Mr. Wright has been the Chair of the Board of Directors of Touchstone Exploration Inc. since 2012 and has been the President of Analogy Capital Advisors Inc. since March 2017. He also currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Alvopetro Energy Ltd. Mr. Wright was previously the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd., Touchstone's predecessor company, from 2000 to 2012.
From January 2017 to June 2017, Mr. Wright was a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ridgeback Resources Inc. Prior thereto, Mr. Wright was a director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightstream Resources Ltd. from May 2011 to December 2016. From June 2006 to December 2010, Mr. Wright was a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Petrominerales Ltd. and also the Chair of the Board of Directors from December 2010 until December 2013. Previously, Mr. Wright served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacalta Resources Ltd. from May 1996 to June 1999; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Hydrocarbons Inc. from December 1993 to April 1996; and Vice President Production of Morgan Hydrocarbons Inc. from 1989 to 1993.
Mr. Wright began his career in the oil industry after he graduated from the University of Alberta in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering. Mr. Wright is a Professional Engineer and also a Chartered Financial Analyst
Mr. Wright is a past Chair of the World Petroleum Council-Canada, past Governor of CAPP and founder of Fundación Ñan Paz in Ecuador and of Fundación Vichituni in Colombia.
Mr. Baay has over 25 years of experience leading oil and gas exploration and production companies and is currently our President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Baay established Touchstone Energy Inc. and was the former Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from July 2010 to May 2014. Prior thereto, 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 Chair of the Board of Directors of Vero Energy Inc. From 1998 to 2000 he was the Chair 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. Baay is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Art Gallery of Canada. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, with a BA in administrative and commercial studies.
Mr. McKinnon has been an independent consultant since July 2020. Prior thereto, he was a Partner at Citrus Capital Partners Ltd. (advisory and consulting firm) from January 2014 to June 2020. Mr. McKinnon previously held various executive positions with Critical Mass (a digital experience design agency) over a period of 18 years, most recently as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel.
Mr. McKinnon has been a director of Touchstone Exploration Inc. (formerly Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.) since its incorporation in October 2012. Mr. McKinnon is a Director and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Alvopetro Energy Ltd., positions he has held since November 2013. In addition, Mr. McKinnon is a Director, the Chair of the Audit Committee and the Chair of the Compensation and Governance Committee of The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. since March 2019. Previously, Mr. McKinnon was a Director of Lightstream Resources Ltd. from October 2009 to December 2016 and held the position of Chair of the Board of Directors from May 2011 through December 2016.
Mr. McKinnon previously served on the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary and as a Director of Alberta Innovates, holding positions on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Compensation and Governance Committees in each organization. Mr. McKinnon is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Dr. Vredenburg is Professor of Strategy and Suncor 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. Dr. Vredenburg founded the Haskayne School of Business's Global Energy Executive MBA program and served as its Academic Director from 2010 through 2018 and co-founded the MSc program in Sustainable Energy Development and served as its Academic Director from 1996 through 2006. He also holds appointments as a Research Fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy and as an International Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Vredenburg is a leading scholar in the areas of competitive strategy, innovation, sustainable development and corporate governance in the global energy and natural resource industries. He has authored and coauthored more than 50 frequently cited articles in leading international journals including Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Technovation, Energy Policy, Energies, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, International Journal of Economics and Business Research and Global Business and Economics Review. He has also coauthored government reports on industry regulation, innovation and competitiveness and on nuclear energy and consults to industry. His publications have been cited more than 7,000 times according to Google Scholar.
Dr. Vredenburg is Chair of the Board of Directors of TERIC Power Ltd., a Director of Prairie Thunder Resources Ltd. and a member of the advisory board of Proton Technologies Canada Inc., all private companies. He was previously a Director of Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. from 2006 to 2012 and of Kainji Resources Ltd. from 2010 to 2020.
Dr. Vredenburg holds a BA (Hons) in history from the University of Toronto, an MBA in international business and finance from McMaster University and a PhD in strategic management from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Vredenburg also holds an ICD.D designation as a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He holds dual Canadian and Dutch (EU) nationalities.
Mr. Valentine is currently a Senior Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, a national law firm in Canada and a member of the global Norton Rose Fulbright Group, where he has practiced law, both as a barrister and a solicitor, since his call to the Bar in 1987. Mr. Valentine has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, focusing on international energy projects, with a particular emphasis on upstream and midstream operations. In addition, Mr. Valentine has been the Company's Corporate Secretary since May 13, 2014.
Mr. Valentine holds a BA from the University of British Columbia, a LLB from Dalhousie University, and a LL.M. from the London School of Economics. 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 NXT Energy Solutions Inc.
Mr. Nicol has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas sector in both industry and investment banking. He founded and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Locin Energy Ltd. (energy consulting firm) since March 2012. Mr. Nicol is currently a Director and member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of Eco (Atlantic) Oil and Gas Ltd., a public company dual listed on the TSXV and AIM. He also serves as a Director of ERC Equipoise Limited and Thorogood Associates Ltd., both private companies.
He has worked with and advised a number of small-medium cap and private-equity financed companies in the United Kingdom, Canada and Norway on mergers and acquisitions, financing and as a Director. Mr. Nicol was formerly a partner in GMP Securities Europe as the Head of the Oil and Gas Research, researching and raising capital for international oil and gas exploration and production companies. Mr. Nicol also previously held positions with Tristone Capital as Executive Managing Director for International Oil and Gas Research, ABN AMRO as Global Sector Director of Oil and Gas Research, as Head of European Oil and Gas Research at Goldman Sachs and was involved in the flotations of Petrobras, Petrochina, Repsol and ENI. Mr. Nicol started his career with British National Oil Corporation in a variety of commercial roles.
Mr. Nicol holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and economics.
Mr. Smith is a designated accountant with over 39 years of public accountant experience. Mr. Smith has been an independent consultant since October 2016. Prior thereto, he was a Partner at KPMG LLP from March 1981 until his retirement in September 2016. Mr. Smith's focus of practice was public company auditing and advising, primarily in the oil and gas exploration, production and service industry.
Mr. Smith was formerly a director of Toscana Energy Income Corporation, Razor Energy Corp. and Savanna Energy Services Corp. Mr. Smith is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and Institute of Corporate Directors and obtained a BCom from Concordia University.
Ms. Smith is a chartered geologist and an accomplished business leader with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, having delivered a portfolio of achievements in a successful international career with BG Group, most recently as the Vice President Exploration and Growth for Europe from March 2015 to December 2016. Ms. Smith has been an independent consultant since January 2017.
Ms. Smith has a background in development and production geology and subsurface management, notably in Trinidad (Hibiscus, Poinsettia and Ixora fields), Tunisia and various operated and non-operated developments in the United Kingdom. Ms. Smith brings further corporate governance expertise to the Board with a proven track record of improving risk management capabilities, safety frameworks, and ensuring accountability and transparency. Ms. Smith is a Director at Hurricane Energy plc since December 2019 and was the former Interim Chief Executive Officer of the company from June to September 2020.
Ms. Smith was a former President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and a Master of Science degree in petroleum geology.