President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman
Garth Braun is a seasoned oil and gas executive with over 13 years of oil and gas experience combined with 30 years of diversified business experience in finance and real estate. Over the past several years, Mr. Braun has led Blackbird Energy Inc. through the successful acquisitions of two E&P companies, the divestiture of non-core Montney assets, the accumulation of its Montney land at Elmworth and the drilling of Blackbird's Elmworth Montney wells. Mr. Braun was instrumental in raising approximately $165 million of capital for Blackbird Energy Inc. Mr. Braun was previously the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of an international oil and gas company, an investment banker and a principal of a private real estate development company that completed over $1 billion in real estate development. Mr. Braun is also a founder and director of Stage Completions Inc., an innovative downhole completions company.
Vice President, Exploration
Mr. Wiebe is a Professional Geologist with over 20 years exploration and development experience, the majority being in unconventional resource plays. Mr. Wiebe was responsible for establishing a dominant position in a multi-TCF gas play for a major oil and gas exploration and production company, as well as co-founding a successful startup company that was one of the first to develop the Montney with horizontal multi-stage fracs. Mr. Wiebe has extensive knowledge of the Montney throughout British Columbia and Alberta and also brings considerable operational expertise, having been directly involved with drilling several hundred horizontal wells. Prior to joining Blackbird Mr. Wiebe held positions of increasing responsibility with AEC Oil and Gas, Grad and Walker Resources, Amber Energy, EnCana and Standard Energy. In addition, Mr. Wiebe has completed consulting engagements for a number of companies including Saguaro Resources and Capio Exploration.
Vice President, Operations
Mr. Noakes is a Professional Engineer that brings over 30 years of operational oil and gas experience focused on drilling, completions, production operations and reservoir exploitation. Mr. Noakes has extensive knowledge of unconventional resource plays having been directly involved in the planning and execution of drilling and completion operations of over 100 wells over the last five years within the Montney, Wilrich, Dunvegan, and Cardium horizons all within the Deep Basin of Northern Alberta. More relevant to Blackbird, Mr. Noakes directly supervised the drilling and completion operations of Montney wells up to approximately 6,000 meters in length within the Kakwa / Jayar region, which is on trend with Blackbird's Elmworth acreage. Most recently, Mr. Noakes supervised Montney wells that achieved a 40% reduction in drilling times through the implementation of the latest bit and motor technology, in conjunction with the optimization of drilling fluids. Prior to joining Blackbird, Mr. Noakes held senior positions through his consulting company at Murphy Oil, Mosaic Energy Ltd., APL Oil and Gas, Bow Valley Energy, and Culane Energy, in addition to permanent positons within Magin Energy Inc. and Mobil Oil.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Belak is a Chartered Accountant with over 8 years of broad-based accounting and finance experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Belak has been with Blackbird for the past four years, most recently serving as Controller. He has played an integral role in the development, maintenance and continuous improvement of the Company’s financial processes including regulatory filings, internal reporting, controls and taxation. Mr. Belak began his career with Ernst & Young LLP and has since held positions of increasing responsibility with Canadian Natural Resources Limited and Blackbird. Mr. Belak is an active member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Alberta).
Ralph Allen, P.Geo.
Vice President, Geoscience
Mr. Allen is an expert in Shale and Unconventional Resources. Involved as a consultant in various horizontal projects since 1993. Registered Petroleum Geologist with 36 years experience in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and exposure to a wide range of Shale projects globally. Previously taught a Shale Resource Evaluation course to companies such as Chevron, Shell, Marathon, Statoil etc. in Houston and London.