Martin R. Ferron joined the Corporation a President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of the Board on June 7, 2012. Mr. Ferron has been in the oil and gas business since 1980 and has held executive leadership roles for the last 20 years, with both oil service and exploration and production companies. Mr. Ferron’s prior Chief Executive Officer positions include Helix Energy Solutions, a NYSE listed international energy services entity and Morrison Energy, a private oil service and production company. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering; a M.Sc. in Marine Technology; and, a MBA from three separate universities in the United Kingdom.
Ronald A. McIntosh became Chairman of our Board of Directors on May 20, 2004. From January 2004 until August of 2006, Mr. McIntosh was Chairman of NAV Energy Trust, a Calgary-based oil and natural gas investment fund. Between October 2002 and January 2004, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Navigo Energy Inc. and was instrumental in the conversion of Navigo into NAV Energy Trust. He was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Gulf Canada Resources Limited from December 2001 to July 2002 and Vice President, Exploration and International of Petro-Canada from April 1996 through November 2001. Mr. McIntosh’s s significant experience in the energy industry includes the former position of Chief Operating Officer of Amerada Hess Canada. Mr. McIntosh is on the Board of Directors of Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. and Fortealeza Energy Inc., formerly known as Alvopetro Inc.
Bryan Pinney has over 30 years of experience serving many of Canada’s largest corporations, primarily in energy and resources. Mr. Pinney has been a partner with Deloitte since 2002 and is currently Vice Chairman. Mr. Pinney served as Calgary Managing Partner from 2002 through 2007 and as National Managing Partner of Audit & Assurance from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Pinney was a past member of Deloitte’s Board of Directors and was chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Prior to joining Deloitte, Mr. Pinney was a partner with Andersen LLP and served as Calgary Managing Partner from 1991 through May of 2002. Mr. Pinney is currently the chair of the Board of Governors of Mount Royal University and has previously served on a number of non-profit boards. He is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Chartered Business Valuator and is a graduate of the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario with an honors degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.
Thomas Stan became one of our Directors on July 14th, 2016. A senior executive with over 35 years of experience in E&P, oilfield services and investment banking industries, Mr. Stan began his career with the Hess Corporation and Petro-Canada, before becoming President & CEO of Total Energy Services Ltd., Sound Energy Trust, Phoenix Energy Ltd. and Corval Energy Ltd. On the investment banking side, Mr. Stan has also been the Managing Director of Investment Banking for Blackmont Capital Markets and Desjardins Capital Markets. Mr. Stan has also served on and chaired the boards of Marble Point (now Teine Energy), Chair Energy Ltd., Total Energy Services, and Sure Energy Ltd.
Jay W. Thornton became one of our Directors on June 7, 2012. Mr. Thornton has over 30 years of oil and gas experience. He spent the first part of his career in various management positions with Shell Canada Inc. Mr. Thornton joined Suncor Energy, Canada’s largest integrated energy company, where he spent 12 years in various operating and corporate executive positions, including four year in Fort McMurray at Suncor’s Oil Sands mining operations. His most recent position with Suncor was Executive Vice President of Supply, Trading and Development. Mr. Thornton has held previous board positions with both the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAAP) and the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute (CPPI). He is currently a member of the board of a PennWest Petroleum Ltd., Canadian oil and gas company. Mr. Thornton is a graduate of McMaster University with an Honours degree in Economics. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.
John Pollesel became one of our Directors on November 23, 2017, and is an accomplished business executive with more than 30 years of wide and varied experience, mainly in natural resource related industries.
Mr. Pollesel has held several senior executive positions in the last 20 years, including Vice President and CFO of Compania Minera Antamina; COO for Vale’s North Atlantic Operations; CEO of the Morris Group and latterly, Senior Vice President, Mining, for Finning Canada. Mr. Pollesel began his career with KPMG after obtaining his Honours Bachelor of Arts (Accounting) from the University of Waterloo and later obtained an MBA degree from Laurentian University.
Maryse Saint-Laurent is an accomplished business executive with experience in capital intensive businesses in the energy, electricity and mining sectors. She has an exceptionally strong regulatory background and a proven track record in the public markets overseeing M&A, public offerings, IPOs and project financing. Ms. Saint-Laurent is currently serving as a Board Member for Turquoise Hill Resources, Guyana Goldfields, the Alberta Securities Commission, and the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre. Ms. Saint-Laurent has held several senior positions during her career most notably at TransAlta Corporation and TransCanada Corporation.
Kristina Williams is a senior business leader with a strong entrepreneurial mindset. She has extensive experience in investments, technology companies, strategic planning and international relations and trade. During her career, she has successfully worked in changing political environments and effectively engaged with municipal, provincial, federal and international governments. Ms. Williams is currently President & CEO of Alberta Enterprise Corporation which has a mandate of creating access to venture capital in Alberta. Ms. Williams also holds the position as the Swedish Honorary Consul for Edmonton and Northern Alberta to promote and foster international trade with her country of birth.