Board of Directors
John Rooney - Chairman(1)(3)(4)
Mr. Rooney is a Calgary-based entrepreneurial executive with a technical background in finance and is Chairman of Kara Technologies Inc, an organization dedicated to the development of next generation technology for the economic production of low emissions fuels. Prior thereto, Mr. Rooney founded and ran a number of public oil and gas companies including: Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. (Chairman & CEO); Tusk Energy Corporation (CEO); Zenas Energy Inc. (President & CEO); Blizzard Energy Inc. (President & CEO); and Equatorial Energy Inc. (multiple executive roles). In addition to his strong working knowledge of the oil and gas industry, Mr. Rooney brings exceptional value to the Tamarack Board of Directors through his more than 20 years of public, private and not-for-profit directorships. He also brings a unique stakeholder and sustainability perspective from his five years as director with Export Development Canada and his current role with Kara Technologies. Mr. Rooney is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator.
Mr. Boyce is a senior oil and gas executive with over 35 years of domestic and international experience in building, financing and managing public oil and gas companies. He is currently President of Evsam Holdings Ltd., a privately held investment company. Previously, he served as Executive Chairman and Director of PetroAmerica Oil Corp. prior to its acquisition in 2016, and was a co-founder, Senior Executive and Director of Sure Energy Inc., Clear Energy Inc. and Vermilion Resources.
Mr. Currie is a professional engineer with over 30 years of oil and gas experience. He is currently the President and CEO of Spur Petroleum Ltd., a privately-held oil and gas exploration and production company. Previously he served as President and CEO of Spur Resources, Ltd. from 2006 until its acquisition by Tamarack in January, 2017. Prior thereto, he was Vice President, Operations at Profico Energy Management from its inception in 2000 until its acquisition in 2006, and held senior operational roles with Renaissance Energy Ltd. since 2002.
Mr. Leach is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 23 years of oil and gas experience and is the Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Crew Energy Inc., a role he has held since Crew’s spin out from Baytex Energy Ltd. in 2003. Previously, he was a founding member of Baytex Energy Ltd. since 1993, serving in their finance department in increasing roles of responsibility culminating as its Vice President, Finance from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Leach has been a CPA since 1991 and is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan.
Brian Schmidt (Aakaikkitstakii)
Mr. Schmidt is the President, CEO and a founder of Tamarack, and is a professional engineer with over 35 years of oil and gas experience. Mr. Schmidt is an honorary chief of the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta and sits on the board of the Indian Resource Council. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and acts as the Chairman of the Indigenous Engagement Priority Steering Group as well as the Saskatchewan Policy Group. Previously, Mr. Schmidt was founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spearpoint Energy Corp. from June 2008 to July 2009 and past President of Apache Canada Ltd. from May 2004 to June 2007. Mr. Schmidt was also a director of Aspenleaf Energy from 2016 until 2018, Avant Garde Energy Corp. from November 2007 to June 2009 and was a director of TUSK Energy Corporation from June 2007 to April 2009.
Ms. Smith is a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm, where she is a member of the firm’s Global Industrial Market, Global Financial Services and North American Board practice groups since September 2017. Prior thereto, she served as Managing Director & Head of Canadian Energy at Macquarie Group, where she practiced in the upstream, midstream and energy services sectors since January 2004. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Arts, International Relations (Distinction) from the University of Calgary and a Master of Finance from INSEAD.
Mr. Spitzer is an experienced professional in the upstream oil and gas field with over 34 years of industry tenure. Mr. Spitzer is currently an independent businessman. He was previously the Executive Vice President of Apache Kitimat Upstream from 2013-2015 and the Vice President New Ventures of Apache Canada Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apache Corporation, from 2005-2012. Prior thereto, Mr. Spitzer held a variety of exploration and development-based positions with Apache Canada Ltd. and Shell Canada Ltd. He has a Master of Science in Remote Sensing (Geologic Application) degree and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology and Geography, both from McMaster University.
(1) Member of Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
(2) Member of the Reserves Committee of the Board of Directors
(3) Member of the Compensation & Governance Committee of the Board of Directors
(4) Member of the Environment, Safety & Sustainability Committee