Meet the Team!

We’re like-minded professionals who come from a range of backgrounds


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Henry (Hank) Venema

CEO and Senior Engineer

Hank Venema is the CEO and Senior Engineer for Strategic. He is strongly committed to sustainable development leadership, innovation, and implementation. Hank brings a strong focus on climate resilience planning and surface water management to municipal and regional landscapes.

Hank holds a PhD in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo with a diverse technical and management background spanning climate change, renewable energy, water resources, urban planning, agriculture, operations research, public health, and environmental economics.

Hank has extensive experience at home and abroad, having worked for and with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The World Bank, The World Health Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, United Nations Environment Program, the Global Water Systems Project, and The Energy and Resources Institute. In Canada, Hank was Chief Scientist and Vice President for Science and Innovation at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), leading several of IISD’s signature Canadianprograms including the Water InnovationCentre, saving and reviving the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) researchstation, and helping establish the Prairie Climate Centre. Hank also has over a decade of experience consulting to the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada on wind power development, Lake Winnipeg Basin management,water quality trading, ecosystem services, bio-economy development, and indigenousled ecosystem management.

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Matt Sebesteny

Geospatial Analyst

Matt Sebesteny has a passion for finding pragmatic solutions to designing and building sustainable ecosystems – whether it’s on water, land, digital or all of the above. He’s collaborated with the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba on several projects, including urban forest renewal initiatives, recreational angling support programs, Aquatic Invasive Species mitigation, bathymetric surveys, asset mapping, and geospatial systems design.

Matt holds accreditation in Geographic Information Systems, Business Administration, Project Management and holds a Bachelor of Environment from the University of Manitoba

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Patrick Lee

Software Analyst

As Strategic’s Software Application Developer, Patrick Lee has developed geospatial analytics tools that simulate and showcase the impact of major flooding events and has used 3D modeling technologies with geospatial data to generate analytics and 3D visuals to promote informed decision-making.

Patrick is a University of Manitoba graduate with a B.Sc. in Computer Science, and has written software in C, C++, Python, Java, and has some experience in OpenGL development, and Android application development.

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Ryan Spies

Senior Developer

Ryan Spies brings his academic experience as a physicist and his practical experience as an application developer to each new project. Whether automating particle accelerator experiments or gathering data, Ryan’s physics background helps him understand the natural world so that he can express its operations as simulation code. Ryan also keeps up with the latest software development technologies to deploy the best solutions to the problems of tomorrow.

Ryan holds a M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Manitoba and has experience in cloud-based software deployment and full stack web development.

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Scott Pokorny

Water Resources Engineer, E.I.T.

Scott Pokorny brings new knowledge for solving water resources and systems design challenges with a focus on hydrologic analysis. He is currently focusing on solving sustainable development challenges with optimization frameworks using parallel computing to overcome challenges associated with big data usage.

Scott holds a Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering from the U of M. He has over half a decade of combined experience in research, consulting, and government in the field of water resources and climate change analysis.

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Andrew Murray

Hydraulic Engineer, E.I.T.

As a Hydraulics Engineer-In-Training at Strategic, Andrew Murray is involved with hydrodynamic modelling as well as design of water related infrastructure including dams, wetlands, and shoreline infrastructure.

Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Manitoba, specializing in river ice processes, computational hydraulics and fluid mechanics. His past work at Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Infrastructure included generation expansion, flow forecasting, and reservoir modelling. At the University of Manitoba, Andrew researched river ice processes with regard to ice jam flood protection and detailed fluid mechanics, while also working with urban water supply and hydraulic design.

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Himanshu Sharma

Frontend Developer

Himanshu has a background in software development from his education, and a variety of personal projects he’s worked on. He is passionate about leveraging software engineering to solve problems, and enjoys working on new projects which often synergize well with his education and allow him to further develop his skills.

Himanshu is currently pursuing a B.Sc in Computer Science at the University of Manitoba. He has experience in Python, JavaScript, Java, and R. As well as a variety of frameworks such Android, Flask, and React.

Outside of software his hobbies include geocaching, weight training, and reading.

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Colton Toews

Communications Content Specialist

Colton Toews is passionate about using writing and visuals to improve Strategic’s communications with key publics. He applies his experience from the Creative Communications program at Red River College and Second City writing classes to push Strategic forward. By creating interesting and meaningful content for Strategic, he improves brand awareness and motivates stakeholders. Colton is excited to work with ourteam to make Manitoba’s future even brighter.