John Jeffrey - BA, MBA
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Director
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.
Grant MacKenzie - BA, LLB
Chief Legal Officer (CLO), Director
Mr. MacKenzie joins us from Dentons Canada LLP, where he was closely involved with Saturn during its transformational growth since 2021. Mr. MacKenzie was partner and Corporate co-lead of Dentons’ Calgary office since 2018, and brings the experience of a legal career spanning over two decades. He has extensive experience advising private and public companies in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, start-ups, public offerings and stock exchange compliance. He has advised numerous boards and management teams on matters concerning shareholder activism, corporate governance and TSX and TSX Venture Exchange listing matters. Mr. MacKenzie was Corporate Secretary for Saturn from February 2022 – September 2022 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since September 2022.
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.
Andrew Claugus - BSc
Mr. Claugus is an entrepreneur and independent businessman, with extensive experience in petroleum engineering. From 2014 to 2022, Mr. Claugus was the Engineering Manager for MECO IV, LLC, which, prior to its acquisition, was a private oil & gas exploration and production company based in Denver, Colorado. Following the sale, Mr. Claugus founded WhiteFin Resources, a privately backed oil and gas company investing in non-operated interests in core areas of established basins. Mr. Claugus holds a Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and a BsC in Chemical Engineering, from Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Thomas Gutschlag
Dr. Gutschlag - currently the Chairman of Deutsche Rohstoff AG (“DRAG”), a public company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange which identifies, and develops resource projects globally, with a focus on oil and gas development in the United States. Dr. Gutschlag cofounded DRAG in 2006, was its Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2015 and was its Chief Executive Officer from 2015 to 2022. Dr. Gutschlag is a qualified economist with a degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg and a doctorate from the University of Mannheim.
Mr. Payne is currently chief executive officer of dynaCERT Inc., a Canadian company that specializes in delivering Carbon Emission Reduction Technologies to the global marketplace. He brings more than 38 years of experience in strategic leadership roles within both public and private companies, corporate governance, finance and accounting, capital markets, executive leadership and business performance improvements. Mr. Payne also serves as Chief Executive Officer of a privately-held consulting, project management and real estate development company operating in the Greater Toronto Area. Mr. Payne graduated from St. Clair College in Construction Engineering, Project Management and Estimating.
Mr. Ryan is the CEO of Broadbill Energy Inc, an oil and gas technology infrastructure company. Prior to that, he was the Director of Midstream and Director of Operation Services for Kingston Midstream (formally Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd) 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.
S. Janet Yang - MBA, BA
Ms. Yang is Research Director, Energy and Mining at GMT Capital Corp. Prior to joining GMT Capital Corp., from 2018 to 2023, Ms. Yang was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of W&T Offshore, Inc., a Texas based oil & gas exploration and production company traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Ms. Yang has extensive experience in finance and capital raising, and holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and a BA in Economics from Rice University.