Our Executive Officers
Tim S. Granger
Mr. Granger was appointed as our President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2013. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Granger served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Molopo Energy Limited from January 3, 2012 to January 17, 2013, and as President and Chief Executive Officer, and director of Compton Petroleum Corporation from January 6, 2009 through December 2, 2011. Prior thereto, Mr. Granger held the office of Vice President, Asset Optimization and Chief Operating Officer at Paramount Energy Trust and prior to that, Managing Director of TAQA North following the acquisition of Primewest Energy by TAQA in January of 2008. Mr. Granger had been the Chief Operating Officer of Primewest which he joined in 1999. Mr. Granger has more than 28 years of extensive experience in exploitation, production operations and asset management. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Granger held various managerial positions at Pogo Canada Ltd. and Petro-Canada, including production engineering and upstream information technology. Prior to 1996, Mr. Granger held various management positions at Amerada Hess Canada Ltd., and engineering positions at Dynex Petroleum Ltd., Canterra Energy Ltd. and Dome Petroleum Limited. Mr. Granger graduated from Carleton University with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.
David M. Fitzpatrick
Mr. Fitzpatrick was appointed as our interim President & Chief Executive Officer in February 2013 and then as our Executive Director in April 2013, upon the appointment of Tim Granger to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Fitzpatrick has been a member of the Board since completion of the Company’s initial public offering in June 2011. Mr. Fitzpatrick is an independent businessman and from 1996 to 2007, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Shiningbank Energy Ltd. (acquired by PrimeWest Energy Trust), an oil and gas company. From June 2008 to September 2008, Mr. Fitzpatrick was a principal at Richardson Capital Ltd., the private equity division of Richardson Financial Group. Mr. Fitzpatrick serves as a director of Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (since July 2008) and Eagle Energy Trust (since November 2010). Prior directorships include Pinecrest Energy Inc., Strike Petroleum Ltd., PrimeWest Energy Trust, Enerchem International Inc. and Compton Petroleum Corporation. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta and has a Chartered Director designation.
Shane K. Abel
Mr. Abel was appointed as our Vice President, Finance and Treasurer in July 2011. From July 2003 to June 2011, Mr. Abel worked at BMO Capital Markets, a Canadian bank-owned full service investment dealer, where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Investment & Corporate Banking. Mr. Abel graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Honours Finance and Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan in 2003 and is a CFA Charterholder.
Douglas W. Axani
Mr. Axani was appointed as our Vice President, Exploration in March 2011. Mr. Axani has served as Exploration Manager of LPR Canada (formerly Canadian Forest Oil Ltd.), since February 2009. From April 2008 to October 2008, Mr. Axani worked for Terralliance Technologies Canada Inc., an oil and gas exploration and development company, as Manager of Exploration, where he managed the Canadian operations within the Calgary office. Mr. Axani worked for Kereco Energy Ltd., an oil and gas exploration and development company, from February 2005 to January 2008, where he started as a senior exploration geologist and moved into the position of Manager of Exploration for the Northern Business District. Mr. Axani’s responsibilities at Kereco Energy Ltd. included mapping and developing new prospects and selecting well locations to add to corporate production and reserves. Mr. Axani received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Alberta in 1994. He is a Professional Geologist and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.
Lyle H. Burke
Mr. Burke was appointed as our Vice President, New Ventures & Technology in November 2011. Mr. Burke has over 30 years of petroleum engineering experience and joined us from RPS Energy, an international petroleum consulting firm, where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Consulting Services. Prior to joining RPS Energy’s predecessor APA Petroleum Engineering in 1987, Mr. Burke held various engineering positions with Petro-Canada. Mr. Burke received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Mark E. Bush
Mr. Bush was appointed as our Vice President, Operations in October 2011. Prior to joining us, Mr. Bush held various operational positions with Forest, most recently as Vice President of the Eastern Business Unit, a position he held since May 2007. Prior to joining Forest in 1997, Mr. Bush worked as an Operations Engineer for Sun Exploration and Production Company and its successor, Oryx Energy Company. Mr. Bush received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a 32 year member of the International Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Charles R. Kraus
Mr. Kraus was appointed as our Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary in September 2011. Mr. Kraus is a Canadian and U.S. qualified lawyer. From August 2005 to September 2011, Mr. Kraus was a lawyer in the Calgary office of Stikeman Elliott LLP, where he focused on cross-border public and private capital markets transactions, mergers and aquisitions and corporate governance. Mr. Kraus received his law degree (J.D., magna cum laude) from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2001 and his undergraduate degree (B.A., departmental distinction) from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1998. Mr. Kraus is admitted to the bars of Alberta, Washington and Minnesota, and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Association for Corporate Counsel.
Shona F. Mackenzie
Ms. Mackenzie was appointed as our Vice President, Engineering & Exploitation in March 2011. Ms. Mackenzie has served as Manager of Engineering and Exploitation of LPR Canada (formerly Canadian Forest Oil Ltd.) since October 2009. Prior to joining LPR Canada, Ms. Mackenzie served as the Reservoir Engineering Manager of RPS Group Plc, a petroleum engineering consultancy company, from February 2007 to October 2009, where she managed a team working in field development planning, field rehabilitation, reserves evaluation, and reservoir simulation. From August 1999 to February 2007, Ms. Mackenzie worked for APA Petroleum Engineering Inc., a petroleum engineering consultancy company, as the Integrated Studies Manager, where she managed the construction and application of Integrated Field Models. Ms. Mackenzie received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Offshore (Civil) Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in 1992 and a Master of Engineering degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in 1994. She is a certified Professional Engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.