Steve VanSickle heads up our management team as Santonia’s President & Chief Executive Officer. Joining Steve are Aaron Grandberg as Chief Financial Officer and Dave Summers as Chief Operating Officer. Rounding out the team are George Ardies, VP Exploration; Dave Cymbalisty, VP Engineering; Tom Park, VP Marketing; Gary Poirier, VP Production and David Pyke, VP Land and Contracts.
Steven R. VanSickle - President & CEO
Mr. VanSickle has an extensive background in the oil and gas industry both in Canada and internationally. He has been involved in exploration, production, strategic planning and portfolio management in the oil and gas industry for the past 25 years.
Mr. VanSickle began his career as an exploration geologist with Amoco Canada in Calgary. In 1992-93 he attended Amoco's Petrophysics training school in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in 1995 was transferred to Houston, where he held a variety of positions including Exploration Coordinator – Trinidad and Exploration Manager – Angola. In January 1998, he joined Pan East Petroleum Corp. which was sold in November 1998. In 1999, he was part of the executive team which founded Canadian Midstream Services Ltd. and was Vice President Business Development until the company was sold to Duke Energy Field Services in the spring of 2001. Mr. VanSickle was the Vice President of Business Development for Duke Energy Field Services in Canada. Prior to its conversion to an income trust, Mr. VanSickle held the position of Senior Vice President, Exploration.
Mr. VanSickle received his B.Sc. in Geology from McMaster University in 1986 and attended the Kellogg Executive Development Program in 1997.
Aaron G. Grandberg - CFO
Mr. Grandberg graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1993 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. After graduation Mr. Grandberg went to work for a national accounting firm where the majority of his practice focused on the oil and gas sector. Mr. Grandberg obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1997.
Following public practice Mr. Grandberg joined NAL Oil & Gas Trust where he held numerous senior financial positions over a seven year period. Mr. Grandberg has been CFO of the company since 2005.
Mr. Grandberg is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Alberta (ICAA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA).
David L. Summers - COO
Mr. Summers has an extensive and varied background in the oil and gas industry both in Canada and internationally. He has been involved in exploration, production, operations and marketing in the oil and gas industry for the past 24 years.
Mr. Summers began his career in 1983 as a plant engineer with Amoco Canada at the East Crossfield Plant. From 1987 to 1989, he worked in Amoco's World Wide Construction office in Houston. Upon his return to Canada in 1989, he held various management postions within Amoco's production exploration and marketing department. In October 1997, he joined Pan East Petroleum Corp. as Vice President of Operations. In June 1998, he was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer, which he held until the company was sold to Poco Petroleums Ltd. in November 1998. In 1999, Mr. Summers co-founded Canadian Midstream Services Ltd.(CMSL), a private Alberta midstream company. During his time with CMSL, he held the position of Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. In May 2001, CMSL was sold to Duke Energy Field Services (DEFS) of Denver. At that time, he became the Senior Vice-President of Commercial and Operations for DEFS's Canadian business.
Mr. Summers graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983 with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Summers is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) and Canadian Gas Processors Association (CGPA).
George Ardies - VP Exploration
Mr. Ardies joined Santonia Energy as Vice-President, Exploration on September 9, 2013. He has nearly 20 years of geological and management experience in Western Canada working for a variety of companies.
Mr. Ardies began his career at PanCanadian Petroleum, which was subsequently merged with AEC, resulting in the creation of Encana Corporation. His role at Encana included the exploration of new resource plays in Alberta in their Canadian New Ventures group. In 2005, Mr. Ardies joined Suncor Energy as a senior geologist in their foothills division. He then joined Dorian Energy in 2006 and, as their Chief Geologist, was responsible for representing the company during a sale process to Vero Energy in 2008. Subsequently, Mr. Ardies consulted for several small private and public companies. In June 2009, Mr. Ardies joined Angle Energy and held a number of progressively more-responsible positions including Manager, Geology.
Mr. Ardies received a B.Sc. in geology at Concordia University in 1995. Subsequently, he undertook a Mannville mapping project funded by PanCanadian Petroleum to earn a M.Sc. in petroleum geology at Queen’s University. Mr. Ardies is a member of Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist of Alberta (APEGA), the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
David S. Cymbalisty - VP Engineering
Mr. David S. Cymbalisty was appointed to the position of Vice President, Engineering in 2004. Prior to this appointment Mr. Cymbalisty was Manager of Drilling and Completions at Fairborne Energy since October 1, 2003
Prior to joining Fairborne, Mr. Cymbalisty was Vice-President, Engineering and Chief Environmental Safety Officer for Pivotal Energy Ltd. from August 1, 2002 until July 2003. Mr. Cymbalisty was President of Pan Ridge Oil Corp., a private oil and gas company, from September 2001 to July 2002. From December 1998 to April 2001, Mr. Cymbalisty was the Vice-President, Operations at Ionic Energy Inc. Prior to that he was employed by Barrington Petroleum Ltd. in a number of progressively more-responsible positions including Operations Manager.
Mr. Cymbalisty holds a B.Sc in Geological Engineering from the University of Manitoba (1985) and has completed course work towards a M.Sc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta. He is also a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA).
F. Tom Park - VP Marketing
Mr. Tom Park joined Fairborne Energy as Vice-President Marketing on February 28, 2005. Prior to joining Fairborne, Mr. Park held the position of Director, Producer Services & Financial Products with BP Gas & Power Canada. In this capacity he was responsible for developing relationships, purchasing supply and providing a variety of risk management tools to the producer and royalty trust sector.
From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Park held supervisory positions within the marketing segment with both Berkley Petroleum Corp and Direct Energy Marketing Ltd. Prior to 1995, Mr. Park, was employed at Northstar Energy Corp. as a Marketing Representative.
Mr. Park graduated in 1993 from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce.
Gary M. Poirier - VP Production
Mr. Poirier was appointed to the position of Vice-President, Production in 2004. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Poirier was Manager of Operations and Engineering at Fairborne since May 1, 2002.
Prior to joining Fairborne Energy, Mr. Poirier held senior management positions with Dominion Energy Canada Ltd. and Mobil Oil Canada. From August 2000 to April 2002, Mr. Poirier was operations manager at Dominion Energy Canada Ltd. From March 1997 to July 2000, Mr. Poirier was business unit manager for the Yellowhead and Eastern business units of Mobil Oil Canada. Mr. Poirier has 16 years of field operational, engineering and exploitation experience in every area of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.
Mr. Poirier graduated in 1988 from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Systems Engineering and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
David E. T. Pyke - VP Land and Contracts
Mr. Pyke is the Vice-President of Land and Contracts for Fairborne Energy, a position he formerly held with Pivotal Energy Ltd. and Cigar Oil & Gas Ltd. until completion of the Arrangement between Fairborne and Pivotal in July, 2003.
Mr. Pyke was the Vice-President, Land Contracts for Barrington Petroleum Ltd. (a public oil and natural gas company) from August, 1997 to August, 1998 and prior thereto was the Vice-President of Business Development of AEC Oil & Gas Ltd. (a public oil and natural gas company).
Mr. Pyke is a graduate of the University of Calgary where he received his B.A. in Economics in 1978. Mr. Pyke is a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) as well as a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen (AAPL).