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Baytex Energy Corp.

Executive Officers

  
  
James L. Bowzer

James L. Bowzer

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bowzer has served as Chief Executive Officer of Baytex since September 2012. He also served as President from September 2012 to July 2016.  Mr. Bowzer has over 30 years of global experience leading large organizations, directing new projects and developing successful leaders. Prior to joining Baytex, he was Vice President, North American Production Operations for Marathon Oil Corporation in Houston, Texas. His experience includes play development in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Anadarko Woodford in the United States and heavy oil in Canada. Previously, Mr. Bowzer was Regional Vice President, International Production, covering a diverse mix of significant businesses including operations in Norway, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Africa. He also held senior positions in Strategic Planning, responsible for strategy, financial and economic valuation and Business Development. Mr. Bowzer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Graduate School of Business at Indiana University. He has served on the board of directors of many industry and professional associations. 

Ed D. LaFehr

Edward D. LaFehr

President

Mr. LaFehr joined Baytex as President on July 18, 2016.  Mr. LaFehr has nearly 35 years experience in the oil and gas industry, leading large organizations, managing assets, directing projects and overseeing joint venture partnerships.  Before joining Baytex he was the Chief Operating Officer, (the most senior executive) of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company ("TAQA") and prior to that, President of TAQA's North American subsidiary company based in Calgary.  He previously served as Senior Vice President for Talisman Energy, accountable for its Canadian assets across Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.  Prior thereto, Mr. LaFehr's career spanned nearly 30 years with BP Plc/Amoco Corporation leading operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Egypt and Trinidad and Tobago.  Mr. LaFehr holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in geophysics from the University of Utah and Stanford University, respectively.  He also holds a Masters degree in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines.  He is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the International Association of Energy Economists (IAEE).  He has served as a board member for many industry associations and was Chair of the Alberta Energy Policy Group for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) in 2013. 

Rod Gray

Rodney D. Gray

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Gray joined Baytex as Chief Financial Officer on April 7, 2014. Mr. Gray has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Baytex, Mr. Gray held the position of Chief Financial Officer for CEDA International. Prior thereto, he spent 11 years with Enerplus Corporation, the last eight of which as Vice President, Finance, where areas of responsibility included corporate reporting, treasury and capital markets, operational accounting, business analysis, risk management and insurance. Mr. Gray is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours from Queen's University. He is very active in the community having been involved with several charitable organizations and is a current board member of the United Way of Calgary and Area.

  
Richard P. Ramsay

Richard P. Ramsay

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Ramsay was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Baytex on May 21, 2014.  He originally joined Baytex in January 2010 and has held the following positions: Vice President, Heavy Oil from January 2010 to January 2012 and Vice President, Alberta/B.C. Business Unit from January 2012 to May 2014. Mr. Ramsay has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian oil and gas industry and was formerly Chief Operating Officer of TAQA North Ltd. He previously held a variety of technical and management positions with Northrock Resources Ltd., Fletcher Challenge Energy Canada Inc., Amoco Canada Petroleum Ltd. and Dome Petroleum Ltd. Mr. Ramsay has a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta.

  
Geoff Darcy

Geoffrey J. Darcy

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Geoffrey J. Darcy was appointed Senior Vice President, Marketing of Baytex on May 21, 2014 and is responsible for maximizing the value of our products and managing our commodity price risk exposures. He joined Baytex in September 2011 and held the position of Vice President, Marketing from September 2011 to May 2014.  Prior to that, he was Director of North American Physical Crude Oil Trading for Barclays Bank. Mr. Darcy has over 25 years of experience in marketing, trading and crude oil supply in both Canada and the U.S. He was formerly Vice President of North American Crude Oil Marketing with Nexen Inc., and worked in crude oil supply for United Refining Company and Petro-Canada earlier in his career. Mr. Darcy has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours in Economics with Distinction from Concordia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary.

 

  
Brian Ector

Brian G. Ector

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Public Affairs

Mr. Ector was appointed Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Public Affairs on May 21, 2014. He joined Baytex in November 2009 and has held the following positions: Director of Investor Relations from November 2009 to June 2011, Vice President, Investor Relations from June 2011 to May 2014. Prior to joining Baytex, Mr. Ector spent 15 years as a sell-side research analyst covering both energy trusts and exploration and production corporations. He spent the last seven years with Scotia Capital where he was consistently ranked as one of the top rated analysts in Canada. Mr. Ector received a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in finance from the University of Calgary and received his CFA designation in 1996. He is a national board member of CIRI as well as a member of NIRI, the CFA Institute and the Calgary CFA Society.

  
Kendall Arthur

Kendall D. Arthur

Vice President, Lloydminster Business Unit 

Mr. Arthur was appointed Vice President, Lloydminster Business Unit on March 4, 2015.  Mr. Arthur has over 10 years of experience in the Canadian oil and gas industry.  He joined Baytex Energy in 2006 as a Production Engineer and Asset Team Leader in the Heavy Oil Business Unit and held the position of Vice President, Saskatchewan Business Unit from January 2012 to March 2015.  Mr. Arthur later took on the dual role of Exploitation and Production Engineer in the same group while continuing to lead the asset team.  Prior to joining Baytex, he held various technical production, completions and operations roles with Husky Energy.  Mr. Arthur received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

  
Murray J. Desrosiers

Murray J. Desrosiers

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Desrosiers was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary on May 20, 2009. Mr. Desrosiers is a corporate lawyer with over 15 years of experience advising energy companies in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities compliance matters. He joined Baytex in July 2008 and held the position of General Counsel from August 2008 to May 2009. Prior to joining Baytex, he held senior legal positions with PrimeWest Energy Inc. (the operating company of PrimeWest Energy Trust), Shiningbank Energy Ltd. (the operating company of Shiningbank Energy Income Fund), Enbridge Inc. and Enbridge Management Services Inc. (the manager of Enbridge Income Fund). Mr. Desrosiers holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Law Society of Alberta.

  
Cameron Hercus

Cameron Hercus

Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr. Hercus joined Baytex as Vice President, Corporate Development on May 21, 2013 and is responsible for evaluating acquisition opportunities and developing our long range growth plans. Mr. Hercus is a Petroleum Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the Canadian and European oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Baytex, he spent five years working with Vermilion Energy Inc. in business development, new ventures and exploitation roles evaluating and developing opportunities in Western Canada and Europe. Prior thereto, he worked with Marathon, Shell and Paladin Resources where he developed a strong background in reservoir engineering and field development while working in the UK North Sea. Mr. Hercus has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Petroleum Geology (Honors) from the University of Aberdeen and completed a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in 1995.

  
Ryan Johnson

Ryan M. Johnson

Vice President, Central Business Unit

Ryan M. Johnson was appointed Vice President, Central Business Unit on March 4, 2015. Mr. Johnson joined Baytex in 2007 focusing on technical responsibilities in northeast Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, including the planning and execution of Baytex’s successful thermal SAGD project at Kerrobert. In January 2011, he was appointed Senior Geologist of the Peace River region and has been an integral member of the team responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of multi-lateral exploitation and thermal development of this resource. In mid-2013, Mr. Johnson was appointed Lead Geologist and charged with managing all key activities across the entire Alberta/B.C. Business Unit. In May 2014, Mr. Johnson was appointed Vice President, Alberta/B.C. Business Unit.  Mr. Johnson has over 15 years of extensive technical and managerial roles in oil and gas exploration, development, operations and prospect identification. Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Geology and Oceanography from the University of British Columbia and is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

  
Chad Kalmakoff

Chad L. Kalmakoff

Vice President, Finance

Mr. Kalmakoff was appointed Vice President, Finance of Baytex on September 1, 2015. Mr. Kalmakoff has 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Baytex, Mr. Kalmakoff was Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Kicking Horse Energy Inc. Prior thereto, he was Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Corinthian Exploration Ltd. Prior thereto, he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Pace Oil & Gas Ltd. and its predecessors, including Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance. Mr. Kalmakoff is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University.

  
Greg A. Sawchenko, Vice President, Land

Greg A. Sawchenko

Vice President, Land

Mr. Sawchenko joined Baytex as Vice President, Land on August 12, 2013. Mr. Sawchenko has over 15 years of experience in oil and gas land management and negotiations. Prior to joining Baytex, he was most recently the Land Manager for Crescent Point Energy Corp. where he was an instrumental member in many key transactions and contributed to the growth of the company. Early in his career, he held positions with successive levels of responsibility at Numac Energy Inc., Anderson Exploration Ltd., Devon Canada Corporation and EnCana Corporation. Mr. Sawchenko holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary with a designation in Petroleum Land Management and is a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen.

  
 Gregory M. Zimmerman, Vice President, U.S. Business Unit

Gregory M. Zimmerman

Vice President, U.S. Business Unit

Mr. Zimmerman joined Baytex on November 16, 2015 as Vice President, U.S. Business Unit.  Mr. Zimmerman has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry all with Marathon Oil Corporation.  At Marathon, he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in production, operations, reservoir and business development.  His most recent positions included Director of Corporate Reserves in Houston, Texas and Vice President, Oil Sands Development in Calgary, Alberta.  His primary area of focus over the last 20 years of his career with Marathon has been asset management, reservoir development and project execution.  Mr. Zimmerman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&I University.

  

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