BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matthew J. Brister
Mr. Brister has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Calgary and is a registered Professional Geologist in the Province of Alberta. Mr. Brister is a retired businessman and was Chairman of the Board of Chinook Energy Inc. (“Chinook”) from December 2013 until June 2017. Prior thereto, he was Chief Executive Officer and a director of Chinook from June 2009 until December 2013. Mr. Brister was a director of Storm Exploration Inc. (“SEO”) from June 2004 until August 2010, and was the Chairman of SEO from 2004 until May 2008. Mr. Brister was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Storm Energy Ltd. (“SEL”) from August 2002 to June 2004. From November 1998 to August 2002, Mr. Brister was the President and Chief Executive Officer, and a director of Storm Energy Inc. (“SEI”). From May 1987 to July 1998, Mr. Brister was employed by Pinnacle Resources Ltd. (“Pinnacle”) in positions of increasing responsibility and from January 1994 to July 1998 was President and Chief Executive Officer, and a director thereof. Pinnacle was a publicly traded oil and gas company listed on the TSX and the Montreal Exchange prior to its acquisition by Renaissance Energy Ltd. in July 1998.
John A. Brussa
Mr. Brussa has been an energy lawyer, specializing in the area of taxation, since 1982. He is currently Chairman and a Partner of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, a full service Calgary based legal firm. Over the same period Mr. Brussa has gained wide experience in corporate governance. Over the last 30 years, he has served on a number of Boards of Directors of public corporations across diverse industries as well as the governing bodies of several charitable foundations and not-for-profit corporations. He is a past member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation, a Jarislowsky Fellow in Business at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and a cabinet member of the Resolve Campaign to end homelessness in Calgary. Mr. Brussa was a director of SEO, SEL and SEI. In addition to his professional duties, Mr. Brussa currently serves as a mentor at the Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business.
Mark A. Butler
Mr. Butler is a business consultant and the managing partner of a private investment group. He was previously the President of WestPac LNG Corporation, an early stage private capital entrant into the development of LNG facilities in British Columbia. He has also been employed as General Counsel, and subsequently Chief Operating Officer, of a software company with activity as a global provider of treasury management and financial services. Mr. Butler was previously a director of SEO and also been a director of a number of both private and not-for-profit enterprises. Mr. Butler is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and actively practiced law in Alberta as a member of a Calgary-based multi-national law firm. Mr. Butler holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, and holds ICD.D director certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Stuart G. Clark
Chairman and Director
Mr. Clark is a retired businessman and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Clark was Chairman of SEO from June 2004 until August 2010 and was a director of SEL from August 2002 to June 2004. Prior to August 2002, Mr. Clark was a director and Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of SEI from November 1998 to November 2001, when he assumed the office of Executive Director until August 2002. Mr. Clark was also a director and Chairman of Focus Energy Trust since its inception in July 2002 until sold to Enerplus Resource Fund in February 2008. Mr. Clark has served as a director and Chairman of Rock Energy Inc. from January 2004 to June 2016 and was a director of Chinook from June 2009 to May 2017. Mr. Clark was a director and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle prior to its acquisition by Renaissance Energy Ltd. in July 1998.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Lavergne has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta (1989) and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta. Mr. Lavergne was the President and Chief Executive Officer of SEO from 2004 until the sale of SEO to ARC Resources Ltd. in August 2010. Mr. Lavergne was Vice President, Production of SEL from August 2002 until June 2003, and Chief Operating Officer from June 2003 to June 2004. From December 1998 until August 2002, Mr. Lavergne was employed with SEI, his last position being Vice President, Production. From February 1994 to December 1998, Mr. Lavergne was employed by Renaissance Energy Ltd. in positions of increasing responsibility including Exploitation Manager and Operations District Manager.
Sheila A. Leggett
Ms. Leggett is currently Chair of the Board for the International Standards Organization Technical Committee 207 Environmental Management (ISO), and Chair of the TELUS Spark Board of Directors. Ms. Leggett has served on various Boards commencing in 1988 and most recently held the positions of Vice Chair of the National Energy Board (2006 – 2013) and Chief Operating Officer and Board member with the Natural Resources Conservation Board (2001 – 2006). Ms. Leggett holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McGill University, a Masters of Science in Biology from the University of Calgary, and holds ICD.D director certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Gregory G. Turnbull, Q.C.
Mr. Turnbull is a senior partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, which he joined in July 2002 following his previous position as partner of Donahue LLP, which he joined in 2001. From 1987 to 2001, Mr. Turnbull was a partner of Gowlings LLP and predecessor firms. Mr. Turnbull was a director of SEO, SEL and SEI. Mr. Turnbull is currently a director of a number of public and private corporations, largely associated with the energy industry. Mr. Turnbull holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Queens University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. He is past Chairman of the Calgary Zoological Society and presently sits on the Board of the Calgary Health Trust.
P. Grant Wierzba
Mr. Wierzba has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alberta and is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Alberta. Mr. Wierzba is currently an independent businessman and was a director of Chinook from November 2004 until August 2019. He was also Vice President of Operations at Chinook until June 2017. Mr. Wierzba was Vice President Operations and Chief Operating Officer, and a director of SEL from August 2002 until June 2003. From November 1998 until August 2002 he held the same position at SEI. From March 1996 until July 1998, Mr. Wierzba was employed by Pinnacle in positions of increasing responsibility, the last being Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was also a director of the company. From 1980 until February 1996, Mr. Wierzba was employed by Renaissance Energy Ltd. in positions of increasing responsibility, his final role being Senior Vice President, Operations.
James K. Wilson
Mr. Wilson obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary in 1976, his Chartered Accountant designation in 1979 and his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2010. He has over 30 years of finance and administration experience in the domestic and international oil and gas industry. Mr. Wilson has held executive financial positions in both public and private Canadian junior and intermediate oil and gas exploration and production companies. His functional responsibilities have included finance, treasury, tax planning, strategic planning, risk management, accounting, investor relations, human resources, compensation plan structuring, information systems and administration activities. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in acquisition and divestiture negotiation and structuring. Mr. Wilson maintains memberships in the Institute of Corporate Directors, Financial Executives International Canada and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.