The Gemstone Logistics Story
- 2007 Gemstone Logistics Inc. formed
- 2013 CIRYS created
- 2015 Orissa Software Inc. acquired
- 2016 DXI Solutions Inc. acquired
- 2018 First International Client acquired
Who we are
Chief Executive Officer
Tom McHaleWith over 30 years of industry experience, Tom has built strong relationships with key stakeholders across the industry in airlines, subcontractors and companies in the oil and gas, construction, and mining sectors. He understands through first-hand experience the world of remote workforce management, having pioneered the first successful cross-Canada fly-in/fly-out program for a major oil company. Tom is an innovator by nature who was instrumental in the creation of CIRYS and who will go above and beyond to meet the constantly evolving needs of our clients.
Ross PurdieAn accountant by trade, Ross has a wealth of international management experience across listed and private companies in multiple sectors both in the UK and Canada. With rigorous attention to detail and a relentless approach to achieving objectives, Ross’ extensive experience working with successful business leaders reflects in his high standards and strong work ethic. Ross enjoys the entrepreneurial spirit and culture of innovation that exists at Gemstone, and thrives on coming up with solutions to meet our clients’ specific challenges.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Jianfei XuDr. Jianfei Xu has over 15 years of professional experience, spanning a variety of roles that include design engineer, field engineer, software architect and senior software developer. Jianfei has a significant background in developing and implementing customized information management systems. He holds a PhD in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Alberta, and his research has been published in a variety of academic journals. Dr. Xu believes that software should be simple and consistent with a user interface that is easy to use and understand.
Danica LevesqueStarting in the airline industry 15 years ago, Danica was quickly immersed in the fast paced, dynamic environment. Utilizing her interpersonal and administrative skills she grew with each challenge set for her and began to forge a path in Human Resources. This experience matched well when Gemstone Logistics came calling and Danica joined the team in 2012. Her career progression continued as she focused on cultivating the company culture Gemstone prides itself on today. Leaving a solid cultural legacy, Danica accepted the role of VP, Operations in 2018 and lends her craft to enhancing client satisfaction while driving the Gemstone vision.
Stephen TaylorStephen graduated from the University of Alberta in 1999 with a Bachelor of Commerce. Shortly after graduating he found his passion in software, focusing heavily on LEM applications. Fulfilling a number of roles since then, he has developed, tested implemented and supported multiple software applications in the industrial construction sector for contractors and owners across North America. He recognizes that the needs of no two businesses are the same, no matter how similar they appear and focuses his efforts on meeting each company’s unique requirements.
Controller, Finance & HR
With over 17 years in financial management across multiple industries, Karman’s combination of creativity, critical thinking and passion, made her uniquely qualified to establish Gemstone’s financial foundation. Joining the team in 2013, she set to work creating the policies, procedures and controls that have the internal systems of Gemstone running like clockwork today. Karman believes that obstacles are opportunities for growth and welcomes new challenges. She understands that a company is only as strong as it’s people, it’s most important asset, and is dedicated to advancing corporate objectives while empowering employees to reach their potential.
Gemstone Giving Back
- Sponsoring local sports teams such as The Gemstone Jets basketball team
- Contributing our time to interact and assist the incredible Bissel Centre team with their summer camps
- Participating in the Big Hearts for Big Kids annual fundraiser in Grande Prairie
- Annual donations to the Strathcona Food Bank and Christmas Bureau
- Support of the Be Brave, Little Warriors