Alex G. Verge – President and Chief Executive Officer and Director
Alex G. Verge serves as the President and CEO of Journey. Mr. Verge has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and has served as Director and Chief Executive Officer and President of NuVista Energy Ltd. from July 2003 to November 2010 and served as a Vice President of Engineering of Bonavista Energy Corporation and Bonavista Energy Trust (formerly Bonavista Petroleum Ltd.) from January 1998 to June 2003. Prior to joining Bonavista Petroleum Ltd., he worked in the business development group at Poco Petroleums Ltd. and held various engineering positions at Rising Resources, Shell Canada Resources Limited, and Gulf Canada Resources Inc. Mr. Verge is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta. Mr. Verge received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Engineering degree in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary.
Howard Crone – Director
Mr. Crone is the Executive Vice President, COO and a director of Cequence Energy Ltd. Prior thereto, Mr. Crone was the President and CEO of Cequence Energy Ltd. from July 2009 to September 2010. From May 2009 to July 2009, Mr. Crone was President of a privately held oil and gas company. Prior thereto, from July 2004 to May 2009, Mr. Crone was an independent businessman. Prior thereto, from August 2003 to June 2004, Mr. Crone was the Vice President and COO of Cequel Energy Inc., a public oil and gas company. Mr. Crone has been a director of numerous public companies during the past 10 years. Mr. Crone has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta and is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
Dana B. Laustsen – Director
Dana Laustsen served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GLJ. Mr. Laustsen joined GLJ in 1982 and he later became a principal officer of GLJ in 1994. Mr. Laustsen was employed by Texaco Canada Resources Ltd. for five years where he received his training in petroleum production and reservoir engineering. Mr. Laustsen’s background includes detailed reservoir analyses of primary and enhanced recovery projects, SAGD evaluations, ultimate potential studies, merger and acquisition evaluations, fair market value appraisals and expert witness testimony. Mr. Laustsen has co-authored the water flood section of the Petroleum Society of CIMs Monograph, Determination of Oil and Gas Reserves (Monograph No. 1) and is an author of the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook (COGEH) Volume 2 sections on decline analysis and EOR reserve booking guidelines. He has also published articles in the JCPT on decline analysis. Mr. Laustsen graduated from the University of Calgary in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in engineering and is a life member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
Ruilin Zhang – Director
Mr. Zhang is the Executive Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MI Energy, since his appointment March 20, 2008. Mr. Zhang has more than twenty years of experience in the oil and natural gas business, during which time he worked as an oilfield worker and technician for PetroChina in 1989. Further adding to his experience, he has more than five years as Chairman and General Manager at a local oilfield services company, Jilin San Huan Petrochemical Co. In May 2003, he founded Far East Energy Limited (‘‘FEEL’’) in Hong Kong, through which he acquired MI Energy Corporation (“MIE”) from Microbes Inc. Following the takeover of MIE by FEEL in August 2003, Mr. Zhang joined MIE in September 2003 and has since been a Director of the Company. He is primarily responsible for overseeing overall strategies, planning, day-to-day management and operations. Mr. Zhang is also a Director for the various subsidiaries of the Group. Mr. Zhang graduated from Jilin Petroleum College in 1995.
Andrew S. Harper – Director
Mr. Harper is the Executive Director of MI Energy (“MIE”) since his appointment July 19, 2013. Mr. Harper has been the Company's Chief Geologist and President of the Company's international operations from 2001 to 2008 and rejoined the Company in April 2010, as the Chief Geologist. Mr. Harper is also the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of MIE Jurassic Energy Corporation, overseeing the Group's operations in the United States. Mr. Harper has over 35 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, during which he acquired his experience working in the exploration and production team of ARCO International Oil & Gas Company prior to joining the Company in 2001. During his time with ARCO, Mr. Harper worked extensively overseas, including assignments in Chile, Dubai, Norway, the United Kingdom and Indonesia, and as ARCO's resident Manager in Bogota, Colombia. Mr. Harper also worked as a Basin Studies Director, Latin America Exploration Director and Exploration Project Director at the headquarters of ARCO International in the United States from 1990 to 1996. He also worked as an Exploration Manager at the Andean Basins in ARCO Latin America Inc. from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Harper received a Bachelor's degree in Geology from Williams College and a Master's degree in Geology from the University of Southern California. Mr. Harper is certified as a Professional Geologist by the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists and a Certified Petroleum Geologist of American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Ryan A. Shay – Director
Mr. Shay has in excess of 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and was Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking at Cormark Securities Inc. until he retired therefrom in June 2016. Mr. Shay was a member of Cormark’s Executive Committee, Risk Committee, Capital Markets Committee, Compensation Committee, Compliance Committee and Audit Committee. Mr. Shay joined Cormark in 1999 as an Energy Research Analyst and was promoted to the Executive Committee of the firm in 2000. Mr. Shay transitioned careers from Research to Investment Banking in 2007 and was promoted to Co-Head of Investment Banking in 2010 and Head of Investment Banking in 2013. Mr. Shay began his career in the investment industry with Peters & Co. Limited in 1996, earning his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1999 and was formerly with Deloitte & Touche in 1993, earning his Chartered Accountant designation in 1996. Mr. Shay received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with Great Distinction. Mr. Shay also sits on the National Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (“JDRF”) since 2011 and is on JDRF’s Audit and Finance Committees.
Glenn A. Hamilton – Director
Mr. Hamilton recently retired from Bonavista Energy Corporation where he held the positions of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hamilton has over 35 years of experience in accounting and finance in the oil and gas industry. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and he is chair of the Audit Committee.