Capital Partners to Indigenous Nations

 

Team




Indigena Holdings



John Jurrius

CEO, Indigena Holdings

Mr. Jurrius has spent over 30 years developing projects and providing financial solutions in partnership with Tribal Nations in the US and First Nations in Canada. His vision and determination to assist Indigenous Nations in using their rights and resources to create economies capable of sustaining their socio-economic needs has led to the creation of hundreds of millions of dollars of new long-term commercial revenue for Nations and their associated partnerships with industry and the financial community. These assets have provided above sector returns for investors while at the same time creating material assets for the Nations. Mr. Jurrius attended Angelo State University after serving in the U.S Military as a military intelligence analyst. Mr. Jurrius is an honorary Chieftain of the Blood Tribe.

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Mr. Jurrius began his career in 1986, developing energy properties on the Southern Ute Reservation. In 1992 Mr. Jurrius had began partnering directly with the Nation on energy projects by sourcing joint venture capital to finance acquisitions in both the upstream and midstream energy sectors. In 1996, he agreed to serve as the Southern Ute Tribe financial advisor, responsible for the overall management of the Tribe’s financial affairs. It was during this time that Mr. Jurrius developed a comprehensive financial plan and model, which was adopted by the Tribe in 1999.

The purpose of the financial plan was to provide to the Tribe a strategic alternative to the Federal Government’s passive management model and deploy the Tribe’s estate to produce economic independence. At the same time, the plan institutionalized the separation of government and business activities and established a relationship between the financial health of the organization and the long-term expansion of social commitments to their membership which ensured economic stability, minimum levels of social programs and additional benefits, depending upon the prosperity of the Tribe’s business activities. The Financial Plan consisted of separating the Southern Ute's wealth into two portfolios: the Permanent Fund and the Growth Fund. The Permanent Fund is a low-risk, investment grade endowment fund formed to perpetually generate annual incomes that cover the costs of the Southern Ute Government activities and services. The Growth Fund holds the Southern Ute’s business enterprises. Given that the Southern Ute's crude oil and natural gas reserves are finite, since 2001, the Growth Fund diversified into other investments including real estate, alternative energy and other opportunities, both on and off of Southern Ute land. In addition to serving as financial advisor for the Ute Tribe he also served as the finance director of their Growth Fund. While working with the Southern Utes, significant accomplishments included the acquisition of Red Cedar Gathering Company; McKenzie Methane Corporation, the cornerstone of Red Willow Production Company’s producing properties; the Nation’s first non-Reservation direct asset investment in Contango Oil and Gas Company, and the Tribe’s attainment of a AAA credit rating from Fitch and Moody’s rating agencies.

In 2008, Mr. Jurrius founded Native American Resource Partners, a Quantum Energy portfolio company that provided capital for energy opportunities with Indigenous Nations in Canada and the United States. NARP created four co-partnered energy companies with Nations as well as a specialized oilfield service company.

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Christine Robertson, P. Eng.

President, Indigena Holdings

Ms. Robertson is a professional engineer and an experienced energy executive with a diverse technical and business background, having served on senior management teams of many companies in her 25 year career. She was instrumental in planning and implementing the significant growth...

Ms. Robertson is a professional engineer and an experienced energy executive with a diverse technical and business background, having served on senior management teams of many companies in her 25 year career. She was instrumental in planning and implementing the significant growth of several junior energy companies. In 2012, Ms. Robertson joined Native American Resource Partners, where she was the COO of the company and its subsidiaries Tribal North Energy Services, and Kainai Energy – all companies working in co-partnership with Indigenous Nations. Ms. Robertson is an expert in the regulatory framework and in executing projects on First Nation lands in Canada with a focus on best practices and environmental responsibility. She holds a B.Sc. with distinction, in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a registered member of Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

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Susan Hammer

VP Client Relations, Indigena Holdings

For almost 20 years, Ms. Hammer has worked exclusively with Indigenous Nations. She works closely with Indigenous Nations’ Chiefs and Councils, communities and their representatives, and has successfully helped organise and guide Nations through designation...

For almost 20 years, Ms. Hammer has worked exclusively with Indigenous Nations. She works closely with Indigenous Nations’ Chiefs and Councils, communities and their representatives, and has successfully helped organise and guide Nations through designation and referendum votes. Ms. Hammer has a thorough understanding and appreciation for the many challenges and complexities of endeavoring to create economically sustainable development within a federal regulatory framework.

Ms. Hammer started working with Tribal Nations in 1995 as Finance Director of the Southern Ute Tribe’s housing entity. She went on to work with Southern Ute’s Growth Fund as one of the five founding employees. In 2005, Ms. Hammer became the Northern Ute Tribe of Utah’s Director of Tribal Housing. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized her achievement through the granting of the Outstanding Achievement award in recognition of her efforts. She also served on the board of the National Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) representing all Tribes in the US on Housing issues. In 2008 Ms. Hammer joined Native American Resource partners and is well respected in the Indigenous communities with whom Indigena partners.

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Indigena Capital

Indigena Capital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Indigena Holdings



Logan Magruder

President, Indigena Capital

Mr. Magruder has a 35 year track record as a proven energy executive, leading companies in the public and private markets. He also has a 15 year working relationship with John Jurrius through several highly successful transactions...

Mr. Magruder has a 35 year track record as a proven energy executive, leading companies in the public and private markets. He also has a 15 year working relationship with John Jurrius through several highly successful transactions with US Indigenous Nations. Mr. Magruder began his career in the Gulf Coast Region which ultimately expanded into most of the active plays throughout of the United States and Canada. Mr. Magruder has testified in front of U.S. Congress as well as State level bodies while advocating for the energy industry. Mr. Magruder has developed a deep book of industry relationships across the energy and financial sectors crucial to Indigena’s business formula – partnering with Indigenous Nations.

Mr. Magruder holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University. He has served as President of IPAMS, a Rocky Mountain energy trade association and President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Gulf Coast Region.

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Cullen Schaar

Vice President, Indigena Capital

Mr. Schaar has 10 years of experience making private equity investments on behalf of Providence Energy Corp., Leucadia National Corporation and Jefferies Capital Partners. He has broad experience making control and non-control investments in multiple commercial sectors...

Mr. Schaar has 10 years of experience making private equity investments on behalf of Providence Energy Corp., Leucadia National Corporation and Jefferies Capital Partners. He has broad experience making control and non-control investments in multiple commercial sectors including specialty finance, distribution, logistics and transportation, and business services. Mr. Schaar currently serves as an independent director of Epic Gas Ltd., a Singapore and London-based liquefied petroleum gas shipping business. He holds a B.A. from the Plan II program and a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Michael J. Kryczka

Vice President, Indigena Capital

Mr. Kryczka is a key part of the business development team at Indigena, where he works closely with the technical team to identify and evaluate potential partnership opportunities. Mr. Kryczka has 25 years of energy experience, specializing in land management...

Mr. Kryczka is a key part of the business development team at Indigena, where he works closely with the technical team to identify and evaluate potential partnership opportunities. Mr. Kryczka has 25 years of energy experience, specializing in land management, negotiations, A&D, strategic planning, business development and Aboriginal relations. He has considerable experience in the structuring and implementation of working partnerships with Indigenous Nations. Mr. Kryczka has founded and overseen the growth of a number of successful junior energy companies, and joined Native American Resource Partners in 2013 as Vice President, Land.

Mike holds a Bachelors degree in commerce, with distinction, from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Landmen.

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