Board of Directors
Mr. Auch joined the board of directors on October 5, 2006, and was subsequently appointed Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management and Compensation and Environment, Health & Safety Committees. Mr. Auch is a Chartered Accountant with extensive corporate finance, financial reporting, treasury, tax, and planning experience at a senior management level. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Longbow Capital Inc. a Calgary-based private equity firm. From 2007 to 2009 he was Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of BlackWatch Energy Services, a publicly traded oilfield services company. From 2003 until 2007, he was Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Gibraltar Exploration Ltd., a private natural gas exploration and production company. Mr. Auch also served as a financial advisor to Enron Canada during its liquidation between March 2002 and March 2004. He was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of FirstEnergy Capital Corp. from 1993 to 2001. Prior to 1993, Mr. Auch was with Price Waterhouse, Chartered Accountants.
M. Bruce Chernoff
Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Chernoff is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University. Mr. Chernoff has been the President of Caribou Capital Corp., a private investment company, since 1999 and was the Chairman and Founder of Harvest Energy Trust. Mr. Chernoff is also a director of several other public and private entities.
Masters of Social and Economic Sciences, University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria
Mr. Polz began his career as an account manager and assistant sales director with SBH Cotton Mills in Cape Town, South Africa in 1976. Following his time there, he went on to hold various positions with Swiss and Austrian industrial companies. Mr. Polz became the sales and marketing director of Jenbacher Energiesysteme AG in Austria in 1994. He was responsible for global sales and marketing of gas engine powered combined heat and power plant equipment. In 1996, in addition to his Austrian responsibilities, Mr. Polz became President of Jenbacher Energiesysteme Ltd., USA, the sales and service organization of Jenbacher for the United States and Canada. Presently, Mr. Polz is a business consultant in the field of energy generation and is focusing on developing the international power business.
W. Brett Wilson
Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering), University of Saskatchewan
Mr. Wilson began his career with Esso Resources where he worked on oilfields from southern Saskatchewan to the Beaufort Sea. In 1985, he completed an MBA at the University of Calgary and began his career as an investment banker specializing in oil and gas transactions with McLeod Young Weir Limited (now Scotia McLeod).
Mr. Wilson co-founded Wilson Mackie & Co. in 1991 to provide investment banking services to participants in the Canadian oil and gas industry. In 1993, He co-founded FirstEnergy Capital Corp., a leading full service investment bank focused on institutions and corporations in the Canadian energy industry.
Mr. Wilson has served as a governor of the Alberta Stock Exchange and the Investment Dealers Association of Canada as well as a director of TransCanada PipeLines Power L.P. from 1996 to 2005. He presently serves on several boards of directors and is involved in a wide variety of community charities.