Better Asphalt Starts with Research

Our scientists prove that asphalt can be refined and upgraded in the lab. Testing ideas is a painstaking process, but it’s how breakthroughs are made and quality is maintained.

Centres for research 

University of Calgary

For more than 25 years, the Husky Endowed Research Chair in Bituminous Materials at the University of Calgary has been Canada’s top centre of asphalt research. The lab has enabled Husky to lead the way with innovations such as polymer-modified asphalts in our commitment to building better roads.

Dr. Martin Jasso, our head researcher who holds PhD's in Bituminous Materials and Macromolecular Chemistry and a master’s degree in the Technology of Plastics and Rubber, leads a team of engineers, chemists and physicists. The lab has patented several new pavement products, asphalt repair techniques and new road-testing procedures.

As chair and professor, Dr. Jasso has mentored several master’s and PhD students who now hold key positions in the industry. The research program showcases the success of working with post-secondary institutions and Husky’s commitment to developing the flexible pavements of the future.

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Husky Asphalt Saskatoon Lab

Husky's AASHTO-certified laboratory in Saskatoon is more than a research facility. While the lab’s key function is to develop new grades of asphalt products and conduct quality-control testing, our knowledgeable Technical Services team is also available to support your business.

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Technical innovation

For decades, Husky Asphalt's Technical Services & Innovation team has contributed to industry-leading technical innovation in response to customer needs and often in collaboration with key industry partners.

For instance, Canada's first soft micro-surfacing emulsion project was conducted for Saskatchewan's Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (Sask MHI) in 2019. Building on successful applications in Minnesota and participation in the National Road Research Alliance, Husky Asphalt created a custom mix design for a 5-kilometre stretch of highway north of Saskatoon.

The Sask MHI trial will determine whether using Husky's softer asphalt in a custom mix design will significantly reduce reflective cracking, especially with the province's cold climate. 

This is the first-to-market technical innovation that makes Husky Asphalt the preferred partner for your road-building and maintenance projects.

Contact the Husky Asphalt team for more information.


Product development

Husky's commitment to asphalt and emulsion product and specification development is seen in the projects we undertake on behalf of our customers and industry.

Dr. Martin Jasso, in collaboration with Brett Lambden, Technical Services & Innovation Manager, are engaged in new polymer-modified asphalt (PMA) research. Their technical paper won the Elaine Thompson Editor's Award for Written Presentation at the 2018 annual conference of the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA).

Husky Asphalt is a leader in the development of PMAs in North America and continues to invest in its future. Why? Because PMA makes better roads... and making better roads makes sense.


Part of the team

Husky Asphalt promotes collaboration in all areas of our business. This is demonstrated in the diversity of our Technical Services and Innovation team who bring decades of experience, various educational and professional backgrounds, and specializations that mesh seamlessly.

Martin Jasso, PhD 

After completing his first PhD at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in 2013, Dr. Jasso’s interest in asphalt technology brought him to the University of Calgary where he focused on the mechanisms of modification and change of internal structure of asphalt blends.

Jasso finished his second doctorate in 2016 and worked as a research assistant in Bituminous Materials at the U of C. Later that year, Dr. Jasso was appointed Chairholder of the Husky Energy Endowed Chair in Bituminous Materials.

Husky Energy’s funding of the Bituminous Materials Chair allows Dr. Jasso and his team of researchers to:

  • lead a research program out of state-of-the-art laboratories
  • establish collaboration among universities, industry and government agencies involved in road construction
  • serve as a focal point for the technical development needs of the asphalt industry
  • cultivate new expertise by educating scientists and engineers

Brett Lambden, P.Eng

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (University of Saskatchewan, 2006), Lambden started his career with Husky Asphalt in 2007.

In his original role in Downstream Engineering, Lambden gained experience in road applications, production, capital projects, quality control and product development.

Now the Technical Services & Innovation Manager, Lambden directs Husky’s research program in asphalt, emulsion and industrial products. He is also responsible for quality control of products and terminals, and oversees the development of asphalt, emulsion and industrial products in Canada and the U.S.

Lambden’s in-depth knowledge of terminal and refinery capabilities allows him to take private laboratory research findings and bring them into full-scale production. Lambden is an active member of the following associations:

  • Asphalt Institute’s Canadian Committee and Technical Advisory Committee
  • ASTM Committee on Road and Paving Materials
  • National Road Research Alliance (U.S.)
  • Canadian Technical Asphalt Association and Association (CTAA)
  • Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT)
     

Darren Anweiler, MSc, P.Eng
Sr. Staff Technical Services Engineer

Anweiler joined Husky in 2018 and provides technical support to the Canadian asphalt, emulsion and residuals network, as well as technical support for quality assurance and control in downstream operations. Anweiler is also actively involved in executing Husky research and development objectives in both the Saskatoon Lab and at the University of Calgary's Bituminous Research Laboratory.

With a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Anweiler is a wealth of knowledge on research and development, technology commercialization, as well as upstream and downstream operations; driving technology from the laboratory through pilot demonstration and construction. Anweiler is an active member of the following associations:

  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) member
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) participating membership
  • Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA) member
  • Six Sigma Certification
     

Guy Sisler
Technical Services Specialist

Sisler joined Husky in 2017 as a Technical Services Specialist for our U.S. market. With more than 30 years in the industry, Sisler  possesses extensive knowledge of asphalt, emulsions and the wide array of product possibilities, making him an asset in consulting on project needs and alternatives.

Sisler studied petroleum engineering at Montana Tech at the University of Montana. He earned a bachelor of economics from Iowa Wesleyan College and an MBA in finance and supply-chain management from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Sisler is an active member of the following associations:

  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee Chair for Emulsion Surface Treatments
  • TSP2 Emulsion Task Force
     

Amy Morhart, BSc
Senior Chemical Technologist

Morhart completed her bachelor’s in chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan before starting her career with Husky in 2005 as a Chemical Technologist. Now a Senior Chemical Technologist, Morhart leads quality control and product development for Husky’s multitude of emulsions products. Her comprehensive knowledge of emulsion production allows her to provide expert advice to Husky’s terminal facilities, ensuring higher product quality control. Morhart is an active member of the following associations:

  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) member
  • Association of the Chemistry Professionals of Saskatchewan (ACPS) member
     

Kyle Kluchewski, BSc
Chemical Technologist

Kluchewski graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and completed a second degree in quality management at the University of Manitoba. As a Chemical Technologist, Kluchewski has applied his education and training to focus on quality management and research around asphalt binders and received his National Binder Technician Certification and National Emulsion Technician Certification from the Asphalt Institute. Kluchewski is an active member of the following associations:

  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) committee member for Road and Paving
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) member
  • Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA) member

Training the future of asphalt

Husky Asphalt invests in the future of the industry by training the next generation of skilled asphalt professionals. We offer multiple positions that provide students and new graduates with the opportunity to grow their knowledge and careers.

The Husky Asphalt Technical Services and Innovation team offers:

  • Summer student positions
     
  • Internships
    •   Previous interns have received scholarship and internship opportunities with the Asphalt Institute
       
  •  Engineer-In-Training positions
    • Launched in 2012, the program provides Engineers-in-Training (EITs) with a broad understanding of Husky’s core business through challenging assignments, technical training, field exposure and the opportunity to develop a large network of contacts.

Read more about our Student and New Graduate programs.