Mr. Sharpe is currently Managing Director of The EmBeSa Corporation, a private consultancy dealing primarily with corporate restructuring and business strategy. Previously, Mr. Sharpe was Chairman of Longview Oil Corp. from April 2010 and Interim CEO from February 2014 until its acquisition by Surge Energy in June 2014, a director of Advantage from 2001 and Non-Executive Chairman from 2005 until February 2014, a director and Chair of the Special Committee of the Board of Renegade Petroleum Ltd. from March 2013-January 2014 and a director and CEO of C.A. Bancorp. Inc. until March 2013. From October 2009 to March 2010, Mr. Sharpe was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Restaurants Royalty Income Fund. Until July 2009, he was Senior Advisor to Blair Franklin Capital Partners, Inc., a Toronto-based investment bank which he co-founded in May 2003. Prior to that, Mr. Sharpe was Managing Partner of Blair Franklin, from its inception. Before then, he was Managing Director of The EBS Corporation, a management and strategic consulting firm. Prior to EBS, Mr. Sharpe was Executive Vice President of The Kroll-O'Gara Company ("Kroll"), New York. He was a partner with Davies, Ward & Beck in Toronto until 1998. Mr. Sharpe is a lawyer by training, graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1977.
Mr. Halas is currently a director of Triangle Petroleum Corporation (NYSE MKT:TPLM) and has significant experience in the energy industry and in public companies in both an executive and board role, including his roles as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director and/or Chairman of Central Garden & Pet Company, T-3 Energy Services, Inc., Ingersoll Dressers Pump Services Group and Aquilex Corporation. Mr. Halas has also held a leadership position at Sulzer Industries, Inc. and is currently a Member of the Advisory Board of White Deer Energy, a Houston based private equity firm. Mr. Halas received a BS in both Physics and Economics from Virginia Tech.
Mr. Larson has over 30 years of oil and gas industry experience, 15 of which have been in foreign operations. Mr. Larson is the Vice President Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Parex Resources Inc. He held the same position with Petro Andina Resources Inc. from 2005 - 2009. Mr. Larson was a resident of Argentina from 1994 - 1997 where he received extensive operating experience as Manager Drilling then Manager of Operations with Chauvco Resources and Chauvco Argentina and later as Vice President of Operations for Chauvco Resources International. Mr. Larson was a co-founder and Vice President of Aventura Energy Inc. from August 1999 to May 2004, a company that operated in Argentina as well as Trinidad & Tobago.
Mr. Macdonald graduated from the University of Calgary in 1978 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting. Articling with a predecessor to KPMG LLP, he received the Chartered Accountant designation in 1980. Over his career, he founded and was President of New Cache Petroleums Ltd. and has served as a director of several public companies. Currently, he is the President and CEO of EFL Overseas, Inc. and a director and chair/member of Audit Committee of Zapata Energy Corporation, Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., Cirrus Energy Corporation, Holloman Energy Corporation, WCSB Oil and Gas Royalty Income 2010 Management Corp., Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc., Cordy Oilfield Services Inc. and Stratabound Mineral Corp. During the past five years, Mr. Macdonald has been the President of Bamako Investment Management Ltd., a private holding and consulting company.
Mr. Mark, an independent director, is currently a Managing Director at Batuta Capital Advisors ("Batuta"), a merchant bank targeting middle market and special situation opportunities in both the public and private markets. Prior to joining Batuta, Mr. Mark was a Senior Analyst/Junior Portfolio Manager at BTG Pactual ("BTG"), a Brazilian investment bank, co-managing a $2 billion portfolio of distressed, high yield and special situation equities. Mr. Mark has over 20 years of investment experience (credit and equity) in the energy, metals & mining, general industrials and telecommunications sectors across North America, South America and Europe.
Mr. Reid is currently a Partner at the Calgary based law firm of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP. He has practiced corporate and securities law since 1990, and currently serves as a director and/or corporate secretary for a number of publicly and privately listed issuers. Mr. Reid provides advice to issuers, underwriters, financial advisors, boards of directors and special committees on a variety of transactions. Mr. Reid has successfully secured listings for companies on the New York Stock Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and NASDAQ (National Market).
Mr. Woo has been a member of the Board of Directors of Madalena since March 2006. He was previously Vice President, Engineering and Chief Operating Officer at Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. Mr. Woo is a Professional Engineer with over 40 years of industry experience; throughout his career Mr. Woo has worked in many capacities within management and the operational departments of several junior and intermediate oil and gas companies.