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Serafino Iacono (1)(3)(4)
Mr. Iacono has over 21 years of experience in capital markets and has raised more than $2 billion for numerous natural resource projects internationally. He is Co-Chairman and Executive Director of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. and was a Co-founder of Bolivar Gold Corp. and Pacific Stratus Energy Ltd., among other resource companies.

Dr. Suresh Narine (1)(4)(5*)(7*)
Professor Suresh Narine, named in 2011 as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Leaders, is originally from Guyana. Professor Narine has an impressive academic career that includes numerous awards including the prestigious “Growing Alberta Leadership Award for Innovation” received in 2005 for pioneering the development of technology to produce polyurethanes from vegetable oils among many other accomplishments. Also in 2005, Professor Narine accepted a presidential appointment as the Director of Guyana’s Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST), a role which he maintains, together with his academic appointment as Senior Professor for Trent University, his alma mater, in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Chemistry and as Director of the Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research. Professor Narine is currently the Ontario Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Engineering and the NSERC/GFO/ERS Senior Research Chair in Lipid Derived Biomaterials. For his work in the development and commercialization of biofuel technology in Guyana, Professor Narine was awarded the Guyana/Canada Special Achievement Award in 2007 and in 2011 he received an award from Guyana for his contributions to Science and Technology in Canada and for his contributions in this field towards the development of Guyana. Professor Narine will be involved in establishing Guyana-based training programs for skilled–labour and management and in guiding CGX activities related to social responsibility and impact.

José Francisco Arata (1)(3)(4)(5)(6*)(7)
Mr. Arata is a Co-founder of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. where he is the current President and Executive Director. He has over 29 years of experience in mineral and oil exploration in Latin America. He began his professional career with Maraven, S.A., a subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela (“PDVSA”), where he held a variety of positions within the E&P department. He was a Director and the former Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Stratus Energy Ltd. and he was the Co-founder and a former Director and Executive Vice President of Bolivar Gold Corp. as well as other publicly traded companies. He has a degree in Geology from the University of Torino, Italy and a degree in Geological Engineering from the Central University of Venezuela.

Dennis Mills

Mr. Mills is a director of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. and was Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MI Developments Inc. from 2004 to 2011, and a Vice President at Magna International from 1984 to 1987. Mr. Mills served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s federal parliament from 1988 to 2004 and was involved in federal politics since 1980. His positions in the federal parliament included: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry (1993 to 1996), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (1993 to 1995), Senior Policy Advisor to the Cabinet Committee on Communications (1980 to 1984), Advisor to the Minister of Energy (1980 to 1981), Senior Advisor to the Minister of Multiculturalism (1980), and Senior Communications Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1980 to 1984).

Dr. Marino Ostos (6)
Dr. Ostos is Senior Vice President, New Areas for Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. He has over 30 years of experience in E&P operations and management and was one of the founders of Pacific Stratus Ventures, later known as Pacific Stratus Energy Ltd. where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Ostos holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Rice University, Houston, Texas as well as a Bachelor in Geosciences and a Geological Engineering Degree.

Ronald Pantin(1*)(2)(3*)(4*)
Mr. Pantin is co-founder and the current Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. He worked in the Venezuelan oil industry for 24 years where he held a number of senior positions within Petroleos de Venezuela (“PDVSA”), with his latest position as President of PDVSA Services. Subsequent to PDVSA, Mr. Pantin was President of Enron Venezuela. He began his professional career with Maraven, S.A., a subsidiary of PDFVSA, where he held a number of positions including Exploration and Production Planning Manager, Petroleum Engineering Manager, Treasurer, Operations Manager in the Production Division, and Corporate Planning Manager. Mr. Pantin holds a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering and Management Science from Mississippi State University with the highest distinction and Masters degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Dennis A. Pieters (5)(6)(7)
Dr. Pieters is a Reservoir Engineer with over 30 years experience in the E&P industry. Since 2009 he has held the position of Director of Reservoir Engineering for Huber Energy LP, a company involved in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas in Texas, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Huber Energy LP, is a subsidiary company of J. M. Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held companies in the US with diversified interests and operations in 20 countries. Over his career, Dr. Pieters has worked in senior reservoir engineering positions on behalf of a number of major oil E&P companies including Conoco Phillips, Halliburton, Shell Oil, Saudi Aramco and Amoco. In 2003, Dr. Pieters was appointed Subject Matter Expert to the US Army Corps of Engineers for Task Force RIO. His team was tasked with developing an estimate for rebuilding Iraqi oil infrastructure to pre-war levels for delivery to the President of the United States. The $18.4 billion cost estimate was approved by Congress. He holds a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering, a M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, all from the Colorado School of Mines, He is the author of a textbook on "Decision Making in Oil & Gas", has published a number of seminal publications in the field, and taught Reservoir Engineering courses at Colorado School of Mines. 


(1) Member of the Executive Committee
(2) Member of the Audit Committee
(3) Member of the Compensation Committee
(4) Member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
(5) Member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee
(6) Member of the Reserves Committee
(7) Member of the Social Responsibility Committee
* Denotes Committee Chair

Subsidiary Company Directors

CGX Resources Inc. (100% owned subsidiary)

Michael Galego
Dewi Jones
Tralisa Maraj
Suresh Narine

ON Energy Inc. (62% owned subsidiary)

E. Anand Beharry
Michael Galego
Dewi Jones
John Lewis
Tralisa Maraj
Suresh Narine

GCIE Holdings Limited (100% owned subsidiary)

Michael Galego 
Dewi Jones
Tralisa Maraj

Grand Canal Industrial Estates Inc. (100% owned subsidiary of GCIE Holdings Limited) 

Michael Galego
Dewi Jones
Tralisa Maraj
Suresh Narine



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