Mike Weeks – CEO
Mr. Weeks has 25 years experience in project management of power generation and petroleum-related industries. Mike spent over 14 years negotiating with foreign governments in developing and implementing natural resource concessions. During that time, Mike was instrumental in the implementation of training programs for local labour force development, professional accreditation, and made significant strides in self-sustaining community growth and enhancement in developing countries. He has an engineering background and holds a First Class Power Engineering Certificate. Mike has managed large projects in Canada, Africa and Europe, constructing and managing several large production facilities in North Africa. Mike was, and continues as a founding director of a petroleum training company as well as holding directorship in a financial service company.
John-Paul Dau – VP Operations
Mr. Dau, now based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, brings 10 years experience managing various projects in the land development business and 5 years of working in the venture capital business working with private and publicly traded companies. He is a co-founder of Innova Capital, a Calgary-based venture capital firm that specializes in raising international money for development projects. Mr. Dau’s specialties are project management, financing and development. Mr. Dau is one of the founders of Prairie Pacific Mining Corp and lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Stephen Burega – VP Corporate Development
Mr. Burega has spent the past 10 years intimately involved in the launch and management of a number of natural resource companies. Previous to that he worked in the finance, communications, and government relations arenas for 12 years. He brings experience spanning both national and international projects, private and public sectors. Mr. Burega has held senior management roles for a variety of both publicly- traded and private natural resource companies, and has been active on a number of boards for both profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Stephen Lautens – VP Corporate Affairs
Mr. Lautens has a wide range of experience in communications, investor relations and business development as part of executive management teams of both private and public companies. He was VP Corporate Communications of Inter-Citic Minerals Inc., a TSX-listed gold exploration company with a large project in western China, before it was sold in a friendly takeover to a major Chinese mining company. Prior to that, Mr. Lautens was Executive VP of a company developing a technology project in China. He also served as VP Business Development of The Workflow Automation Corporation, a private Canadian software company sold to BEA Systems Inc. (now Oracle). Mr. Lautens is a lawyer and had his own law practice in Toronto for ten years. He is a Governor of the National Newspaper Awards and has served as president of a number of not for profit organizations.
Delayne Weeks – VP Corporate Social Responsibility
Mrs. Weeks has 20 years of experience participating in international community development projects. She has acted as the Community Development Coordinator on projects over the world including Africa, South America, Canada and Cambodia. Delayne focuses on implementing long-lasting projects that are sustainable by promoting community ownership of all projects. Mrs. Weeks has a degree in Business Education, a diploma (honors) in Horticulture, and has also owned and operated several private companies in financial services, equipment leasing, landscape architecture, and petroleum services. She consulted for several years to provide Economic Development and Small Business Training to entrepreneurs.
Terry Mereniuk – Interim CFO
Mr. Mereniuk has been a Director and CFO of several public and private companies. He has owned and operated his own accounting firm for 9 years. Terry obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) – University of Alberta – April 1981. He is a Certified Management Consultant since June 1988 and a Chartered Accountant since December 1983. Terry was director and CFO of Wescorp Energy Inc., an OTC Bulletin Board listed company from 2003 to 2009.
Cynthia Solano – Corporate Secretary
Cynthia is an associate at Tingle Merrett LLP and a member of the firm’s Securities and Business Services practice groups. She is a member of the Canadian and Calgary Bar Associations as well as a member of the Law Society of Canada.