Board of Directors
Robert Metcalfe has been counsel at Metcalfe, Blainey & Burns LLP since 2001, and, prior to that, he was a senior partner with the law firm Lang Michener LLP for 20 years. Mr. Metcalfe currently serves on the board of various natural resources companies. These would include a Director of Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (gold), Lead Director of PetroMagdalena Energy Corp. (oil and gas), Lead Director of Xinergy Corp. (coal), and Director of Axmin Inc. (gold). He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Armadale Properties (office building construction, finance and land development), and has served as a director of numerous other natural resource corporations. Mr. Metcalfe has also served as a director of Canada Lands Company Limited, one of the largest real estate corporations in Canada, and as Director and Chairman of CN Tower Limited, the tallest communications structure in the world. Mr. Metcalfe brings to the board of directors his extensive experience serving on the boards of numerous natural resources corporations.
Joseph A. Francese
Joseph A. Francese is Vice-President of PROSPER Limited Partnership. Mr. Francese consults as a Chief Investment Officer for a private financial firm and has over 20 years of financial and capital markets experience. As CIO, Mr. Francese is responsible for analyzing and monitoring existing and prospective investments, as well as developing investment strategies. Over the years, Mr. Francese has sat on many industry and charitable boards, including: Vice-President, Edmonton CFP Association (1995-1997); Trustee, Sturgeon Hospital Foundation (1997-2002); Director, St. Albert Help Society (2000-2004); Director, Edmonton Catholic Cemeteries (2001-2004); Director, EasyRock Products (2008-2010); and Director, Titan Trading Analytics (TTA.V). Currently, Mr. Francese sits on the following boards: Vice-President, Edmonton CFA Society; and Director, Kids Kottage. Mr. Francese obtained his BA (Economics) from the University of Alberta and has also earned the CFP designation and is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Charterholder.
Stuart B. McDowall
Stuart B. McDowall is an executive with significant international government and multicultural experience. Since 2002, Mr. McDowall has been the principal of McDowall Developments, an international consulting firm that specializes in the petroleum sector, including export, financing, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Prior to establishing McDowall Developments, Mr. McDowall held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Blue Mountain Energy Ltd. where he identified various international oil and gas exploration and development opportunities in developing countries, including Africa, South America and the Far East. Mr. McDowall also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Fosters Resources Ltd., Director of Wilton Resources Inc., Softrock Minerals Ltd., and Ground Star Resources. In addition, Mr. McDowall served in Canada’s Foreign Service from 1961 to 1999, including as Canada’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and has diplomatic experience in the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, Africa and United States. Mr. McDowall has served as a Director of the international E&P company Groundstar Resources Limited since 2005 and was Director General of Talisman Energy, where he was responsible for investor, government and community relations in Sudan. Mr. McDowall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta (1962), and an Advanced Management certificate from the University of Western Ontario (1984). Mr. McDowall is also a member of APEGGA and AIPN and is a past President of the Engineering Institute of Canada – Calgary Chapter.
Paul Moase has had more than 25 years experience in the financial and capital markets. Currently an independent consultant, he was formerly the Managing Director to MGI Securities in Toronto, responsible for capital markets. Prior to this, he was at HSBC Securities as Managing Director Investment Banking and Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as a number of other senior executive positions with other large investment and brokerage firms. Mr. Moase holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (1987) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University (1981).
Adrian Goodisman is the Managing Director of Scotiabank. Mr. Goodisman has investment banking experience specializing in mergers and acquisitions and more than 18 years of experience in the exploration and production sector in the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and South America. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Capital Markets Committee of the Independent Producers Association of America (IPAA). He holds a B.Sc. (Mathematics) from the University of Salford, United Kingdom and an M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. Additionally, Mr. Goodisman is a registered representative in the U.S. holding Series 24, 7 and 63 FINRA licenses.
Leonard Sokolow, CPA
Mr. Sokolow’s company is in the financial services industry and is focused on high-net-worth and institutional investors and high-growth companies. Its subsidiaries, National Securities Corporation and Finance Investments, Inc., provide investment banking, retail and institutional brokerage services across the United States and in Latin America, Canada and Europe. Previously Mr. Sokolow was President of Genesis Partners, Inc., a private financial business consulting firm, from 1994 to 1998, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Americas Growth Fund, Inc., a public closed-end management investment company. He has also been a director of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. and Chairman of its audit and nominations committees, since 2006 and 2009, respectively. Mr. Sokolow is a Certified Public Accountant and holds his B.Econ. degree from the University of Florida, a J.D. degree from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, and an LL.M. (Taxation) from the New York University Graduate School of Law.
Binh Vu is a lawyer practising in the area of corporate finance and securities law. He was a previously a partner at Aird & Berlis LLP where he advised resource and energy based clients in respect of equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and corporate restructurings. Mr. Vu holds a Masters of Tax from the University of Waterloo (2005), an LL.B from Queen’s University (2000) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto (1997).