Senior Management

Chinook Energy is led by a team of professionals who have demonstrated a successful track record of corporate and project initiation, growth and value crystallization in Western Canada over the last 25 years. Between them, the partners possess 50 + years of strong "hands on" production, project management and business development skills that have been focused on international oil operations in North Africa and the Middle East.

Walter Vrataric, President and Chief Executive Officer.  Served as Vice President Business Development and Land of SVI since March 2010. Prior thereto, President and Chief Executive Officer of One Exploration Inc. (oil and gas company) from September 2006 until January 2010 and prior thereto, Vice-President, Land of Rock Creek Resources Ltd. (oil and gas company).

Roy Smitshoek, Chief Operating Officer, International. A professional engineer with 25 years of varied experience in the energy business much of it in senior management capacities in both small and large organizations. At Renaissance Energy Ltd. Mr. Smitshoek led the development of the Exploitation Department and subsequently headed up corporate development. He was responsible for property and corporate acquisitions as well as international business development. He has experience in Western Canada, the North Sea and other producing regions.

Tim Halpen, Chief Operating Officer, Canada.  Served as Vice President, Exploitation of SVI since March 2010. Consultant to SVI from September 2009 to February 2010 and prior thereto, Vice President, Engineering of Wilderness Energy Corp. (oil and gas company) and prior thereto held various engineering positions of increasing responsibility with Cometra Energy Ltd. and its purchaser Vintage Energy (Canada) Ltd.

Jason Dranchuk, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer.  Jason joined Chinook in July 2014.  Since 2010, Jason was the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. (a publicly traded oil and gas exploitation company).  From 2002 to 2010, Jason held the Vice President, Finance and Controller positions with Zargon.  Prior thereto, Jason was Corporate Controller of two oil and gas service companies and also worked at a public accounting firm.   Jason graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1993 and received his Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Accountant designations in 1995 and 1999, respectively.

Travis Stephenson, Vice President, Engineering, Inernational of SVI since March 2010 and General Manager, North Africa of SVI since 2013. Senior Engineer of SVI from August 2007 to March 2010, Senior Engineer of Trident Exploration Corp. (oil and gas company) from June 2006 to July 2007 and prior thereto, Senior Engineer of Vault Energy Inc. (administrator of Vault Energy Trust, an oil and gas trust).

Chris Laing, Vice President International Development. Chris  joined in October 2010 responsible for international offshore development projects. Prior to joining Chinook Mr. Laing was Projects and Development Manager at UTS Energy. Previous he led the Husky Energy’s East Coast Development Team and was Production Operations Manager during the build stage of the White Rose FPSO Project. He has also held various positions internationally with Shell in both New Zealand and the United States.

S. Brent Dube, Vice President Production.  Brent joined Chinook in March, 2012.  Brent brings an extensive background in production engineering and operations.  He has held managerial and executive positions in various private and public oil and gas companies.  Brent graduated in 1985 with a diploma in Production Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and is a Certified Engineering Technologist with the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists.

Ryan White, Vice President Drilling and Completions.  Ryan has served as Manager Drilling and Completions since March, 2010.  Ryan has been instrumental in building and executing successful drilling strategies and programs in both Canada and Tunisia.  Ryan has a solid progressive background in independent consulting and management positions in drilling, completions and production engineering.  Ryan graduated with a diploma in Petroleum Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1993, and is a Certified Engineering Technologist with the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists.

Darrel Zacharias, Vice President Exploration, Canada.  Darrel joined CHinook in March 2010 as Senior Geologist and was promoted to Manager, Exploration Western Canada in January, 2011.  Darrel has a comprehensive oil and gas exploration background with progressive management and executive experience.  Darrel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1993, and is a Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Chad Lerner, Vice President Land. Chad joined Chinook in August 2010 as a Senior Landman and was promoted to Vice President Land effective June 1, 2014. Chad began his career in 1997 at Fletcher Challenge Energy Canada Inc. and over the last 17 years has held numerous senior and management position in the private and public sectors of oil and gas.  Chad has had extensive exposure to business development activity across Western Canada having been involved in forming numerous Junior Oil and Gas Companies. Chad graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Petroleum Land Management (PLM) from the University of Calgary in 1998 and is Professional Landman within the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen.

Lotfi Fourati, Vice President Exploration, Tunisia.  Lotfi joined Storm Ventures International in January, 2009 as Exploration Manager.  Lotfi has a wealth of international exploration experience, and has held progressive exploration and development positions in Tunisia, Algeria and Libya.  Lotfi graduated as an Applied Geology Engineer from the University of Tunis in 1993.

Fred D. Davidson, Partner, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP (law firm).