Hale, president of Explorer Energy Services Ltd., has more than 25
years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to forming Explorer,
Mr. Hale worked for the NOVA group of companies where he held leadership
positions in the areas of natural gas marketing. Arctic gas development
projects, major international gas export projects, development of
Alberta's major gas transmission network, and international project
development activities. He has provided his expertise internationally
on projects in 21 countries. Areas of expertise include: gas purchase
and sales contracting, natural gas pipeline transportation agreements,
open access pipeline management, regulatory management, facilities
planning and costing, economic analysis, tariff design, software development
(hydraulic and financial simulation models), and strategic and tactical
plans for new ventures.
Semenas has over 30 years of experience in the natural gas transportation
industry. He has developed and implemented financial reporting systems
for NOVA and its subsidiary companies. He has led project teams responsible
for the financial analysis, market studies, and expansion forecasts
evaluating the acquisition of numerous international investments.
While a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers,
he served as the Chairman of the Regulatory and Finance Committee
and participated in a number of Task Force Committees.
Morales has over 20 years of experience in the gas and electric sectors.
His leadership roles include the commercial management of large-scale
gas pipelines and gas fired power plants in various regions of the
world. He has participated in the structuring of numerous privately
led energy transactions in emerging markets, covering all deal contracts,
from organization and construction, to project financing, regulatory
and legal negotiations with both government agencies and local partners.
Staffier (Partner in Stuntz, Davis & Staffier based in Washington,
20 years practicing law in the area of administrative and energy litigation,
with a particular focus on issues involving natural gas. He has served
as a Staff Attorney with the Federal Power Commission (now FERC),
where he was involved in the litigation of pipeline rates and certificate
matters. He later worked in the Office of the Solicitor of the Federal
Power Commission where he represented the Commission before various
federal trial and appellate courts. He currently represents clients
before a variety of federal and state regulatory agencies, including
the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC) on issues relating to certificate and rate cases as well as
numerous rulemaking proceedings. He has extensive experience working
with international energy projects involving the negotiation and drafting
of gas purchase and sales agreements and the litigation of complex
issues, including the pricing of gas supplies and siting of energy
Cumberland, P. Eng.
years of diverse engineering and management experience in the oil
and gas (pipeline transportation facilities), power generation and
industrial process industries with specialist knowledge in rotation
equipment and pipeline facilities. He has extensive experience in
pipeline systems related projects including project management, facilities
planning, cost and scheduling, engineering design and management.
In addition to working on numerous projects in Canada, he has provided
his expertise on major projects in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China,
India, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, United States, United Kingdom, and
Uruguay. Expertise is available in comprehensive project management
(planning, scheduling, cost estimating, vendor assessment, contract
negotiation, bid evaluation and recruiting) and project execution
including conceptual design, quality assurance, factory and shop audits,
commissioning and start-up.
Sutherland has provided the planning, course development, delivery
and coordination of technical petroleum workshops and seminars for
professionals from more than 70 countries. The focus for the last
15 years has been on projects in Asia and Latin America. In particular,
in-depth specific country petroleum sector assessments have been completed
for a number of Asian and Latin American countries for private companies
considering international exploration and development. He has provided
a wide variety of management services to agencies conducting international
petroleum projects. Due to the success of the management methods for
international projects, he has provided training workshops to a wide
variety of companies and government agencies.
Williams, Ph.D., P.Geol.
Williams is a professional geologist whose career spans 45 years in
academia and the energy industry. He has taught petroleum and coal
geology, engineering geology, exploration methods, and related subjects
as a tenured faculty member at the Universities of Alberta and Queensland
(Australia), and is currently a sessional instructor in the Petroleum
Land Management program at the University of Calgary. Gordon has worked
as an explorationist for major oil and gas companies and has operated
his own consulting and training company for over 25 years. He has
served as Chair, and is currently President-elect, of the Canadian
Council of Professional Geoscientists, as Second Vice President of
the Association of Professional Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta,
and as President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.
25 years of experience primarily in refinery operations and management.
He had executive responsibility for the Refining and the Supply and
Distribution Divisions of a 30,000 BPD refinery. He is very familiar
with crude supply, product markets, international financing, facility
design and contractor interface issues.
Graves is a senior commercial manager with 25 years experience evaluating,
structuring, analyzing and closing transactions in the energy sector
in North America and internationally. His focus is to assist clients
to develop, value, price, structure and implement domestic and international
energy projects. He has worked in partnership arrangements and provided
commercial, evaluation, risk assessment and structural expertise to
project teams. Mr. Graves received his Bachelor of Commerce degree
(Finance major) in 1974 from the University of Calgary.