Management

Alan Knowles
Interim
Chief Executive Officer

 E. Alan Knowles has 19 years experience as an oil and gas analyst, most recently from 2000 to 2014 with Haywood Securities Inc. where he covered at various times senior, intermediate and international oil and gas companies. In 2010 Mr. Knowles was awarded the Overall Top Stock Picker Award by Starmine Canada. Prior to working as an analyst he worked in the oil and gas industry for 21 years in various senior financial management positions, most recently as Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of a junior Canadian producer. He currently serves as a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Niko Resources Ltd.

Mr. Knowles earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, and holds Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designations. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has completed the Corporate Directors’ Audit Committee Effectiveness course. Mr. Knowles is Chairman of the Orca Audit Committee.

Blaine E. Karst
Chief Financial Officer

Calgary, Alberta

Blaine Karst has over 30 years experience in senior financial management roles. He is a former Chief Financial Officer for Vostok Energy Plc, a private UK based group with oil and gas operations in Russia. Prior to that he was the in-country Finance Director in Vietnam and Russia for Soco International Plc, a London Stock Exchange listed international oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Karst has a B. Comm. from University of Saskatchewan and is a Canadian CPA, CA (Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant).
David K. Roberts
Vice President Operations & Country Manager
Mr. Roberts has a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and has over 20 years experience in international oil & gas production and drilling operations.  His early career was spent with Perenco where he progressed from Field Engineer to Engineering & Operations Manager. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Roberts assumed increasing operating responsibilities at Orca's predecessor company in Gabon, Pan-Ocean Energy Ltd., ultimately as General Manager, where was instrumental in managing that company's growth from 400 barrels of oil per day ("bpd") to 20,000 bpd. Mr. Roberts will be based in Dar es Salaam.
David W. Ross
Company Secretary
Mr. Ross has extensive experience in international and tax law and is a partner in the Calgary-based law firm of Burnett Duckworth & Palmer. He has served as Secretary to the Board since the establishment of the Company in 2004.