Board of Directors

 

Kelvin B. Johnston

Kelvin B. Johnston

Chairman

Kel joined our board of directors in May 2012. Mr. Johnston is an executive with more than 30 years' of experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Johnston serves as President of Wylander Crude Corp., a private oil and gas company, a position he has held since July 2006, and as Vice President, Corporate Development of Lakeview Energy Ltd., a private oil and gas company, a position held since June 2009. Prior positions include serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Clipper Energy Inc., Vice-President, Exploration of Thunder Energy Ltd., and various senior technical, executive and board capacities at Husky Oil Ltd., Startech Energy Inc., Impact Energy Inc., Mustang Resources Ltd. and Peerless Energy Inc. Currently, Mr. Johnston serves as a Director of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC).

 

Mr. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Geology from the University of Manitoba and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Calgary.

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Derek Evans 

President and Chief Executive Officer

Derek joined us in May 2009 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in September of 2009. Derek brings over 32 years of experience in the energy sector in Western Canada having spent the majority of his career with Renaissance Energy Limited in a variety of operational and management positions, the last being Senior Vice President of Operations. He served as President, CEO and director of Focus Energy Trust from May 2002 until March 2008.

 

Derek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta.

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Margaret Byl

Margaret joined our board of directors in December 2014.  Ms. Byl is a seasoned executive with over 30 years' experience in the Canadian energy sector in a wide range of upstream and corporate functions with Suncor Energy and Petro-Canada. Ms. Byl has expertise in heavy oil and oil sands development from grass roots pilot projects to commercial-scale development. Her expertise also extends to human resources, information systems and strategic planning.

 

At present, Ms. Byl is the Executive Director of Energy Technologies at Alberta Innovates, a lead agency for advancing energy and environmental technology innovation in Alberta.


Ms. Byl received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.

 

Wayne K. Foo

Wayne joined our board of directors in June 2006. Mr. Foo has had a varied 35-year career in the energy sector, including exploration and production management with Chevron Corporation; President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Archer Resources Ltd.; President and Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Energy Canada Ltd.; and President and Chief Executive Officer of Petro Andina Resources, Inc. At present, Mr. Foo is CEO, and a director of Parex Resources Inc., a TSX listed issuer.

 

Mr. Foo received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Calgary in 1977 and a Masters of Science in Geology from Queen’s University in 1979.

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James D. McFarland

Jim joined our board of directors in January 2010 and has more than 43 years' experience in the oil and gas industry. He presently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, director and co-founder of Valeura Energy Inc. Prior to this position, Mr. McFarland served as President and Chief Executive Officer, director and co-founder of Verenex Energy Inc. which was sold to the Libyan Investment Authority in December 2009. He has served as Managing Director of Southern Pacific Petroleum N.L. in Australia, President and Chief Operating Officer of Husky Oil Limited and in a wide range of upstream and corporate functions in an earlier 23 year career with Imperial Oil Limited and other Exxon affiliates in Canada, the U.S. and Western Europe.

 

Mr. McFarland is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and the Society of Petroleum Engineers International.

 

Mr. McFarland received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta. In 2003, he was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for outstanding service through business and commerce.

A. Terence Poole

A. Terence Poole

Terry joined our board of directors in April 2005. Mr. Poole brings extensive senior financial management, accounting, capital and debt market experience. Mr. Poole retired from Nova Chemicals Corporation in 2006 where he had held various senior management positions including Executive Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and Development. Mr. Poole also currently serves on the board of directors for Methanex Corporation.

 

Mr. Poole received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and holds a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation.

 Jamie Sokalsky

Jamie Sokalsky

Mr. Sokalsky brings over 30 years of senior executive experience in a wide range of areas including finance, capital markets, corporate strategy, project development, acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Sokalsky's career centered primarily within the mining and resources sector, where he held various executive roles with Barrick Gold Corp., including Chief Financial Officer and most recently, as President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure at Barrick, Mr. Sokalsky was instrumental in instituting a company-wide portfolio optimization program, as well as the implementation of value enhancing initiatives. These initiatives included an enhanced focus on cost reduction, improved rates of return, free cash flow and capital allocation, as well as strengthening the company's balance sheet.

Mr. Sokalsky holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honors) from Lakehead University and also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

D. Michael G. Stewart

D. Michael G. Stewart

Michael joined our board of directors in October 2006. Mr. Stewart is a corporate director serving on the boards of directors of TransCanada Corporation, Canadian Energy Services Inc.. Mr. Stewart is a native Albertan and graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta

Board Committees

Audit and Risk Committee

A.Terence Poole (Chair)
James D. McFarland
Jamie Sokalsky

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

D. Michael G. Stewart (Chair)
Wayne K. Foo
Kelvin B. Johnston

Compensation Committee

James D. McFarland (Chair)
Margaret L. Byl
D. Michael G. Stewart 

Reserves, Health, Safety and Environment Committee

Wayne K. Foo (Chair)
Margaret L. Byl
Kelvin B. Johnston
Jamie C. Sokalsky