Board of Directors

Keith A. MacPhail

Executive Chairman

Mr. MacPhail has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently Executive Chairman of Bonavista Energy Corporation. Mr. MacPhail was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bonavista Energy Corporation from 1997 to 2008 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to 2012.

Prior to joining Bonavista Petroleum Ltd. in 1997, Mr. MacPhail held progressively more responsible positions with Canadian Natural Resources Limited with his final position being Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. 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 and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists & Geophysicists of Alberta.

Mr. MacPhail is a member of the board of directors of Canadian Natural Resources Limited and Chairman of the board of NuVista Energy Ltd. and is also on a number of other private advisory boards.

Jason E. Skehar

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Skehar joined the Bonavista team in November 1999 as a Production Engineer, was promoted to Production Manager in January 2003, Vice President Production in January 2005, was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in November 2008 and then promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2012. He started his career in 1994 as Operations Engineer at Fletcher Challenge and prior to joining Bonavista, held both production and exploitation positions at Renaissance Energy and Probe Exploration.

Mr. Skehar graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994 with Bachelor of Science(Distinction) Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Ian S. Brown

Independent Director

Mr. Brown has been an independent businessman and a corporate director since January 2006.  Prior thereto, Mr. Brown was a Senior Managing Director of Raymond James Ltd. from 1995 to 2005.  From 1986 to 1995, Mr. Brown was the Executive Vice President of the Alberta Stock Exchange.

Mr. Brown presently sits on several public and private boards, including: Cathedral Energy Services, Petrobank Energy & Resources Ltd., Lightstream Resources Ltd., and Karnalyte Resources Ltd. Mr. Brown was also a board member of the TSX Group from 2001 to 2006, Market Regulation Services from 2001 to 2005, and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund from 2005 to 2013.

Mr. Brown obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1983, and also has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Michael M. Kanovsky

Lead Director, Independent Director
Mr. Kanovsky has been actively involved in all aspects of the Canadian energy business for over three decades and was instrumental in the reorganization of Bonavista Petroleum Ltd. In 1997.  Mr. Kanovsky co-founded Northstar Energy Corporation, where he was primarily responsible for strategic development, finance and acquisitions until its acquisition by Devon Energy Corporation.  Mr. Kanovsky was also Chairman of Taro Industries Limited, Chief Executive Officer of Arrowstar Drilling, Vice-Chairman of Precision Drilling Inc. and Chairman of Powerlink Inc.

 

Mr. Kanovsky holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business and is a Professional Engineer. Mr Kanovsky is also a director of Devon Energy Corp., TransAlta Corp and Seven Generations Inc.

 

Sue Lee

Independent Director
Ms. Lee has more than 33 years of business experience. Prior to joining the board at Bonavista Energy Corporation, she was the lead executive for Suncor Energy Inc.’s Human Resources and Communications functions for 16 years. Ms. Lee’s broad business experience and expertise encompasses employee and government relations, executive compensation, executive succession planning and transition, organization design and effectiveness, leadership development, community investment, merger strategy, acquisition preparedness and integration. Ms. Lee retired from her role as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications at Suncor in March 2012. Ms. Lee has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rhodes University and a Post-Graduate Honours Diploma, Personnel Management and Organizational Behaviour from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) education program.  Ms. Lee is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Progressive Waste Solutions,  AltaLink and the University of Calgary. Ms. Lee has also served on several Not-for-Profit boards.

Margaret M. McKenzie

Independent Director

Ms. McKenzie was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of Range Royalty Management Ltd. (general partner of Range Royalty Limited Partnership), a private entity focused on acquiring oil and natural gas royalties in Western Canada.  Prior to founding Range Royalty, Ms. McKenzie was the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Profico Energy Management Ltd. from 2000 to 2006.  Her previous experience includes eight years with Renaissance Energy Ltd. in various finance and treasury roles and four years with a large public accounting firm.

Ms. McKenzie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta since 1985.  She obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2013.

Ms. McKenzie is a director of PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. and a director/officer of two other private oil and gas companies; Spur Resources Ltd. and Endurance Energy Ltd. Effective March 15, 2015, Ms. McKenzie became a director of Encana Corporation.

Robert G. Phillips

Independent Director
Mr. Phillips is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, and Crestwood Equity Partners LP, based in Houston, and a highly respected energy executive with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Phillips brings an intimate knowledge of the North American midstream market and strong public company executive expertise to Bonavista. Prior to Crestwood, Mr. Phillips held various management positions including President and Chief Executive Officer at Enterprise Products Partners L.P., El Paso Corporation, and Eastex Energy Inc.

Mr. Phillips has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from the South Texas College of Law.
 

Ronald J. Poelzer

Executive Vice Chairman

Mr. Poelzer has more than 28 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently Executive Vice Chairman of Bonavista Energy Corporation. Mr. Poelzer has been with Bonavista since 1997 and recently was Executive Vice President up to 2012. Prior to joining Bonavista Petroleum Ltd. in 1997, Mr. Poelzer held various financial, merger and acquisition and strategic planning roles with Poco Petroleums Ltd. leading to his appointment as Vice President, Business Development. Prior thereto, Mr. Poelzer was in public accounting practice.

Mr. Poelzer holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.

Mr. Poelzer is also a member of the board of directors of NuVista Energy Ltd., as well as various private companies and a charitable foundation.

Christopher P. Slubicki

Independent Director

Mr. Slubicki has worked in the Canadian oil and gas industry since 1981.  He is currently President, CEO and Director of Modern Resources Inc.; a Calgary, Alberta based private oil & gas company established in late 2012.  Modern Resources is focused on oil and gas acquisition and exploitation opportunities in Western Canada. 

Prior to November 28, 2011 Mr. Slubicki was the President and CEO of OPTI Canada Inc.  Until June of 2006, Mr. Slubicki was the Vice-Chairman of Scotia Waterous, a Division of Scotia Capital.  Prior thereto, Mr. Slubicki was a founding partner of Waterous & Co., a global independent energy investment banking firm.  Prior to the founding of Waterous, Mr. Slubicki held various operations management and engineering positions with Placer CEGO Petroleum and Chevron Canada Resources Limited.  Mr. Slubicki also sits on the board of the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation and is Vice Chairman of Alpine Canada Alpin.

Mr. Slubicki holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists & Geophysicists of Alberta.

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