Brodie Allen, SR/WA
Chief Executive Officer
One event, viewed by four individuals, results in four truths. – Stephen Hawking
As the CEO and Founder of Evolve, Brodie is accountable for setting the strategic direction of Evolve’s operations, as well as guiding supporting the team to execute the company’s vision. Brodie began career in the right of way industry in 2000 as a field agent and quickly learned how to manage a team and work on complex projects. In 2007 he struck out on his own and founded Evolve with the vision of creating a service provider who would advocate for industry and landowners – mitigating the impacts of projects for stakeholders, while supporting responsible development, a vision which he lives and shares with the Evolve team today.
Brodie is passionate about continuous improvement and ongoing education for the right of way profession, putting countless hours of volunteer efforts in with the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) and specific focus on this objective. With SR/WA and PSL designations Brodie brings professionalism and a depth of knowledge in strategically engaging with stakeholders of all types on any size projects. His understanding of the business of right-of-way in Canada and the USA enables clients to benefit from best practices in multiple industries, issue management and precise recommendations for project success. Brodie brings a wealth of expertise at an international level that gives Evolve clients a rare strategic advantage in complex projects. He is currently serving as the Canadian Energy Regulator advisor for the IRWA.
In his personal life, Brodie enjoys spending as much time with his family as he can. Whether enjoying a relaxing day on the lake together, volunteering with his kid’s sports, or having a mini-getaway with his wife, Brodie always makes quality time with family a priority.
When you learn, teach. When you get, give. – Maya Angelou
Since starting with Evolve in 2011, Charmaine has become an integral component to Evolve’s success and growth. With each new role she excelled and inspired the team. From day-to-day operations to strategic vision, Char (as we call her) brings positivity and humanity into every task. As President, she is accountable for the execution of the company vision and providing direction to the corporate team. Her diverse experience in operations, human resources, finance, and team dynamics make her a perfect fit in the role.
Charmaine obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge and has completed the Executive Development Course with McGill University. She is an active member of the Calgary Chapter of the WPO where she is a mentor and mentee alike . Charmaine’s roots are in Airdrie, where she was born and raised. Her connection to the community can be felt through her support of local charities and businesses. Between spending time at her “happy place” (the family’s lake lot) and inspiring and supporting her two girls Char models the work-life balance that a career at Evolve can provide.
Trevor Martens, SR/WA
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development
Don’t mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, or my kindness for weakness.
– Carson Kolhoffor
Since beginning his surface land career in 2002, Trevor has developed into a motivating and charismatic leader, who encourages his team to use creative ideas to complete project in an efficient manner.
Trevor has had the unique experience of being engaged within all of our divisions. His career started with a focus in Upstream, but has expanded to Midstream, Telecommunications, Power and Renewables.
Starting as Evolve’s seventh ever employee, Trevor has seen Evolve grow from a small, intimate office into a large service provider spanning North America. His upbeat and engaging personality is not only asset with regards to client relations – but also in ensuring Evolve’s culture is a positive and welcoming atmosphere.
Trevor has received his SR/WA (Senior Right-of-Way Agent) Designation from the IRWA (International Right of Way Association). Trevor served as IRWA Chapter 48 President for 2016-2017 and is currently the Chair of the Credentialing Committee. In addition, he is a certified instructor with the IRWA, teaching various courses including communications and project management focused courses.
Something you might not know about him – Trevor has a minor in music and can play three instruments. Bet you can’t guess which ones!
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services
Never walk by a mistake.
– General Ann Dunwoody
Since launching his career in surface land in 2004, Jerad has gained experience in project management and field engagement with a focus in upstream oil and gas. Raised on a large farming and ranching operation in Southern Alberta, along with earning a technical education, Jerad has a unique perspective on the business of right-of-way land acquisition. Having been a partner in two other successful brokers, he has been involved in thousands of effective negotiations and multiple, large scale land acquisition programs, proving his ability to view projects from a business model standpoint.
As our Executive Vice-President of Corporate Services Jerad ensures projects are well executed through process development; that clients are satisfied with what we deliver; and that we are responsibly resourced in order to effectively service our clients.
A continuous learner, Jerad reads, on average, a book a week. For furthering his industry knowledge, he is involved with the IRWA (International Right of Way Association), sitting on the education committee to educate and evolve the role of a Right-of-Way agent beyond the traditional "Landman."
Director, Market Development
“Everyone smiles in the same language.” – George Carlin
Mike was born and raised in Calgary and his experiences in southern Alberta shaped his passion for business and industry. With 20 years of experience in business he learned the importance of building relationships for long-term success. As Director of Market Development for Evolve, Mike is responsible for all aspects of strategic growth including business development, client retention, market acumen, and corporate initiatives. He joined Evolve in the summer of 2020 after 14 years with a geomatics & engineering firm where he worked closely with right-of-way companies across Canada. His in-depth experience has built his unique talents, a strong sense of business and a nose for growth, greatly complementing the Evolve corporate team.
In 2003 Mike received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Applied Energy Economics from the University of Calgary. As a committed lifelong learner, he has also taken many courses to build his knowledge and skills including Karrass Negotiation, Leadership with the University of Alberta, Project Management, Advanced Business Development, and he is planning to continue with a post graduate degree in the near future. Mike has also volunteered with the IRWA for several years as Social, Chair, Industry Chair and Chapter 48 Vice President.
In his down time Mike is somewhere outside exploring in the mountains, foothills and plains with his wife and children. He is a passionate outdoorsman and naturalist, often mentoring others in their own explorations.
Brett Manzara, SR/WA
Director of Field Operations
“Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.” – Tim Fargo
Brett began his career in the right of way profession as a land agent in the Alberta power sector in 2008. In 2017, Brett received his SR/WA designation with the International Right of Way Association. After just under 10 years with a Berkshire Hathaway Energy company in Calgary, Brett took on a leadership role in the renewables sector with an energy company in Southern Ontario focusing on origination and development projects for the non regulated renewable energy industry in the Midwest,, Northeast and Southern USA.
As a dedicated and an enthusiastic leader, Brett joined Evolve Surface Strategies as the Director of Field Operations in October 2021. He is responsible for coordinating and managing land acquisition and stakeholder relationships for major projects across Eastern Canada and the United States while growing Evolve’s presence in those areas. His experience in many US states has given him invaluable exposure to the needs in diverse markets and development settings.
Since joining the IRWA, he’s been involved in his local chapter in several volunteer roles including most recently President Elect before moving to Ontario. When Brett isn’t coordinating the land for tricky power projects in tough locations, you might find him behind the bench coaching minor hockey or spending time with his young family on his farm north of Toronto.