Board of Directors
Michael E. HeierChair
Mr. Heier is the founder of Trinidad Drilling, and has been with the company since 1996. He was Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2008, and has been Chair of Board since June 1998. Mr. Heier has approximately 40 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He has had substantial experience in the oil and gas industry in western Canada since 1976, through his involvement with both E&P and oilfield services companies. He has also served on numerous public and private profit boards as well as non-profit boards. Mr. Heier’s prior career experience includes:
- 2012 to 2016 - President and Chief Executive Officer, and a director of Millennium Stimulation Services Ltd., a private oilfield services company specializing in coiled-tubing fracturing stimulation services.
- 2007 to 2011 - Co-founder and Chairman of the Board for Alter NRG Corp., a company that provided and pursued alternative clean and renewable energy solutions through plasma gasification.
- 1997 to 2001 - Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Energy Inc., an oil and gas exploration company
- 1987 to 1997 - Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Energy Ltd., an oil and gas exploration company
Mr. Brown has been an independent businessman since January 2009 and has 28 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Brown served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fording Canadian Coal Trust and Elk Valley Coal Corporation from 2005 to 2009, as well as at a number of various companies prior to this. Mr. Brown is a member of Financial Executives International Canada, and has served as President of both the Calgary and Regina chapters.
Mr. Burden has been an independent businessman since 2010 and has more than 25 years of experience as a senior finance professional. Mr. Burden served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TransAlta Corporation, one of Canada's largest non-regulated power generation and wholesale marketing companies, from 2005 to 2010. Prior to that he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Molson Inc. from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Burden currently acts as a director of the Crius Energy Trust, an energy retailer in the US, and the Canadian Soccer Association, and is on the Advisory Council for Startech.com, a private company, engaged in manufacturing of IT business products.
Mr. Halford is an independent businessman with over 25 years of experience. Previously, Mr. Halford was the Executive Vice-President, Finance & Planning, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer of ENMAX Corporation. Mr. Halford was involved in various oil and gas companies including holding the position of Chief Financial Officer at OPTI Canada Inc. and Irving Oil Limited. Prior to entering the oil and gas industry, Mr. Halford was a partner in the Corporate Finance/Mergers and Acquisitions Group in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Toronto office.
Ms. Laird is a corporate director with more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. She has held senior positions in several major energy companies and has a diverse background in managing energy trading and marketing, midstream assets, information technology and environmental portfolios. Ms. Laird served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Midstream for Encana Corporation and PanCanadian Energy Corporation, a predecessor of Encana, from 1997 until 2002. She serves as a director of Keyera Corp., Business Development Bank of Canada, as well as private company FilterBoxx Water and Environmental Corp. and various not-for-profit organizations. Previous boards include Synodon Inc., Alter NRG, Enerflex Systems Income Fund, Canetic Resources Trust, Canadian Oil Sands Trust and Alliance Pipeline.
Ken SticklandLead Director
Mr. Stickland is an independent businessman with more than 30 years of experience in the area of commercial law with a specific focus on energy-related matters. Previously he was the Chief Business Development Officer at TransAlta Corporation, one of Canada's largest non-regulated power generation and wholesale marketing companies. Mr. Stickland was the Chief Legal Officer for TransAlta for a period of 11 years. Before joining TransAlta, Mr. Stickland was a partner with the Calgary-based law firm of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP.