The Gemstone Logistics Story
- 2007 Gemstone Logistics Inc. formed
With over 30 years’ experience working directly for the largest oil and gas companies in numerous remote locations throughout Canada, Tom McHale, Gemstone’s Founder and President, understands the challenges and frustrations associated with workforce logistics, from both a project worker and project leader standpoint. As a visionary, Tom wanted to drive the pace of change, first by challenging the status quo of traditional processes relating to a project’s workforce travel and accommodation. He formed Gemstone in 2007 to provide air transportation consulting services for large-scale resource and construction projects and set about changing the way in which projects use charter flights to bring workers to remote work sites from across Canada. Over the years the focus of the company evolved, as a need across major industrial projects to do even more to integrate fragmented workforce logistics systems and processes became obvious.
- 2013 CIRYS created
In 2013, we launched our proprietary software, CIRYS as an innovative solution to this industry-wide challenge. CIRYS has successfully transformed travel management processes among many major oil companies—saving clients millions of dollars along the way.
- 2015 Orissa Software Inc. acquired
In early 2015, we strengthened our suite of workforce management services by acquiring Orissa Software Inc., the market leader in accommodation and guest management services for remote workforce accommodation sites. Integrating Orissa’s CampWare software with CIRYS enabled us to offer end-to-end travel and accommodation reservation and reporting capabilities.
- 2016 DXI Solutions Inc. acquired
In 2016, we acquired DXI Solutions Inc. a company focused on LEMs (Labour, Equipment, Material) software that provides timely and accurate cost reporting for owners and contractors within the industrial construction sector. Shortly after the acquisition, we enhanced and re-branded the software (formerly called i-Site and x-Site) as ILLUMYS. Our current initiatives include exceptional support for all clients and consistent review of enhancement opportunities to ensure we maintain our vision to become the leader in logistics software.
Who we are
With 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.
VP, Corporate Development & Finance
An 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 Xu
Dr. 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.
Gemstone Giving Back
At Gemstone, we believe in the importance of community, in engaging positively with the people around us and in making time to give time. A few of the ways we choose to do so are:
- 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