Management Team

David Burghardt, president and CEO of Altura Energy
Tavis Carlson, VP finance and CFO Altura Energy
Robert Pinckston, VP Exploration Altura Energy
Travis Stephenson, VP Engineering Altura Energy

David Burghardt – President & CEO, Director

David Burghardt is a Professional Engineer with 32 years of multi-discipline domestic and international experience with a background in all industry functions, particularly asset exploitation, reservoir management and production engineering. Before Altura, Mr. Burghardt was the Managing Director of the French Business Unit (FBU) for Vermilion Energy Inc. The FBU daily production was approximately 11,000 boepd, with P1+P2 reserves of 51.6 million barrels reflecting an after tax value (discount factor of 5%) of $1.7 billion, and capital budgets up to $150MM. He was responsible for a staff of 150 employees and approximately 350 contracting/consulting employees. Prior to this position, Mr. Burghardt was the Director Exploitation Europe and Manager Exploitation for Vermilion’s French subsidiary based in southwest France.

Previously, Mr. Burghardt was President/CEO/Director of Kerogen Petroleum Ltd (a formative entity of Twin Butte Energy Ltd) and prior to that the Managing Director – International Engineering for Equatorial Energy Inc, an Alberta-based public company with operations in Canada & Indonesia. He was a co-founder of two Alberta-based companies including Kerogen Petroleum Ltd (private) and Bison Resources Ltd (public), where he held the position of VP Engineering/Director. He previously worked with Northstar Energy Corp and Chevron Canada Resources in various reservoir and exploitation engineering roles. Mr. Burghardt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1987 from the University of Saskatchewan and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Tavis Carlson – VP Finance & CFO

Tavis Carlson is a Chartered Accountant with 16 years of financial and management experience, focused on public Canadian oil and gas companies. Mr. Carlson was VP Finance and CFO of Bellamont Exploration Ltd from 2009 until its purchase by Storm Resources Ltd in 2012. His role involved significant A&D (asset and corporate) and equity financing activities as he oversaw the overall finance and accounting functions of the firm. Prior to joining Altura in 2015, Mr. Carlson was the Controller of Manitok Energy Inc from 2012 to August 2015, with responsibility for the accounting department, cash flow forecasting and budgeting process.


Earlier, Mr. Carlson worked in various accounting roles at Ryan Energy Technologies, ARC Resources Ltd, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Carlson graduated from the University of Alberta in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.


Robert Pinckston – VP Exploration

Rob Pinckston is a Professional Geologist with 30 years of exploration and development experience in the oil and gas  industry. Prior to Altura Energy, he was employed with Vermilion Energy from 2010 to 2015.  His most recent role was as Team Lead Conventional Exploration, in which his team was key to the corporate evaluation and purchase of Elkhorn Resources in March 2014 at a price of $400MM.  Prior to that he was Chief Geoscientist, where his role was to provide functional leadership to all geologists working on Vermilion’s Canadian asset base and to ensure that a consistent and high level of technical work was being performed on all geologic activities within the WCSB, including Vermilion’s successful Cardium and liquids-rich Mannville programs in Drayton Valley.


From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Pinckston managed his own consulting business which involved prospect generation and consultation to industry. In 2005 he co-founded and was VP Exploration of White Fire Energy, which was purchased by Highpine Oil & Gas in 2006.  Following such purchase, Rob took on the VP Exploration role at Highpine and was tasked with leading all gas-related activities for the company.  From 2001 to 2005 he was co-founder of Tempest Energy, a highly successful start-up company that discovered multiple oil pools in Alberta in the W4M and W5M regions. Prior to 2001 he worked with increasing responsibilities at Renaissance Energy, Tarragon Oil & Gas and Opinac Exploration. Mr. Pinckston graduated with a Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta in 1989 and is registered with APEGA.



Travis Stephenson – VP Engineering

Travis Stephenson is a Professional Engineer with 17 years of engineering and management experience in the oil and gas sector. From 2010 to December 2014, Mr. Stephenson worked for Chinook Energy Inc (originally named Storm Ventures International) where he was VP Engineering, International as well as the Country Manager for the company’s operations in Tunisia. During this period, Chinook’s Tunisian production increased from 200 to 3,000 boepd. Mr. Stephenson managed a staff of 80 personnel and helped bring new technologies to Tunisia, such as horizontal wells and multi-stage hydraulic fracture completions. From 2007 to 2010, he progressed from Sr. Exploitation Engineer to Engineering Manager within the Chinook/Storm organization.


Mr. Stephenson started his career with Renaissance Energy in 1999 as an Exploitation Engineer and subsequently worked with Husky Energy, Chamaelo Exploration, Vault  Energy Trust, and Trident Exploration in exploitation engineering roles. Mr. Stephenson graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is a member of APEGA.