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Senior Management

Alan Withey, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Withey is Trident’s President and Chief Executive Officer and has served in this position and as a director since July of 2014.

Prior to joining the Company in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Withey held positions at oil and gas exploration and production companies Ironhorse Oil and Gas Inc., Cheyenne Energy Inc., Devon Canada Corporation, Chauvco Resources International Ltd., and Pioneer Natural Resources Canada Inc. His experience spans 23 years including 12 years in executive positions with public and private oil and gas operations in Canada. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. Mr. Withey is a Chartered Accountant (Alberta) and a Certified Financial Planner (Canada).


Mark Smith, P.Eng., Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Smith has over 30 years of experience in production, operations, budgeting, capital management and project execution. Mark’s experience includes executive positions with companies of varying sizes ranging from Burlington Resources Canada to Arcan Resources Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and is a Professional Engineer and a member in good standing with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.


Jean-Pierre (J.P.) Buyze, Chief Financial Officer

J.P. Buyze has over 20 years of financing and advisory experience most recently as Managing Director of UBS Securities Canada in Calgary and has spent the majority of his career as an investment banker active in the energy sector. J.P.’s capital markets experience includes placements of equity, both private and public issues, and debt. In addition, he has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions including advising on both corporate acquisitions and divestitures. As an investment banker, J.P. has spent his career evenly between Calgary, Toronto and New York. Mr. Buyze has a Bachelor of Engineering Science, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration, each from the University of Western Ontario.


David Dean, Vice President, Exploration

Mr. Dean is Trident’s Vice President of Exploration and has held this position since January of 2015.

Prior to joining Trident, Mr. Dean held positions at several oil and gas companies including CNRL, Murphy Oil, Dominion Energy, Burlington Resources, Wascana Energy and Anadarko Petroleum. His experience spans 37 years including 16 in executive and senior managerial positions with public and private oil and gas operations in Canada and Internationally. Mr. Dean holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Waterloo and is a member of APEGA.


Ken Young, Vice President, Land

Mr. Young has over 30 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry in North America, most recently with Enerplus Corporation, with executive management over all aspects of mineral land, negotiation and execution of complex acquisitions and divestitures, joint venture and corporate transactions. Ken has a Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accounting from Mount Allison University.



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