Chairman of the Board
Mr. Craig is the Chairman of the Board and has been since 2016. He is also Counsel to Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. He was a practicing lawyer and partner of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP until 2016 in the area of securities law with a focus on capital raising and mergers and acquisitions in the resource sector. Mr. Craig has also been involved in the negotiation of mining and oil and gas 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, CEO, Director
Mr. Hill has been the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer since 2009. He was the former Chairman of the Board from 2009 until 2016. Mr. Hill is also the Chairman of ShaMaran Petroleum Corp., an oil development and exploration company. He 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. Mr. Hill is a former director of BlackPearl Resources Inc., 3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd. (formerly, Petro Vista Energy Corp.), and Tyner Resources Ltd. He is also the former President and Chief Executive Officer of BlackPearl Resources Ltd., Valkyries Petroleum Corp. and ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. 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. Guidry has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gran Tierra Energy Inc., a company focused on oil and gas exploration and production in Colombia, since 2015. Mr. Guidry is a former Chief Executive Officer of Caracal Energy Inc. from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Guidry has also served as President and CEO of Orion Oil & Gas Corp., Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd., and Calpine Natural Gas Trust. He is a former director of Zodiac Exploration Corp., and TransGlobe Energy Corp. Mr. Guidry has directed exploration and production operations in Yemen, Syria and Egypt and has worked for oil and gas companies around the world in the U.S., Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina and Oman. Mr. Guidry is an Alberta-registered professional engineer (P. Eng.) and holds a B.Sc. in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
Mr. Benitz is a corporate director. He graduated from Fettes College, Edinburgh in 1951. After serving as an officer in the British Army, 1953-1958, he emigrated to Toronto and joined Wisener & Partners Ltd., an investment broker specializing in the oil and gas and mining industries in North America. He became the member seat holder on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges before returning to London in 1982. On leaving the investment banking industry, he became co-founder and Chairman of
the following companies: Longreach Oil & Gas Ltd, Kirrin Resources, Scandinavian Minerals Ltd., and MagIndustries Corp. Bryan also was the founding director of Tanganyika Oil Company Ltd. until it was sold to Sinopec in 2009.
Mr. Bartlett has been an Oil and Gas Advisor with Helios Investment Partners since 2011. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas Industry. Mr. Bartlett 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, Mr. Bartlett 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. His postings included the North Sea, Netherlands, Somalia, New Zealand and Syria.
Ms. Wood has almost 20 years' experience as an energy lawyer. Most recently she was a Partner and Head of Oil & Gas for EMEA at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and remains a Senior Consultant for the Firm. Previously she was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP from 2011 to 2015. Ms. Wood qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 2001 at the US firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP. She was included as an expert in Energy and Natural Resources in the 2018 "Expert Guide" series, and the 2018 Women in Business Law series. She is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Gulfkeystone Petroleum Company Limited, an LSE listed E&P company focused on Kurdistan, and as an independent Director of Valeura, a TSX listed company in Turkey. Ms Wood is a member of the Advisory Board to the City of London Geological Forum.