AKITA Drilling Ltd

AboutBoard of Directors

Board of Directors

image001Loraine 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.

image020Douglas Dafoe

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.

image009Harish 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.

image011Dale 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.


image007Nancy C. Southern

Director since 1993

Ms. Southern, a founding director of AKITA, serves as Chair and Chief Executive Officer for ATCO Ltd., and as Executive Chair of Canadian Utilities Limited. 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, a Canadian Member of the Trilateral Commission and a member of the Business Council of Canada. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Alberta Business Council and in March of 2020, Ms. Southern joined the Premier’s Economic Recovery Council with other policy and industry experts providing insight and strategies to accelerate diversification of Alberta’s economy.

image005Linda A. Southern-Heathcott, ICD.D

Director since 1993

Ms. Southern-Heathcott is the Company’s Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Southern-Heathcott is a founding director of the Company and has been Chair of the Board since May 2006 and was Deputy Chair from May 2004 until April 2006. Ms. Southern-Heathcott is President & Chief Executive Officer of Spruce Meadows Ltd., an internationally recognized equestrian facility in Calgary, Alberta. A former professional equestrian rider, Ms. Southern-Heathcott was a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team for ten years and competed in the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Southern-Heathcott brings significant management and business experience to the Board.

Ms. Southern-Heathcott is also Vice Chair of ATCO Ltd., Canadian Utilities Limited and CU Inc., Chair of Sentgraf Enterprises Ltd. and Chair of Travel Alberta. Ms. Southern-Heathcott obtained her ICD.D certification from the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2010. On May 30, 2018, Ms. Southern-Heathcott was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment. In 2020, Ms. Southern-Heathcott was awarded a British Empire Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to British Equestrian, Military and Commercial interests in Alberta, Canada

Wilmot Photo BWHenry 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.

image020Charles 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.