Team

Advisory Team


John Van de Pol, C.A.

CFO, Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd.

John H. Van de Pol is a Chartered Accountant with deep experience in public oil and gas companies. With over 30 years in the energy sector, Mr. Van de Pol is an integral part of our board, providing the management team valuable mentorship and insights as we build the company.

Mr. Van de Pol most recently served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Rock Energy Inc., a public junior oil and gas company based in Calgary. Prior to his appointment as President and CFO, he also served as Vice President, Finance for Rock Energy.

In 1993, Mr. Van de Pol joined Northrock Resources Ltd. as Senior Vice President and CFO. Northrock became a wholly owned subsidiary of Unocal Corporation in 2000, was subsequently sold to Pogo Producing Co. in 2005, and was then acquired by TAQA North in 2007. Mr. Van de Pol served as the company’s only CFO during this period.

Mr. Van de Pol began his oil and gas career with Sceptre Resources Ltd. where he was Controller and Manager of Financial Reporting for a decade. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1979 from the University of Calgary and became a Chartered Accountant in 1981 with Thorne Riddell, a predecessor to KPMG.


John Zahary

President & CEO Altex Energy Ltd.


John Zahary is a Professional Engineer with extensive senior management experience. He graduated with a M.Phil in Management Studies degree from the University of Oxford and a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Calgary. His experience includes upstream oil and gas companies involved in heavy oil, oilsands, light and medium oil and natural gas production as well as companies with downstream, refining, marketing and midstream assets.

He has worked in technical, financial and corporate leadership roles including serving as President and CEO of Viking Energy, Harvest Energy, Petrovera Resources and Sunshine Oilsands. Corporate experience includes publicly traded companies listed in Canada, USA and Hong Kong as well as private companies and international companies with an interest in the Canadian oil and gas upstream industry, infrastructure development and purchasing commodities for export to markets with growing demand like Asia.

Outside involvements include Board of Director positions with a number of private and public companies including Frog Lake Energy, an oil company owned by Frog Lake First Nation with significant working interest production of heavy oil, as well as other companies currently and in the past. Volunteer activities include Chairman of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Western Canada as well as other interests.

John joined Altex in July 2014 and sits on the Catch Resources Advisory Committee where he contributes significantly to our growth strategies.


Darius Delon, MBA CCIB FCP CRM

Associate Vice President, Risk Services, Mount Royal University

Betty Ledgerwood

Co-Founder, Catch Resources

President, Light Switch Marketing

Jim McCormick

Founder/President, Teague Exploration

Mahedi Meghani

Co-Owner, Coastal Resources Ltd.