Jan M. Alston, President & CEO, Director

Mr. Alston was born in Calgary, Alberta, Mr. Alston attended the University of Alberta where he obtained a BA in 1978 and an LLB in 1981. Mr. Alston has been involved in public junior natural resource companies for over 35 years. He practiced law in the 1980's in the areas of business law, oil and gas, securities regulation and corporate finance. Mr. Alston has been a member of the Law Society of Alberta from 1982 to present. He led the management team as President, Chief Executive Officer, director and co-founder of Purcell Energy Ltd., an oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. After sixteen years, Purcell in 2005 sold two-thirds of its oil and gas assets for more than $150 million and spun out Tenergy Ltd. From November 2005 Mr. Alston was Chief Executive Officer and director of Tenergy Ltd., a Toronto Stock Exchange-listed natural gas exploration and production company, until its sale in March 2006 for $92 million. Since 2006, he has been involved in several private businesses in management and as an investor.

Bruce Murray, Director

Mr. Murray was born in Calgary, Alberta, Mr. Murray attended the University of Calgary where he obtained a BComm in 1979. Mr. Murray has over 35 years of extensive experience in the oil and gas industry in the areas of exploration and production negotiations, acquisitions, gas marketing, general oil and gas operations and management. From 1980 to 1987, Mr. Murray was employed by BP Resources Canada (now Talisman Energy) where in 1985 he was appointed District Landman, Negotiations, for the Canadian frontier and western Canadian Basin producing properties. Mr. Murray was a co-founder, director and Chief Operating Officer of Purcell Energy Ltd. and was responsible for managing the exploration and production operations of the company. After sixteen years, Purcell in 2005 sold two-thirds of its oil and gas assets for more than $150 million and spun out Tenergy Ltd. From November 2005 Mr. Murray was President and director of Tenergy Ltd. until its sale in March 2006 for $92 million. Until 2018, he was President and Chairman of Zorzal Incorporated, a Canadian-owned winery in Mendoza, Argentina. Mr. Murray is a director of Oronova Energy Inc., a TSX Venture-listed startup oil and gas company.

John A. Niedermaier, Director

Mr. Niedermaier attended the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained a B.Sc. in Engineering in 1963. He is a professional engineer and member of APEGA. Mr. Niedermaier has more than 50 years of experience in the oil and gas drilling and service industry during which time he founded and was President of Badger Drilling Ltd., Derrick Drilling Ltd. and Petro Well Services Ltd. In the early 1980s he was one of the founders of the Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers (CADE). Mr. Niedermaier also served on the board of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors and was President in 1986. He co-founded Storm Well Servicing Inc. in 2002, which was sold in 2007. He is presently founder and President of Mi Casa Rentals Inc., an oilfield supply company. Mr. Niedermaier was a director of Purcell Energy Ltd. from 1989 until 2005 and has been on numerous public and private company boards of directors, including RXO Energy Inc. and Technicoil Corp. He is currently a director of Marksmen Energy Inc., a TSX Venture-listed oil and gas company, and three private oil and gas companies.

David Clements, Director

Mr. Clements was born in Vancouver, B.C. and moved to Alberta in the early 1950’s where he attended Strathcona Composite High School in Edmonton. Mr. Clements obtained his Bachelor of Science (Geology) degree from the University of Alberta in 1976 and a Diploma in Exploration Technology (Minerals) from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1969. Mr. Clements is a petroleum geologist with over 40 years of experience in the oil industry. His early experience included Exploration and Operations with Husky Oil, Algas Minerals (Novalta), Geocrude and in the early 1980’s he was the Vice-President, Exploration and Land for Canadian Jorex Limited until its sale in 1996. This experience with small oil companies provided direct involvement in all facets of exploration and development. Since then, he co-founded, and was a major shareholder of, several entities, including Storm Service Rigs Inc., Auburn Exploration Ltd., Auburn Energy Ltd., Spirit Energy Ltd., and Spirit Energy Inc. These companies were all funded through private investment and, with the exception of Spirit Energy Inc., were subsequently sold to public entities. Storm Service Rigs Inc. was sold to Technicoil Corporation in 2007, and since that time Mr. Clements has been involved in private investment and consulting through Dack Resources Ltd.

​William A. Knight, Director

Mr. Knight is a businessman, entrepreneur and inventor residing in Ashland, Oregon, USA.  He has 40 years of experience in numerous business ventures. These include owning and operating a hotel resort, working in multiple facets of mining operations, managing agriculture operations, and in product sales and marketing.