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Advisory Board

Cal Coulter

Mr. Coulter has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and has held positions in production, facilities, gas processing, joint operations, drilling and completions, exploration and operations in sweet, sour conventional and thermal operations. Supplementing his extensive history in energy operations, he most recently led research and development for a major carbon capture and storage project. Previously, Mr. Coulter was the Director of Subsurface Technology for Suncor Energy where he developed SAGD enhancement and in-situ bitumen recovery technologies. He has piloted work on surfactants, solvents, radio frequency powered recovery projects, and led the development of varied newly discovered deposits.  Mr. Coulter holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech.

Chad Robinson

Mr. Robinson has over 18 years of accounting, finance and private equity experience, specialized in the oilfield sector. Since 2006, in his role as CFO, he was instrumental in the rapid growth and development of Canada's largest premier private directional drilling company, Pacesetter Directional Drilling, which financed its growth solely with cash flow and conservative leverage. In 2015, the firm was acquired by the world’s largest oilfield services company, positioning it for future growth.  Prior to Pacesetter, Mr. Robinson was in corporate finance and research with a prominent Calgary-based Merchant Bank, which armed him with unique talents for value creation initiatives, corporate and sales strategies, financial structuring and modeling, team building, and industry analysis. Chad is currently the Managing Director of SCF Partners Inc. in Canada, he serves on several private company boards and is Vice-Chairman of the Board of CUPS, a non-profit serving impoverished families in the Calgary region. Chad has an ICD.D designation, an MBA in corporate finance, a master's degree focused on resource economics, and a bachelor of science in chemistry.

Don Verdonck

Mr. Verdonck brings substantial knowledge of, and experience in, the oil and gas sector, with the majority of his 40-year career focused on energy development and operations in Western Canada. Prior to his retirement in 2018 he served as an executive with Athabasca Oil Corporation, an oil sands development and operations company. Mr. Verdonck's professional track record includes executive level management, operations, technical engineering, and facilities management. Currently, he serves on two private oil and gas boards, and is Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Mary's University in Calgary. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba and completed the Institute of Corporate Directors program in 2014. He is an active member in his Church community, as well as other volunteer organizations.

Heath Williamson

Mr. Williamson has been sharply focused on heavy oil through his career, having started operating heavy oil wells in the Lloydminster, Cold Lake and Peace River regions with BlackRock Ventures Inc. while attending university. After graduating, he worked as a consultant for several major energy producers, coordinating large core hole drilling programs in the Athabasca Oil Sands and leading multiple large-scale projects. Mr. Williamson then rejoined BlackPearl Resources Inc., the rebranded version of BlackRock Ventures Inc., and was responsible for advancing full-cycle development of thermal and enhanced oil recovery heavy oil assets until the sale of the company in late 2018. With a well established track record of adding value across all aspects of the heavy oil business chain, he continues to author technical papers, present at industry conferences and has volunteered his time as an organizer and chair for many industry events.  Mr. Williamson holds a Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of Alberta and is the sitting Vice President of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association.

Jeff Reading

Mr. Reading's career has spanned numerous commercial, non-profit and academic institutions, giving him a comprehensive understanding of business and society. He has initiated and led a number of social enterprises that address energy innovation, energy efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaption, sustainability, and environmental literacy. In addition, he has a history of successfully commercializing clean tech solutions and engaging in commercial clean power advancement with ATCO’s Electricity Global Business Unit Innovation Team. Jeff teaches at the University of Calgary, is Chair for the Green Learning Canada Foundation (GLCF), past Chair of the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE), Board member with the Alberta Clean Tech Industry Alliance (ACTia), advisor with Carbon Talks Canada and sits on the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation Grant Review Committee. His extensive background and network will help support market entry for Acceleware's unique and novel RF heating technology.

John Howard

Mr. Howard is a proven industry executive with 38 years of experience in the energy sector focused on conventional and thermal heavy oil production. He has held several executive leadership and operational roles across numerous companies including Shell Canada Ltd. and Numac Energy Ltd., most recently serving as a Vice President with Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. until his retirement in 2017.  Mr. Howard has held board positions for energy companies, and also co-founded Verdant Energy Ltd.,  a renewable energy company providing waste-to-energy solutions.  He provides volunteer advisory services to WaterNEXT, a water technology accelerator, and has served on the board of Autism Calgary, New Heights School for Children with PDD/Autism, and the William G. (Bill) Howard Foundation. He also served on the Capital Fundraising Committee for the Society for the Treatment of Autism.  Mr. Howard holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Institute of Corporate Directors and The Chancellor’s Club of the University of Calgary.

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