With over 20 years of finance and corporate development experience, Mr. Hanson has been President of Discovery Management Services Ltd. since 2002, a venture capital consulting firm assisting early-stage companies in the development of short and long-term financing strategies. Mr. Hanson served as Chairman and Managing Director of Van Arbor Asset Management, an award winning equity money management firm from 2004 until 2008, which he founded in 2003. Van Arbor Asset Management was bought by ZLC Private Investment Management in 2008. In 2009, Mr. Hanson served as President and CEO of PanAsian Petroleum, an Oil and Gas Company that during his tenure was acquired by Ivanhoe Energy. In 2011/2012 Mr. Hanson was a Director of Lion Petroleum Corp., a private Oil and Gas Company focused on East Africa bought by Taipan Resources. He has served on numerous private and public company boards.
Chief Operating Officer & Director
Mr. Fisher has over twenty-five years of intensive and varied experience in the oil and gas industry including extensive experience in acquisition and divestments, corporate finance, strategic and operational planning, due diligence, supervision of day to day activities, office management, team leading, joint venture management, contracts and negotiations. He was Founder and Executive Vice President of Arcan Resources Ltd and grew Arcan from zero BOE / day with no assets to approximately 4,000 BOE / day with a large future drilling inventory. Arcan was sold to Aspenleaf Energy Ltd., backed by ARC Financial Corp, a Canadian energy-focused private equity manager, and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, in June 2015 in a transaction valued at approximately $300 Million (Cdn). Formerly Vice President International Contracts and Negotiation of Pacalta Resources Ltd, Mr. Fisher was the third employee of Pacalta and experienced growth of Pacalta from a junior E&P Company with approximately 100 BOE / day of production to a company with approximately 45,000 BOE / day of production in Ecuador and hundreds of employees. Pacalta was sold to Alberta Energy Company (predecessor to EnCana) in 1999 in a transaction valued at approximately $1 Billion (Cdn).
Margaret Souleles - Chartered Accountant
Chief Financial Officer
Margaret has provided financial consulting services to the Company from November 2004 to October 2009 when she was appointed as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Company Margaret spent eight years in the audit department of Grant Thornton LLP. Margaret is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary.
Chairman & Vice President Corporate Development
Tony has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry focusing on valuation, structuring and raising capital for energy companies. Based in Calgary, Alberta his professional roles include Managing Director, Energy Banking at PI Financial, and Director of Public Venture Capital at both Macquarie Private Wealth and Richardson Partners.
Dr. Gary Lyons
Vice Chairman & Independent Director
Dr. Lyons holds a MD degree from the University of Pittsburg and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Gary was a founder and Director of Nugget Oil Corporation which was founded in Minneapolis in 1970 and moved its headquarters to Corpus Christi in 1980. He has been involved in the oil & gas industry for over 36 years. Gary was appointed to the Board in June 2006.
Mr. Quesada is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Mexico City. He brings 20 years of experience in strategy, operations improvement and financial solutions. His primary areas of concentration are the energy and financial sectors, strategy development, supply chain management, and financial evaluation. Mr. Quesada has worked with clients across a range of industries, including oil and gas, financial services, private equity and government institutions.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Quesada was CFO of PEMEX where he contributed to the development of new business collaboration schemes including the performance contracts and JVs between PEMEX and private sector companies. Before PEMEX, he worked as Chief of Staff to the Minister at the Treasury and at the Social Development Ministers. During that time, he participated in the Anti-Money Laundering Initiative, United Nations high-level task force for financial instruments for climate change, the task force for the AH1N1 crisis, and the development of new payment schemes for the social programs.
Mr. Mills beings over 30 years of experience in strategic and tactical operations with an extensive and diverse background in power generation. He has established and led high-performance teams to achieve significant business goals in Mexico, Canada and Australia.
Mr. Mills' background includes a number of executive roles with TransAlta Corporation, one of Canada's largest publicly traded power generators and marketers of electricity and renewable energy. During his tenure, he held key positions including Director General and Chairperson or the Board of TransAlta Mexico.
With TransAlta Mexico, Mr. Mills' responsibilities included business development, equipment commissioning and operations of the corporation's Chihuahua 260 MW and TransAlta Campeche 250 MW combined cycle power stations. Both facilities achieved ISO9001 certification and were awarded "Clean Industry Status" by the Mexican Federal Environmental Authority.
He also led negotiations with the Mexican National Power Company (CFE) for the strategic divestiture of TransAlta's Mexican assets to InterGen.
Mr. Mills and his team established community programs on behalf of TransAlta, the United Way at Emiliano Zapata, Tabasco (Mexico) and the Mexican Federal Department of Integration of Families in Samalayuca, Chihuahua.
Mr. Mills also held positions on the Mexico Energy Association Board and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico.
Most recently, Mr. Mills worked for Synergy Corporation as Manager, Thermal Generation in Western Australia, overseeing a workforce of more than 350 employees.