Abdel (Abby) Badwi- Interim Chief Executive Officer, Executive Chairman and Director
Abdel (Abby) Badwi was appointed as the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of GrowMax Resources in November 2015. Mr. Badwi is an international natural resources executive and professional geologist with more than 40 years of experience in the exploration, development and production of natural resources in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Badwi was previously Vice Chairman of the board of Bankers Petroleum Ltd., prior to which he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the same company. He is currently also a director for Arpetrol Inc. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Rally Energy Corp., an oil and gas company with operations in Egypt, Pakistan and Canada, President and CEO of Geodyne Energy Inc., President and COO of Carmanah Resources Ltd., and Vice President International Exploration of Sceptre Resources Limited. Mr. Badwi is a geology graduate of the University of Alexandria, Egypt.
Stephen Keith- President
Mr. Keith is a registered professional engineer and an accomplished senior executive with 20 years in the natural resources sector, with a specific focus on mining and finance. Mr. Keith has worked as a geological engineer, an investment banker and an executive for several public and private companies. Most recently, he held the position of Managing Director of Fertoz Ltd., a company focused on organic phosphate production in Canada and fertilizer distribution in Australia. Prior thereto, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Verde Minerals, a fertilizer company focused on developing potash and phosphate assets in Brazil. Mr. Keith also previously served as Vice President Investment Banking at Thomas Weisel Partners, working on natural resources transactions in the mining and energy sectors. He has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science with a major in Geological Engineering from Queens University in Canada, and a Master of Business Administration in International Business, with Latin America focus, from Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada. Mr. Keith is fluent in Spanish.
Douglas Yee- Chief Financial Officer
Douglas Yee is a Chartered Accountant with over 19 years of experience in industry and education which includes positions as Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance, Corporate Controller, Manager of Taxation, Treasurer, and Instructor. He has been the Chief Financial Officer of GrowMax Resources since January 2008. Previously, Mr. Yee served as the Chief Executive Officer of PC E-phone, Inc., as the Director, Finance of Conor Pacific Environmental Technologies Inc., as the Treasurer and Corporate Controller of Triton Mining Corporation, and he held various corporate accounting and finance positions with Royal Oak Mines Inc. He has served as a Director of a number of companies including GrowMax Resources Corp., GrowMax Agri Corp., and PC E-phone, Inc. Mr. Yee was an Accounting and Auditing Professor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and has authored and presented Professional Development courses for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC in various topics involving publicly traded companies. Mr. Yee graduated with Honors from the University of British Columbia in 1990 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting.
Jamie Somerville- Executive Vice President
Jamie Somerville is a former financial analyst and consultant with over 15 years experience. Mr. Somerville spent almost 10 years working as an institutional equities analyst covering mainly Canadian-listed oil and gas exploration and production companies (E&Ps) with international operations. For a majority of that time he was Vice President and Director at TD Securities, prior to which he worked at Genuity Capital Markets (now CanaccordGenuity), and MGI Securities. Prior to moving to Canada, Mr. Somerville spent over 5 years working for Wood Mackenzie, a firm of global energy consultants, based in the UK. Mr. Somerville is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow with a MEng (with distinction) in Mechanical Engineering with Financial Management.
Edward Tapuska- Corporate Secretary
Edward Tapuska is a Partner at law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He has practised corporate commercial law for over 25 years, with a focus on public and private corporate clients involved in the natural resources sector. He has considerable experience in a wide variety of securities transactions (IPOs, private placements, M&A and debt equity financings) and international and domestic oil & gas transactions (farm-out agreements, joint ventures, and property acquisitions). Mr. Tapuska also has extensive experience with mergers & acquisitions; both domestic and foreign, including corporate restructuring and reorganizations, take-over bids and plans of arrangement. He advises on all aspects of corporate governance, including the creation of corporate policies regarding audit committees and insider trading, reserves committees, compensation committees and other matters.