William Roach — President and CEO
Dr. Roach became chief executive officer of Cavalier Energy in November 2011. Prior to that, Dr. Roach served as CEO of Calera in Los Gato, California. He was the president and CEO of UTS Energy, where he oversaw the successful identification, acquisition and development of a significant portfolio of oil sands leases interspaced with, and ultimately coveted by, a number of the active super majors in the area. UTS was sold to TOTAL E&P Canada for approximately $1.5 billion. Dr. Roach has a successful 25-year track record directing and managing the design, construction, and delivery of large, capital-intensive, national and international upstream oil and gas projects. He has worked internationally for Shell and British-Borneo, and on the east coast of Canada for Husky Energy. Dr. Roach is a professional engineer in Canada and the U.K. and holds a B.Sc. in metallurgy and a Ph.D. in physical metallurgy.
Martin Sandell — Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Sandell joined Cavalier Energy at its founding in November 2011. Prior to that, he was vice-president of engineering at N-Solv Corp., where he was responsible for developing the company’s in situ solvent technology pilot project. He has also served as the vice-president of engineering of UTS Energy, where he managed the company’s interests in the Fort Hills project. Mr. Sandell’s successful track record spans over 30 years as a technical professional and manager, primarily in the design, construction, and delivery of offshore and onshore oil and gas projects and in field operations. His projects include Husky’s White Rose project off the Canadian east coast and major international projects in the Gulf of Mexico deepwater and in the U.K. and Norwegian North Sea. Mr. Sandell is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and a chartered engineer in the U.K. and holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering.
Jina Abells Morissette — General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Abells Morissette has over 14 years of experience as a lawyer in the oil and gas industry. She was previously vice-president of legal and administration and corporate secretary for SilverBirch Energy Corp., where she worked from the company’s inception in 2010 until its ultimate takeover by Teck Resources via plan of arrangement. Prior to this, she was vice-president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at UTS Energy, where she was involved with the successful defence of a hostile takeover bid and was an integral part of the executive team that ultimately sold UTS. Ms. Abells Morissette has also been employed at Husky Energy Inc., working for the Canadian Offshore and International Business group. While at Husky, she worked primarily on the White Rose project, an offshore project off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, and was involved in negotiating the contracts for development of floating production, storage and offloading and subsea systems. She has a B.Admin. with a major in marketing from the University of Regina and an LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan.
Phil Moore — Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Moore joined Cavalier Energy in June 2012 as chief financial officer. He has over 15 years of energy investment banking experience and extensive experience in raising capital and advising Canadian and international clients across a broad range of merger and acquisition and financial advisory mandates. Mr. Moore has served as managing director of Energy Investment Banking at Paradigm Capital and director of Energy Investment Banking at Sprott Securities. Prior to that, he was with BMO Nesbitt Burns. Mr. Moore has a B.Comm. with a major in finance from the University of Calgary and is a chartered financial analyst. He is a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research.
Jeff Peterson — VP, Reservoir Engineering
Mr. Peterson has over 15 years in the energy and resource industries. Prior to joining Cavalier in 2012, he spent 6 years at Laricina Energy Ltd. focused on the reservoir engineering, overall project development and regulatory aspects of the Laricina’s Germain and Saleski projects, in the Grand Rapids clastics and Grosmont carbonate formations. Mr. Peterson was a technical specialist at Trican Well Services from 2004 to 2006 focusing on the design and execution of large hydraulic fracturing treatments throughout the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Mr. Peterson holds a Masters of Science in Engineering from the University of Alberta (Rock Mechanics) and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, Society of Petroleum engineers, and the Canadian Heavy Oil Association. He served on the board of Directors of the Society of Petroleum Engineers including the role of Section Chairman in 2009-2010.
William Robinson — VP, Geoscience
Mr. Robinson is vice-president, geoscience, at Cavalier Energy. From 2002 to 2011 he oversaw the exploration and delineation of Paramount's Western Athabasca oil assets. Mr. Robinson obtained his B.Sc. in geology from the University of Calgary in 2002 and is a member of APEGA.