Board of Directors
Mr. Wright was appointed Chairman of Touchstone in 2012. Mr. Wright is also the President and CEO of Lightstream Resources Ltd. and Chairman of the Board of Alvopetro Energy Ltd. He is a director of Hawk Exploration Ltd. and Spyglass Resources Corp. Previously, Mr. Wright was President and CEO of Pacalta Resources from May 1996 to June 1999, Executive Vice President and COO of Morgan Hydrocarbons from December 1993 to April 1996, and Vice President Production of Morgan Hydrocarbons from 1989 to 1993. In the not-for-profit sector, John is Chairman of the Canadian Association – World Petroleum Council and founder of Fundación Ñan Paz in Ecuador.
Mr. Baay has over 20 years of experience leading oil and gas exploration and production companies. Mr. Baay has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Touchstone since 2010. Prior to Touchstone Mr. Baay was Managing Director of Abacus Energy, part of Abacus Private Equity from 2007 through 2010 and was a senior officer of True Energy Inc. from 2000 through 2007. From 2005 to 2012 he was the Chairman of the Board of Vero Energy Inc. From 1998 to 2000 he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Request Seismic Surveys Ltd. and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Remington Energy Ltd. from 1991 to 1999.
Mr. McKinnon has been a director of Touchstone since March 2000, a director of Petrominerales from May 2006 until it was acquired in November 2013, a director of Lightstream Resources Ltd. since October 2009, and a director of Alvopetro Energy Ltd. since November 2013. Mr. McKinnon was appointed Lead Independent Director of Petrobank on October 29, 2012. Mr. McKinnon holds the position of Vice President Legal and General Counsel of Critical Mass Inc., a website design company since March 2000. Mr. McKinnon has served on the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary since September 2008, as Vice-Chair of its Governance and Human Resources Committee from June 2010 – August 2012, Vice-Chair of its Finance and Property Committee since August 2013 and Chair of its Budget Committee since August 2012, and as a director and Chairman of the Governance and Compensation Committee of Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures since January 2010.
Dr. Vredenburg is Professor of Strategy and Suncor Energy Chair in Strategy and Sustainability at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, where he has been on faculty since 1989 prior to which he taught at McGill University. In 2010 he added the role of Academic Director of the Global Energy Executive MBA, a degree offered jointly by the University of Calgary and IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. He also holds an appointment as an International Research Fellow at Oxford University's Saïd Business School (UK). He is a director of Kainji Resources Ltd and Teric Power Ltd. both of which are private companies.
Mr. Valentine is currently a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. Mr. Valentine has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, both as a barrister and as a solicitor. His focus is on international energy projects, with a particular emphasis on gas and LNG. Mr. Valentine is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. He also serves on the Board for Calvalley Petroleum Inc., NXT Energy Solutions Inc. and Tour of Alberta.
Mr. Ruttan has been the President and CEO of Alvopetro Energy Ltd. since November 2013. Prior to that Mr. Ruttan was President and CEO of Petrominerales Ltd. from May 2010 to November 2013. Mr. Ruttan was the Executive Vice President, CFO of PetroBakken from July 2009 to May 2010, Senior Vice President Finance and CFO of Petrobank from November 2008 to May 2010 and Vice President Finance and CFO of Petrominerales Ltd. from May 2006 to May 2010. He served as Vice President Finance and CFO of Petrobank from May 2007 to November 2008, Vice President Finance of Petrobank from May 2006 to May 2007 and Director of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations of Petrobank from July 2003 to May 2006.