Our Experts

With an unbeatable combination of professional experience and global business awareness, the Rainmaker team reflects the core strength and diversity of the Rainmaker network.


Clark Grue
Founder and Director

As the former President and CEO of Rainmaker Global Business Development, Clark continues to foster business growth and expansion by building and implementing effective strategies for global market development in the energy, mining and infrastructure industries.

Clark also brings this passion for business connections to his positions as Vice Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Canada; Canadian member of the SME task force in preparation for the G20 in Turkey in November 2015; Country representative for Belgian Industry Associated AGORIA in Canada; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge.

As one of the founders of Rainmaker Global Business Development, headquartered in Calgary, Clark Grue has built a unique organization designed to evaluate and open markets within the energy sector abroad for Rainmaker clients. Having established offices in the UK, Houston, Dubai, New York, Bogota, Vienna, Munich and Toronto, Clark takes pride in using creative strategic approaches to assist companies as they expand globally in the most cost effective way possible to drive ROI.

Clark’s international focus on the energy market has guided him to roles such as VP of Network Innovations, focused on clients in Africa; the first Director of the British Trade Office in Alberta for the British Government; VP International Business & Trade Development for Calgary Economic Development, and now President and CEO of Rainmaker GBD.

Lois Mitchell
Senior Partner

In 2015, Lois Mitchell was installed as the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.  Lois is a well known leader in Alberta and she extends her vast business knowledge to a wide range of volunteer and charitable causes. Lois adds extensively to Rainmaker’s global network through her impressive professional history. During her 5 year term as the Lieutenant Governor, Lois is obliged to put business interests aside.

Prior to 2015, in addition to being a cofounder of Rainmaker, Lois acted as a Director for UBS Bank (Canada). Lois participated as a member of the Board of Directors for Mitacs, developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. Previously, Lois acted as a Chair of the Advisory Board of the Latin American Research Centre at the University of Calgary, as well as being a board member of Canada World Youth. Lois also acted as the Vice Chair of the Global Business Forum, an annual executive retreat held in Banff, Alberta for 200 senior executives from around the world.

The list of organizations Lois has Co-chaired is extensive, ranging from her role with Calgary 2012 to the Gold Medal Plates dinner in support of current and aspiring Canadian Olympians. She is a Patron of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation, former Chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, past Board Chair of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and past director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. She has also served as the Honorary Consul of Colombia for the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan for twelve years.

Timothy Kozmyk
Chairman, MBA, BSc.

As a cofounder and senior partner, Timothy Kozmyk has earned a reputation for excellence and innovation. He has been an executive and entrepreneur for the past thirty-four years, consistently building success into his many ventures.

Timothy cofounded Rainmaker after a highly successful career in the energy industry. The vision of the company with its’ unique Business Development model captivated Timothy and inspired him to join Rainmaker, both as a Principal and Chairman of the Board.

Timothy’s professional career began as a Geologist in 1980 with Kansas-based Koch Industries. Retaining progressively senior roles at Koch, Timothy was the Vice President of Exploration for the company’s upstream exploration and production division. He directed the strategic growth and development of the company’s highly successful Canadian heavy oil and oil sands business.

Desiring to build his own company, Timothy and a group of colleagues took over the management of the fledgling TSX-listed BlackRock Ventures in 1999. Under the stewardship of Timothy and his colleagues, the market capitalization of BlackRock grew organically from an initial $25 million in 1999 to $2.4 billion in 2006 when the company was purchased in a friendly acquisition by Shell Canada.

Since leaving BlackRock, Timothy has been involved in successful ventures in petroleum, real estate development, energy services, manufacturing, management consulting services and consumer goods and services.

Joshua Soloway
Finance+Midstream+Supply Chain
North Eastern United States

In addition to his work with Rainmaker, Joshua Soloway is an influential partner with Armour Midstream LP. Josh carries expertise in energy, investment banking, corporate finance, international tax, and capital markets. Since joining Rainmaker, Josh has advised numerous energy, mining, and industrial clients, including a Fortune 500 midstream company and a Chinese state-owned enterprise.

Prior to his role with Rainmaker, Josh was a managing director of Ameritus Capital Group. Additionally, Josh founded Soloway Group PC; a boutique Wall Street law firm that advises international companies on capital market security matters in the United States.

Josh previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he advised financial institutions, alternative investment funds, and energy clients on international investment and fund structures, as well as myriad tax and compliance matters.

Josh serves on the board of Child Rescue Association of North America, a not for profit that fights trafficking and exploitation of children. 

Ron Clarke
Southern United States

During his career, Ron Clarke has tackled tough business situations to win multi-million sales contracts. Ron has been in private business for over 28 years, covering a variety of industry areas including energy extraction, manufacturing of oil country tubular goods and consulting on numerous global projects.

Ron co-founded Precision Tube Technology in Houston, Texas, which was named a top 500 fastest growing company in Inc. magazine’s 1996 edition. As an entrepreneur, Ron was responsible for profitable running of the company’s major accounts including Alliance and preferred vendor relationships. Ron was later elected Chairman of the International Coiled Tubing Association of 2002-2003.

In 2005, Ron negotiated the sale of Belarusian firm, FIDMASH, to a major firm in the United States, a deal that was thought to be the first of its time. Ron’s vast industry experience connects Rainmaker’s Houston clients with a worldwide network of high-profile contacts.

David Downey
Electrical+Facilities+Supply Chain
Eastern Canada

David Downey has over 17 years of experience in Canadian energy, specifically within mining and oil and gas. During his career, David has focused on business development for electronic and electrical manufacturers servicing the oil & gas, mining, and agricultural sectors.

In addition to his role with Rainmaker, David acts as a director with EVELIN Technologies Inc. David’s past clients include NWR Partnership, Suncor Energy, Shell Oil Sands, BHP Billiton, and Acuity Brands. His involvement in the manufacturing, engineering, construction and producer segments has allowed David to develop a broad network of contacts.

David is actively developing Rainmaker’s network of decision makers and influencers in eastern Canada, while also working with Rainmaker’s New York office to achieve growth in Eastern North American markets. Fostering alliances between complementary suppliers allows David to provide vertically integrated supply chain packages to various projects he’s involved with.

Gabriel Parrodi
Project Manager+Business Facilitator

Gabriel Parrodi is an Entrepreneur, Project Manager and Business Facilitator.

Gabriel is the President and Founder of Intercambi SC and carries more than 20 years’ expertise in facilitating and supporting International business for foreign Canadian, US and Mexican companies.  Gabriel was also the President and Founder of Mensajes Electronicos SA and has experience in the Electronic and Telecommunications Industries. His clients included various Government and Academic Institutions such as CISEN, UNAM, POLI, INE, IMTA and COMESA/PEMEX.

Prior to this, Gabriel was CFO for Redes Via Satellite SA Satellite Communications, Mexico DF and CEO of Meissa Telecommunications Inc., a private US teleport company in Houston, Texas. Over his career, Gabriel has managed projects for SEMAR (Mexican Navy) and with PEMEX (Petroleos Mexicanos).

His expertise on Mexican culture is an invaluable asset for any foreign corporation with the intention to enter the Mexican Market.

Andreas Kohler

Andreas Kohler has over 25 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry, specifically within pipeline and upstream sectors. In addition to his role with Rainmaker, Andreas is a founder of CDI Energy Consult. Prior to founding his own consultancy, Andreas worked for 10 years as the Managing Director in ILF Headquarters for the Oil & Gas business in Munich, Germany. Andreas successfully developed ILF’s position in the international pipeline and upstream sectors and grew the business to USD $150M with a staff of 900.

Andreas has carried responsibility over business development, finance and administration as well as some supervisory responsibilities for multi- billion dollar investment projects. Some of Andreas past work includes Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline (TAL) where he first began his career.

Karl Teviotdale
Offshore+Subsea Intervention+Drilling
North Sea & Scandinavia

Karl Teviotdale possesses over 20 years of experience within energy and, specifically, the Oil & Gas Industry. Karl’s background is specific to oilfield well operations. Karl has worked with large multinational operators along with smaller independent operators and service companies around the world.

Prior to joining Rainmaker, Karl held a position as General Manager of Leni Gas and Oil’s Spanish Assets. Currently, Karl is working on projects in Aberdeen including the subsea decommissioning of Shell’s Brent Delta in the North Sea. Throughout his career, Karl has built up a network of international contacts across the energy industry, and continues to build on this extensive network as the industry evolves.

Adham Alkady
Oilfield services+Drilling+Completions
Middle East

Adham Alkady has over 29 years of experience in international business. In addition to his role with Rainmaker, Adham is the founder of EnMatrix Consultants.

Previously, Adham spent four years in the Canadian financial sector. Additionally, Adham spent eight years in the Middle East and Africa working as the Regional Managing Director of Tesco Corporation, the Regional Vice President for Baker Hughes Inc., and the Senior Regional General Manager for Halliburton.

Adham provides focused entrepreneurial leadership and strategic organizational visions with a clear and balanced understanding of corporate thrusts, technology trends, and client objectives. Having managed businesses in North America, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia Pacific, Adham has developed a diverse energy network across multiple regions.

Senior Advisors

Jeff Taylor
Petrochemical & Pipeline

Jeff Taylor is a senior level energy executive with over thirty years of diverse experience in energy marketing. He has demonstrated success in developing businesses in an international context with the ability to proactively identify business opportunities and develop those opportunities from initial concept to operations.

Jeff has a comprehensive understanding of oil, gas and power monetization from initial production to market, including an in-depth experience of energy commodity trading and risk management processes and systems.

Jeff ‘s passion for negotiation is demonstrated through his involvement in the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. Finally, Jeff is known for his business practical approach in achieving successful results.

David Rogers
Major Projects Procurement

David is a senior supply chain manager with over 55 years of capital project experience. He has proven expertise in the areas of supply chain strategy development and implementation, performance monitoring, risk assessment and mitigation, supplier evaluation and negotiations, supplier relationship and interface management for both mega projects and fast track projects.

Throughout his career, David has held positions within EPC companies including Manager of Project Controls, Estimating and Planning, Business Development Manager, and Construction Manager for a Refinery retrofit for Petro-Canada Oakville.

Brian Cook
Capital Projects & Facilities

Brian Cook is a senior supply chain executive with 43 years of capital projects experience in the oil and gas industry. He has proven expertise in the areas of supply chain strategy development and implementation, performance monitoring, risk assessment and mitigation, supplier evaluation and negotiations, supplier relationship and interface management for mega capital projects.

Brian has spent 31 years at Shell Canada managing the supply chain activities for all of Shell’s large capital projects. He also held a management position for procurement quality, supervising 15 direct reports responsible for all upstream and downstream capital projects and vendor quality.

Following his retirement from Shell, Brian worked on the Canadian Natural Resources Horizon Oil Sands Project ($8 billion estimate) for two years as the Commercial Lead for the Utilities and Offsites Business Unit.

Ricardo Muehlbauer
Drilling + Exploration

Ricardo Cuervo is a founder of Latina Energy Limited and carries expertise in multiphase metering and PVT, heavy oil, gas condensate, and exploration. Ricardo is continuously involved in Well Testing, multiphase metering, PVT Fluid sampling, memory gauges, tubing conveyed perforating, reservoir/petroleum engineering, cased hole memory logging operations, and slickline.

Ricardo spent 16 years working for Schlumberger in 11 different Latin American countries.
Ricardo’s work includes: Well testing marketing manager for Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, and Ecuador, production business development manager for Mexico and central america, Mexico South testing operations manager. Other positions in field operations and global projects including projects in Libya and UAE.

In recent years, Ricardo has worked with the government of Mexico setting up regulations for the country’s oil and gas production. Ricardo carries an extensive knowledge of Latin America, having lived in several LATAM countries himself. Ricardo holds an expertise and understanding of the regional differences, opportunities, and interconnectedness of each South American market.

Ray Jeffery
Heavy Duty Equipment

Ray Jeffery is a senior level manager with over 55 years of experience in the heavy equipment field. He has a proven record of providing unique solutions to the successful management of Heavy Equipment Dealerships. His primary focus in the areas of product support and technical training allowed him to add value to his membership on the dealer advisory boards at Caterpillar, Case and John Deere.

Ray holds Journeyman certification as a Heavy Equipment Technician, Automotive Technician, and Partsperson. Complementing these with various management courses through NAIT, Grant MacEwan, and the University of Alberta.

Ray’s work experience encompasses the areas of surface mining, oil and gas, and general construction, and includes projects in Canada, South Arabia, England, Germany, Italy, Peru, and China.

Ray was presented with the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, Chairman’s Award, for his contribution and support of Alberta’s apprenticeship system.

Doug Duke

Doug Duke has over 40 Years of Open Pit Mining Experience in Coal, Copper Lead and Zinc and Oil sands. Further to this, he has 27 years Supervision Experience as a Production Foreman, Senior Foreman and General Foreman. In addition, Doug also has 13 years of operating equipment.

Doug is experienced in all aspects of Mining safety, production, training and leadership management.

Global Team


Casey McMechan
Strategic Business Analyst

Casey McMechan is a strategic business analyst and project lead with an in depth knowledge of the Canadian Oil Sands. Casey is tri-lingual with fluency in English, French, and Spanish. His past experience includes strategic market entry solutions and supply chain development. Casey engages with local operators, EPCMs, government groups, and major associations including a strong regional network of oil and gas professionals.

To date, Casey has worked with companies related to pipeline & facility construction, civil engineering, steel manufacturing, module fabrication, chemical supply, power generation, materials R&D, data mining, safety, and many other companies within the energy industry. Casey has also worked with and managed files for large firms including TransAlta assisting in their marketing towards Oil Sands companies. Casey has also developed programs for visiting industry associations, member companies, and government groups such as Enterprise Ireland, Agoria (Belgium), and Enterprise St. John.