Leadership

K. Earl Reynolds

President & CEO

Earl joined the Bonavista team in July 2021 as President & Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for our strategic vision and overall management.   Earl has over 37 years of industry experience with exploration and production companies, including over 25 years in senior management positions.  Earl was most recently the CEO of Chaparral Energy in Oklahoma. 

Earl graduated in 1993 from the University of Houston with a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering and graduated in 1982 from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Derek Mendham

Chief Financial Officer

Derek joined the Bonavista team in November 2021 and is responsible for the financial health of the company.  Derek has 28 years of progressively senior finance and accounting experience in the exploration and production, oilfield services and capital market sectors.   Prior to joining Bonavista, Derek was CFO and co-founder of Modern Resources Inc., a highly efficient Deep Basin producer and recipient of EPAC’s Top Private Emerging Producer Award.

Derek received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University and holds the Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and the Chartered Financial Analyst designations.

Chris Bruggencate

Chief Operating Officer

Chris joined the Bonavista team in January 2022 and is responsible for overseeing the continued operational excellence of the company. Chris has over 20 years of experience in the industry, and he has proven his strength in leading technical and operating teams through the senior leadership roles of both VP Operations and VP Engineering at Crescent Point Energy.

Chris graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2000 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He holds a P.Eng designation with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Rochelle L. Estep

Vice President, Development

After four years of reservoir and completions experience at a large integrated producer, Rochelle joined Bonavista as a Development Engineer in 2006 and was integral in the development of our Hoadley Glauconite play. In 2014, she was promoted to Manager, Development Engineering and in 2017 she was promoted to Director, Business and Commercial Development. In May 2018, Rochelle was promoted to Vice President, Strategy and Planning where she played an instrumental role in the design and execution of our long-term strategy and planning initiatives. In October 2021, Rochelle assumed her current role of Vice President, Development.

Rochelle graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (Great Distinction) and holds an MBA degree from the University of Calgary. Rochelle is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Colin J. Ranger

Vice President, Production

Colin joined the Bonavista team in September 2005 as Environmental Coordinator, and was promoted to Production Engineer in November 2007. In January 2011, Colin was promoted to Manager, Production Engineering and in October 2014, Colin was promoted to Vice President, Production. His responsibilities include overseeing our field operations team as well as our facility operations. Colin also leads our health, safety and environmental initiatives. Colin has over 20 years of industry experience in several fields.

Colin graduated from the University of Alberta in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Conservation Sciences.

Lynda J. Robinson

Vice President, Human Resources and Administration

Lynda returned to Bonavista in January 2006 as Vice President, Human Resources & Administration. She originally joined Bonavista as Supervisor, Corporate Services in 2002 and left in 2005 to join an intermediate energy trust as Manager, Corporate Services. Lynda is responsible for human resources policies and best practices as well as overseeing corporate administration. Lynda has over 23 years of industry experience in various positions of increasing responsibility, with a focus on human resources development.

Lynda graduated from Bath Technical College, England with a Diploma in Business Administration.

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