Gary S. Guidry – President and Chief Executive Officer
Gary is a professional engineer and has more than 35 years of experience developing and maximizing assets in the international oil and gas industry. Mr. Guidry has direct experience managing large, international projects, including assets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle-East and Asia. Most recently Mr. Guidry was the President and CEO of Caracal Energy, a London Stock Exchange listed Company with operations in Chad, Africa. He held that position from mid-2011 until the Company was acquired by Glencore plc for $1.8 billion in mid-2014. In 2014, Mr. Guidry was awarded the Oil Council Executive of the Year award for his leadership role with Caracal. Prior to Caracal, Mr. Guidry was the President and CEO of Orion Oil and Gas (TSX listed), which operated in western Canada from mid-2009 until mid-2011 when it was sold. From May 2005 until December 2008, he was the President and CEO of Tanganyika Oil Company (TSX listed) which operated in Syria and Egypt. Prior to Tanganyika, Mr. Guidry was CEO of Calpine Natural Gas Trust. Mr. Guidry is an Alberta-registered Professional Engineer and a member of APEGA. He received a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980.
Robert Hodgins – Chairman
Mr. Hodgins is a chartered accountant, investor and director with over 30 years of oil and gas industry experience. Mr. Hodgins was the former Chairman of the Board of Caracal Energy Inc. until it was purchased in July 2014 for $1.8 billion. Former Chief Financial Officer of Pengrowth Energy Trust , Vice-President and Treasurer of Canadian Pacific Limited and CFO of TransCanada Pipelines Limited, both of Calgary. Currently Mr. Hodgins is a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at several Calgary-based public companies including, AltaGas Ltd., MEG Energy Corp., Enerplus Corporation, Kicking Horse Energy Inc., and StonePoint Energy Inc.
Mr. Dey is a respected corporate lawyer, investment banker and experienced corporate director known for his corporate governance expertise. Mr. Dey was a director of Caracal Energy Inc. from March 2013 until its sale in July 2014. He is currently the Chairman of Paradigm Capital Inc., an independent investment dealer, since November 2005 and a director of Goldcorp and Granite REIT and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Mr. Dey is the former Chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission, former Chairman of Morgan Stanley Canada Limited, and was a Senior Partner of the Toronto law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He chaired the Toronto Stock Exchange Committee on Corporate Governance, and was Canada’s representative to the OECD Task Force that developed the OECD’s Principles of Corporate Governance.
Mr. Hazell has been involved in the global oil and gas industry for over 30 years, initially as a petroleum engineer and then as an investment banker. At present, he serves as a Director of Kaisen Energy Corp, as well as non-profit and community organizations Opera America, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and Calgary YMCA. From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Hazell acted as a managing director at several financial institutions including HSBC Global Investment Bank and RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Hazell holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Queen's University, a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Alberta. He resides in Calgary.
Ronald W. Royal
Mr. Royal is professional engineer with more than 35 years of experience with Toronto-based Imperial Oil Limited and ExxonMobil's international upstream affiliates. Mr. Royal was a director of Caracal Energy Inc. from July 2011 until its sale in July 2014. He currently is a director of Valeura Energy Inc. of Calgary and Oando Energy Resources Inc. From 2002 to 2007, he was President and General Manager of Esso Exploration and Production Chad Inc. (EEPCI) and lived in Chad, Africa. He served on the Board of Directors of Esso REP (Exxon's exploration and production operations in France), EEPCI, Tchad Oil Transportation Company and Cameroon Oil Transportation Company. In 2003, he was awarded the title "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Chad" for his contribution to the economic development of the Republic of Chad.
Mr. Smith is Chartered Financial Analyst with extensive experience in the investment banking, investment research and management industry and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Superior Plus Corp., a diversified public company with interests in energy distribution, chemicals, and construction products distribution. Other areas of expertise include corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, project finance, and privatization. Mr. Smith was a director of Xinergy Ltd. from December 2010 to February 2013, and of Jannock Properties Ltd. from 2000 to January 2011. He was formerly the Managing Partner of Enterprise Capital Management Inc.
Mr. Wade is the President of Wade Capital Corporation, a private investment company. From 1994 until the sale of the company it was sold in 2005, Mr. Wade was the co-founder and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acetex Corporation, a publicly traded chemical company specializing in acetyls, specialty polymers, and films. Prior to founding Acetex Corporation, Mr. Wade was founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Methanex Corporation, a company created by a plan of growth through acquisitions to become what is known today as the world’s largest methanol producer. Mr. Wade currently serves on the boards of Novinium, Inc. and IAC Acoustics Limited. He was also a director of the Caracal Energy Inc. board from September 2011 until it was purchased in July 2014. Mr. Wade is a member of the Advisory Board of Network Capital Management Inc., the World Presidents’ Organization, the Chief Executives Organization, and the Dean's Advisory Council of the Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Wade earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary in 1974 and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1977. In 2012, Mr. Wade became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.