Mission Statement

"To provide superior service to emerging growth companies which will benefit from the skills, innovation and integrity
of our professional employees and to create and identify superior investment opportunities for our clientele."

Staff Biographies


James B. Hartwell, B.A.

President, CEO & CFO

Mr. Hartwell has over 30 years experience in the investment industry, including extensive management positions as well as extensive corporate finance and institutional sales experience.  At EEI, Mr. Hartwell has helped raise over $500 million in equity financings and acted as financial advisor in over $1 billion of corporate/property acquisitions and divestitures in the oil & gas, and oil & gas service sectors. Mr. Hartwell has also been a Former Director of several public and private companies; including HartWell Petroleum Ltd., Command Drilling Inc., and MarkWest Resources Canada Corp.


Senada Russell-Baker
Vice President, Compliance and Operations

Senada has been in the investment industry since 1997. Senada is primarily responsible for overseeing and managing compliance issues within the organization of Emerging Equities Inc.  She also has extensive experience in preparation of documentation used in financings and mergers in the public and private markets.


Alisdair Leeson, CA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Leeson, is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the financing and operating of a number of different types of businesses in various industries. Most recently he has been Involved in development of senior’s supportive living facilities and in the energy services sector as President of Exmag Pipeline Integrity. Prior to these engagements he was CFO for Marr Associates Pipeline Integrity. In this capacity he was responsible for accounting and financial related matters as well as corporate development and strategic planning.


Kevin Saskiw, B. Comm Finance, CFA
Corporate Finance Associate

Mr. Saskiw, has over 18 years of various finance experience. Prior to joining EEI for a second time, Mr. Saskiw was a Mortgage Associate with Proline Mortgage Inc., a private mortgage brokerage firm from February 2008 to April 2016. Mr. Saskiw was employed as an oil and gas analyst with EEI from 2006 to February 2008 Mr. Saskiw received a Business (Finance) Degree from the University of Alberta in 1998 and his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2006.


Eda Libin, B. Comm
Corporate Finance Associate

Eda serves on EEI’s corporate finance team and is responsible for research and financial modeling. Eda holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and is currently a CFA Level III Candidate.


Gary Hartwell
Senior Investment Advisor and Shareholder of Emerging Equities Inc.

Gary has a degree in Business from Arizona State University, and has been in the investment industry since 1999. He is a part owner of Emerging Equities Inc. Gary specializes in covering companies in the oil and gas sector. He takes pride in dealing with clients on a personal basis, and puts customer relationships and satisfaction as a priority.