Kiwetinohk, pronounced Key-Wheat-In-oh, means north in Cree, the most widely spoken Indigenous language in Canada.
The name, bestowed upon the company by Indigenous friends, reflects the Canadian values of love for and protection of the natural environment and the need to advance sustainable development practices.
Pat Carlson was Chief Executive Officer of Kiwetinohk Resources Corp. since its inception on February 12, 2018, until its merger with Distinction Energy Corp. He was President and CEO of Distinction from April 2021 until September 2021, when it merged with Kiwetinohk Resources. The resulting company became Kiwetinohk Energy Corp. and Pat became CEO. Prior to founding Kiwetinohk Resources, Pat was the CEO and a director of Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (7G) until his retirement as CEO in June 2017 and his resignation from the 7G board in May 2018. Prior to founding 7G, Pat had an extensive and diverse career in the Canadian oil and gas industry including founding, with partners, three other successful oil and gas companies. Pat has received wide recognition for his accomplishments including:
Pat is registered as a Professional Engineer in Alberta.
Jakub Brogowski has been Chief Financial Officer of Kiwetinohk since December 2018. Prior thereto he was also appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Distinction Energy Corp in April 2021 until its merger with Kiwetinohk Resources in September 2021. Mr. Brogowski has spent more than 18 years in various roles across the oil and gas industry, including an executive role, investment banking and energy financial advisory serving major Canadian financial institutions in both Canada and the United Kingdom.
Janet Annesley joined Kiwetinhohk as Chief Sustainability Officer in September 2021, having previously held senior executive posts at Husky Energy and Natural Resources Canada. Janet’s background includes work at Shell Canada in heavy oil and carbon and capture and storage, and at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. A Public Policy Forum Fellow and award-winning business communicator, Janet sits on the advisory board for Clean Prosperity, the boards of the Nature Conservancy of Canada – Alberta Chapter, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the City of Calgary Green Line LRT Project.
Sue Kuethe has been the Executive Vice President, Land and Community Relations of Kiwetinohk since March 2018. Previously, she was Advisor in Aboriginal Relations to the Social License Consortium. Earlier in her career, Sue had a distinguished career as a petroleum landman. For 21 years, until mid-2015 including Sue held various roles with Koch Industries Inc.’s subsidiaries in Canada, the US and International including VP Land and Community Affairs at Koch Oil Sands Operating ULC and Koch Exploration Company LLC.
Kurt Molnar has been the Senior Vice President, Business Development of Kiwetinohk since October 2019. Prior to joining Kiwetinohk, Kurt was an exploration and production equities analyst at Raymond James Financial where he was independently ranked as among the top three analysts in his field for five consecutive years. In the more than 20 years prior to Raymond James, Kurt had an extensive and highly diversified career in energy finance including senior leadership roles in energy investment banking, energy corporate banking, energy equities research and institutional equity sales with an array of Canadian banks and investment boutiques. In 2001, Kurt was also one of three co-founders of Lightning Energy Ltd., a prior successful private energy company.
Mike Hantzsch has been the Senior Vice President, Midstream and Market Development of Kiwetinohk since February 2020.Prior thereto, Mike was Chief Operating Officer, LNG of Kiwetinohk. Before that, Mike was Senior Vice President, Canada of Meritage Midstream ULC from May 2016 to February 2017. Prior to that Mike worked for a Canadian midstream company with responsibility for its heavy oil pipeline. He has played a significant role in several midstream acquisitions ranging in value from $750 million to $3.2 billion. Mike started his career in gas plant operations in the Canadian subsidiary of a large international oil and gas company. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Alberta.
Lisa Wong has been the Vice President, Business Systems of Kiwetinohk since February 2018. Previously, Lisa was CoordinaAtor of Business Systems with Seven Generations Energy Ltd. Prior thereto, Lisa was Manager, North America Production and Royalty reporting for CNOOC Nexen. Along with her CPA, CMA designation, Lisa has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and a professional background is in accounting and finance for upstream oil and gas. Contributing her accounting expertise, Lisa participated in two private heavy oil start-ups and three major international oil and gas producers.
Farid Shirkavand has been the Vice President, Drilling of Kiwetinohk since February 2018. Previously, Farid was Director, Drilling with Seven Generations Energy Ltd. Farid has provided technical oversight for drilling of several hundred tight rock, horizontal wells. Farid is a Professional Engineer in Alberta. Farid started his career working on offshore drilling projects as a drilling engineer. Prior to joining Kiwetinohk, he worked with a major International and Canadian oil and gas producer. Farid holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Petroleum University of Technology, Master of Engineering in Well Construction from the University of Calgary. Farid got his PhD. in Drilling Engineering from the University of Calgary in 2011. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
Mike Carlson has been the Vice President, Completions of Kiwetinohk since October 2018. Before that, Mike was Director, Completions of Seven Generations Energy Ltd. In his career, Mike has provided design guidance and analysis leadership for approximately ten thousand hydraulic fracture stimulations.
Tim Alberts has been the Vice President, Production of Kiwetinohk since December 2018. Previously, Tim was Director, Production Operations of Seven Generations Energy Ltd. Tim commenced his petroleum career on the drilling rigs, followed by well and facility operations of all kinds. As Director, Production Operations at Seven Generations Energy Ltd, he was charged with daily operations of the field office, safety group and field production.
Prior to joining Kiwetinohk, Craig was Executive Vice President of Genalta Power, responsible for all financial activities of the Company and its associated power developments. Prior to Genalta, Craig spent 20 years in various financial roles successfully completing a TSX issue, founding (Cheque Free Corporation) and funding a technology firm, numerous private placements, and flow through share offerings. Craig holds Bachelor’s of Science degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration, specializing in Carbon Management, from London Metropolitan University, UK.
Kevin Nielsen has been the Corporate Controller since September 2018. Kevin spent 18 years in public practice at an international accounting firm where he was a partner. Kevin is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. Kevin is a short-term technical expert with the International Monetary Fund supporting various IFRS training missions most recently in Africa, a governor at the Calgary Petroleum Club and leads the Joint Interest Research Committee of the Petroleum Accountants Society of Canada.
Lyle Strom joined Kiwetinohk as Vice President, Petroleum Marketing in September 2021. Previously, Lyle was Director, Marketing of Seven Generations from 2016 until its takeover by Arc in April of 2021. Prior to joining Seven Generations full time in 2016, Lyle was the principal in a small consulting company for over 11 years providing marketing advisory services mostly to junior oil and gas companies. Prior to his consulting business, Lyle was the Canadian Vice President & Managing Director in a merchant energy trading business owned by a large US utility. Lyle has over 27 years of marketing and trading experience across all energy commodities emanating from western Canada. Lyle is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a degree in Economics and is also a Dino Hockey Alumni.
Joanne Germaine has been the EHS Controller of Kiwetinohk since September 2021. Previously, she was Manger HSE with Karve Energy Inc. Joanne brings over 20 years of experience in various leadership roles in safety and emergency response, environmental stewardship, atmospheric emissions, asset retirement obligation and construction. Joanne started her career in environmental consulting with boots on the ground experience in the oil and gas industry.
Nikki has been with Kiwetinohk since October 2018 and is the Manager, Land and Community Relations. Nikki has 20+ years of experience in all facets of land management and Indigenous relations in the producing regions of western Canada in exploration, development, acquisitions and divestitures. Just prior to Kiwetinohk, Nikki was the Manager of Integrity and Operations at Aim Land Services Ltd. Nikki holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Petroleum Land Management and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL). She holds both the P. Land and PSL designations.
Kevin Brown is the Executive Chairman and Director of ARC Financial Corp., Canada’s largest energy-focussed private equity investment manager and Kiwetinohk’s largest shareholder. Kevin has been with ARC Financial Corp. since 1989. Kevin has served on numerous private and public Boards.
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Leland Corbett is a partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP, and former managing partner of the Calgary office of that firm. Leland has practiced corporate law at Stikeman Elliott since 1994, with a focus on public and private debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. In the course of his career, Leland has received many accolades as a leading lawyer in his areas of practice. In addition to his law degree, Leland has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Nancy Lever is an Advisor at ARC Financial Corp. Nancy has been with ARC Financial Corp. since 1993. Nancy has a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining ARC, Nancy started her petroleum career with Shell Canada, gaining experience in reservoir engineering, petroleum engineering research, business development and marketing. Nancy is registered as a Professional Engineer in Alberta and also has an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Nancy was awarded The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada. Nancy has represented ARC in structuring the initial financing of all five of Pat Carlson’s start-up companies.
Kaush Rakhit is the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Discovery Ltd. Kaush founded Rakhit Petroleum Consulting Ltd. in 1989, which purchased and merged with Canadian Discovery Ltd. in 2005. Canadian Discovery Ltd. (CDL) is an independent, global energy information services company engaged in reservoir- to basin-scale evaluation, specializing in assessing subsurface properties, pressure, fluid flow, fluid chemistry and geomechanics.
Beth Reimer-Heck has 32 years of extensive business, board and legal experience primarily in the energy and telecommunication industry. Most of her career has been with corporations (entrepreneurial and large public) navigating transformational change as a result of growth, innovation or transitions. She has extensive experience in regulatory, compliance, and public policy. As well, Beth has a broad, sophisticated legal background in corporate and commercial matters (joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions,) and governance matters (ESG, strategy, processes, policies, assessments, board reviews, and audits). Beth holds the pre-eminent role of senior counsel with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada’s largest national law firm and has been recognized in her legal career by being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010 and a 2019 Acritas Star.
Timothy Schneider is an energy sector professional having managed investments in both public and private markets. Tim has experience as an industry executive and has served as a director on both public and private boards. Previous experience includes Lehman, Trilantic Capital, SAC Capital, Citadel/Surveyor and Luminus. He is currently the Chief Investment Officer of LE Capital and, prior to the merger with Kiwetinohk in September 2021, Mr. Schneider was the Chairman of Distinction Energy.
Steve Sinclair was appointed to Kiwetinohk’s Board of Directors in September of 2021. He is a corporate director, who has over 30 years of financial and operating experience. Steve retired from his position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ARC Resources Ltd. in 2014 where he was responsible for the financial management of the company including, finance, accounting, tax, treasury and enterprise risk management.
Steve is also a director and chair of the audit committee of TransGlobe Energy Corporation and a Calgary headquartered private oil and gas company. Steve received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary in 1978 and his Chartered Accountant’s designation in 1981.
Bill Slavin is a Managing Director of ARC Financial Corp. Bill has been with ARC Financial Corp. since 1993. Bill has served as a Director on numerous conventional energy and alternative energy boards.