John Jeffrey, B.A., MBA

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chairman

Mr. Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a MBA majoring in Finance. Mr. Jeffrey was the area finance manager for a Fortune 500 engineering consulting firm in Canada. Mr. Jeffrey has a strong background in operations and finance that has allowed him to successfully execute large engineering and environmental projects. Mr. Jeffrey was also a founder and CFO for Axiom Group, a geological and engineering consulting company that has drilled over 800 wells within western Canada.

Scott Newman

Chief Operating Officer (COO), Director

Mr. Newman was the CEO and founding partner of Axiom Group, a geological and engineering consulting company based in Saskatchewan. Mr. Newman attended the University of Saskatchewan where he majored in geology. His technical and management experience within the oil and gas sector, Saskatchewan in particular, brings a strong operational background to the team. Mr. Newman has been involved as an executive and director to a number of private and public oil and gas companies.

Geoff Jones, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Mr. Jones is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce, Geoff went on to earn his professional designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant. Mr. Jones has shared his business and tax knowledge as manager of assurance and owner managed business. His expertise includes advising numerous clients in a variety of industries including oil & gas, lawyers, engineers, residential and commercial construction, farm and industrial manufacturing and computer hardware/software design and manufacturing.

Justin Kaufmann, P.Geol.

VP Exploration

Mr. Kaufmann is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and a registered Professional Geologists with APEGS. He has had roles of increasing responsibility in management and geology for both private and public companies. Mr. Kaufmann was a founder of Axiom Energy Services, a division of Axiom Group. He brings with him a strong technical background and management experience to his role as Vice President of Exploration.

Stuart Houle, P.Eng, PMP

VP of Engineering & Operations

Mr. Houle has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 13 years. He has held roles of increasing responsibility with Husky Energy as well Frontier Engineering Corp. and Horizon Resource Management Ltd. Mr. Houle brings a strong operational background in construction, drilling, completions, production and facility engineering. Mr.Houle is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGA.

Ivan Bergerman, J.D.


Mr. Bergerman is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law. Mr. Bergerman started his career in 2002 practicing primarily general Corporate Commercial, Securities, M&A and Oil & Gas Law with a major Calgary law firm. In 2006 Mr. Bergerman relocated back to his home town of Saskatoon and continued practicing high-end business law with a major Saskatoon law firm. In 2010 Mr. Bergerman made the decision to strike out on his own and founded what is now Bergerman Smith LLP. Mr. Bergerman’s principal practice areas are Public Company Advising (having worked with companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange, CSE, NASDAQ, NYSE and NYSE MKT LLC), Initial Public Offerings, Exempt Market Distributions, Corporate Governance, M&A, Corporate Structuring & Restructuring, Financing, Natural Resources, Intellectual Property and General Corporate and Commercial.

Calvin J. Payne, B.A.Sc, MBA, P.Eng. (Retired)


Mr. Payne has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from the University of Western Australia, and has been Registered as a  Professional Engineer in many provinces, states and territories in Canada, the USA and Australia. Mr. Payne worked in the communications tower construction and ownership industry for 40 years, as a field construction worker, design engineer, and manager in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the USA. Mr. Payne, co-founded WesTower Communications in 1990 and as CEO led it through a highly successful IPO on the American Stock exchange in 1997. Mr. Payne led a team of partners in taking the company back private in 2003 and growing it to the largest company of its type in both Canada and the USA. The company was sold in 2011 and Mr. Payne retired from its operations in 2014.

Christopher Ryan


Mr. Ryan is the Director of Midstream  for Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd. (TEML). Prior to that, he was the Director of Operation Services for TEML and Exploitation Engineer with Tundra Oil and Gas. He has published 25 scientific publications, many of which were published during his time as a Research Scientist at the Canadian Light Source Inc. Chris currently sits on the Board for the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA) as the Director of Midstream, and he is the Co-Chair of the Sampling and Frequency Working Group for the Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA). Chris is also an honorary founding member of the Global Institute of Water Security and is on various Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Committees, specifically the CAPP Equalization Steering Committee and is a voted Working Group member of the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods General Policy Advisory Council for Classification.

Simon Akit, P.Eng., MBA


Mr. Akit joined Canaccord Genuity in 2008.  He is a Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Sales covering Canadian, U.S., and European funds with the firm’s global energy product. Mr. Akit has over 20 years of experience between capital markets and the oil and gas industry.  Previously, he worked at BMO Nesbitt Burns (New York) as Director Institutional Equities, Raymond James as VP Institutional Equities, and UBS Securities in Equity Research (Energy and Pipelines).  Prior to, he worked at EnCana Corp as a Drilling and Completions Engineer, Drilling Foreman, and Production Operator in various parts of Canada.  Mr. Akit holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, an MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto), and is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGA.