Officers & Directors

  • Vision - To be recognized as the best high dividend oil & gas producer using a value driven growth strategy.  
  • Mission - To consistently deliver superior rewards to investors, employees, partners & the communities in which we operate.
  • Core Values - Excellence, Trust, Respect and Responsibility

Lorenzo Donadeo Chairman of the Board 

  • Experience:  More than 35 years experience in the oil and gas business, including mergers and acquisitions, gas marketing, production, exploitation and field operations in western Canada and internationally in Australia, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Trinidad and Tobago. Lorenzo was a co-founder of Vermilion Resources (1994), now Vermilion Energy Inc. and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.  Currently, Lorenzo is the Managing Director of Casadona Group, a private investment company.  From March 3, 2014 to March 1, 2016, Lorenzo served as Chief Executive Officer.  From 2003 to March 3, 2014, Lorenzo served as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Lorenzo served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Vermilion when the company made its initial international forays into France (1997).  Lorenzo was President and CEO of Vermilion when the company founded Verenex in 2004, a company that was subsequently active in Libya. Prior to Vermilion, Lorenzo worked at Dome Petroleum and Amoco Canada, as well as a private oil and gas company. In 2015, Lorenzo was recognized for his outstanding service to France with his official appointment to the National Order of the Legion of Honourat the rank of Chevalier.
  • Education:  B.Sc. Mechanical engineering (Honours), University of Alberta, 1981
Lorenzo Donadeo

Larry J. Macdonald Lead Director  2, 3, 4, 5

  • Experience: President, CEO and director of Point Energy Ltd. and Managing Director of Northpoint Energy Ltd., private oil and gas exploration companies. More than 46 years petroleum experience in Western Canada, including Anderson Exploration Ltd., where he was President and Chief Operating Officer. Director of Creststreet Asset Management Limited, Clear Energy Inc. and the United Way of Calgary and area. Director and Treasurer of United Way/Centraide Canada. Director and Chair, International Gift Committee of the United Way International.  Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the community (click here to see video tribute)
  • Education: B.Sc. Geology, University of Alberta, 1971 
Larry Macdonald

Stephen P. Larke Director 3, 4

  • Experience:  Mr. Larke brings over 20 years of experience in energy capital markets, including research, sales, trading and equity finance. He is currently an Operating Partner and Advisory Board member with Azimuth Capital Management, an energy-focused private equity fund based in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to joining Azimuth, Mr. Larke was Managing Director and Executive Committee member with Calgary-based Peters & Co., from 2005 to 2015, and prior to, was Vice-President and Director with TD Newcrest from 1997 to 2005. Both at Peters & Co. and TD Newcrest, Mr. Larke received leading rankings in the Brendan Wood International survey of institutional investors.
  • Education:  Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction), University of Calgary; Chartered Financial Analyst designation


Stephen Larke

Loren M. Leiker Director  6

  • Experience:  Mr. Leiker has 38 years of experience in the petroleum industry, starting as an exploration geologist at Tenneco Oil, retiring from EOG Resources in 2011 as Senior Executive VP Exploration and currently serving as Director for SM Energy and Midstates Petroleum.  At EOG, as a key member of the executive team, he was instrumental in establishing the company as a first mover in a number of horizontal oil and gas shale plays in North America.  Mr. Leiker managed a variety of international exploration and development programs at EOG, Enron Oil and Gas and at Tenneco Oil from 1986 until his retirement.
  • Education:  B.Sc. Geology, Texas Tech University, 1975, M.S. Geology, Texas Tech University, 1977


Loren M. Leiker

William F. Madison Director  5, 6

  • Experience:     Mr. Madison brings 50 years of oil and gas industry experience, including a background in international oil and gas exploration, production and operations, and has held executive positions in the United States, Scotland and England.  Currently, he serves as a director (since 2011) of Montana Tech Foundation and as a director (since 2007) of Canadian Oil Recovery and Remediation Enterprises Inc. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Madison served as a Board member of Montana Tech Foundation Board, serving as a Chairman during 2004 and 2005. He was a Board member of Marathon Oil Company from 1994 to 2000, and from 1965 to 2000, he held a variety of key oversight positions in engineering, technology and operations, including Senior Vice President World Wide Production, Vice President Technology and Services, Vice President International Production, Vice President Supply and Transportation, President Marathon Oil UK (Vice President Marathon). He was also Chairman of the Health, Environment and Safety Committee, the Technology Advisory Committee and Marathon’s Sakhalin joint venture in Russia.
  • Education: B.Sc. Petroleum Engineering, Montana Tech Completed a Harvard Program for Management Development in 1980.
Mr. Bill Madison

Timothy R. Marchant Director  5, 6

  • Experience:   Dr. Marchant has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in Canada and internationally, with extensive experience in foreign growth strategies and International operations. He is Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Energy Geopolitics at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. Dr. Marchant has served in a variety of senior executive positions with BP and Amoco in a number of international arenas. Prior to his international assignments, he spent 17 years with Amoco Canada. From 2007 to 2010 he was an energy seminar leader at the European Summer School for Advanced Management in Denmark.
  • Education:  Ph.D. Geology, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, 1978. Completed the Executive Program at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, 1994 and the Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program in 2011.
Dr. Tim Marchant

Anthony Marino Director

  • Experience: Mr. Marino is an accomplished senior executive with a proven track record of high shareholder returns during his thirty-year career in the energy industry. Mr. Marino joined Vermilion in June 2012 as Chief Operating Officer, and was named President in March 2014. He became Vermilion’s CEO in March 2016. Prior to joining Vermilion, Mr. Marino held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Baytex Energy Corporation, after initially serving as Baytex's Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Mr. Marino held the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Exploration Canada Ltd., a division of Dominion Resources Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Marino held a variety of technical and management positions with AEC Oil and Gas (USA) Inc., Santa Fe Snyder Corp. and Atlantic Richfield Company. Mr. Marino brings a wide range of experience in operations management, business development, and capital markets to his role as CEO of Vermilion.
  • Education: B.Sc. Petroleum Engineering with Highest Distinction, University of Kansas; MBA, California State University (Outstanding Graduate); Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Robert Michaleski Director 3, 4

  • Experience:  Mr. Michaleski brings over 30 years of experience in various senior management and executive capacities at Pembina Pipeline Corporation. He was Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2013 and also President from 2000 to 2012. He was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2000, Vice President of Finance from 1992 to 1997, Controller from 1980 to 1992, and Manager of Internal Audit from 1978 to 1980. He has been a Director of Pembina since 2000, a Director of Essential Energy Services Ltd. since 2012, and a Director of Coril Holdings Ltd. since 2003. A proud supporter of the community, Mr. Michaleski provides his leadership to United Way of Calgary and Area serving as co-chair of the General Oil and Gas Division since 2010 and a Director since 2013. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
  • Education:  Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree, University of Manitoba; Chartered Accountant designation.

Sarah Raiss Director  4, 5

  • Experience:  From 2000 to 2011, Ms. Raiss was Executive Vice President for TransCanada Corporation where she was responsible for a broad portfolio including organizational excellence, enhancing corporate culture, human resources, information systems, aviation, building, office services, real estate, and communications.  Prior to TransCanada, Ms. Raiss had a consulting firm specializing in strategy, culture change and merger integration. Ms. Raiss has held various senior positions with firms in the telecommunications industry including Ameritech (now AT&T).   Ms. Raiss holds a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and an MBA, both from the University of Michigan. She has completed several courses including: “Creating Value Through Finance” at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University’s “Making Corporate Boards More Effective”, and the Institute of Corporate Directors’ (ICD) Directors’ Education Program, through which she earned the ICD.D designation.  In 2003, the year of its inception, and in 2004, 2005 and 2006, Ms. Raiss was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100, and in 2007 was inducted into the Top 100 Hall of Fame.
  • Education:  B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, MBA, University of Michigan

William Roby Director  5, 6

  • Experience:  Mr. Roby brings 33 years of experience in various senior management and executive positions primarily from a number of U.S. and international management positions with Occidental Petroleum Corporation from 1997 to 2013, most recently as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Production/Facility Engineering.  From 2013 to 2014, he acted as Chief Operating Officer of Sheridan Production Company, LLC, a Houston based oil and gas company with production in excess of 50,000 boe/d.
  • Education:  Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University

Catherine L. Williams Director  3, 4

  • Experience:  Ms. Williams brings 31 years of oil and gas industry experience, with an extensive background in finance and business management.  Ms. Williams is currently the Owner and Managing Director of Options Canada Ltd. (since 2007) and serves as a Board member of Enbridge Inc. (since 2007) and Chairs their Human Resources and Compensation Committee (since 2010).  She was a Board member of Alberta Investment Management Corporation from 2009 to 2014 and Tim Hortons Inc. from 2009 to 2012.  From 2003 to 2007, Ms. Williams held the role of Chief Financial Officer for Shell Canada Ltd., prior to which she held various positions with Shell Canada Limited, Shell Europe Oil Products, Shell Canada Oil Products and Shell International (1984 to 2003). 
  • Education:  B.A., University of Western Ontario; Masters in Business Administration, Queen’s University
Catherine Williams

Robert (Bob) J. Engbloom Corporate Secretary

  • Experience:   Mr. Engbloom is the Deputy Chair of the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and has practised law for over 30 years serving clients predominantly in the energy sector. Bob's practise focuses on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, and related party transactions. Bob's practise also includes advising boards of directors and special committees generally on governance matters and specifically on substantive transactions. Bob has extensive experience on a broad range of corporate finance matters, representing issuers and underwriters, corporations, and other entities in a variety of public and private financing matters, nationally and internationally. He is a director of Superior Plus Inc. and Parex Resources Inc. as well as a director of a private corporation.
  • Education:  Queen's University, LL.B, 1975: University of Alberta, B.A. (History and Economics); Alberta Bar, 1976
Bob Engbloom

1 - Chairman of the Board
2 - Lead Director 
3 - Audit Committee 
4 - Governance and Human Resources Committee 
5 - Health, Safety and Environment Committee 
6 - Independent Reserves Committee