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200, 505 3rd Street SW
Calgary, AB, T2P 3E6


Higher Landing is leading the evolution of the outplacement and transition industry by offering our transformation clients a leading edge program with a multi-faceted team of professionals who will provide complete career transformation. 

We take the traditional transition process to a new level with a proprietary approach that aims to connect head with heart, and identify strengths, values, passions, and purpose.


Higher Alignment

Marko Mah, PhD, P.Geoph - Associate


Marko has 20 years of experience in start-up, medium-sized and multi-national companies.  He received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Alberta while working in the Calgary Oil & Gas Industry. Marko has published papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Geophysics, Journal of Vegetation Science, Journal of Geophysical Research, and IEEE Transactions.  He has presented at multiple national and international conferences on the subjects of experimental rock physics and anisotropic depth migration.

Marko relocated to Singapore with Veritas Asia-Pacific where he developed and led a cross-cultural team of specialists serving clients in Asia and Australia. He then took a position in Bergen, Norway at the Norsk-Hydro Research Centre (now Statoil) as part of a multi-national inter-disciplinary group of experts to provide practical solutions to atypical problems encountered in the North Sea, East Coast Canada, and Gulf of Mexico. After moving back to Canada with Statoil, he joined the start-up Waseca Energy where he was the Professional Responsible Member to APEGA and APEGS and in charge of all geophysical activities. After the successful growth and sale of Waseca Energy, he joined Husky Energy and transitioned to divestitures. Overall, he has been involved in over $1 billion worth of M&A activity.

Joy Smathers - Associate

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Joy Smathers has spent twenty years as a corporate professional spending sixteen years in Information Technology. From startup to global organizations spanning sectors such as secondary education, telecommunications, oil and gas, and internet service providers.

Joy has a track record of success, strategically leading and bringing people, process, resources and technology together in innovative ways creating new revenue streams or solving a business problem. Early on in her career she learned the real power behind any organization lies in their people. She built on this awareness to acknowledge, develop and bring out the best in the teams she worked with. Her lifelong pursuit of professional development and passion for people led her to become a certified neuro-science based coach. Founding her own coaching company in 2014 she has witnessed the power of coaching to transform lives, and bring new levels of success to careers and businesses.

Joy is now focusing on bridging her industry knowledge and leadership coaching to build and bring new programs and services to the corporate sector that focus on the human element that has been missing. An element of focus required for business success as we officially enter the new "Digital Era" and "Whole Person Paradigm".

Joy is propelled by future visions of a world that could be. Technology has always fascinated her and as it continues to grow and evolve it becomes clear to her that emerging technologies in Internet of Things, machine learning and artificial intelligence integrated with the human element has the potential to pivot and create solutions to some of our world's greatest challenges.

Marc Blais, P.Eng. - Associate


Marc originated from Vancouver Island, completing his electrical engineering at the University of Victoria. Marc compliments his engineering with an electrical technologist, combining nearly 20 years’ experience in energy, with a focus on people. Marc leads teams founded on trusting relationships with an emphasis on continuous support to others and cultivating a culture of transparency. This has proven a successful equation for empowering high-performance while consistently delivering on excellence to customers. With no agenda in mind, Marc makes time to get to know you and discover your potential. With a reputation of building teams consisting of talented professionals that complement their passions to deliver purposeful results. He is driven to always lead strategically with ideas, leaving behind a positive leadership legacy.

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