Board of Directors
Loraine M. Charlton, ICD.D
Director since 2006
Ms. Charlton is Vice President of Lintus Resources Limited, an oil and gas exploration and production company. She was Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Investors Petroleum Consultants Ltd. (an oil and gas consulting and management company) from 1996 to 2005. Ms. Charlton holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, has completed the Certified Financial Planner Program through the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning and has obtained her certification from the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Director since 2018
Mr. Dafoe has more than thirty years of industry experience in financial and operating positions of increasing responsibility. Mr. Dafoe is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ember Resources Inc. (“Ember”), a private company focused on natural gas exploration and production primarily from coal bed methane in Alberta, Canada. Prior to joining Ember, Mr. Dafoe was President and Chief Executive Officer of Thunder Energy Inc., a company he co-founded in 1996 and the predecessor company to Ember. Mr. Dafoe has served on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and several TSX-listed companies. He is a director of Point Loma Resources Ltd., a TSX Venture listed company and also served as Chairperson of the Board for Xtreme until it was acquired by AKITA on September 11, 2018, at which time Mr. Dafoe was invited to join AKITA’s Board.
Mr. Dafoe has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota, is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Director, The Directors College, JV of McMaster University/Conference Board of Canada.
Harish K. Mohan
Director since 2011
Mr. Mohan joined the Board in 2011. He has 10 years of experience in the oil and gas drilling industry in Canada, the United States and overseas. He was employed by the ATCO Group of Companies for 33 years in various senior manager capacities, including his most recent role as Senior Vice President, Finance and Group Controller for ATCO Structures and Logistics Ltd. from 2008 until 2011. Mr. Mohan is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.
Dale R. Richardson
Director since 1993
Mrs. Richardson is a founding director of AKITA. She has held various positions in the accounting departments of companies within the ATCO Group of Companies for 15 years. She was also responsible for developing the accounting and reporting systems for Spruce Meadows and Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd. Mrs. Richardson has been a director and officer of Sentgraf for over 20 years.
Karl A. Ruud
Director since 2010
Mr. Ruud has been with AKITA since its inception and has been President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2009. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (from May 2002 to June 2009), Chief Operating Officer (from March, 2001 to April, 2002) and Vice President of Operations (from January 1993 to February 2001). Mr. Ruud has extensive drilling experience, both in Canada and internationally. He also has a broad range of experience in all aspects of the company’s business. Mr. Ruud obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.
Nancy C. Southern
Director since 1993
Ms. Southern is a founding director of AKITA, also serves as Chairman and President & Chief Executive Officer for ATCO Ltd., Canadian Utilities Limited and CU Inc. Additionally, Ms. Southern is a director of Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd., AKITA’s controlling shareholder. Ms. Southern is a member of The U.S. Business Council and a Canadian member of the Trilateral Commission. She is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and was appointed by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, as a member of his Economic Advisory Council.
Linda A. Southern-Heathcott, ICD.D
Director since 1993
Mrs. Southern-Heathcott is a founding director of AKITA. She has been Chair of the Board since May 2006 and was Deputy Chair from May 2004 until April 2006. Mrs. Southern-Heathcott is President & Chief Executive Officer of Spruce Meadows Ltd., an internationally recognized equestrian facility. A former professional equestrian rider, Mrs. Southern-Heathcott was a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team for nine years and competed in the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. She also serves on the Boards of ATCO Ltd., Canadian Utilities Limited and Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd. Mrs. Southern- Heathcott has obtained her certification from the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Perry Spitznagel, Q.C.
Director since 1993
Mr. Spitznagel is a founding director of AKITA and is the Vice Chairman and Managing Partner (Calgary) of the law firm Bennett Jones LLP. He has extensive experience in corporate law, where he advises on corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, takeover bids, corporate financings, divestitures and reorganizations. A member of the Law Society of Alberta, Mr. Spitznagel obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a director of Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd. and is a past member of the Alberta Securities Commission Advisory Committee.
Henry G. Wilmot
Director since 2014
Mr. Wilmot has broad based business experience including 39 years with the ATCO Group of Companies. During that time he held progressively senior positions and was most recently Chief Operating Officer, Energy and Industrials, ATCO Group. Mr. Wilmot also has 12 years of senior management experience in the energy service industry in Canada.
Charles W. Wilson
Director since 2002
Mr. Wilson was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Canada from 1993 to 1999, Executive Vice President, U.S. Downstream Oil and Chemical of Shell Oil Company from 1988 to 1993, Vice President U.S. Refining and Marketing of Shell Oil Company and held various positions in the domestic and international natural resource operations of Shell prior to 1988. Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering.