Lawrence West has 43 years of experience as an executive, explorationist, and geologist and is the current Vice President of Exploration at Gran Tierra Energy where multiple drilling and seismic programs have been executed with a multi-disciplinary team, in the prolific Oriente (Ecuador – Colombia), Middle Magdelena, and Llanos Basins (Colombia). Recently there have been material oil discoveries in Ecuador and Southern Putumayo. Mr. West was previously the VP of Exploration at Caracal Energy, where the team assessed resources and grew reserves in the interior rift basins in Chad, led a successful exploration drilling program and oversaw two large 2D/3D seismic shoots in remote frontier basins. Prior to Caracal he was involved with starting and growing several public and private companies, including Reserve Royalty Corp., Chariot Energy, Auriga Energy and Orion Oil and Gas. Mr. West worked at the Alberta Energy Company (AEC), where he was on the team that merged with Conwest. He built and led the AEC East team into an expanded Canadian presence, and the Rocky Mountain USA basins. His career began with Imperial Oil working on prospect and reservoir characterization, in multi-disciplinary teams, and as a technical mentor to exploration teams. Mr. West has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology from McMaster University, and an MBA, specializing in economics from the University of Calgary.