Geoff Plant, Q.C

Geoff Plant is counsel at the Vancouver law firm Gall, Legge, Grant & Munroe LLP and a former partner at Heenan Blaikie LLP. Elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 1996, Geoff has served the Province as Attorney General and Minister for Treaty Negotiations. Geoff is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading practitioners in the area of aboriginal law, having served as senior advisor to the Government of British Columbia in land and resource negotiations with First Nations, and as counsel in a number of leading aboriginal rights and title cases, including the landmark case of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia. In addition to providing BC Hydro with strategic advice on the design and implementation of its power acquisition processes, Geoff has guided numerous private sector businesses in establishing effective relations with First Nations.

Jeff van Steenbergen

Jeff van Steenbergen is a co-founder and the Managing Partner of Azimuth Capital Management (Formerly KERN Partners), a Calgary-based energy sector private equity firm, which invests in early stage and emerging Canadian and international energy companies. Prior to jointly establishing the firm in early 2001, he held a senior leadership role in energy investment banking with JP Morgan. Jeff’s 35 years in the North American and international energy sector includes experience as a private equity investor, investor/Director, investment banker, and in operating and operations management roles with ExxonMobil (Mobil’s Hibernia offshore oil production facilities design) and Sable Offshore Energy (natural gas development planning). Azimuth Capital Management is an investor in Steelhead LNG. Azimuth Capital Management fund investors include a group of leading Canadian pension funds, North American university endowments, foundations, institutions and family offices. Azimuth Capital Management has more than $2.3 billion under management.

R.L. (Randy) Jespersen, ICD.D

After 35 years of energy industry experience, Randy Jespersen retired in 2010 as President, CEO & Director of the Terasen group of companies. His career began with Dome Petroleum followed by Amoco in Calgary and Houston, Texas. He joined Terasen Gas in 1996 becoming President in 2000. He has served in senior leadership roles in the supply, transportation, marketing of energy commodities; project development; public and government relations; strategic planning; corporate restructurings; energy policy, as well as mergers & acquisitions.

Randy has served as chair of the Canadian Gas Association, the Western Energy Institute & was a member of executive committee of the Business Council of BC. He has served as a director of Terasen, FortisBC and ProGas. His community involvement efforts have included two years on cabinet for the United Way, a major fundraising campaign for Science World, volunteering at the West Vancouver Seniors Activity Centre, serving as a condominium association director and as past Chair of the Lethbridge College Board of Governors.

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