Board of Directors

Keith A. MacPhail

Executive Chairman

Mr. MacPhail has more than 37 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently our Executive Chairman. Mr. MacPhail was President and CEO of the company from 1997 to 2008 and Chairman and CEO 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 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 and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. 

Mr. MacPhail is Chairman of the Board of NuVista Energy Ltd. and serves on the board of directors of two other private companies. Mr. MacPhail also serves on the Board of Governors of SAIT Polytechnic.

 

Jason E. Skehar

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Skehar has more than 22 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Skehar joined the Bonavista team in November 1999 as Production Engineer, was promoted to Production Manager in January 2003, Vice President Production in January 2005, 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 Inc. and Probe Exploration Inc. Mr. Skehar is also a director of a private energy service company.

Mr. Skehar graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994 with Bachelor of Science (Distinction) degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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 is currently a member of the Board of Cathedral Energy Services Ltd. Mr. Brown was also a board member of the TSX Group from 2001 to 2006; a board member of Market Regulation Services Inc. from 2001 to 2005; and a board member and Vice Chairman of the Canadian Venture Exchange from 1999 to 2001.

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

Michael M. Kanovsky

Lead Director, Independent Director

In 1978, Mr. Kanovsky co-founded Canadian Northstar Corporation and its successor, Northstar Energy Corporation, where he was primarily responsible for strategic development, finance and acquisitions until its acquisition by Devon Energy Corporation. Mr. Kanovsky continues today as a director of Devon Energy Corporation. Mr. Kanovsky has also held positions such as Chairman of Taro Industries Limited, CEO of Arrowstar Drilling and Vice-Chairman of Precision Drilling Inc.

In 1997, Mr. Kanovsky was instrumental in the reorganization of Bonavista Petroleum Ltd. and continues as an active director. In addition to Devon Energy Corporation, he is also a director of Pure Technologies Ltd. and Seven Generations Energy Ltd. and previously served as a director of TransAlta Corporation and ARC Resources Ltd.

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 Ivey School of Business and is a Professional Engineer.

Sue Lee

Independent Director

Ms. Lee has more than 35 years of business experience. Prior to joining the board at Bonavista 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 and integration strategy, preparedness and implementation. Ms. Lee retired from her role as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications at Suncor in March 2012.

Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes University and a Postgraduate Honours Diploma, Personnel Management and Organizational Behaviour from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Empire Company Limited and Waste Connections, Inc.

Margaret M. McKenzie

Independent Director

Ms. McKenzie was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of Range Royalty Management Limited (managing partner of Range Royalty Limited Partnership, an oil and natural gas royalty business) and the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Profico Energy Management Ltd. (a private oil and gas company).

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

Ms. McKenzie is a director of Encana Corporation, Inter Pipeline Ltd. and PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. and a director of two private oil and gas companies.

Robert G. Phillips

Independent Director

Mr. Phillips is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crestwood Equity Partners LP, based in Houston. 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

Vice Chairman

Mr. Poelzer has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently our Vice Chairman. Mr. Poelzer has been with Bonavista since 1997. He was our Executive Vice Chairman from June 2012 until 2015 and our Executive Vice President up to 2012. Prior to joining Bonavista Petroleum Ltd. in 1997, Mr. Poelzer was Vice President, Business Development with Poco Petroleums Ltd.

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

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

Christopher P. Slubicki

Independent Director

Mr. Slubicki has more than 35 years of experience in the business sector. Mr. Slubicki is currently President and CEO of Modern Resources Inc., a Calgary based private oil and gas company.

Prior to November 28, 2011, Mr. Slubicki was President and CEO of OPTI Canada Inc. Until June 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 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 and Geoscientists of Alberta.

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