Board of Directors

John A. Brussa

Mr. Brussa has been a partner of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP since 1987 and is presently the head of its tax group. Mr. Brussa is a director of several public oil and gas companies. Mr. Brussa obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor in 1978 and a Bachelor of Laws degree, with Gold Medalist distinction, from the University of Windsor in 1981. He articled with Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP and was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in June, 1982.

John Festival

Mr. Festival graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He spent the next 38 years in the oil industry of western Canada working mainly in the areas of primary heavy oil and thermal oil production with a focus on creating shareholder value. He was CEO and a director of BlackRock Ventures Inc. from 1999 to 2006 when it was sold to Shell Canada. He was then CEO and a director of BlackPearl Resources Inc. up until 2018 when it was merged with International Petroleum Corporation. Mr. Festival is currently the CEO of Broadview Energy Ltd. and a director of Gibson Energy Inc., i3 Energy plc and Athabasca Oil Corporation.

John Gordon

Mr. Gordon served as the Canadian Managing Partner, Quality and Risk Management, the Canadian Managing Partner, Audit and the Calgary Office Managing Partner for KPMG LLP prior to his retirement in 2018. Mr. Gordon has extensive experience in providing audit and other services to public oil and gas companies.  Mr. Gordon is currently a director of Topaz Energy Corp. and the Chair of its Audit Committee.  Mr. Gordon is a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA), a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan.  Mr. Gordon has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of industries, including the energy sector.

M. Scott Ratushny

Mr. Ratushny has over 25 years of diverse oil and gas experience and has been involved in the creation, financing and growth of 9 successful private and public oil and gas companies. He has also been involved as director of two public oil and gas service companies. He has had a track record of creating value for his shareholders in each of the predecessor companies.

Stephanie Sterling

Ms. Sterling is Cardinal Energy Ltd.’s lead director.

Ms. Sterling holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) degree and an MBA from the University of Alberta. Ms. Sterling is a recently retired senior executive with Shell Canada with over 25 years’ experience in engineering, large project start-up and operations, governance, joint venture negotiations and relationships, risk management, business development and strategic planning. She has served as General Manager for Non-Technical Risk Integration, Community and Indigenous Relations for Shell in Canada, USA and Latin America where she was responsible for integrating risk management into new projects. She also served as the Vice President Business and Joint Ventures for Shell’s Heavy Oil business, where she was responsible for the joint venture governance, commercial negotiations and relationships for two significant joint ventures: the Athabasca Oil Sands Project among Shell, Chevron and Marathon; and the AERA joint venture in California between Shell and Exxon.