Officers & Operations
Michael McLellan, CFA, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. McLellan has over ten years of finance and general business management experience. He has worked in derivative markets operations with Deutsche Bank in London in 2001; helping to set up the 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 financial markets information systems with Reuters at CIBC Wood Gundy in Canada in 2004, and has built financial models for and provided advice to several engineering, manufacturing and governmental companies and organisations globally at various times between 1999 and 2005. In 2005, Mr. McLellan became GFP’s CFO until September of 2007, at which time he was asked by GFP’s Board to assume the position of GFP’s President and CEO to orchestrate a restructuring, which has since been his principal occupation.
Emery Johnson, Chief Operating Officer
Emery Johnson is a seasoned executive with more than 40 years of experience in the Oil and Gas and Aluminum Industries. Mr. Johnson was Managing Director of Kaiser Aluminum Trading for Europe, Africa based in London, then for Kaiser’s Canadian operations based in Toronto. Subsequently, Mr. Johnson, acquired an oil and gas company, which he grew through acquisitions and diligent management into the Colgate oil and gas properties, purchased by the Company on February 2, 2011.
Ruben Alba – Director, Chairman of Reserves Committee, Chief of Deal Sourcing & Analysis
Mr. Alba received his Chemical Engineering Degree from New Mexico State University and has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 13 years with Halliburton Energy Services and Superior Well Services. He has an intelligent, energetic and unique approach to complex reservoir problems involving geochemistry, geomechanics, surface logistics and environmental concerns. Ruben has introduced new and novel technologies involving new fluid chemistry as well as completion processes to reservoirs requiring cutting edge technology. Ruben now works with Iromad, a specialized, technical oil and gas consultancy. Prior to joining Iromad, Ruben worked in the management of technical and laboratory staff in both Halliburton Energy Services and Superior Well Service. He holds three patents in unique completion technologies and is adept to the challenges of unconventional reservoirs.
Daniel Smith – Chief Technical Advisor
Mr. Smith’s primary occupation for the past six years has been as an owner and operator of two independent oil and gas companies in East and South Texas, where he has been involved in all aspects of oil company development, from prospect evaluation, development and operations for the drilling and completion of numerous wells. Previously, after graduating Cum Laude with a B. Sc in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1996, he worked as a drilling engineer for Sonat Exploration Company, and subsequently managed field operations for XTO Energy where he specialized in hydraulic fracturing and artificial lift, and was directly responsible for managing fields in excess of 100 MMCFD.
Antoinette Lizzi – CMA, Vice-President of Finance and CFO
Ms. Lizzi has over twenty years experience in financial and executive management positions in private and public companies. Ms. Lizzi has been involved in helping the restructuring of several of these companies and has served on several boards of directors.