Management

Connacher has an industry-leading management team with in-depth experience in the development, production and sale of bitumen. The management team is supported by many additional talented and hard-working individuals, both at our field locations as well as at the head office in Calgary. 

 

Chris Bloomer
Chief Executive Officer

Merle Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
Greg Pollard
Chief Financial Officer
Jesse Beaudry
Vice President, Marketing and Logistics
Suzanne Loov
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

     

Chris Bloomer - Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bloomer has over 30 years of experience in the domestic and international energy business. Before joining Connacher, he served as an executive with Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. for 10 years, providing leadership throughout Petrobank's corporate evolution. At Petrobank, he held the roles of Vice President Heavy Oil, Chief Financial Officer, and most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Director. Mr. Bloomer began his career at Shell Canada and moved with increasing responsibility through exploration, production, finance, oil sands development and ultimately was Director- Liquids Business, responsible for the crude oil and NGL marketing business and its facilities. Subsequently he was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Castle Energy, a NASDAQ listed company, responsible for its Canadian crude oil marketing business and its US exploration and production operations, as well as its Texas pipeline operations. Following his role at Castle, Mr. Bloomer was President and Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Talon International, a TSX-V listed company, operating primarily in Latin America.

Mr. Bloomer received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

    

Greg Pollard - Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Pollard was appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2012. Mr. Pollard has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting from the University of Alberta and has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector. His expertise is in transaction advisory services, particularly for complicated transactions with cross-border or regulatory issues that require coordination of resources from a variety of functional areas. His previous experience includes eight years in the area of global account leadership, working with many large energy clients with Ernst & Young. Prior to that role, he held a leadership role at Deloitte & Touche in a number of different service lines over an eleven year period, including responsibility for the transaction support and merger/acquisition practices.

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Merle Johnson - Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Johnson has been with Connacher since June 2007 during the construction of Connacher's first steam assisted gravity drainage bitumen facilities and related wells at Great Divide. Mr. Johnson graduated as an Engineer with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary. Mr. Johnson is a Professional Engineer with extensive oil sands and heavy oil experience. With the focus of Connacher's business solely on the development, production and sale of bitumen, he is responsible for all aspects of the Company's operations including project management, production, facilities and drilling.

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Jesse Beaudry - Vice President, Marketing and Logistics 

Mr. Beaudry brings over 17 years of oil and gas experience to Connacher. He is responsible for Connacher's overall marketing, supply and transportation business, including the support and development of new growth opportunities. Previously, Mr. Beaudry was Vice President, Sustainability and Technical Services for Connacher, where he lead the sustainability business plan, including integration of the company's health, safety and environment strategy, as well as information technology, communications, stakeholder management, surface and mineral land, negotiations and contracts. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary in May, 2012. He also received his undergraduate degree from Laurentian University and his chemical and electronics diplomas from Cambrian College. 

 

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Suzanne Loov - General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Ms. Loov was appointed General Counsel on July 1, 2013 and Corporate Secretary on September 1, 2013. Ms. Loov has a bachelor of laws degree from the University of British Columbia. She practiced law initially at a boutique securities firm and later as a partner of a major national firm. She has been consulting to public companies for nearly 10 years and has served as corporate secretary of AMEX, TSX and TSX Venture Exchange listed issuers. Ms. Loov brings a broad range of experience in regulatory compliance, corporate finance and corporate commercial matters.

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