We believe in putting the mineral owner first – it usually pays off for us. Additionally, I think we leverage technology really well. We have figured out how to use new software and data management tools to help us organize data and run titles more quickly.
In the current state of affairs, we simply can not do enough to promote the positive factors associated with our industry. I believe that we must continue to encourage discussions, at every level, that put Canada’s long term economic interests ahead of regional political interests.
I was born in an oil camp in North Dakota and my father was a Petroleum Engineer, so I was literally raised learning about the industry. I attended my first OTC when I was 13 years old.
The investor profile is not limited to PE, family offices, industrial groups and the large trading houses are all active. What is clear is that no one is willing to be a silent partner. The aspiration is to ensure that the portfolio companies implement international HSE and corporate governance standards and operate with a high degree of operational excellence and most importantly provide a return to their shareholders. Face time is very important in ensuring success.
Impact has established itself as a frontier company being able to identify, secure and explore very large potential prospects – often in deep water off the continental shelf. Because of the potential of the prospects in Impact’s portfolio it has been successful in attracting very large companies such as ExxonMobil, Total, Statoil and CNOOC as partners.
Today, Tower Capital operates the Thali license offshore Cameroon, which already has two oil discovery wells and two large exploration blocks in Zambia near the border with Zimbabwe. Tower Capital remains active in Namibia and also partners with NewAge in the Algoa-Gamtoos offshore block, which NewAge operates in South Africa.
Stonechair Capital Corp was created in 2009 as a private equity venture capital firm that continued the pursuit of my passions in the investment banking market and Africa energy. The firm has been involved in projects in Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Seychelles, Liberia, Mozambique and Nigeria.
I hope we can focus on what industry needs to start doing, keep doing and stop doing to gain back the ground lost to hydrocarbons opponents.
I am one of the founding members of Alvarez & Marsal’s Mexico City office which opened in January 2011. Being a part of the growth of this business from 4 professionals in 2011 to over 25 today has been really exciting and rewarding.
I started off my career as a generalist M&A investment banker and got increasingly involved in the resources and energy sector, advising on several power, mining and oil and gas deals. I decided early on in my career to focus on the energy sector more broadly, given its importance and role in supporting all economic activity and its tie to geopolitics. I have been fortunate to gain exposure to all parts of the value chain in different roles, both as an advisor and, more recently, as an owner building a global energy consulting firm.
In 2002, after getting married to my wonderful wife Janine, we moved to Calgary and I continued my practice as a Mexican Lawyer assisting foreign companies stablishing in Mexico, including oil and gas service companies. Since 2002 I have been involved in Mexico’s reshaping oil and gas sector.
After practising law in Vancouver, New York and Australia, I settled in Calgary, which is in my home province of Alberta, Canada in 2002. As energy is the dominant industry in Alberta, most of my clients were in oil and gas, power and related industries.
Scaling up renewable energy is one of the most important challenges of our generation, go for it with all your skills, passions and drive!
Lionel Bony is in charge of the Mexico, Central America and Caribbean region for Neoen, a leading solar, wind and storage IPP. He started up Neoen’s operations in Latin America four years ago, playing a key role in securing 850 MW of projects in the area.
I was born into the industry, having lived in oil fields and processing facilities across México. In the past decade I was involved in structuring investments and financings for service providers and long term projects for the leading Mexican firms in México.