Management and Board

Ptarmigan Energy Inc. has strong engineering, geosciences, logistics and regulatory experience. The team has been involved in the Western Newfoundland Region since the 1980s and has well established relationships throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The Company relies on a six-member Board of Directors to provide corporate governance and strategic direction. Each board member contributes professional insight gained from extensive technical, management, corporate governance and/or business experience.  The Board meets on a quarterly basis to ensure that the interests of all Ptarmigan Energy’s shareholders are fully represented and up to date.

Leo Power – Director, CEO

Gary Butler, B. Econ. – Director, Chairman

Dr. Chris Pike, Ph.D., P.Geo –  Geosciences Advisor & Director

Bernard (Tanny) Collins, B. Comm. -  Director

Edwin (Ted) Cooper – Director

Chad C. Butler – Director

Michael Enachescu, Ph.D., P.Geo – Exploration Consultant

Leo Power, CEO

Leo Power is a principal shareholder in several private Atlantic Canadian enterprises. He brings a wealth international project finance and development experience to Ptarmigan energy and years of experience in dealing with government agencies in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Ottawa. He is graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Joint MBA program at York University, Toronto and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and holds a Masters in Oil and Gas Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Leo is also a graduate of the Directors Education Program of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Mr. Power currently holds the following positions: Executive Chairman – Barite Mud Services Inc.; CEO and Director- Ptarmigan Energy Inc.; Director – Canada Fluorspar Inc.; Director of Search Minerals Inc.; Board Member – Institute of Corporate Directors, Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter; Board Member – Atlantic Cabinet, Nature Conservancy of Canada and Newfoundland; and Labrador Vice Chair – Atlantic Institute of Market Studies (AIMS).

Gary Butler, Chairman

Gary was born in St. John’s, graduated from Prince of Wales Collegiate, St. John’s, Ridley College, Ontario, and Memorial University, St. John’s, with a Bachelor of Economics. He began his career in the family broadcasting business, becoming VOCM Radio’s News Director in the early 1980s and, by the mid-1980s, V.P. in charge of programming and promotion. He represented the network nationally at the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and as a radio executive committee member of the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement, the industry’s ratings service. He was also active in representing the company at Canadian Radio and Television Commission public hearings.

He is currently Chief Operating Officer for The Butler Enterprises, former owners of Metal World, a leading Newfoundland steel fabrication company located in Torbay, Newfoundland. Operating since 1991, Metal World has completed many industrial fabrication projects worldwide including the Newfoundland offshore. Recent major projects completed include major structural steel fabrication for Husky Energy’s North Amethyst Project and for Vale Inco’s massive Voisey’s Bay Nickel Project in Labrador.

Dr. Christopher Pike, Director

Dr. Pike is a cofounder of Ptarmigan Resources Ltd. and Ptarmigan Energy Inc. and presently consults to the oil and gas industry. He brings over 25 years of experience as a geophysicist to his Geosciences Advisor role at Ptarmigan Energy. His expertise includes seismic acquisition, seismic processing, seismic interpretation and acquisitions and divestitures (A&D). His international experience has included projects in Europe, Russia, Australia and South East Asia. Selected A&D mandates included domestic mandates (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, NWT and east coast Canada) and international mandates (Trinidad and Tobago, Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Columbia, Syria and Egypt).

Dr. Pike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science degree in Geophysics from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D in Geophysics from the University of Wales. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Bernard (Tanny) Collins, Director

Bernard Collins is President of Atlantic Canada’s premier international trade firm, PF Collins International Trade Solutions. With offices in St. John’s, Halifax, and Calgary, PF Collins is the trusted leader in logistics services ranging from customs, freight, trade and transport consulting to warehousing, distribution, marine agency and immigration. Accredited through the Canadian Professional Logistics Institute, the International Air Transport Agency, the Department of National Revenue, Customs & Excise, the Canadian Institute of Customs Brokers and St. Francis Xavier University, Mr. Collins” business acumen has resulted in continuous growth at PF Collins since 1971. His expertise is sought globally by enterprises seeking to add specialist knowledge to their trade activities in Canada.

Mr. Collins has been named the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by Gardiner Centre of Memorial University. For leadership in Atlantic Canada’s offshore petroleum industry, Mr. Collins was recipient of the 2004 NOIA Outstanding Contribution Award. He was a finalist for the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has twice been listed amongst Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada. Mr. Collins is an avid community supporter and has been involved with many organizations and boards including the Canadian Red Cross, YM/YWCA, Memorial University Faculty of Business Administration Advisory Board and the Royal St. John’s Regatta.

Ted Cooper, Director

Since 2000 Mr. Cooper has been President (and owner) of Cobra Energy Services, an international enterprise specializing in seismic and other oilfield services. Under his leadership, this Galveston-headquartered company has grown enormously and now includes offices in USA, China, England, and Panama. These locations, combined with the significant international experience of the team, has made Cobra a proven value added partner on major oilfield exploration and development projects globally. Cobra also represents various international companies in China.

Prior to his involvement with Cobra, Ted spent over 20 years in various supervisory capacities within the marine side of international oil and gas development and logistics. From 1994 to 2000 he worked for Western Geophysical, first as Manager of China Operations and later as Manager of their Galveston facilities. From 1979 to 1994, he worked with Halliburton Geophysical Services where he rose through land and marine administrative ranks to assume several senior positions including Site Manager for the logistically challenging Halliburton Beaufort Sea Operations in Inuvik, NWT. Mr. Cooper is also an experienced business development executive.

Chad C. Butler, Director

Chad C. Butler P.Eng has 10+ years of project execution experience in the oil and gas and HVdc transmission sectors. He has specialized in subsea construction and project management throughout his career working on the owners team including, Husky: North Amethyst, Exxon: Hebron, and Nalcor: Strait of Belle Ilse Marine Crossing projects. Mr. Butler has a proven track record managing multidisciplinary teams and multiple contractors in a project environment.

Mr. Butler is also a co-founder and Director of Growler Energy, a Project management company specializing in the energy sector.
Mr. Butler holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is registered as a professional engineer in Newfoundland & Labrador (PEGNL).

Dr. Michael Enachescu

Dr. Michael Enachescu, Exploration Consultant

Dr. Michael Enachescu has over 40 years experience in geophysical and geological applications in petroleum exploration. He is a renowned authority on the petroleum geology of the Canadian East Coast and Arctic frontier basins, including areas offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, NWT and Nunavut. Dr. Enachescu currently works in the Arctic as a Chief Geophysicist for MGM Energy Inc. in Calgary and continues his consultancy in the exploration offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, including as an Exploration Advisor to the Government of Newfoundland, Department of Natural Resources and to many Canadian and international scientific and professional committees.

Dr. Enachescu started his career in resource exploration and geophysical research in Romania and has since worked in all Canadian petroleum basins, as well as in countries such as Libya, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Australia and USA. He obtained his Ph.D in Geosciences from the University of Bucharest in Romania. Dr. Enachescu is a Registered Geophysicist in Alberta (APEGGA), a Registered Geoscientist in Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) and Northwest Territories (NAPEG), as well as a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the Canadian Geophysical Union.