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 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.
Jason Montemurro is a Partner with 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. A former tax attorney with Felesky Flynn LLP and Manager with Deloitte, Jason specializes in tax structuring, legal and business analysis, accounting / audit review, as well as enhanced financial modeling. Prior to joining Azimuth Capital Management, he was Director of Global Investment Banking for CIBC World Markets in Calgary, where he worked on numerous energy sector mergers, acquisitions and financings. Jason represents Azimuth Capital Management on the Board of several energy related companies. 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.
Nigel began his professional career as a geophysicist working on upstream exploration and production in the North Sea in 1986. His 22 years of senior executive experience in the energy sector includes extensive work on commercial arrangements in the natural gas industry for everything from upstream exploration through the value chain to retail energy, and gas and power trading. In South America, Australia, Asia and across Europe, Nigel has played a key role in developing and growing the LNG divisions of global energy companies such as Shell, Santos, Qatargas and Gazprom. His experience includes negotiating numerous multi-billion dollar energy agreements, conceptualizing Gladstone LNG (Australia), governmental agreements, joint ventures, LNG sales agreements, as well as operating agreements and price reviews.
Pat Carlson is the founding CEO and an original director with Seven Generations Energy Ltd. A creative engineer, instinctual entrepreneur and energy visionary with 40 years of professional success, Pat defines his business through his stakeholders’ eyes. Seven Generations is Pat’s fourth start-up after previous success at North American Oil Sands Ltd., Krang Energy and Passage Energy. Pat pushes known technologies to a higher degree of understanding and application, to levels that define leading performance and unlock historically imprisoned resource horizons at a lower cost. Pat earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary in 1975. An active member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, Pat acquired the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2008. Pat’s contributions have been recognized with a Canadian Engineering Leader Award (2013) from the Schulich School of Engineering. In October 2015, Pat was awarded the Prairies EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Oil and Gas.