James A. Banister Chairman
Mr. Banister is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of BanCor Inc., an investment holding company and the successor to Travis Chemicals Inc., a private corporation. Mr. Banister has been an independent businessman since 1985 and has served as a director on the boards of a variety of public and private companies. His previous accomplishments include being the United Way’s annual campaign chairman for Calgary and area, a recipient of a Pinnacle Award for business excellence and community involvement and a recipient of Junior Achievement’s “Business in the Community” leadership award. Mr. Banister received his Diploma in Business Administration in 1966.
Mr. Banister is a member of the Compensation and Goverance Committee.
Garnet Amundson Director
Mr. Amundson has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Essential Energy Services Ltd. and its predecessor entities since 2004. He has lead Essential and/or its predecessors through an initial public offering, two public company merger transactions with the acquisitions of Builders Energy Services Ltd. in 2008 and Technicoil Corporation in 2011, conversion from a trust to a corporation, acquisition and integration of numerous private oilfield services companies and multiple oilfield service-line business dispositions. Mr. Amundson received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1987. Prior to his role at Essential, Mr. Amundson’s business experience included managerial and officer roles at various levels of seniority with multi-national oil and gas producers, an international fertilizer company and a national accounting firm. Mr. Amundson commenced his career in the oil and gas business over 35 years ago as a roughneck working on a drilling rig in Grande Prairie.
Mr. Amundson is a member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee.
Michael J. Black Director
Mr. Black is a senior energy partner in the office of the international law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. He has 25 years of significant experience in all aspects of the energy sector, including upstream, midstream and the services sector, providing counsel to numerous domestic and international energy companies. In 2007, Mr. Black received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Black is a member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee.
Robert T. German Director
Mr. German is a retired senior executive that spent 18 years in the oilfield services industry. Most recently, Mr. German was the President and CEO of Horizon North Logistics Inc. from 2010 to 2014. Prior thereto, he was the Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Horizon North Logistics from 2006 to 2010; the Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Producers Oilfield Services Inc. in 2006; and prior thereto Vice President Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of Precision Drilling Corporation. Mr. German is a Chartered Accountant.
Mr. German is the Chairman of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Nicholas G. Kirton Director
Mr. Kirton is a Chartered Accountant who had 38 years of service with KPMG LLP. Mr. Kirton also serves on the Board of Directors of Gran Tierra Energy Inc. He serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. In 1993 Mr. Kirton was named a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants and in 2006 he received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Kirton is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation and Governance Committee.
Robert B. Michaleski Director
Mr. Michaleski is a retired senior executive that spent the majority of his career at Pembina Pipeline Corporation (“Pembina”). He is currently a director of Pembina and was the Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to the end of 2013. Prior to early 2012, Mr. Michaleski was also the President of Pembina. Mr. Michaleski is a director of the United Way of Calgary and Area. He is a Chartered Accountant.
Mr. Michaleski is the Chairman of the Compensation and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Andrew B. Zaleski Director
Mr. Zaleski is a retired senior executive with over 30 years of experience in management of transportation and manufacturing companies. Mr. Zaleski currently sits on the board of Trimac Transportation Services Inc. and serves as Chairman of its Governance and Compensation Committee and is a member of its Audit Committee. Mr. Zaleski was also the former Chairman of Orbus Pharma Inc., a generic drug manufacturer headquartered in Markham, Ontario. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Technicoil Corporation from 2005 to 2011.
Mr. Zaleski is a member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee.