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Lorenzo Donadeo

Lorenzo Donadeo Executive Chairman  

Experience

Mr. Donadeo has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including mergers and acquisitions, production, exploitation, field operations and gas marketing in North America, Australia, Europe, and Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Donadeo was one of the founders of Vermilion Energy in 1994 and currently serves as Executive Chairman (since 2020).  From 2016 to 2020 he served as Chair of the Board.  From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Donadeo served as the Chief Executive Officer. From 2003 to 2014, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. From 1994 to 2002, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, including when Vermilion made its international forays into France in 1996, and Trinidad and Tobago in 1999 through Aventura Energy Inc. In these roles, Mr. Donadeo also launched the development of Vermilion’s sustainability program, including supporting the geothermal Tomato Greenhouse project in France in 2008, and provided a leadership role in developing Vermilion’s best-in-class HSE program, robust Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and strategic charitable giving and community engagement program. Mr. Donadeo was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vermilion when Vermilion founded Verenex in 2004, a company that was subsequently active in Libya and was subsequently sold. Prior to Vermilion, he worked at Dome Petroleum and Amoco Canada, as well as at a private oil and gas company.  Currently, he is the Managing Director of Casadona Group, a private investment company.

Education

B.Sc. Mechanical engineering (Honors), University of Alberta


Larry J. Macdonald

Larry J. Macdonald Lead Director (Independent)

Experience

Mr. Macdonald brings 51 years of oil and gas industry experience in western Canada, including leadership, strategy and growth, finance, exploration, corporate relations and marketing. He was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (2003 to 2019) of Point Energy Ltd., a private oil and gas exploration company. From 2012 to 2016 he was the Chairman of Northpoint Resources Ltd., from 2003 to 2006, a Managing Director of Northpoint Energy Ltd., and from 2006 to 2013 a director of Sure Energy Inc. Previously, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pointwest Energy Inc. and President and Chief Operating Officer of Anderson Exploration Ltd. He began his career with PanCanadian Petroleum Limited in 1969 (until 1977) and later worked for several exploration firms. Mr. Macdonald also has deep expertise in voluntary and community leadership, reflected by awards including the National United Way Tocqueville Society Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community work; and an Honourary Bachelor of Technology Degree from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, for his support of post-secondary technology education.

Education

B.Sc. Geology, University of Alberta

Committee Structure

  • Audit Committee Member
  • Health, Safety and Environment Committee Member
  • Governance and Human Resources Committee Member

Carin A. Knickel - DirectorCarin S. Knickel Governance and Human Resources Committee Chair (Independent)  

Experience

Ms. Knickel has over 40 years of experience in human resources, business strategy and development, and crude oil and natural gas marketing. She currently serves on the boards of Hudbay Minerals Inc. (since 2015), Whiting Petroleum Corporation (since 2015), and the National MS Society - Colorado/Wyoming Chapter (since 2014). Ms. Knickel served on Hudbay Board’s Compensation and HR Committee (2015 to 2019; Chair 2018 to 2019); Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee (2018 to 2019); and Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee (2015 to 2018), which provided oversight on a wide range of sustainability issues, including community and Indigenous Peoples engagement and development. Ms. Knickel served on Whiting Petroleum Board’s Compensation Committee (2015 to 2019); and chaired the Sustainability Committee beginning in 2019. Prior to joining these boards, Ms. Knickel worked at ConocoPhillips for 33 years, where she held a variety of leadership positions globally across several business lines, most recently as the Corporate Vice President of Global Human Resources.

Education

B.Sc. Business, Marketing, University of Colorado at Boulder; MSc (Sloan Fellowship, Management), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Committee Structure

  • Governance and Human Resources Committee Chair
  • Health, Safety and Environment Committee Member
  • Sustainability Committee Member

Stephen Larke

Stephen P. Larke Director (Independent) 

Experience

Mr. Larke has over 20 years of experience in energy capital markets, including research, sales, trading and equity finance, and currently serves on the boards of Headwater Exploration (since 2020) and Topaz Energy (since 2019). He is formerly 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

B.Comm. (Distinction), University of Calgary; Chartered Financial Analyst designation; Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program, FSA Credential Holder

Committee Structure

  • Audit Committee Member
  • Governance and Human Resources Committee Member
  • Sustainability Committee Member

Timothy R. Marchant

Timothy R. Marchant Health, Safety and Environment Committee and Sustainability Committee Chair (Independent)

Experience

Dr. Marchant has 40 years of oil and gas industry experience in Canada and international locations, with extensive experience in exploration, foreign growth strategies, sustainability and international operations. Currently, he is the Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Energy Geopolitics at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary where he teaches energy, corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategies; he also lectures on board environment, social and governance strategies for the Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program. Dr. Marchant serves as a director (since 2015) and Chair of the Board (since 2018) of Valeura Energy Inc. and a director of TransGlobe Energy Corporation (since 2020). He was a director of Cub Energy Inc. from 2013 to 2020. He was Executive Chairman of Anatolia Energy Corp. from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Marchant has served in a variety of senior executive positions with British Petroleum and Amoco in North America and the Middle East. Prior to his international assignments, he spent 17 years with Amoco Canada. Dr. Marchant has a Ph.D. in Geology from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. He completed the Executive Program at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario in 1994 and the Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program in 2011.

Education

Ph.D. Geology, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland; Executive Program completed, Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario; Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program 

Committee Structure

  • Health, Safety and Environment Committee Chair
  • Sustainability Committee Chair 
  • Independent Reserves Committee Member

Robert Michaleski

Robert Michaleski Audit Committee Chair (Independent)   

Experience

Mr. Michaleski has 41 years of experience in various senior management and executive roles at Pembina Pipeline Corporation where he oversaw Pembina’s transformation from an Alberta-based oil pipeline company with an enterprise value of approximately $450 million into one of North America’s leading integrated energy transportation and midstream services company with an enterprise value of approximately $12.5 billion. Mr. Michaleski was the Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2013 and President from 2000 to 2012. Previously, 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 was a director of Pembina from 2000 to 2020.  He is currently a director of Essential Energy Services Ltd. (since 2012), and a director of Coril Holdings Ltd. (since 2003). His focus on corporate philanthropy and community engagement programs includes service to the community in increasingly senior voluntary leadership roles with the United Way of Calgary and Area, including Co-Chair of the General Oil and Gas Division of the United Way of Calgary and Area; member of the Board of Directors; and Chair of the Board of Directors.

Education

B.Comm. (Honors) Degree, University of Manitoba; Chartered Accountant designation. 

Committee Structure

  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Governance and Human Resources Committee Member

William RobyWilliam Roby Independent Reserves Committee Chair (Independent) 

Experience

Mr. Roby has more than 35 years of experience in various senior management and executive positions. In these roles, he held leadership responsibility for a full range of exploration, production and operational priorities, including international business development, business ethics, health, safety and environment, and community engagement work with Indigenous Peoples. His significant expertise in CO2 sequestration and injection has been called upon by both federal and state governments in the United States. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Shepherd Energy, LLC (since 2015). From 2000 to 2013, he held a number of U.S. and international management positions with Occidental Petroleum Corporation, 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. Prior to Occidental, he was Operations VP of Altura a JV between Shell and Amoco in the Permian Basin which combined the two largest Permian operators into one entity making Altura the largest Permian operator.

Education

B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University

Committee Structure

 
  • Independent Reserves Committee Chair
  • Health, Safety and Environment Committee Member
  • Sustainability Committee Member

Manjit Sharma

Manjit Sharma Director (Independent)

Experience

Ms. Sharma has more than 25 years of depth and experience navigating a wide range of operational matters in a variety of industries, with a comprehensive background in finance, real estate, procurement, and business development. Ms. Sharma most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of WSP Canada, and previously with GE Canada for over 20 years, in a variety of senior management roles, with responsibilities that spanned strategic planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, tax oversight, risk, governance, diversity and inclusion. Ms. Sharma serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Export Development Canada, and is a member of the GE Canada Pension Trust Committee. She previously served as a Director of BentallGreenOak’s Prime Canadian Property Fund and served on the Board of GE Canada Company. Ms. Sharma was also recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2019.

Education

B.Comm. (Honours), University of Toronto; Chartered Professional Accountant designation; Rotman School of Management’s Judy Project for Executive Women in Leadership


Judy Steele

Judy Steele Director (Independent)

Experience

Ms. Steele has more than 35 years of experience in various energy businesses including hydro, wind, biomass and natural gas fired electrical generating facilities. Currently, Ms. Steele is the President & Chief Operating Officer of Emera Energy Inc., where she is responsible for commercial performance, operations, business growth and development, risk management, and team leadership and development. She is a member of the Emera Inc. Corporate Leadership Team and Emera’s Sustainability Management Committee and Leadership Safety Advisory Council. Prior to her current role, Ms. Steele held a variety of executive and senior management positions within Emera Inc. Ms. Steele is currently a Board member of Canadian Blood Services and a Governor of St. Francis Xavier University. She previously served as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for The Halifax Port Authority and was National Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms. Steel is a recipient of the Chartered Accountant of the Year Award, from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, for outstanding community leadership.

Education

Bachelors of Public Relations, Mount Saint Vincent University; Fellow Chartered Accountant designation


Catherine L. Williams

Catherine L. Williams Director (Independent) 

Experience

Ms. Williams brings 36 years of oil and gas industry experience, with an extensive background in finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business management. Ms. Williams is currently the Owner and Managing Director of Options Canada Ltd. (since 2007.  She served as a Board member of Enbridge Inc. from 2007 to 2020, including as Chair of their Human Resources and Compensation Committee. She also co-chaired the Stewardship group that developed Calgary’s Poverty Reduction strategy on behalf of the City and the United Way (Enough for All); and is past Chair of the Board of Directors of Vibrant Communities Calgary, which leads the strategy’s implementation, engaging those with lived experience of poverty in solutions, including Canadian Truth and Reconciliation work. She was a Board member of Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (2008 to 2017), Enbridge Income Partners GP Inc. (2015 to 2017), and a trustee of Enbridge Commercial Trust (2015 to 2017), all private subsidiaries of Enbridge Inc., and a director of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (2016 to 2017), a public holding company. She served as a Board member of Alberta Investment Management Corporation (2009 to 2014) and Tim Hortons Inc. (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; M.B.A., Queen’s University

Committee Structure

  • Audit Committee Member
  • Governance and Human Resources Committee Member

Robert (Bob) J. Engbloom

Robert (Bob) J. Engbloom Corporate Secretary (Independent)

Experience

Mr. Engbloom is the Deputy Chair of the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and has practiced law for over 30 years serving clients predominantly in the energy sector. Mr. Engbloom's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, and related party transactions. Mr. Engbloom's practice also includes advising boards of directors and special committees generally on governance matters and specifically on substantive transactions. He 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

LL.B Queen's University; B.A., History and Economics, University of Alberta; Alberta Bar

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