Abdel (Abby) Badwi- Executive Chairman and Director
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 & CEO
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.
Lloyd Wiggins- Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Wiggins is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Director and an experienced finance executive with more than 35 years of professional experience. Prior to his appointment at GrowMax in April 2017, Mr. Wiggins was the CFO of Petrowest Corporation, a publicly listed, multifaceted energy services company with revenues exceeding $200 million. Prior to that, Mr. Wiggins served as CFO and in other senior financial and accounting positions with multiple public and private entities including Movie Distribution Income Fund, TGS North American Real Estate Investment Trust, and the Hees/Edper Group of Companies. Mr. Wiggins received his Bachelor of Commerce degree with an Accounting Major from the University of Saskatchewan, is a Chartered Accountant with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, and obtained his Chartered Director designation from the Directors College (a joint venture between McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada).
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.