Philip G. Hughes, BA, CA

Non-Executive Director


As a leader in Canada’s energy sector for the past 25 years, Philip Hughes has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of five energy companies across Canada. He has extensive North American and international experience in electrical generation, transmission and distribution, oil and gas and natural gas transmission, distribution and processing.


Currently, Mr. Hughes serves as Chairman of NaiKun Wind Energy Group and of Kineticor Resource Inc. and is also on the Boards of Beothuk Energy and Instream Energy Systems Corp.


Mr. Hughes was a senior executive with the Fortis Inc. group of companies where he was responsible for various acquisitions (including the successful acquisition and integration of Aquila Networks Canada) and led the operations as President and CEO of several of the Fortis Inc. subsidiaries. He was President and CEO of FortisAlberta, Newfoundland Power Inc., Maritime Electric Company and FortisBC. Mr. Hughes was also President and CEO of TransGas Limited, Saskatchewan.

Mr. Hughes has extensive corporate, public sector and not for profit board, governance and public markets experience and has served on a number of corporate, community and association boards both in Canada and internationally.

Mr. Hughes is a past Officer of the World Energy Council (WEC), former Chair of the Canadian Electrical Association (CEA) and former Chair of the Energy Council of Canada (ECC). Through his involvement with WEC, CEA and ECC Mr. Hughes was a significant contributor to the development of North American energy policy and research.

Mr. Hughes holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.Economics) from Lancaster University, England and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Neil Manning, MBA

Non-Executive Director


Mr. Manning has served as a director of Instream since December 2011. Mr. Manning is an accomplished senior business executive and entrepreneur with 40 years of leadership experience in serving infrastructure, construction, and oil and gas markets.


Before retiring in March 2012, Mr. Manning was President and CEO of Wajax Corporation for ten years, leading a successful strategic transformation of this well-known Canadian equipment, industrial components, and power systems supplier. At Strongco Corporation from 1990 to 1999, he held the positions of President, Strongco Supplies Division, President, Sheridan Equipment Division, and ultimately President and COO. Earlier in his career, he was owner of a private business acquired by Strongco.


Mr. Manning currently serves with other respected Canadian and international business executives on the University of Alberta School of Business Advisory Committee.

Chris Mathisen, MBA

Non-Executive Director


Mr. Mathisen has served as a director of Instream since July 2009. He joined Arpeg Holdings Ltd in 1983 and has served as Chief Operating Officer since 1998.


Mr. Mathisen received his Master of Business Administration from McGill University (1980).

Ken Miller

Executive Director

Mr. Miller has served as President of Instream since August 2008.


Mr. Miller is responsible for developing awareness of Instream’s corporate vision and directing daily operations. He has a strong background in start-up venture financing, business relationship management, and corporate development.


From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Miller worked as an investment advisor with Canaccord Capital, where his role in financing a bio-fuel project led to a strong interest in the renewable energy sector.

James Matkin, LL.M (Harv.), QC

Corporate Secretary and Chair of Advisory Board 


Mr. Matkin has served as Corporate Secretary since 2010 and a Director of Instream from 2010-2013.  Mr. Matkin is responsible for establishing and administering corporate governance and managing the legal matters of the Corporation. 


From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Matkin served as Special Counsel of Ara Safety Inc., a company focused on producing environmentally-friendly fire suppression, prevention, and emergency systems technology.  From 2006 to 2007, he acted as Special Counsel and founding Director of Hydrogen Power Inc., an alternative energy company commercializing a University of British Columbia patented technology.  Mr. Matkin has served as CEO of the Law Society of British Columbia from 1998 to 2004 and as a Director for GT Group Telecom from 2001 to 2003.  


Mr. Matkin received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School (1969) and his L.L.B. from the University of Alberta (1968).