Board of Directors
Mr. David Sidoo is a successful businessman based in Vancouver where he oversees a successful private investment banking and financial management firm. Upon graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1982 where he held a four-year football scholarship with the UBC Thunderbirds, he was drafted to play professional football with the Canadian Football League. David retired from football in 1988 and was introduced to the brokerage business. From there he became a broker with Yorkton Securities where he quickly became one of the company's top revenue generators. He went on to become Partner and Advisory Board Member at Yorkton Securities, consistently generating commissions that ranked in the Top Five nationally. In 1999, he left Yorkton to pursue private investment banking. He was founding shareholder of American Oil & Gas Inc. (NYSE -AEZ) which was sold to Hess Corporation in Dec 2010 for over US$600 million. In 2008, The Vancouver Sun voted Mr. Sidoo one of the top 100 South Asians making a difference in British Columbia.
Mr. Renwick brings over 30 years of broad, international petroleum experience to the Company. Mr. Renwick began his career with Mobil Oil Canada as a geophysicist. Over the next 25 years, Mr. Renwick held various technical, technical management, and progressively senior management positions within Mobil worldwide. Mr. Renwick has been directly involved in the mapping, the discovery, and development of numerous oil and gas fields in western and eastern Canada, the U.S. Gulf Coast, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and the Former Soviet Union. Mr. Renwick responsibilities have spanned various disciplines, including geophysics, exploration, field appraisal and development, E&P planning, corporate planning, corporate strategic development, commercial analysis and upstream business development.
Mr. Nick DeMare
Mr. DeMare is the President and principal of Chase Management Ltd., a private company providing a broad range of administrative, management and financial services to private and public companies involved in mineral exploration and development, gold and silver production, oil and gas exploration and production and venture capital. For over 20 years, Mr. DeMare has assisted numerous companies in making the transition from the private to public stage and arranging and participating in equity and debt financing. Prior thereto, Mr. DeMare was employed as a General Practice Manager with Coopers & Lybrand, Chartered Accountants. Mr. DeMare is currently a director and/or officer of a number of public companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, including American Oil & Gas (AEZ-AMEX, Market cap of $230M) and GeoPetro Resources (GPR-AMEX, Market Cap of $26M).
Herb Dhaliwal is a graduate in commerce of the University of British Columbia (1977). He was a senior Minister for Western Canada in the federal Cabinet of Prime Minister Jean Chretien. Between 1997 and 2004 he successively held the portfolios of National Revenue, Fisheries & Oceans and Natural Resources in Ottawa. Prior to entering national politics, Herb was - and since retiring from public life continues to be - an entrepreneur, business owner, corporate director and advisor, with interests in transportation, building maintenance, housing construction and real estate development. Before sitting in the Parliament of Canada as M.P. for Vancouver- South/Burnaby constituency from 1993 to 2004, Mr. Dhaliwal had been appointed by the B.C. Government as Vice-Chair of the B.C. Hydro and Power Authority board of directors, where he chaired the budget and audit committees. In 2000 the VANCOUVER SUN called him one of the Top 100 most influential British Columbians in the last century.
Dr. R. Marc Bustin
Dr. R. Marc Bustin (Ph.D., P. Geol., FRSC) is Professor
of petroleum and coal geology in the Department of Earth
and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia
and president of RMB Earth Science Consultants and former
president of CBM Solutions Ltd. and a founding share
holder of Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. Bustin has over 30
years experience in unconventional gas exploration and
exploitation in industry, research and consultancy. Professional
experience includes employment by Mobil Oil Canada, Gulf
Canada Resources prior to joining The University of British
Columbia and subsequently with Elf-Aquitaine (France),
CSIRO (France) and CNRS (Australia). Dr. Bustin has consulted
in the area of fossil fuel resource evaluation and functioned
as director and technical advisor for a variety of small
through large petroleum companies in Europe, Africa,
North America and Asia. Dr. Bustin has published over
180 reviewed scientific articles on fossil fuels. Dr.
Bustin has designed and managed gas shale and coalbed
methane evaluation and development projects world wide,
including China, Botswana, Europe, Australia, SE Asia,
India and basins throughout North America. Dr. Bustin
received his PhD in geology in 1980 from the University
of British Columbia and is a registered Professional
Geoscientist in the province of British Columbia. He
is or has been an associate editor of the Canadian Society
of Petroleum Geology Bulletin, Sedimentary Geology, International
Journal of Coal Geology and the Canadian Journal of Earth
Sciences. He is member of the ICCP, AAPG, TSOP and GSA.
The Board of Directors currently consists of five (5) directors, 1 of whom is independent in that they are independent and free from any interest and any business or other relationship which could or could be reasonably be perceived to, materially interfere with the director’s ability to act with the best interests of the Company, other than the interests and relationships arising from shareholdings.
By this definition, Hon. Herb Dhaliwal is independent. David Sidoo and Greg Renwick are not considered “independent” due to the fact that they hold the positions of Executive Chairman and President and CEO of the Company respectively. Similarly, Nick DeMare is not considered “independent” due to the fact that he is the CFO of the Company and the Company pays consulting fees to a management company owned by Mr. DeMare that provides the Company accounting and administrative services . The Company pays consulting fees to a technical service company owned by Dr. Marc Bustin that provides technical analysis for assessment of unconventional plays.