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

(Larry) J. Macdonald Chairman of the Board  1, 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

W. Kenneth Davidson Director  2, 3

  • Experience: Has more than 30 years experience in the banking and securities areas of the financial services sector. Spent 5 years as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Gordon Capital Corp. Spent 20 years with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Involved in corporate, investment and merchant banking as well as project financing and credit/market risk management. Served as Executive Vice-President, Risk Management in the final five years with the bank. More than 9 years as Director, Pacific Century Group, Hong Kong. Involved in Asian/North American investment opportunities in the real estate, services, high technology and retail sectors. Director of Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Education: B.Sc. Mathematics, B.S.c. Business, Concordia University - Montreal 1972; Masters in Business Administration, McMaster University - Hamilton Ontario 1974.
Ken Davidson

Lorenzo Donadeo CEO & Director

  • Experience:  More than 34 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, Trinidad and Tobago. Lorenzo was a co-founder of Vermilion Resources (1994), now Vermilion Energy Inc. and currently serves 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) and later Trinidad and Tobago (1999) through Aventura Energy Inc. 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.
  • Education: B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (Honours), University of Alberta, 1981
Lorenzo Donadeo

Claudio Ghersinich, P. Eng. Director 2, 5

  • Experience: Executive Director, Carrera Investments Corp. More than 34 years of industry experience. Extensive experience in identifying and acquiring undervalued oil and gas properties and implementing property exploitation plans. Co-founded Vermilion Resources with Lorenzo Donadeo and Jeff Boyce. Mr. Ghersinich served as Executive Vice President of Business Development of Vermilion from 2003 to 2005 and as Executive Vice President, New Ventures from 2000 to 2003.
  • Education: B.Sc. Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba, 1980
Claudio Ghersinich

Joseph F. Killi, C.A. Director  2, 3

  • Experience:   Currently, he serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer (since 2008) and director (since 1998) of Wilmington Capital Management Inc., President of Rosebridge Capital Corp. (since 1993) and director (since 2011) of Network Capital Management Inc.  More than 38 years experience in the real estate industry, 17 with Trizec Corporation Ltd., where he was Executive VP, CFO & COO.  Extensive background in finance, including tax-oriented structures & debt placements in Canada, the U.S. and Europe as well as valuations, acquisitions and dispositions. Director of Wilmington Capital Management Inc., Toronto, Advisory Board of Carma Inc., Calgary and Director of TGS North American (REIT).
  • Education: B.Sc. Biochemistry, Loyola College, 1972; B. Comm, Concordia University, 1974; C.A., 1976 
Joseph Killi

Loren M. Leiker Director  5

  • 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 2, 4, 5

  • 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 3, 4, 5

  • 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

Sarah Raiss Director 3

  • 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

Sarah Raiss

Kevin J. Reinhart Director

  • Experience:  Mr. Reinhart brings over 32 years of oil and gas industry experience, with an extensive background in leadership, strategy and growth, finance, international activities, exploration, sustainability, corporate relations and marketing.  In 2012, Mr. Reinhart was named interim President and CEO as well as Director of Nexen Inc.  Following the sale of Nexen Inc. in 2013, he was  promoted to the role of President and CEO (for Nexen Energy, a CNOOC Limited Company), a position he held up until his retirement in 2014.  Prior to 2012, Mr. Reinhart had held the roles of Executive Vice President and CFO (2009-2012) and Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Business Development (2002-2009).  Prior to 2002, Mr. Reinhart served in various capacities as a member of Nexen’s executive management team including Controller, Director of Risk Management and Treasurer.  From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Reinhart served as a Director of Canexus Ltd. 
  • Education: B. Comm, Saint Mary's University, Halifax; C.A., 1985, Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta 

Catherine L. Williams Director

  • 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 - Audit Committee
3 - Governance and Human Resources Committee
4 - Health, Safety and Environment Committee
5 - Independent Reserves Committee