Chairman of the Board
Mr. Ellerton (67) is a geologist and one of the founders of Sefton Resources, which
was formed in 1994. Mr. Ellerton has over 30 years experience in the development
and evaluation of oil and gas prospects throughout the major basins of North
America. He is responsible for business development, screening mergers and
acquisitions, funding and shareholder relations and is also responsible for
the day-to-day activities of the entire group. Prior to starting Sefton Resources,
Jim was successful in the financing and development of smaller oil and gas
Born and raised in England, Jim started his education in London and graduated
from the University of Toronto with an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in
Geology. He now resides in Denver, Colorado and is also president and founder
of the Arctic Cultural Institute of The United States of America, a nonprofit
organization that supports the art and culture of the Inuit.
Mr. Arleth (62) joined Sefton from Blue Resources LLC, a Denver-based private oil and gas start-up firm engaged in the acquisition and development of U.S. producing properties and exploration plays. Prior to Blue River Resources, he was Director, President and CEO of Teton Energy Corporation from 2002 to 2009. Between 1999 and 2001 he was a Non-Executive Director of Big Horn Resources, a Calgary-based oil and gas company. Ending in 1999, Mr. Arleth spent 22 years with Amoco and BP, holding various senior positions during his career including: Chair of the shareholder board of Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) for BP-Amoco in Baku, Azerbaijan; President of Amoco Caspian Sea Petroleum Ltd. in Azerbaijan; Director of Strategic Planning for Amoco Corporations Worldwide Exploration and Production Sector in Chicago; and President of Amoco Poland Ltd. in Warsaw, Poland.
Mr. Smith (40) currently is sole practitioner of law at Mark R. Smith PC in Calgary, Alberta Canada and has been involved in the energy industry for over 20 years. He was previously a partner with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP for 1997 through June 2009 and was previously a partner with Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, where he articled in 1986. He was lead counsel in numerous corporate and asset acquisitions and divestitures, primarily in the energy industry. He was the Managing Director and CEO of Scimitar Hydrocarbons Inc. (later merged with Rally Energy), an oil and gas company focused on development and exploration in the Middle East and Africa. He later co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Infiniti Resources, which was a Canadian domestic exploration and production company.
Mr. Smith has served and continues to serve on a number of boards and subcommittees of both public and private companies, including Grey Wolf Exploration, Destiny Resources, Welton Energy and Stone Mountain Resources. He holds a bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, both from the University of Alberta.
Thomas (Tom) Milne(65) is a senior financial and management executive with extensive international experience in energy E&P, Pipelines, Oilsands and Communications Technology. Career roles include Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Investment Banker, Senior Partner (CA firm) and Foreign Exchange Trader. He has been a Director of both public and private companies including Chairman of the Audit Committee for an AMEX-listed Oilsands company. He is currently the Chairman and a Director of Precise Details Inc (a family owned company) and is also a Director of TSX-listed Hillcrest Resources Ltd and Canshale Corp (a private company).
In the last five years, Tom has also been a Director of Newton Energy Corp, Newton Energy UK Ltd, Enhanced Oil Resources Inc, Added Capital Corp, and Oilsands Quest Inc.
Kansas Operations Manager
Larry has more than 25 years' experience in the oil and gas business ranging from building pipelines, drilling wells, and acquiring mineral leases to overseeing/managing a large number of operations personnel. When the LAGGS pipeline was originally constructed, Larry was involved in procuring 90% of all easements and he supervised the building of over 40 miles of its gas gathering system. Larry is a native of Kansas which has and will continue to benefit Sefton, particularly as the oil and gas production and pipeline operations expand.
Manager of Exploration and Production
Anne is an IFRS consultant and FCCA qualified accountant with extensive experience in the application of (and transition to) IFRS, technical accounting consultancy, business process improvement and project management. She has managed and implemented complex, multinational projects and worked with clients spanning a range of industry sectors (including manufacturing & high tech) in addition to the oil and gas industry - where she works with a number of E&P companies.
She established Aspiration Europe in 2004 (based in Cambridge, England) to provide IFRS & other GAAP consultancy, project management, business process improvement and other accountancy-based outsourced services. The company is recently author to “IFRS for Oil and Gas Distance Learning Course” – a direct learning training course delivered by Informa Professional Training Academy. Before specializing in accountancy, Anne graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London.
W. Robert (Bob) Mendes
Bob Mendes has 37 years in the business, initially spent with
Texaco (Venezuela), Skelly (US mid-continent), and Oasis (Libya) before moving
to the UK for 20 years; during which he managed the substantial North Sea operations
of Texas Eastern. Subsequently, he held several senior management posts with
other companies. Over this period, Bob was given the responsibility for negotiating
sales contracts and evaluating acquisitions and market opportunities. A graduate
in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Bob owns and operates
a corporate-acquisitions consultancy business.
Dr. Nafi Onat
Nafi Onat received a BSc and MSc
in Petroleum Engineering form Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In 1975, he graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a PhD in Petroleum
Dr. Onat has over 30 years experience working in the Oil and Gas industry.
Initially, he worked with Wenner Petroleum in Denver overseeing all of their
field operations and subsequently worked with a particular emphasis on coal
bed methane (CBM) for Evergreen Resources and Great Eastern Energy in Eastern
Kansas. Nafi founded Sure Engineering in 1997 focusing on reserve evaluation,
well completion, production optimization and stimulation of CBM projects.