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About Us

Management

Biographies

John Rooney - Chairman and CEO

Is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator with over 33 years of experience. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Blizzard since November 2009.

From December 2007 to April 2009, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of TUSK Energy Corporation, a publicly-traded company engaged in oil and natural gas exploration and production. From August 2005 to December 2006 Mr. Rooney was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Zenas Energy Corp. From December 2002 to July 2005 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Blizzard Energy Inc. and served as a Director of Blizzard Energy Inc. from May 2003 to July 2005. From May 1999 to June 2002 Mr. Rooney was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and then President and Chief Executive Officer of Equatorial Energy Inc. Mr. Rooney is also currently a Director of Western Energy Services Corp. (a publicly traded oil services company).

Jim Artindale – President and COO

Is a Professional Engineer with over 34 years of experience. He has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Northern Blizzard since November 2009.

From April 2007 to April 2009, Mr. Artindale served as a Vice President with EnCana Corporation, a publicly-traded company. From August 2005 to December 2006, Mr. Artindale was Executive Chairman of Zenas Energy Corp. From December 2002 to July 2005, he was Executive Chairman of Blizzard Energy Inc. From January 2002 to December 2002, Mr. Artindale was Chief Executive Officer of KZ Energy. Prior thereto, Mr. Artindale served as Managing Director of Tristone Capital Inc., from October 2001 to January 2002; Vice President of Corporate Development of Ventus Energy Ltd. from October 1998 to September 2001 and Manager of Business Development of Tarragon Oil & Gas Limited from March 1998 to October 1998. Mr. Artindale has served on numerous boards of publicly traded companies.

Michael Makinson – Vice President, Finance and CFO

Has over 32 years of experience, primarily as the lead financial officer of publicly listed oil and gas companies. He has been Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Northern Blizzard since November 2009.

Prior to joining Northern Blizzard, he was Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of TUSK Energy Corporation from June 2007 to April 2009; Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Castle Rock Petroleum Ltd. from December 2004 to May 2007; Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Milagro Energy Inc. from November 2001 to November 2004; and prior thereto, Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and a Director of BXL Energy Ltd. He is a Chartered Accountant and received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.

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Larry Pewar – Vice President, Business and Corporate Development

Has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with a focus on reservoir, production and facilities. He has been Vice President, Business and Corporate Development since January 2017, and prior thereto in the position of Vice President, Engineering of Northern Blizzard from November 2009 to December 2016.

Prior to joining Northern Blizzard, he was Vice President, Production of TUSK Energy Corporation from January 2007 to April 2009; Manager, Business Development of Zenas Energy Corp. from August 2005 to December 2006; and Manager, Development of Blizzard Energy Inc. from November 2003 to July 2005. Prior thereto, Mr. Pewar held positions at Equatorial Energy Inc., Fish Creek Resources Inc., and PanCanadian Petroleum Ltd. He is a Professional Engineer and received a Hydrocarbon Engineering Diploma from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science, Petroleum Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.

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Robert Will – Vice President, Operations

Has over 29 years of experience in the Canadian oil and gas industry. He has been with Northern Blizzard since June 2011, most recently in the position of Vice President, Operations since January 2017, and prior thereto in the positions of Vice President, Business Development from June 2013 to December 2016, Vice President, EOR & Reserves of Northern Blizzard from July 2012 to June 2013 and Vice President, Business Development of Northern Blizzard from June 2011 to July 2012.

Prior to joining Northern Blizzard, he held various positions at Devon Canada Corporation and its predecessor, Northstar Energy Corporation, since October 1996, most recently as Manager New Ventures & Reservoir Engineering. Previous positions at Devon included Manager Deep Basin Exploitation & Corporate Planning, Manager Peace River Arch Exploitation, and Business Development Engineer. He was employed as a reservoir and production engineer at Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd. from January 1988 to September 1996, and as an exploitation engineer at Dome Petroleum Ltd. from September 1985 to January 1988. Mr. Will received a Bachelor’s in Geological Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan (with great distinction) and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering (Petroleum) from the University of Calgary. He is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta.

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Wendy Mullane – Vice President, Human Resources

Has over 18 years of experience in human resources across a variety of industries. She has been with Northern Blizzard since December 2010, most recently in the position of Vice President, Human Resources since January 2013, and prior thereto in the position of Manager, Human Resources from December 2010 to January 2013.

Prior to joining Northern Blizzard, she operated Wendy Mullane Consulting from May 2005 to November 2010. Prior thereto, she held senior human resources positions with The Bank of Nova Scotia and IKEA. Ms. Mullane received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional.

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Nolan Lerner – Vice President, Development

Has over 12 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has been with Northern Blizzard since October 2013, most recently in the position of Vice President, Development since January 2017. He is also Team Lead for the Cactus Lake asset, a position he has held since September 2014. Prior thereto, he was Team Lead for the Mannville asset.

Prior to joining Northern Blizzard, he held several positions at Penn West Exploration Ltd., most recently as Development Team Lead for the Carbonates Business Unit. Prior thereto, he was an Exploitation Engineer with a focus on conventional waterflood management. He also previously held positions at Talisman Energy Inc. and Encana Corporation.   Mr. Lerner is a Professional Engineer and received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Regina.