David Chelich

David Chelich

Head – Global Energy, Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX)

David Chelich is currently Head, Business Development, Global Energy for the TMX Group Inc. In his role, David is responsible for developing and implementing the global energy sector listings business development strategy and tactics for the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV).

Prior to joining the TMX Inc., David spent 25 years in the Canadian capital markets industry both as an energy investment banker

and as an institutional equity sales professional.  While in the employment of various Canadian investment banks David executed over 55 public and private oil and gas equity financings and advisory mandates for a cumulative dollar value in excess of $800MM. In 2009, David founded First Resource Capital Corp. (“FRCC”).  FRCC was a natural resource focused investment bank that was registered (until August 2016) as an Exempt Market Dealer.  FRCC's business model consisted of assisting both private and publicly listed Canadian companies (mostly natural resource exploration and development companies) raise capital (debt and/or equity) from sophisticated institutional investors  (i.e. private equity funds, hedge funds, pension funds, mutual funds, flow-through funds, natural resource focused funds, and investment counselors / portfolio managers, etc.).

David was awarded a Master of Business Administration (Finance Major) degree from the University of Calgary, Richard Haskayne School of Business in 1997 and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science / Economics) degree from the University of Alberta in 1991. David has also successfully completed various Canadian Securities Institute courses and exams including the Canadian Securities Course, the Conduct and Practices Course and the Partners, Directors and Senior Officers Qualifying Examination.

David will be speaking on the Access To & Opportunity In Canadian Capital Markets panel at the 2020 North America Assembly

Ahead of the North America Assembly 2019, we asked David What technology has been the most disruptive to oil and gas in North America?

I would say that Fracking has been the most disruptive technology with respect to the North American oil and gas industry.

Fracking has freed up a tremendous amount of oil and natural in the United States.  So much so, that the U.S. has surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of crude oil. Additional natural gas production (as a result of fracking) has also allowed the United States to reduce its overall carbon emissions as the country has moved away from coal generated electricity and replaced it with more natural gas fired power plants.  Geopolitically, fracking has also reduced the United States' dependence on foreign energy supplies thereby allowing the United States to move closer to energy self sufficiency.

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