Senior Management Team

Brian Schmidt (Aakaikkitstaki)

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Schmidt is President, CEO and a founder of Tamarack, and is a professional engineer with over 39 years of oil and gas experience. With $2.5 million of seed equity raised from friends and family, Tamarack has grown steadily to become an intermediate producer. Prior to Tamarack, Mr. Schmidt was the President of Apache Canada for three years of his seven-year tenure, growing the company from 17,000 boe/d to over 120,000 boe/d. His career began at Shell Canada, where he spent 19 years prior to joining Apache. Mr. Schmidt is an honorary chief of the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta, and is the Industry Advisor on the Indian Oil and Gas Canada / Indian Resource Council Co-management Board. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, where he is also the Chair of the Indigenous Engagement Priority Steering Group. He is passionate about volunteering for organizations that strive for the betterment of the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Schmidt grew up on a ranch in the Waterton area and currently ranches southwest of Calgary in Turner Valley. His love of the land and ranching lifestyle has helped guide Tamarack to become a leader in Environmental & Community Corporate Social Responsibility.

Steve Buytels

Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Buytels brings over 13 years of oil and gas capital markets, finance and advisory industry experience. He most recently served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Institutional Energy Equities at Stifel FirstEnergy where he was responsible for E&P, oilfield service and infrastructure related capital markets advisory as well as debt and equity financing. Prior to, Mr. Buytels served as principal at Peters & Co in the Institutional Equities group and Head of Energy at an independent investment bank, with offices in Toronto, Montreal and London, and was responsible for the buildout of their institutional energy business. Mr. Buytels holds a Chartered Financial Analyst Designation and a Bachelors of Management from the University of Lethbridge.

Kevin Screen

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Screen has been Tamarack’s COO since July 2021, and prior, he held the role of VP Production & Operations since September 2011. He has more than 30 years of experience in oil and gas operations and management positions, and spent nine years at Apache Canada Ltd., gaining diverse experience as a Production Engineer, Asset Team Leader and Manager Horn River Business Unit. Throughout his career, Mr. Screen has gained exposure to unconventional resources, light oil, sweet and sour gas and has experience with various fracture stimulation techniques used throughout the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. He began his career with Shell Canada Ltd. in 1989 after graduating from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Dave Christensen

Vice President, Engineering

Mr. Christensen has been VP, Engineering of Tamarack since April of 2014 and has more than 30 years of oil and gas experience working in various junior and intermediate companies. Prior to Tamarack, he spent five years at Bonavista Energy Corp with the last four as Development Engineering Manager - West Region, which covered an area in which all of Tamarack’s Cardium assets are situated. While at Bonavista, Mr. Christensen managed the drilling of over 300 horizontal wells, and evaluated and closed on more than $1 billion of acquisitions. Previously, he held various management positions at Norcen Energy, Storm Energy, and Piper Energy.

Scott Reimond

Vice President, Exploration

Mr. Reimond has been with Tamarack since its inception and has been the VP Exploration since October 2012. He has worked as a geologist in exploration and development projects in Western Canada for the past 20 years. Prior to Tamarack, he was a Senior Geologist with Spearpoint Energy up until its sale to NAL Oil & Gas Trust in 2009, and a Senior Geologist with Rock Energy prior to that. Mr. Reimond began his career with Suncor Energy and then spent four years with Apache Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with a minor in Geophysics. Mr. Reimond is an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGA).

Martin Malek

Vice President, Corporate Planning and Business Development*

Mr. Malek has been with Tamarack since April of 2014. He has 13 years of oil and gas experience from positions held in Production, Operations and Field Development. He spent nine years at Apache Corporation, two of which he spent working in the Permian Basin of Texas drilling horizontal wells in the Wolfcamp and Spraberry formations. Mr. Malek is a graduate of the University of Calgary and holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering. Mr. Malek is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGA).

Christine Ezinga

Vice President, Corporate Planning and Business Development

Ms. Ezinga brings over 20 years of diverse capital markets experience in finance, investor relations and business development, including corporate and asset level mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, Christine held the position of Vice President of Strategy and Planning at Black Swan Energy, a Canadian oil and gas production company. Prior to joining Black Swan, Ms. Ezinga was Team Lead – Finance, Business Development at Sinopec Canada and has worked as an Analyst covering Canadian energy companies as part of CIBC’s Institutional Equity Research group. Christine currently serves on the Board of the Petroleum Acquisition and Divestiture Association, and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of Calgary.

Scott Shimek

Vice President, Production and Operations

Mr. Shimek brings more than 15 years of experience in the energy industry, having integrated his diverse technical knowledge into various leadership roles. Scott began his career in Production Engineering in 2006 at Bonavista Energy Corporation, an oil and natural gas production company, and continued to advance within the organization. He assumed roles of increasing responsibility across Production, Operations and Resource Development, and prior to joining Tamarack, held the position of Vice President, Resource Development with responsibility of leading the asset teams to pursue best-in-class asset development. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Distinction) from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

June-Marie Innes

Director, Finance & Sustainability

Ms. Innes has been with Tamarack since 2012 and is a CPA and MBA with 17 years of oil and gas experience. Prior to Tamarack, Ms. Innes held finance and administration roles with Anderson Energy Inc., Highpine Oil & Gas Ltd., and Vaquero Energy Ltd., where she took on senior finance and accounting positions of increasing responsibility and complexity. Ms. Innes holds a Bachelor of Science from Mount Royal University and a Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management.

* Following Mr. Dave Christensen’s retirement effective August 31, 2021, Mr. Martin Malek will be appointed as VP, Engineering.