Kevin is a veteran oil and gas explorationist with over 30 years of technical and managerial experience in the oil and gas industry. He is a geoscientist with both geological and geophysical interpretive backgrounds, and extensive international experience, primarily in the offshore South Atlantic Margin basins.
He has previously held the positions of CEO, HRT Canada and CEO of Chariot Oil and Gas; two companies with large offshore concessions in Namibia. Prior to that he was Head of Brazilian New Ventures for EnCana.
Kevin is an active member in the following organizations: AAPG, SEG, CSPG, CSEG and APEGA. He graduated from the University of Waterloo co-op program with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. He has published and presented multiple technical pieces focused on petroleum exploration and development in Canada and Internationally.
He is currently president of his own consulting company, "Out Front of the Curve", providing business development advisory services and country specific GIS project databases to companies with international assets. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors at CGEF.
Marty is the Vice President of CGEF and professional geoscientist with over 35 years of E&P experience. He has held numerous technical and management leadership positions responsible for significant exploration and field development projects involving North American and international assets and has written extensively on exploration plays, reservoir management, business optimization, and technology applications. He has been a thought leader in exploration and reservoir management, and has developed Centers of Excellence for reservoir characterization, exploration portfolio analysis and G&G training.
He has previously held positions as South America Business Unit Manager for Niko Resources, VP of International Exploration for Reliance Industries, VP of North America Business Development for the Information Store, and also enjoyed a 26-year career with Chevron that covered all US onshore basins.
At Chevron Marty also served on key corporate and industry committees, including Chevron’s Corporation Reserves Advisory Committee, Strategic Staffing and Strategic R&D Committees, and the CAPP East Coast Advisory Committee. Other significant industry and non-profit organization roles include: AAPG National Convention Poster Session Chairman; SPE Permian Basin Chapter Enhanced Recovery Conference Technical Committee; Board of Directors for the Permian Basin Graduate Center; and conference session chairmanships for AAPG, SPE, and the CIPC.
He is currently president of his own consulting company, "International Petroleum Consultants", and is President of the Oil & Gas Investments Group, a Houston-based holding company for Latin America investments in the E&P operating and services sectors.
Marty earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from Western State College of Colorado, and his master’s degree in geology from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a registered professional geologist and an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist. He holds memberships in the AAPG and CSPG.
Dean has been involved in the international energy industry for more than 23 years. For the past 10 years he has been involved with ...
Dean has been involved in the international energy industry for more than 23 years. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University, an International MBA from Nijenrode University in the Netherlands and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Over the past 10 years he has been involved with private and public international oil and gas companies in the role as Chief Financial Officer. These companies include Bukit Energy (Indonesia), Sun God Resources (Mexico), PanAfrican Oil (Namibia, Congo), Gallic Energy (France, Australia), TG World (Philippines, Alaska, Niger) and TIC (Thailand).
Prior to changing career paths into the junior international oil and gas sector he was a Director of M&A/Corporate Planning at Terasen Pipelines, Corporate and International Finance at Enbridge and TransAlta and prior to this investment banking at Merrill Lynch. In his role at all of these companies, he has worked in several international jurisdictions and financed over a billion dollars in corporate and project financings.
Dean is active in the community with volunteer Board of Director positions at the Calgary Winter Club and CGEF. He has also served on the Boards of two TSXV start-up companies and is presently involved with small property developments in Belize Central America.
Adele has over 17 years of experience as a Petroleum Geologist. Her career path has offered diverse exploration and development experiences, from coast to coast to coast in Canada and internationally in the Caribbean, Europe and North Africa supporting opportunity assessment, risk reduction and decision-making. Working closely with multi-disciplinary teams of Geophysicists, Reservoir Engineers and Production Engineers has led to many successes in improving production.
Adele is an active member of CSPG and APEGA. She graduated with Geology degrees from University of Alberta as well as from University of Calgary. Adele has authored and presented multiple technical papers focused on petroleum exploration in fractured carbonate reservoirs in Canada and internationally.
For the last several years, Ms. Williamson has been an Advisor to the Board of Directors of CGEF.
Roger has 35+ years diverse experience in executive and operational roles managing domestic and international oil and gas operations for Petro Canada, Burlington Resources, Winstar Resources and Iskander Energy. Current position is Chief Executive Officer and Director, Iskander Energy Corp. Operational experiences include: drilling and completions; production; 2D and 3D seismic; contract negotiations and new country start-up. In addition to Canada, country specific experience includes Algeria, Tunisia, Georgia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Poland where he has designed and implemented drilling, seismic, completions, new oil/gas production facilities and workover operations working directly with local partners and state regulatory agencies. Roger has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo
Jürgen is a consulting geologist in international hydrocarbon exploration specializing in prospect generation in deformed and fractured frontier basins. Since establishing “Franconia Geoscience Ltd.” in 2003, he has helped establish the technical foundations to build small companies on and has worked on international exploration projects in countries such as China, Mongolia, Morocco, and Germany. Previously, he had performed structural modeling and seismic interpretation in the Foothills for Shell Canada. He has 27 years of field experience.
Jürgen holds an M.Sc. in Structural Geology and Geophysics from Göttingen University, Germany (1991), and a Ph.D. in Structural Geology and Tectonics from the University of New Brunswick (1998). Before moving to Calgary, he had assignments with GSC Ottawa, Aachen University of Technology, and the Saskatchewan Geological Survey.
David is a geoscientist with more than 30 years of global, Canadian frontier, and Western Canadian E&P experience. In positions of progressive technical and managerial responsibility David has worked for Shell, Exxon Production Research, ExxonMobil Exploration, Husky Energy, and subsequently launched a public international start-up. Dr. Johnson has business development, operations, geoscience research, and technical E&P experience covering more than 40 petroleum provinces in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas; has led the bid-round acquisition of more than 20 PSA’s and EL’s; and made significant discoveries, among others, in the Canadian Frontiers and South China Sea. David assisted the Kuwait Oil Company with their establishment of a new Research & Development Group, and subsequently was Adviser & Chief of Exploration – Business Development with KUFPEC. David received a BSc in Geology from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in Geological Oceanography from Dalhousie University. David has a consultancy which provides geoscience and management support on exploration and production projects, and in this capacity has taken on roles from technical adviser to interim-President. David is an Adviser with CGEF, and an Adviser to Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd.
Duncan Mackay has spent fifteen years as a geologist with wide-ranging experiences, including work with small and large-cap E&P companies, both domestically and internationally. Duncan has a strong academic background with an Honours BSc. from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. from Queen’s University. As a coop undergraduate student, Duncan worked for Mobil Oil, ExxonMobil and Shell Canada, where he began full time work in 2001. His doctorate work focused on the sedimentology of a Western Canadian heavy-oil deposit, which has led to an on- going interest in both industry-related and academic aspects of heavy-oil reservoirs and tidal deposits in general. Duncan’s work at Shell Canada spanned 10 years and focused on frontier basins including the Sable Sub-Basin, the Orphan Basin, the Mackenzie Delta and the Beaufort Sea. In 2011, he turned his attention to South America, where he worked for Verano Energy, a Colombian-focused E&P company and, in 2014, joined Serinus Energy, where he presently works, pursuing exploration opportunities in Eastern Europe and North Africa.
For more than 20 years, Peter has been involved in the oil and gas industry as a professional petroleum geologist in various technical and managerial roles. His geographic experience includes North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Western Asia, North Africa and Middle East. He holds a B.Sc and M.Sc from the University of Calgary in Geology and Geophysics.
He's currently an independent consultant within the oil and gas industry.
Peter is an active member in the AAPG, and a Canada Region representative to the AAPG House of Delegates. He is also an active member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) and the Association of Professional Geosciences and Engineers of Alberta (APEGA). He has co-authored multiple technical presentations at various International societal conferences.
Jamie specializes in valuation, corporate and strategy planning for oil and gas companies. In early 2018, he co-founded Hoot Research Inc., a financial research, technology and consulting company focused on providing data and insights related to regulatory filings by Canadian-listed oil and gas companies. Hoot’s Resalytics service is an online SaaS tool that allows rapid and cost-effective benchmarking and valuation of TSX-listed companies with oil and gas reserves. Prior to that he was Executive VP of a public junior mining and oil and gas company with assets in Peru and Argentina.
From 2006 to 2015, Jamie worked as a sell-side equities analyst covering Canadian-listed oil and gas companies with international operations. He worked for TD Securities, Genuity Capital Markets (now CanaccordGenuity), and MGI Securities. Prior to that, Jamie worked for Wood Mackenzie, a global energy research and consulting firm based in the UK.
Jamie is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow with a MEng (with distinction) in Mechanical Engineering with Financial Management. He is fluent in French and German in addition to English, having lived and worked in both Switzerland and France in his youth. He also speaks basic Spanish.
Mr. Mark Teare is Senior Vice President of Exploration for Canacol Energy Ltd, the largest independent natural gas producer in Colombia. Previously, Mark was at AEC International and EnCana Corporation where he held a series of senior management positions in Ecuador and Brazil. Over his 35 year career, he has extensive experience with a number of senior international Canadian energy companies operating in North America, South America and Australasia. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Geology from McGill University.
Curtis Evert, Vice President, Exploration at Sherritt International Corporation, Oil & Gas and Power
Curtis Evert was born and raised on a 1905 Century Family Farm in Southeast Saskatchewan, Canada. He graduated with a B.Sc.Advanced in Geological Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1985. He has worked for several companies during the past 30 years, focusing his efforts on petroleum and natural gas exploration and production. His early career was spent working on projects in Canada, including Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland. During the past 16 years, Curtis has focused on international ventures including projects in Cuba, Spain, Argentina, West and North Africa, Turkey, Pakistan, Brazil, United Kingdom and the South China Sea.
Curtis is currently Vice President, Exploration for Sherritt International Oil & Gas and Power. Curtis is also the co-founder and Vice President of the Canadian Global Exploration Forum
John has over 40 years of technical and managerial experience in the international oil and gas industry. He is a geoscientist who has lived in Europe, Asia, North & South America, and has worked on data from all over the world.
He was previously co-founder and President/VP Exploration for Bolivar Energy Corp. and Prospero Hydrocarbons Inc.: two companies with exploration and production activities in Colombia.
John is an active member in the following organizations: AAPG, SPE, SEG, AIPN, CSPG and APEGA. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.
He is currently co-founder and VP Geoscience for Sun God Energy Inc., a company set up to participate in the opening up of the Mexican oil industry. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Fig Tree Foundation, a backbone organization for international development charities in Calgary.
Basia is a MIT (APEGA) over 8 years of experience working for Sherritt International Oil & Gas and Power. She completed a B.Sc. of Biology and a B.Sc. Geology at the University of Calgary. Over the course of her university career, Basia worked with primates in South East Asia before starting a student position at Sherritt in 2011. She has since focused on furthering her career in exploration geology with the company. Her roles include interpreting geological data and building Petrel models for offshore Cuba projects.
Diane is a successful international geologist with over 25 years of diverse experience in exploration, development and A&D activities in Canada, Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa and South America.
She has delivered exploration and development programs for both carbonate and clastic reservoirs in a range of structural settings while working at Imperial Oil, CNRL, Vermilion, NAL, Winstar Resources, Petrominerales, and Bankers Petroleum. She is currently an independent consultant within the oil and gas industry.
She graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from Acadia University and obtained an M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from the University of Alberta
She is an active member of several professional organizations such as APEGA, CSPG, AAPG, and CGEF. She is currently sitting on the Board of Directors as an advisor at CGEF.
Sean is a qualified lawyer in Alberta (1994) and England (2003). He is a native Calgarian who has practised law in the energy industry for nearly 25 years.
Since 2014 Sean has been a partner with Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer, where he continues to work on international matters (more geographically diverse) and domestic matters.
Sean has been recognized by a number of independent legal guidebooks as an expert in the field of energy law. He has served in various roles for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and often presents at conferences on topics of interest to the energy
Sam Nassar 7+ years of experience in Reservoir Engineering and development planning. He has worked on a broad spectrum of oil and gas projects primarily in the areas of reservoir engineering, economics, and reserves evaluation in a range of countries including Egypt, Canada, Tanzania, Nigeria, Tunisia, Romania & Albania.
Some of his primary competencies include production forecasting, reservoir rock and fluid characterization, international fiscal & economic modelling, and oil & gas reserve evaluations (NI-51-101 & PRMS). He earned a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the British University in Egypt and Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Calgary. He started his career with Shell (Egypt & Netherlands) and currently working for RPS Energy in Canada.
Tim Hazlett, Director, Upstream Oil & Gas Services $ Technologies
Tim Hazlett is the Director of Upstream Oil and Gas Services and Technologies within the Industry Development Branch of Alberta Economic Development and Trade. Tim provides sector leadership and expertise to help Alberta oil and gas services and technologies companies overcome competitiveness challenges and champion international opportunities for growth. In this role, Tim applies 20+ years of ‘unique’ private and public upstream oil & gas service and technologies and exploration and production experience spanning five continents.
Prior to this role, Tim was Managing Director of the Alberta Mexico Office, which is the Government of Alberta’s international trade office in Mexico City, where he represented the province of Alberta in Mexico and oversaw the management of all aspects of the province’s international activities in Mexico. Over Tim’s career with the Alberta Government, he has focused on upstream oil and gas services and technologies, and has traditionally led market development projects on behalf of the government, including previous responsibility for Mexico, South America, Asia Pacific, the US and multiple large technical subsector projects.
In the private sector, Tim started working on drilling and service rigs at early in Alberta, and shortly after worked on offshore drilling and workover platforms. Early in Tim’s career, he provided ‘in market’ technical international representation services for Canadian and US exploration companies and several oil and gas service and technology firms internationally, with a specialization in Latin America.
Tim holds a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies with Distinction from Monterrey Institute of International Studies in Monterrey, California, where his studies focused on the economics of state-owned oil and gas companies in Latin America. Tim is fluent in Spanish and holds a second Master’s degree from the University of Alberta also focused on Latin America.
Lynette Lefsrud brings over 20 years of experience in business, marketing and communications, with additional journalism and product launch experience.
She currently works for Cenovus Energy in the sustainability and engagement group where she focuses on sustainability and external communications and is the author of the company’s ESG report. She is also co-owner of a craft distillery that has been in operation since 2017. Previously, Lynette ran her own consulting organizations – Lefsrud Communications for eight years and later GridStone for six years. As a consultant, she worked with a wide array of business clients from international energy companies to new technology start-ups, agricultural business and government and educational organizations. Lynette was also Director of Marketing and Communications for a large international oil and gas service company for seven years.
Lynette has a Bachelor of Journalism (Combined Honours in Journalism and History) and an MBA, and was celebrated as a Rising Star, when she received the 2013 Oilweek Rising Stars Award.
As a strong believer in volunteerism, Lynette was the chair of the Energy Excellence Awards Advisory Committee (in partnership with JWN Energy) for two years, has extensive volunteering experience with her alma mater, the University of Calgary, and has played an active role in local community organizations for many years.
Mark brings more than 40 years of domestic and international industry experience to the CGEF Advisor position. Over the years, he has taken on progressively senior positions in maintenance, operations, procurement, training and business development, including a variety of overseas assignments. Prior to joining Katch Kan Ltd., Mark held the position of President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) for 8 years and had cemented his extensive background in oilfield services as part of senior management teams for an international drilling company, a Clean Technology oilfield services company and currently business development for Katch Kan an oilfield services company that delivers sustainable well life cycle solutions. His broad industry experience, combined with his MBA and CAE, gives him the combination of insight and leadership that will deliver value as an advisor for CGEF and its member companies.