Michael Kaluza Chief Operating Officer
David Burghardt SVP Canadian Business Unit
Jonathan Balkwill VP Business Development
Jennifer Russel-Houston VP Geoscience
Mr. Marino has been Chief Executive Officer for several Canadian E&P companies executing growth-and-income capital markets models. He led Vermilion Energy Inc. (“Vermilion”) as President and Chief Executive Officer, which produced over 100 mmboe/d in ten countries across North America, Europe, and Australia. Prior to Vermilion, Mr. Marino was President and Chief Executive Officer of Baytex Energy Corp. (“Baytex”) and Dominion Exploration Canada Ltd. Mr. Marino holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering (University of Kansas), a Master of Business Administration (California State University) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Michael Kaluza - Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Kaluza has held senior leaderships positions with intermediate and junior E&Ps. His roles have included Chief Operating Officer of Vermilion, Vice-President Corporate Development of Baytex and Chief Operating Office of Distinction Energy Corp. (formerly named Delphi Energy Corp.). Mr. Kaluza holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering (Montana Tech University).
Bradley Bennett - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bennett has significant public company experience managing global treasury, risk management, insurance, assurance, and financial reporting. Most recently Mr. Bennett was Treasurer of Vermilion. He is a Chartered Accountant (Alberta) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting & Finance (University of Northern British Columbia).
David Burghardt - SVP Canadian Business Unit
Mr. Burghardt was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Altura Energy for over six years. Prior to forming Altura, he worked in Europe for eight years with Vermilion, most recently as the Managing Director of the French Business Unit. Mr. Burghardt’s prior experience includes being Founder, President and CEO of Kerogen Petroleum Ltd., Managing Director – International Engineering at Equatorial Energy (Indonesia) Inc., Founder and Vice-President Engineering for Bison Resources Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (University of Saskatchewan).
Jonathan Balkwill - VP Business Development
Mr. Balkwill brings a combination of global technical and commercial experience in asset development and acquisitions. Most recently, Mr. Balkwill was with Vermilion as an Asset Team Lead and Senior Business Development Engineer. Mr. Balkwill holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Petroleum Engineering (University of Regina) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Dr. Jen Russel-Houston has significant experience as a petroleum geologist most recently with Osum Oil Sands as VP Geoscience and Land and prior to that, leading technical teams at Osum and Shell. Dr. Russel-Houston holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours, Queen’s University), a Bachelor of Education (University of Ottawa), and a Doctorate in Earth Science (Dalhousie University). She is Past President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.
Travis Stephenson - VP Engineering
Mr. Stephenson was the Vice-President Engineering of Altura Energy for over six years. Prior to joining Altura, Mr. Stephenson was the Vice-President Engineering, International at Chinook Energy Inc. (originally named Storm Ventures International Inc.) and Country Manager for the company’s Tunisian assets. Mr. Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (University of Saskatchewan).