-pin bowling for the 2010 Alberta Winter Games.  Tammy is an avid hockey and football fan and enjoys cheering for the hometown teams. Tammy loves pets and often tells stories of her dogs getting into trouble.

Chantale Reitenbach

Senior Emergency Response Planner
(403) 930-7072

A natural leader and strategist, Senior Emergency Response Planner Chantale Reitenbach is instrumental in developing and maintaining Emergency Response Plans for a wide range of clients. With over a decade of experience in the field, Chantale focuses on building practical programs that meet clients’ needs.


Chantale brings enthusiasm and resourcefulness to each of her projects in a continued effort to deliver value and improve efficiencies.


Prior to joining Black Gold, Chantale completed her BA in Psychology, followed by her BComm in Finance.


Over the last 25 years, Chantale has played women’s soccer at the national and provincial level and is also a competitive runner. She also coaches her two young daughters in soccer.

Tori Wohlfarth

Senior Emergency Response Planner
(403) 930-7073

Tori Wohlfarth joined Black Gold in 2004 as an Emergency Response Planner and has since worked her way up to Senior Emergency Response Planner. Tori has a decade of experience in managing Emergency Response Planning programs, liaising with government agencies and developing public awareness campaigns.


Prior to joining Black Gold, Tori worked as a project coordinator at Certus Strategies where she worked on risk assessments and mitigation strategies for high profile public consultation projects.


Tori has training in Basic Emergency Management – AEMA, ICS 100 – 300, Project Management Workshop (Fred Prior Seminars), Emergency First Aid Level A CPR and AED and WHMIS.


Tori is a generous, caring team player who recognizes the importance of safety management strategies and preparedness. Her focus and enthusiasm sets the foundation for success both professionally and personally.


When not at work, she can be found volunteering at the ringette rink with her daughter.

Chris Bijl

Senior Emergency Response Planner
(403) 930-7071

A seasoned leader with an esteemed military career, Chris Bijl brings close to three decades of experience to Black Gold as a Senior Emergency Response Planner. He is certified to the Incident Command System 300 level and constantly strives to increase his knowledge about the industry.


Chris has spent the last nine years working directly with clients in the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry. His 28 years of operational and administrative experience as a senior manager in the Canadian Forces includes two United Nations tours as a Military Observer. This specialized training and experience gives Chris a unique advantage. He applies these skills today by helping clients prepare, coordinate and execute responses to all types of operational emergencies and threats.


Chris holds a BA from Saint Francis Xavier University and a BSc. in Information Technology from DeVry University.


Major (Retired) Bijl has received several awards for his work in the Departmental Advisory Group for Persons With Disabilities:



He has received the following medals for service with the Canadian forces:


David Mitterhuber

Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician
(403) 216-7052

David Mitterhuber joined Black Gold in 2004 as a GIS Technician. For the past 10 years, he has been instrumental in developing maps for drilling, facility and corporate emergency response programs.


As the Black Gold GIS lead, David reviews and coordinates all mapping activity, ensuring that mapping criteria are met according to regulatory guidelines. He also assists with the training and implementation of the Emergency Messaging Application (EMA) for resident notifications.


David holds a BSc. from the University of Calgary and a Marketing Diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. David has recently completed the Project Management Extension Certificate at Mount Royal University.


For David, training does not end at work. During soccer season, you’ll find him busy volunteering or coaching his children’s soccer teams.

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