Mr. Craig practices in the area of securities law with a focus on equity financings for both underwriters and issuers, with an emphasis on resource companies, TSX listings, dealings with TSX and OSC for listed public companies, takeover bids and issuer bids and going-private transactions. His mergers and acquisitions experience involves mergers of public companies, both listed and unlisted, and acquisitions of listed companies by unlisted and private concerns. Mr. Craig is also involved with international resources in negotiation and drafting of mining, oil and gas concession agreements, joint venture agreements, operating agreements and farm-in agreements in a variety of countries. Mr. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and has served on the boards of several companies with assets located throughout Africa.
Keith C. Hill
President and CEO
Keith Hill has over 35 years experience in the oil industry including over 20 years with the Lundin Group as well as international new venture management and senior exploration positions at Occidental Petroleum and Shell Oil Company. His education includes a Master of Science degree in Geology and Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics from Michigan State University as well as an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Mr. Hill is the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Africa Oil Corp., a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and development company focused on East Africa, as well as Chairman of ShaMaran Petroleum Corp., director of BlackPearl Resources Ltd., director of TAG Oil Ltd. and director of Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. He was formerly Chairman and director of Petro Vista Energy Corp., director of Tyner Resources Ltd., President and Chief Executive Officer of Pearl Exploration and Production Ltd. (now BlackPearl Resources Ltd.), Valkyries Petroleum Corp. and Bayou Bend Petroleum (now ShaMaran Petroleum Corp.).
Mr. Hill has been a Director of Africa Energy Corp. since September 20, 2011 (Chairman from September 20, 2011 to July 7, 2016). He is Chair of the Reserves Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. In the Company's opinion, Mr. Hill is independent of the Company and executive management as well as independent of the Company's principal owners.
Mr. Guidry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gran Tierra Energy Inc. He has an extensive background and proven track record in international petroleum development and project execution. A Petroleum Engineer by training, he is an Alberta-registered Professional Engineer with expertise in diverse environments ranging from deep-water West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico, South American rainforests to the deserts of the Middle East. Previously, Mr. Guidry was President of Tanganyika Oil where he led the company from an early stage oil development project in Syria to a $2 billion takeover by Sinopec International Petroleum in late 2008. He holds a B.Sc. in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
Bryan Benitz brings over 45 years of financial markets and investment banking experience to the Company. He graduated from Fettes College in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1951 and received his early investment banking training at Wisener & Company in Canada. As a result of mergers in the early 1970's Walwyn Stodgell Cochran Murray was created, a large investment banking firm headquartered in Toronto. Mr. Benitz, as Director, was the Member Seatholder of both the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges and held responsibility for the international business of the firm. In 1982 he returned to England with Walwyn Stodgell and created Benitz and Partners in 1988. The firm specialized in corporate finance, raising risk capital for natural resource companies. Throughout his career Bryan Benitz has been closely linked with the petroleum industry, particularly in Canada and, most recently, as the founding shareholder and Director of Tanganyika Oil which was the subject of a highly successful $2billion takeover by Sinopec. He has travelled extensively in much of the East Africa rift valley, particularly in the Tanzanian and Kenyan regions in which there is currently a high degree of exploration and development activity, led by Africa Oil and its partners in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Andrew Bartlett has over 30 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. An experienced investment banker based in London, Andrew was both the Global Head of Oil and Gas Project Finance and Global Head of Oil and Gas Mergers and Acquisitions at Standard Chartered Bank until July 2011. In the period 1998 to 2001, prior to going into investment banking, he helped to establish Shell Capital, a private equity/mezzanine debt group set up by Royal Dutch Shell to finance small producers in emerging markets. Prior to joining Shell Capital, Andrew worked for Royal Dutch Shell as a Petroleum Engineer and Development Manager where he gained extensive experience in developing and operating oil and gas fields. Postings included the North Sea, Netherlands, Somalia, New Zealand and Syria. He is currently a board member of Impact Oil & Gas Plc, a director of Bartlett Energy Advisers, and a director Pegasus Investments Limited, and Energean O&G PLC, London.
Ms. Wood is an energy lawyer, with over 18 years' experience. She qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 2001 at the US firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP, and has been a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP since May 2015. From February 2011 to April 2015, Ms. Wood was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP, and was previously at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. Ms. Wood was included as an expert in Energy and Natural Resources in the 2018 "Expert Guide" series, and the 2017 Women in Business Law series, and a member of the Advisory Board to the City of London Geological Society.