Board of Directors
Loraine M. Charlton, ICD.D Director since 2006
Prior to her retirement in November 2022, Ms. Charlton was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lintus Resources Limited, a private oil and gas company with interests across Western Canada. With over three decades of experience in the oil and gas industry, Ms. Charlton has held various positions involving responsibility for directing overall management, including financial reporting, banking, debt and treasury management, investor relations, risk management, human resources, operations and strategy.
Ms. Charlton is also a director of Canadian Utilities Limited and CU Inc.
Ms. Charlton graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance. She also holds the Corporate Director Designation (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Douglas 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.
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.
Rob Peabody DIRECTOR SINCE 2022
Mr. Peabody has over 40 years of experience in Oil, Gas and Chemicals businesses. He was the CEO of Husky Energy prior to its merger with Cenovus. Prior to his CEO and Board appointment in 2016 he was Husky’s COO for 10 years. Prior to Husky Mr. Peabody worked for BP plc in senior positions covering Production, Refining, Chemicals Manufacturing, Trading, Strategy & Planning and Performance management. He led businesses in Canada, Europe, the US and Asia.
During his time as CEO Rob introduced Senior Management diversity and Carbon intensity targets and saw oversaw progress on meeting these as well as a whole range of other ESG targets. A comprehensive Process/Occupational Safety management system was introduced which resulted in a radical reduction in incidents.
Mr. Peabody holds a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University (Sloan Fellow) and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Peabody was a member of the Business Council of Canada (top 150 CEOs in Canada) is a member of the Board of Ignite Calgary and serves as the Chair of the Foothills Hospital Development Council in Calgary, Alberta.
Nancy 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.
Linda 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
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.