Board of Directors
Gale Force Petroleum’s Board of Directors is composed of 5 members, each individually elected annually.
The Board of Directors are:
Harry L. Knutson - Chairman of the Board
Mr. Knutson has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Bancorp Group and has been responsible for the growth and performance of the firm since its inception in 1982. Prior to that he held a number of other senior management positions in the financial services industry.In 1997, Mr. Knutson was instrumental in the reorganization of Bonavista Energy Corporation (formerly known as Bonavista Petroleum Ltd.) and continues as an active director. Mr. Knutson is also a Director of Novus Energy Inc., Knol Resources Corp. and Petroforte International Ltd. He has previously been a Director of AgriMarine Holdings Inc., Kasten Chance Applied Research, Pure Energy Services Ltd. (formerly Canadian Sub-Surface Energy Services Corp.), Serrano Energy Ltd., Terrex Energy Inc., Velo Energy Inc. (formerly Aureus Ventures Inc.) and Western GeoPower Corp. Mr. Knutson earned a joint Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Commerce from Simon Fraser University in 1969 and holds a Canadian Chartered Director designation from The Directors College, McMaster University.
Allan J. Bezanson, Director
Mr. Bezanson has been an Interim President of Range Energy Resources Inc. since September 7, 2012. Mr. Bezanson has been a Managing Partner of Cornerstone Capital Partners since February 2010. Mr. Bezanson served as the President and Partner of Oballan Capital and Osprey Capital Partners. He began his career in Calgary, where he developed deep energy industry experience, structuring, financing and leading domestic and international mergers and acquisitions for Nowsco, including postings in the Netherlands and Guernsey. Mr. Bezanson served as Managing Director of Nowsco (IFC) BV, where he structured and financed the international operations of Nowsco Well Service Ltd. Prior to Oballan, Mr. Bezanson was the President of a fixed income arbitrage hedge fund, based out of North Carolina and Barbados. Prior to joining Osprey Capital in August of 2005, Mr. Bezanson ran his own boutique advisory firm, Oballan Capital. In 1992, Mr. Bezanson became chairman of the board of Bluewave Energy, and embarked on a roll-up of other energy distribution businesses including the downstream distribution assets of Shell Canada. He served as President and Partner at Phoenix Research and Trading, and President of Protec Trading Inc. until 1997 when he formed Oballan Capital. He has been a Director of Hawkstone Energy Corp. (also known as Range Energy Resources Inc.) since April 4, 2011 and Brilliant Resources Inc. since October 8, 2013. He serves as Director of iLOOKABOUT Corp. He served as a Director of Longford Energy Inc. since August 8, 2012. Mr. Bezanson has a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie.
Charles Marleau, CIM – Director, Member of the Audit & Reserves Committees
Mr. Charles Marleau is President and Senior Portfolio Manager of Palos Management. He is responsible for managing and trading the investment funds and supervises administration, investor relations, record keeping and compliance.
Charles is a member of the Independent Review Committee of Investment Fund of Dundee Securities Ltd. and sits on the Board of Directors of the Palos International Equity Income Fund PLC. He also serves on Board of Directors of a private school and numerous public and private companies. Moreover, Charles is a member of the Institutional Equity Traders Association, Montreal University Club, Montreal Oil Club and the Entrepreneurs Organization.
He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and completed the Canadian Investment Manager designation.
Michael Price McLellan, B.Com, CFA - Director & Chief Executive Officer
Avid fan of country and independent music, Mr. McLellan has over fifteen years of finance, general business and oil and gas management experience. In 2007, Mr. McLellan was asked by the Board of Directors of a publicly-traded technology company with a subsidiary oil and gas division to become the company’s President and CEO, to orchestrate a restructuring. The restructuring of the company was concluded and the company name was changed, launching Gale Force Petroleum in May, 2010. Previously, Mr. McLellan worked in various financial roles, including derivative markets operations with Deutsche Bank in London in 2001; helping to set up financial systems for the ministries of the new Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2002; as an internal wholesaler and sales analyst with Pioneer Investments at its international head office in Paris, France in 2002 and 2003; contributed to the roll-out of Reuters financial markets information systems at CIBC Wood Gundy in Canada in 2004, and building financial models and providing advice to several engineering, manufacturing and governmental companies and organisations globally at various times between 1999 and 2005. Michael earned a B.Com from the University of Victoria and obtained the CFA designation.
Randy Wilkins, Director
Mr. Wilkins is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sydri Energy, Inc. He has over thirty years in the energy industry working in a variety of technical and executive capacities. Mr. Wilkins began his career at Pennzoil Exploration and Production Company as a Field Drilling/Completion Engineer. Later, Mr. Wilkins served in the same capacity for Enron Oil and Gas. Following his employment with Enron, Mr. Wilkins served as Operations Manager for Tana Oil and Gas Corporation. Following the sale of all of Tana’s assets to an affiliate of Unocal Corporation in 2000, Mr. Wilkins then served as Vice President of Engineering for Basa Resources, Inc. While serving in that capacity, Mr. Wilkins evaluated, negotiated and acquired over thirty five million ($35MM) dollars of oil and gas properties. In addition, Mr. Wilkins was responsible for all operations and preparation of the company reserve report. In 2003, Mr. Wilkins formed Sydri Energy Partners, Ltd. (SEP) and Sydri Energy Inc. (SEI) to manage non operated working oil and gas interests. In January 2007, Mr. Wilkins elected to devote his full resources and energies to the growth of SEP and SEI. In August 2007, Mr. Wilkins formed Sydri Energy Investment, Ltd., and with SEP, acquired a forty two percent (42%) non operated interest in the Bryan Woodbine Operating Company. In March 2008, SEP acquired an operated interest in the Sinton field located in San Patricio County, Texas. Mr. Wilkins then formed Sydri Operating, LLC to operate and manage those properties.
Mr. Wilkins received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in August, 1982 and Mr. Wilkins is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Mr. Wilkins is a current Director for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, the Dallas Petroleum Club and Mike Ryan Ministries. Mr. Wilkins is also a current member of the Dallas Producers Club and Dallas Wildcatters.