Brian Cain is Chief Sustainability Officer for Civitas Resources. Prior to this role, Mr. Cain was Vice President of External Affairs and ESG Policy for Extraction Oil & Gas where he directed government and community relations outreach, served as company spokesperson and implemented the company’s peer-leading ESG policy. Prior to Extraction, Mr. Cain served as Vice President, Energy Practice, for Hill & Knowlton Strategies, where he advised several of the world’s largest energy companies on public policy issues, media and crisis strategy. Mr. Cain had previously served in global spokesperson and political advocacy roles for Anadarko Petroleum and Chevron Phillips. He began his career as a journalist and holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Tulane University.
Mo Chahal is the Williston & Rockies asset manager in the Gulf Coast & Rockies business unit for ConocoPhillips.
Chahal began his career with ConocoPhillips in 2003 working in a variety of technical and leadership roles across the U.S. and Europe. He has held leadership positions in operations, subsurface development & appraisal, corporate planning & strategy, and capital projects supporting offshore conventional, LNG, onshore unconventional and EOR assets.
Prior to his current role, Chahal’s recent assignments have included managing the Bakken operations organization, leading all business development technical evaluations in the Permian Basin, a corporate role as Director, Strategy & Portfolio Management and several engineering, construction, commissioning and start-up capital project management positions in Europe.
Chahal earned a Master of Engineering degree with honors in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London in 2003. He is also a Chartered Engineer in Europe and a Project Management Professional.
Trisha Curtis is the President and Co-Founder of PetroNerds, LLC. She co-founded the company in 2015 and began working full time at PetroNerds in January 2016. She was formerly the Director of Research, Upstream and Midstream, at the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC) in Washington, DC. Since 2010, she has led extensive research efforts and major consulting projects, and authored several reports on the North American upstream and midstream markets.
At PetroNerds, Ms. Curtis leads research and consulting services. She is a macroeconomist with an expertise in US shale markets. She is globally recognized for her knowledge of US shale and has been asked to speak and present at several forums including OPEC in Vienna, Austria, in Bahrain, and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Stanford University, Chatham House, Oxford University, Denver University, and Colorado School of Mines. She is also the host of The PetroNerds Podcast.
Trisha evaluates US upstream markets on a wells-up basis with critical analysis of individual operators, assets, reservoirs, and plays. She provides clients with in-depth analysis of the US shale industry and the global oil market and synthesizes this into relevant, actionable, and forecastable information integral to her clients and their respective businesses. She is currently working with several clients to navigate a lower oil price environment. She is also working on a forthcoming research report with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, updating her work and analysis on shale productivity gains.
Dr. Chantsalmaa Dalkhaa is a Principal Reservoir Engineer on the Reservoir Engineering team at the EERC. Dr. Dalkhaa supervises reservoir engineers and geoscientists, manages and oversees projects, manages resources for the reservoir engineering team, contributes to research proposal writing and preparation, and conducts technical and research work that includes developing and calibrating geologic models of the subsurface and running dynamic simulations to evaluate enhanced oil recovery (EOR) performance of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, and carbon storage and utilization, and assess refracturing potential in the Bakken petroleum system. She holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. She did her postdoctoral research in both the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the Geoscience Department at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In addition, she has authored and coauthored several professional publications
Joe is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Anschutz Exploration Corporation. Over the past 8+ years he has led the company, focusing on the Powder River Basin, where Anschutz is the largest leaseholder in the basin with 475,000 net acres, the most active operator with four active drilling rigs and current net production of 30,000 BOEPD.
Prior to joining Anschutz, Joe was Vice President and COO of Sanchez Energy, which focused on the Eagle Ford resources of South Texas. Joe started his career with Occidental Petroleum and in his 20 plus years at Oxy he held a wide variety of positions across the company both in the US and internationally.
Joe has a BA in Geology from the University of Montana and a MS in Geology from Texas A&M.
Mr. Fitzgerald, a petroleum engineer, is the reservoir lead at Boomtown Oil LLC. Mr. Fitzgerald has directed his skills in reservoir engineering, risk analysis, accounting, finance and economics to become an expert in corporate development. He has created and executed numerous business plans for both unconventional resource plays and conventional assets. He has a strong track record in divestitures and has extensive experience in running acquisition projects, managing the engineering, land, accounting and legal due diligence process. He was co-founder of STXRA, running the company’s day to day operations and handling all accounting, finance and HR functions. He was President of Viola Oil & Gas, a private equity backed company with a $60 MM capital commitment. At Rosetta Resources, he directed the technical aspects of their $350 million divestiture program that generated the capital needed to fund their Eagle Ford investments. He was also responsible for the technical aspects of Rosetta’s acquisition efforts, including the acquisition of incremental Eagle Ford acreage. While at Shell Exploration and Production Company, he handled diverse reservoir engineering assignments. He created a $300 million scalable business plan for optimizing the value of Shell’s South Texas asset.
John Harpole is founder and president of Mercator Energy LLC, a natural gas services, brokerage and energy market analysis company. Mercator assists both producers and end users throughout the United States in selling and sourcing natural gas supplies. Mercator manages more than 2 Bcf per day of natural gas in seven states. Mercator also conducts specific research projects for client groups exploring the impact of industry trends on various regional markets. Mercator’s analysis on “Poverty and Fracking” was featured in a Wall Street Journal editorial and on Fox News.
During his career, Harpole has provided strategic advice and counseling to independent oil and gas producers, power producers, major gas and electric utilities, hedge funds and energy traders, retail and wholesale energy marketers, equipment vendors and large energy users typically at the CEO level. Harpole has travelled to China on two occasions to instruct employees of PetroChina and members of the Central Parties Pricing Committee on the regulatory and marketing history of natural gas in the United States. It marked the first time a foreigner was allowed to teach a course to PetroChina marketing employees.
Harpole is a Board Member of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the Leadership Program of the Rockies, University of Colorado’s Global Energy Management Program (GEM), the Global Institute of Church Management Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy and the Unreported Story Society. John currently serves on the Board of Directors of Benedictine College.
Harpole has also been named to the Denver Business Journal's Who's Who in Energy for years 2014-2019.
C. Mark Pearson is a co-founder, and the President and CEO of the Company. Dr. Pearson has over 35 years industry experience and has been President/CEO of three independent E&P companies and President/CEO of a NYSE-listed oilfield services company. Mark is a well-known industry expert in the field of well completion and stimulation and has authored or co-authored over 35 technical papers covering field development, drilling, completion and stimulation, and production aspects of oil and gas operations. He has focused his career on technology advancements within the industry and is on the pioneers of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells. In 2005, Mark was named a Distinguished member of the International Society of Petroleum Engineers and in 2012/13 he was a Distinguished Lecturer presenting around the world on the topic of hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells. Mark graduated with Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) and PhD degrees from the Camborne School of Mines, UK and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He also served as a professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department of Colorado School of Mines from 1995-1997.
Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Petrie was Vice Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Previously, he was a co-founder of Petrie Parkman & Co. Mr. Petrie was a former Managing Director and Senior Oil Analyst of The First Boston Corporation. During his career, Mr. Petrie has been an active advisor on more than $250 billion of energy related mergers and acquisitions, including many of the largest in the industry. Among his other assignments, Mr. Petrie led the teams that advised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its natural gas initiative, the State of Alaska on gas pipeline options, and the U.S. Department of Energy on the sale of the Elk Hills oilfield. Mr. Petrie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. In December 2005, Mr. Petrie received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines. He is also a member of the CFA Institute.
With a diploma earned in Petroleum Engineering Technology providing his foundations in drilling, completions, reservoir engineering, and geology as well as over a decade of experience helping operators solve downhole challenges with innovative solutions, Nick brings a holistic, life of well approach in developing solutions. Most of his career has been spent working in the unconventional oil plays throughout the continental USA and Canada, providing operators with well construction solutions to prevent sustained casing pressure, as well as reducing non-productive time by utilizing robotic interventions to make operations more efficient. Recently he has helped a large DJ Basin operator improve well integrity to prevent sustained casing pressure through drilling and completions, including frac operations. He is also currently collaborating with operators to optimize re-completion liner systems to ensure zonal isolation of the re-frac liner while maximizing liner flow area.
Steve Struna, President and CEO, has over 34 years of petroleum industry experience in engineering, operations, finance, planning, and general management. Prior to launching Bayswater E&P in 2004, Mr. Struna held a wide variety of positions with BP, Amoco, including Vice President and General Manager, Onshore Gulf Coast USA; North American Natural Gas Executive Leadership Team member with responsibility for the redesign of BP’s entire onshore US operations base; CEO and President, Central Alberta Midstream – Calgary; Vice President and General Manager, Amoco Canada Gas Gathering and Processing – Calgary; Senior Manager, Corporate Finance - Chicago; Resource Development Manager, Central North Sea – London; and Project Manager, Armada Platform and Development, Central North Sea U.K. Mr. Struna received his BSc Degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in 1981, an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 1985, and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990. Mr. Struna sits on the Boards of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Protect Colorado, and Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Colorado Concern, recently chaired the annual Gala for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and is a registered professional engineer.
Paul currently serves as Vice President for Jonah Energy LLC. Jonah Energy operates the Jonah Field in Wyoming, one of the largest natural gas fields in North America. Paul’s focus is sustainability, ESG and the Jonah’s Responsibly Produced Natural Gas Initiative.
Paul also serves as Chairman of the Wyoming Energy Authority, responsible for delivering Wyoming’s energy strategy with a focus on empowering the nation with a net-zero energy mix.
Prior to his career in oil and gas Paul served in the United States Navy in the intelligence community and served on the staff of a Wyoming Governor and Wyoming Congressman.
Chris Wright serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Liberty Oilfield Services. Additionally, Chris founded and serves as Executive Chairman of Liberty Resources, a Bakken-focused E&P company and Liberty Midstream Solutions. He has had a lifelong passion for energy and its role in human life. He has spoken on energy to the UK House of Lords, the States Attorneys General, Federal and State Judges, debated the merits of the shale revolution on TV and given over 100 talks.
Chris completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and graduate work in Electrical Engineering at both UC Berkeley and MIT. Chris founded Pinnacle Technologies and from 1992 - 2006 years served as CEO. Pinnacle created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry. Pinnacle's innovations in fracturing practices helped launch commercial shale gas production in the late 1990s.
Chris was Chairman of Stroud Energy, an early shale gas producer, prior to its sale to Range Resources in 2006. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for Liberty Resources, Urban Solutions Group, US Ceramics and the Federal Reserve Bank, Denver Branch.
Chris has consulted and taught courses on all six inhabited continents and authored / co-authored over 60 technical papers and articles. He has received numerous industry awards and several U.S. patents. Chris also worked on fusion energy, solar energy, and geothermal energy. Chris grew up in Colorado and is a passionate skier, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. He serves on the board of numerous nonprofits including PERC, ACE Colorado, ACE Montana, PRI, and the YCCF.