Executive Team

M. Scott Ratushny
Chairman and CEO

Mr. Ratushny has over 25 years of diverse oil and gas experience in both private and public oil and gas companies. He is the founder and initial shareholder of Cardinal Energy Ltd. As well, Mr. Ratushny has been a director of two oil and gas service companies. Prior to starting Cardinal Energy, Mr. Ratushny founded four public and two private oil and gas companies all creating value for shareholders.

Shawn Van Spankeren, CPA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Van Spankeren joined Cardinal in 2018 and has over 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, tax and administration management within the oil and gas industry.  Prior to joining Cardinal, Mr. Van Spankeren was the Vice-President of Finance and Administration for Crew Energy where he had been since its inception in 2003.  Prior to that, his experience included roles of increasing responsibility at junior to senior public oil and gas companies.  Mr. Van Spankeren is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Alberta

Dale Orton, P. Eng.
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Orton has 25 years of experience in a broad range of oil and gas activities, focussing on reservoir exploitation, operations, business development and reserves management. Mr. Orton began his career with Renaissance Energy Ltd., and has subsequently progressed through positions of increasing responsibility within both large and junior public oil and gas companies. Mr. Orton holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (with distinction) from the University of Victoria, and is a registered professional engineer in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Robert Wollmann
Senior Vice President, Exploration

Mr. Wollmann has over 30 years of technical, managerial, executive and governance experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Wollmann currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada. Mr. Wollmann holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geological Engineering) with honours from Queen’s University.

Laurence Broos, CFA, CA
Vice President, Finance

Mr. Broos has over 15 years of financial experience in the oil and gas industry. He joined Cardinal in 2014 as Vice President, Finance. Prior to that he held a number of senior financial and accounting positions at a large exploration and production company in Calgary. Mr. Broos holds both Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with distinction) from the University of Alberta.

Connie Shevkenek
Vice President, Engineering

Ms. Shevkenek has been with Cardinal since 2014 and has in excess of 30 years of oil and gas experience with a focus on reserve and acquisition evaluations having worked with public and growth-oriented private operating companies, private equity and with an independent reserves evaluator. She has also been involved with production operations, exploitation of assets, business development and liability management.

Wes Heatherington
Vice President, North

Mr. Heatherington joined Cardinal in 2018 as Vice President of the Northern Area. Mr. Heatherington has over 30 years of diversified experience in the oil and natural gas industry with junior, intermediate and senior producers. Prior to joining Cardinal Wes has held senior positions within a number of successful junior oil and gas companies within the industry including: Long Run Exploration, Style Energy and Matrix Petroleum Inc.

Jason Laforge
Vice President, Central

Mr. LaForge joined Cardinal Energy in 2014 and was appointed Vice President Central in November 2017. Mr. LaForge has over 24 years of diverse industry experience on all aspects of operations including production, construction, completions and drilling. Prior to Joining Cardinal he held positions of increasing responsibility at Muirfield Resources, Arsenal Energy, Enerplus Resources and Renaissance Energy. Mr. LaForge has a B.Sc. Mgmt. from the University of Montana.

Ken Younger
Vice President, South

Mr. Younger has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Cardinal he has held senior positions in active companies including Spur Resources, Marble Point Energy, and Polar Star Oil and Gas. Mr. Younger’s responsibilities have included production operations, facilities engineering, production engineering, drilling and completions. Mr. Younger has also worked internationally focusing in South America on heavy oil assets, he started his oil and gas industry career with PanCanadian Petroleum and has experience in all Western Canadian provinces.

David Kelly, P. Eng.
Vice President, Saskatchewan

Mr. Kelly is a Professional Engineer with 20+ years of diversified production, engineering, and management roles within Junior, intermediate, and senior producers in both the private and public sides of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Kelly started his career with PanCanadian Petroleum in a field operations and engineering role in the Weyburn Unit in Saskatchewan. Subsequently with EnCana he moved to Calgary and has progressed through ever increasing roles and responsibilities in operations, facilities, production, reservoir, development and exploitation engineering positions. Mr. Kelly has a strong background in Enhanced Oil Recovery with over 15 years of experience in CO2 EOR floods in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The last 10+ years of his career have been in senior management positions and most recently as Vice President of Production & Operations with OMERS Energy (now Gain Energy) before joining Cardinal as Vice President, Saskatchewan in the fall of 2017. Mr. Kelly holds a Bachelors of Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.