Directors and Management

Christopher (Chris) Cooper

BBA, MBA, President & CEO

Mr. Cooper has over eighteen years of oil and gas management and finance experience and has founded several successful junior oil and gas companies. Mr. Cooper earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University and a Master of Business Administration in Business from Dowling College.

Daryn Gordon

C.A., CFO, Director

Mr. Gordon is a chartered accountant with over thirteen years of finance and accounting experience with publicly traded companies. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation at an international accounting firm in Calgary, where he gained extensive audit, corporate reporting and financial control analysis experience. As a manager with a national accounting firm, Mr. Gordon acquired a high level of experience with junior energy companies.

Desmond Balakrishnan

B.A., LL.B, Director - Partner, McMillan LLP

Mr. Balakrishnan has been a partner with McMillan LLP since 2004. He is also a member of McMillan’s Corporate Finance/Securities Law Group. His current areas of focus include mergers, acquisitions, listed company maintenance, international public listings, gaming and entertainment law. Mr. Balakrishnan was called to the Bar in 1998.

Brad Nichol

P.Eng, MBA, Director

Mr. Nichol is currently the President and CEO of Edge Resources a junior oil and gas exploration and Production Company focusing on shallow gas formations in Central Alberta, Canada. His experiences are in private and public startups, takeovers and turnarounds. Mr. Nichol is a Professional Engineer (Mechanical) and earned his MBA, with honours, from the London Business School.

Mike Veldhuis

B.A., MBA, Director

Mr. Veldhuis has assisted both private and public companies in structuring and obtaining debt and equity facilities since 2003. Mr. Veldhuis previously worked for GE Capital Solutions, a division of GE Capital, where he specialized in providing structured asset based lending facilities to companies operating in the mining, forestry and construction industries. Mr. Veldhuis is currently a director of Upton Capital Corp., a privately held Mortgage Investment Corporation that specializes in residential mortgages in Western Canada.

Dave Contrada

Manager of Engineering

Mr. Contrada brings over fifteen years’ experience in exploitation, production, operations and facilities engineering, identifying and evaluating property acquisitions, development strategies, production optimization, engineering reports and budgeting. Mr. Contrada received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary. He began his career with Altagas as an operations engineer and has held production & exploitation engineering positions with Cedar Energy Partnership, Husky Energy Inc., and most recently served as Engineering Manager for Alberta Oilsands Inc.