Board of Directors

 

 

Michael Hibberd

Chairman, Independent Director

Mr. Hibberd is currently Chairman of the Board of Canacol and brings over 40 years of industry and senior leadership experience to the Corporation.  For over 26 years, Mr. Hibberd has been Chairman and ‎CEO ‎of MJH Services Inc., ‎a corporate ‎finance advisory ‎firm. He is ‎also currently Vice Chairman of ‎Sunshine ‎Oilsands Ltd., Chairman of PetroFrontier ‎Corp. and ‎‎serves as a board member of Pan ‎Orient Energy Corp. ‎Formerly, he ‎‎was ‎Chairman of Heritage Oil Plc, Heritage ‎Oil ‎Corporation and Greenfields Petroleum ‎Corporation; ‎and former director of ‎Montana Exploration ‎Corp., Avalite ‎Inc., ‎Challenger Energy Corp., Deer ‎Creek ‎Energy, ‎‎Iteration Energy Ltd., Rally Energy ‎Corp., Sagres ‎Energy, ‎Skope Energy Inc. and Zapata ‎Energy ‎Corporation‎‎.

Ariel Merenstein

Independent Director

Mr. Merenstein brings significant experience in the global energy industry and the financial sector to Canacol. Mr. Merenstein is the Managing Partner and Portfolio ‎‎‎Manager of Fourth Sail ‎Capital, LP (“Fourth Sail”). Prior to ‎‎founding Fourth ‎Sail ‎in 2019, he spent eleven ‎years at ‎Prince Street ‎Capital ‎Management, a ‎global emerging ‎and frontier ‎‎markets fund, ‎where he was a Partner on the ‎research ‎team ‎and the ‎Portfolio ‎Manager of the Prince ‎Street Latin ‎America ‎Long/Short fund. ‎Prior to joining ‎‎Prince ‎Street, Mr. ‎Merenstein worked at ‎Lehman Brothers ‎‎and Bear Stearns. He is a magna ‎cum laude ‎graduate ‎of ‎‎the New York University Stern School of ‎Business. ‎

Charle Gamba

President, CEO & Director

Mr. Gamba is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canacol, a role ‎he has held since he founded the Corporation in 2008. Mr. Gamba has 28 years of ‎international oil and gas experience, and has previously worked for Imperial Oil, ‎Canadian Occidental Oil and Gas, Occidental Petroleum, and Alberta Energy ‎Company in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, West Africa, Canada, and Latin ‎America. He has served on the board of directors of several publicly listed and ‎private oil and gas companies where he held positions on the ESG, audit, ‎reserves, HSE and compensation committees. Mr. Gamba currently sits on the ‎board of the Asociacion Colombiana de Petroleo and Naturgas, two industry ‎groups that form upstream, midstream and downstream policy for the oil and gas ‎industry in Colombia. Mr. Gamba holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. ‎and PhD in ‎Geology‎‎.

David Winter

Independent Director

Dr. ‎‎Winter was a co-founder of Canacol in ‎‎‎2008 and ‎brings over 30 years of ‎international ‎industry experience to the Corporation, having held a ‎‎variety of ‎‎technical, management ‎and ‎leadership roles in Latin ‎America, the Middle ‎East, ‎‎‎‎South East ‎Asia and the UK North Sea. Dr. Winter is currently the Chief Executive ‎Officer and Director of ‎‎each ‎of Horizon Petroleum ‎Ltd. and ‎Miramar ‎‎‎Hydrocarbons ‎Ltd. ‎Previously, Dr. ‎Winter ‎was the ‎founder, Chief ‎‎Executive Officer and Director ‎of ‎‎Excelsior Energy ‎‎Limited, an oil ‎sands focused ‎exploration ‎company. Dr. ‎‎Winter ‎holds a ‎‎B.Sc. in ‎Geology ‎‎from the University of ‎London, an M.Sc. ‎‎in ‎Structural ‎Geology ‎‎from Imperial College, University of ‎‎London ‎and PhD ‎in Structural ‎‎Geology from ‎‎‎Edinburgh University‎‎‎.

Francisco Diaz

Independent Director

Mr. Diaz has close to 30 years of experience as an international executive and ‎general manager. Mr. Diaz is currently the Managing Partner at Evolvere Capital ‎SAS, a private equity firm ‎that ‎‎manages various ‎‎portfolio ‎companies in Colombia, Latin America, and ‎‎‎Spain. He is also ‎the Chairman of the Board and ‎Chair of ‎the Audit Committee ‎of Systemgroup, a financial ‎‎‎‎services company which operates ‎in seven Latin ‎‎‎American countries. Mr. Diaz previously occupied the position of ‎President and Chief Executive Officer for Organización Corona SA, and various ‎executive positions for Monsanto Company including President of the Global ‎Food Ingredients Division, Vice President of Global Strategy, and Vice President ‎and General Manager for Latin America. Mr. Diaz currently leads a foundation that ‎provides nutrition to more than 45,000 disadvantaged children in Colombia. Mr. ‎Diaz ‎‎received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from ‎Northeastern University, a graduate degree from the J.L Kellog Graduate School of ‎Management at Northwestern University and a graduate degree from Hult ‎International Business School, Inc‎.‎‎‎‎

Gregory Dale Elliott

Independent Director

Mr. Elliott brings over 40 years of industry and senior leadership experience to ‎Canacol. Mr. Elliott is the past President and Founder of ‎Workstrings ‎‎‎International, a Superior ‎Energy Services, Inc. company. Mr Elliott started his ‎career at Chevron holding various engineering and management positions in ‎North America and internationally. Mr. Elliott was a ‎Charter Member of ‎Geoproduction Oil & Gas ‎Company, ‎founded ‎‎in 2001 and later acquired by ‎Canacol. Mr. Elliott holds a Petroleum ‎‎‎Engineering degree from Louisiana State ‎University‎‎.

Gonzalo Fernández-Tinoco

Independent Director

Mr. Fernández-Tinoco brings over 30 years of senior leadership experience in the ‎telecommunication industry with positions in Corporacion Digitel and BellSouth. ‎Mr. Fernández-Tinoco is currently a director of the following organizations: ‎C.A. Fábrica Nacional de Vidrio, a glass ‎manufacturer, Corporacion Digitel, a telecom company, Maritime ‎‎Contractors de Venezuela, an ‎oil ‎drilling company, DP ‎‎Delta ‎Servicios, an oil services company, Petrodelta, a ‎joint ‎‎venture, ‎Delta Finance and Escuela Campo Alegre. ‎Mr. Fernández-Tinoco ‎‎received a degree in ‎law from Universidad ‎Católica ‎Andrés ‎Bello and an EMBA ‎from IESA.

Juan Argento

Director

Mr. Argento brings over 20 years of experience in the global energy industry and ‎the financial sector to Canacol.  Mr. Argento is currently one of two Managing ‎Directors at ‎Horizon Capital, ‎an advisory and principal investment firm focused ‎on ‎the ‎Latin American energy industry. Prior to joining Horizon, ‎Mr. Argento was ‎an ‎advisor to Millennium Global, a ‎London-based hedge fund group, and a partner at ‎Rubikon Partners, a mid-market private equity firm, focused on the European ‎market. Mr. Argento also worked for Newbridge, the Latin American fund of Texas ‎Pacific Group and for Salmon Brothers. In ‎‎2000, Mr. Argento was the sole ‎founder ‎of Circulo ‎Asegurador, one of the first online insurance brokers in ‎South ‎America, ‎with operations in Brazil and Argentina. Mr. Argento ‎graduated with honors in ‎Economics from Harvard ‎‎University‎‎.‎

Committees of the Board of Directors

Audit Committee

  • Ariel Merenstein
  • Francisco Diaz
  • Gonzalo Fernández-Tinoco
  • Michael Hibberd

Compensation Committee

  • Ariel Merenstein
  • David Winter
  • Juan Argento
  • Michael Hibberd

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

  • David Winter
  • Francisco Diaz
  • Gonzalo Fernández-Tinoco
  • Gregory Dale Elliott
  • Michael Hibberd

Reserves Committee

  • Charle Gamba
  • David Winter
  • Gregory Dale Elliott

ESG Committee

  • Charle Gamba
  • David Winter
  • Francisco Diaz
  • Juan Argento
  • Michael Hibberd