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Board of Directors

bod-macphail.jpgKeith MacPhail

Chairman of the Board and Member of:

  • Reserves Committee
  • Compensation Committe
  • Executive Committee

Mr. MacPhail has 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently Executive Chairman of Bonavista Energy Corporation. Prior thereto, Mr. MacPhail was the Chairman and CEO of Bonavista. Prior to joining Bonavista in 1997, Mr. MacPhail held progressively more responsible positions with Canadian Natural Resources Limited with his final position being Executive Vice President and COO. Prior thereto, he held the position of Production Manager with Poco Petroleums Ltd.

Mr. MacPhail holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science, a diploma in Petroleum Technology (Honours) from SAIT and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists & Geophysicists of Alberta.

Mr. MacPhail also serves on the board of directors of two other private companies and serves on the Board of Governors of SAIT Polytechic.


bod-macphail.jpgRonald Eckhardt

Member of:

  • Reserves Committee (Chair)

Mr. Eckhardt has more than 36 years experience in the oil and gas industry. Most recently, Mr. Eckhardt was the Executive Vice-President, North American Operations for Talisman Energy Inc., a public oil and gas company from 2003 to 2009. Mr. Eckhardt joined Talisman (then BP Canada) in 1986 as Chief Drilling Engineer and held positions of increasing responsibility in domestic operations until his retirement in 2009.

Mr. Eckhardt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba.

Mr. Eckhardt is also a member of the board of directors of Athabasca Oil Corporation.


bod-karkkainen.jpgPentti Karkkainen

In addition to being Lead Director, Mr. Karkkainen is a member of:

  • Audit Committee
  • Compensation Committee (Chair)
  • Lead Director

Mr. Karkkainen has over 30 years of investment management, energy sector research and investment banking experience, as well as four years of industry experience with Gulf Canada Resources. Mr. Karkkainen was a Co-Founder and General Partner of KERN Partners, a leading Canadian based energy focused capital markets and private equity firm, from September 2000 to July 2014 and was the firm's Senior Strategy Advisor from July, 2014 until his retirement from the firm in August, 2015. Prior to establishing KERN Partners, Mr. Karkkainen was Managing Director and Head of Oil and Gas Equity Research at RBC Capital Markets.

Mr. Karkkainen holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geology from Carleton University in Ottawa and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Queen's University in Kingston.


bod-poelzer.jpgRonald Poelzer

Member of:

  • Audit Committee
  • Governance and Nominating Committee
  • Executive Committee

Mr. Poelzer has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently Executive Vice Chairman of Bonavista Energy Corporation. Prior thereto, Mr. Poelzer was Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of Bonavista responsible for various strategic planning, business development, financial and capital market roles. Prior to joining Bonavista in 1997, Mr. Poelzer was with Poco Petroleum Ltd. as Vice President, Business Development. Prior thereto, Mr. Poelzer was in public accounting practice.

Mr. Poelzer is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Mr. Poelzer is also a member of the board of directors of various private companies and a charitable foundation.


bod-shaw.jpgBrian Shaw

Member of:

  • Audit Committee

Mr. Shaw is an experienced financial industry executive with particular expertise in capital markets and investing activities. He is currently a director of Encana Corp., Manulife Bank of Canada and Manulife Trust Company.

Mr. Shaw is an alumni of CIBC World Markets Inc. (and its predecessor firm Wood Gundy) where he was employed for 23 years. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC World Markets Inc. from 2005 through 2008 and prior to that managed the Global Equities Division for a number of years. Mr. Shaw is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.


bod-steeves.jpgSheldon Steeves

Member of:

  • Reserves Committee
  • Governance and Nominating Committee

Mr. Steeves has more than 35 years of experience in the North American oil and natural gas business. Mr. Steeves was most recently the CEO and Chairman of Echoex Ltd., a private oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Mr. Steeves started Echoex Ltd. in January of 2001 and monetized the company in April 2012. Prior to Echoex, Mr. Steeves was the Chief Operating Officer of Renaissance Energy Ltd.

Mr. Steeves holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Mr. Steeves is also a member of the board of directors of Enerplus Corporation and PrairieSky Royalty Ltd.


bod-stein.jpgDeborah (Debbie) S. Stein

Member of:

  • Audit Committee (Chair)
  • Compensation Committee

Ms. Stein has over 30 years of industry experience, including 17 years of direct experience in the oil and gas business, most recently having held the position of Chief Financial Officer at AltaGas Ltd. Prior to joining AltaGas in 2005, Ms. Stein held various positions at TransCanada Corporation. Ms. Stein also led the finance functions of Wendy’s Restaurants of Canada and Paramount Canada’s Wonderland. She is currently a director of Parkland Fuel Corporation, Trican Well Service Ltd., CEDA and Past Chair of Financial Executives Canada.

Ms. Stein is a Chartered Accountant, holds a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, majoring in Economics.


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Jonathan Wright

President & Chief Executive Officer and Member of:

  • Executive Committee

Mr. Wright has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since May 9, 2011. Mr. Wright has more than 27 years experience in the oil and gas industry.

Prior to joining NuVista, Mr. Wright has held progressively more responsible roles both domestically and abroad with Talisman Energy Ltd., most recently as Senior Vice-President of Talisman's North American Conventional Production Division which produced approximately one-half of Talisman's North American production at the time. Prior to joining Talisman in 1995, Mr. Wright spent six years with Shell Canada Ltd. in various operations and business development roles.

Mr. Wright possesses both a Masters and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (with great distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned, among other awards, the Canadian Governor General's Gold Medal for being the Outstanding University Post-Graduate for his pursuit in hydraulics and computer controls.

In addition, Mr. Wright serves on the Board of Governors for CAPP, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.


bod-zawalsky.jpgGrant Zawalsky

Member of:

  • Governance Committee (Chair)
  • Executive Committee

Mr. Zawalsky is the Managing Partner of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP (Barristers and Solicitors) where he has been a Partner since 1994.

Mr. Zawalsky holds a B.Comm and LL.B. from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Law Society of Alberta.

Mr. Zawalsky currently sits on the board of directors of a number of private and public companies including PrairieSky Royalty Ltd., Whitecap Resources Inc. and Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd., and is Corporate Secretary of ARC Resources Ltd., Bonavista Energy Corporation and RMP Energy Inc. Mr. Zawalsky is also a Governor of the Calgary Petroleum Club.

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