John Jeffrey, B.A., MBA
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chairman
Mr. Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in economics and 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 international engineering and environmental projects. Mr. Jeffrey was also a founder and CFO for Axiom Exploration Ltd., a geological and engineering consulting company that has drilled over 800 wells within western Canada.
Scott Newman, B.Sc. Geo
Chief Operating Officer (COO), Director
Mr. Newman was the CEO and founding partner of Axiom Exploration Ltd., a geological and engineering consulting company based in Saskatchewan. Mr. Newman is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in geology. His technical and management experience within the 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 exploration companies.
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.
Wayne Slemp has over 43 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and 37 years directly related to drilling operations in Canada and internationally both onshore and offshore. Mr. Slemp has worked extensively in the Canadian oil and gas drilling industry in western Canada as well as internationally in Pakistan, Syria, Chad, Kazakhstan, Libya, Norway, Denmark, Bangladesh, Oman, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Borneo, Indonesia and the West Coast of Africa. In his career Mr. Slemp worked as a (senior) Drilling Supervisor and Superintendent for Aral, BP, Glencore, Petro Canada and Repsol, among others.
Mr. Slemp has worked on vertical, directional and horizontal well operations on submersibles, jack-ups and various land rigs. Mr. Slemp has extensive experience working with mechanical and hydraulic liner hangers, DV tools, perforating guns, stage tools and many other down hole tools commonly utilized in the industry. Mr. Slemp also has experience on running and pulling completions with a demonstrated ability to ensure that safety policies and procedures are kept at the forefront in all operations on location.