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Energized Fluids to Natural Gas Fuels

The Energy & Minerals Group

Meet the Team

The Vision for Fuel of Today

Ferus NGF is part of the Ferus Group of Companies which has built and operated a full-service cryogenics business starting with carbon dioxide and nitrogen in 2001, and in 2011 grew to include LNG and CNG in Canada and the US.


The facility, which became commercially operational in May 2014, has positioned Ferus as a leader in the North American domestic natural gas fueling market. It is strategically located in Elmworth, AB in the heart of oil and gas activity. It produces high-quality LNG fuel for drilling and completions operations, remote power generation, mining operations and pipeline and facility outages.


With growing demand, we are tripling the size of our facility and have future development plans in the Fort Nelson, B.C. area, which will enhance the LNG supply chain in the north.

Our Trailblazing Journey from Energized Fluids to Natural Gas Fuels


Ferus founder Dick Brown decided to build his own CO2 plant when he could not get enough of the gas for his well completions operations. Demand increased so quickly that within 18 months he raised the money and assembled a team to simultaneously build five CO2 and N2 plants in Alberta.

Along with its production plants, Ferus built specialized equipment and logistics systems to move complicated cryogenic (very cold) products  on tough and remote terrain becoming the premier North American provider of off-road cryogenic, energized fluids – 100% dedicated to the oil and gas industry.



With the abundance of natural gas due to technology development, the price of gas dropped making it cost competitive to diesel. Ferus leveraged its cryogenic expertise to create a domestic LNG business.

Ferus announces the successful completion of what is believed to be the first ever hydraulic fracturing operation utilizing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as engine fuel in North America.



Ferus NGF solidifies its leadership position in natural gas fueling by building and commissioning Canada’s first merchant LNG plant in Elmworth, AB

As LNG demand grows, Ferus builds the supply chain in western and northern Canada supplying fuel to the oil and gas industry and for pipeline outages, and trucking loads up north to the Yukon and Northwest Territories for remote power generation. 

2014 – 2020


Our Ownership

Ferus NGF's majority shareholder is The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG), the management company for a series of specialized private equity funds. EMG focuses on investing across various facets of the global natural resource industry including the upstream and midstream segments of the energy complex. EMG has approximately $16 billion of regulatory assets under management and approximately $11 billion in commitments have been allocated across the energy sector since inception.


Our Leadership

President and Chief Executive Officer, Ferus Group of Companies. 
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President and Chief Executive Officer, Ferus Group of Companies. 

Dick Brown

In 2001, Dick founded Ferus as an energy services company specializing in the production and off-road supply of cryogenic fluids for well stimulation. In 2010, Dick recognized the opportunity for natural gas to fuel the high horsepower market in North America and created Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, Inc. and its US subsidiaries, now leaders in the LNG and CNG fueling business.

Prior to Ferus, Dick held several key management positions at Amoco Petroleum Company Ltd. before building and successfully divesting two independent oil and gas companies. Dick is a professional engineer and a University of Alberta 1983 gold medal recipient.

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Business Unit Vice President, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, Inc. 

Travis Balaski

Travis is responsible for the P&L of Ferus NGF, maximizing utilization and efficiencies of Ferus NGF’s LNG assets and developing the company’s offering across Canada. Travis joined the engineering department at Ferus in 2006 and developed broad experience supporting operations, designing equipment, and managing key capital projects. In 2011, Travis moved into Ferus NGF as Senior Manager of Market Development where he helped launch some of the first LNG fueling jobs in North America and executed on strategic joint venture partnership and was promoted to his current role in 2015. 

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Chief Financial Officer, Ferus Group of Companies

Rick Miller

Rick is responsible for the accounting, finance, treasury, insurance and IT functions for the Ferus Group. Rick joined Ferus in March 2017 with over 30 years in accounting, treasury and finance with banks and corporations. Previous roles include CFO at Parallel Energy Trust, MGM Energy, and Wave Energy, and Treasurer at Precision Drilling and Conoco Canada. Rick also worked for more than 15 years in corporate banking with Bank of Montreal and ATB Financial, where he had a broad range of experience within the energy sector including E&P, midstream, downstream and oilfield service companies. Rick has a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA degrees and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Vice President, Business Development & External Affairs

Blaire Lancaster

Blaire is responsible for the Business Development, Sales, Corporate Communications, and Government, Stakeholder and First Nations Relations functions at Ferus NGF. Blaire joined Ferus in 2011 as Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs for the company's new LNG division, and in 2014 was promoted to Vice President, Communications & Government Relations for the Ferus Group of Companies. She assumed her current role on the Ferus Natural Gas Fuels team in April, 2018. Previously, Blaire spent 10 years in business development and client service roles at the Canadian Consulate General in Boston, Calgary Economic Development and Rainmaker Global Business Development.

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Director, Corporate Development

Robert Walker 

Robert leads the Corporate Development team, which supports internal and external opportunities for improving the utilization of and expanding Ferus NGF’s LNG assets. Robert joined the Ferus Group in 2013 as a Sales Analyst and moved to the Natural Gas Fuels team in 2014 as the primary Corporate Development Analyst supporting all growth projects ranging from market development in Northern Canada and financial modeling of commercial projects to budgeting and commercial proposal development. Robert is a graduate of the CPA, CMA Strategic Leadership Program and was nominated for the 2014-2015 Bobby Dosanj Memorial Leadership Award.

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Director, Operations

Shawn Green

Shawn is responsible for transportation, logistics, equipment new-builds, field services, policies and procedures, HSE, and new ventures and projects. He works closely with business development and sales to ensure customer needs are met and exceeded and that first-class safety standards are upheld. Shawn has been with the Ferus Group since 2006 and has hands-on and leadership experience in all areas of operations including as a Driver, Field Supervisor, Manager of Field Supervisors, Base Manager and Logistics Manager. He also spent two years in sales as an Account Manager for Ferus. Prior to Ferus, Shawn worked in heavy equipment hauling for ten years and owned an equipment hauling company in Prince George, British Columbia for five years.


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