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
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
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
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.
CIRYS is configured to allow flight management wholly within the application. Opened a new office to accommodate increased workforce. Addition of data centre in Toronto to help with growing client list.
- 2018 First International Client acquired
ILLUMYS is moved to a web-based platform. CIRYS traveller application is released starting the journey into mobile devices. First client outside of North America with deployment in Europe. Established joint venture with Kitselas First Nation.
CampWare 3 is launched in the cloud, completing the journey to have all 3 Gemstone applications hosted on the web. CIRYS is deployed in the Middle East with a client in Oman.
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.
Starting 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.
Senior Director, Software
Stephen 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.
Product Director, CIRYS
Elaine has been with Gemstone Logistics since January 2016. She comes from a strong background of applying IT to all areas of ERP, with focus on HR, Payroll, Project Controls, Accounting, and Finance and system integrations. It has been a particular delight to have had the privilege to work closely with Dr. Jianfei Xu in software support, and design for over 16 years. Elaine strives to do the very best for each and every client in adapting the software to meet rapidly changing business challenges.
Product Director, CampWare
Jerry has been working in software development since 2001 with a focus on design and project management. In 2011, he joined Orissa Software and began to learn the inner workings of the CampWare application. After Gemstone Logistics acquired Orissa, resources were dedicated to rebuilding the entire application as an Enterprise scale SAAS product. This goal was accomplished when Jerry's team released CampWare 3 in 2019. He has also designed and released a central data warehouse and communication architecture that is being used to allow all of Gemstone's products to work together as a cohesive product suite.
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