People: Gran Tierra Energy Inc (GTE)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gary Guidry

59 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Ellson

39 2015 Chief Financial Officer

Adrian Coral

42 2014 President of Gran Tierra Energy Colombia

David Hardy

60 2010 Vice President - Legal, General Counsel, Secretary

Jim Evans

49 2015 Vice President - Corporate Services and Compliance

Alan Johnson

44 2015 Vice President - Asset Management

Lawrence West

59 2015 Vice President - Exploration

John Scott Ward Price

52 2015 Lead Independent Director

Peter Dey

74 2015 Director

Robert Hodgins

64 2015 Director

Ronald Royal

66 2015 Director

David Smith

56 2015 Director

Nicholas Kirton

69 2008 Independent Director

Gerald Macey

69 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gary Guidry

Mr. Gary S. Guidry is Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company, since May 7, 2015. Mr. Guidry was the Chief Executive Officer of Onza Energy Inc. from January 2014, until May 2015. From July 2011 to July 2014, Mr. Guidry served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Caracal Energy Inc. Mr. Guidry also served as President and CEO of Orion Oil & Gas Corp. from October 2009 to July 2011, Tanganyika Oil Corp. from May 2005 to January 2009, and Calpine Natural Gas Trust from October 2003 to February 2005. As chief executive officer of these companies, Mr. Guidry was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the respective company’s business. Mr. Guidry currently sits on the boards of Africa Oil Corp. (since April 2008) and Shamaran Petroleum Corp. (since February 2007), where he also serves as a member of each company’s Audit Committee. From September 2010 to October 2011, Mr. Guidry also served on the Board of Zodiac Exploration Corp., and from October 2009 to March 2014, he served on the board of TransGlobe Energy Corp. Prior to these positions, Mr. Guidry served as Senior Vice President and subsequently President of Alberta Energy Company International, and President and General Manager of Canadian Occidental Petroleum’s Nigerian operations. Mr. Guidry has directed exploration and production operations in Yemen, Syria and Egypt and has worked for oil and gas companies around the world in the U.S., Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina and Oman. Mr. Guidry is an Alberta-registered professional engineer (P. Eng.) and holds a B.Sc. in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

Ryan Ellson

Mr. Ryan Ellson is Chief Financial Officer of the Company, since May 2015. Mr. Ellson has 15 years of experience in a broad range of international corporate finance and accounting roles. Mr. Ellson was CFO of Onza Energy Inc. from January 2015 to May 2015. From July 2014 until December 2014 Mr. Ellson was Head of Finance for Glencore E&P (Canada) and prior thereto Vice President, Finance at Caracal Energy, a London Stock Exchange listed company with operations in Chad, Africa from August 2011 until July 2014. Prior to Caracal, Mr. Ellson was Vice President of Finance at Sea Dragon Energy from April 2010 until August 2011. In these positions, Mr. Ellson oversaw financial and accounting functions, implemented and oversaw internal financial controls, secured a reserve based lending facility and was involved in multiple capital raises. Mr. Ellson has held management and executive positions with companies operating in Chad, Egypt, India and Canada. Mr. Ellson is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan.

Adrian Coral

Mr. Adrian Coral is President of the Company. Mr. Coral joined Gran Tierra in August 2006 as an operations engineer in Gran Tierra Energy Colombia, Ltd., and served in that capacity until February 2007. Mr. Coral rejoined Gran Tierra in August 2008 as Operations Director of Gran Tierra Energy Colombia, Ltd. He served in that capacity until September 2011, when he was promoted to Production Manager of Gran Tierra Energy Colombia, Ltd. Mr. Coral was promoted to Senior Operations Manager of Gran Tierra Energy Colombia, Ltd. in April 2013. On August 1, 2014, Mr. Coral was promoted to President, Gran Tierra Energy Colombia. Mr. Coral has a total of 18 years of experience as an engineer or manager in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Coral graduated from the Universidad de América – Bogotá D.C. with a degree as a Petroleum Engineer and from the School of Business Management – Bogotá D.C with degree in Project Management.

David Hardy

Mr. David Hardy is Vice President, Legal, Secretary and General Counsel of the Company. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the legal profession. Before joining Gran Tierra, he worked for Encana Corporation and for Encana Corporation’s predecessor, Pan Canadian, from 2000 through 2009 where he held various positions, including: Vice President Divisional Legal Services, Integrated Oil and Canadian Plains Divisions; Vice President Regulatory Services, Corporate Relations Division; and Associate General Counsel, Offshore and International Division. For four of his eight years in the Offshore and International Division of Encana, Mr. Hardy led the Legal and Commercial Negotiations Group, where he was responsible for providing strategic legal, commercial and negotiation advice and support to the offshore and international business units. This included dealing with new venture activities and operational, joint venture and host government issues relating to projects in various countries, including Australia, Brazil, Chad, Libya, Oman, Qatar and Yemen. Prior to joining Encana, Mr. Hardy spent over 10 years in private practice and was a partner in a law firm in Calgary, Alberta. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Calgary (converted from an LL.B Degree in 2011) and is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Jim Evans

Mr. Jim Evans is Vice President - Corporate Services and Compliance of the Company, since May 2015. Mr. Evans has over 20 years of experience including working the last 10 years in the international oil and gas industry. Most recently, Mr. Evans was the Head of Compliance & Corporate Services for Glenore E&P (Canada) from July 2014 to December 2014, and prior thereto Vice President of Compliance & Corporate Services at Caracal Energy from July 2011 to June 2014, in each case where he oversaw the execution of corporate strategy and goals, developed and implemented a robust corporate compliance program, and managed all aspects of IT, document control, security and administration. Mr. Evans also managed the recruitment, training and retention of staff in both Calgary and Chad. He oversaw the growth of Caracal Energy from seven employees to in excess of 400 as Caracal Energy exceeded 20,000 barrels of oil per day at the time of sale to Glencore. Prior to Caracal, Mr. Evans held senior management and executive positions at Orion Oil and Gas and Tanganyika Oil, with operating experience in Egypt, Syria and Canada. Mr. Evans is a Certified General Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Alan Johnson

Mr. Alan Johnson is Vice President - Asset Management of the Company, since May 2015. Mr. Johnson is a professional engineer with over 21 years of experience working internationally in the oil and gas industry. His experience includes varied technical, managerial and executive roles in drilling, production, reservoir, reserves, corporate planning and asset management. Most recently Mr. Johnson was Head of Asset Management for Glencore (E&P) Canada from July 2014 to April 2015, where he was responsible for all development activities in Chad and prior thereto Director of Asset Management at Caracal Energy from August 2011 to June 2014, where he was responsible for development activities in the Doba basin in Chad, Africa. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in developing oil and gas assets in remote areas of southern Chad, achieving first production in less than 18 months. Mr. Johnson started his E&P career with Shell International in the Dutch North Sea. He then held positions of increasing responsibility with Shell Canada, APF Energy, Rockyview Energy, Delphi Energy and BG Australia. Mr. Johnson graduated with a 1st Class B.Eng (Hons) from Heriot Watt University in Scotland. Mr. Johnson is a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Professional Engineer in Alberta.

Lawrence West

Mr. Lawrence W. West is Vice President - Exploration of the Company, since May 2015. Mr. West has thirty-five years of experience as an executive, explorationist, and geologist. Most recently, Mr. West was Vice President, Exploration at Caracal Energy from July 2011 to June 2014. Mr. West built a multi-disciplinary team to assess resources and grow reserves in the interior rift basins within Chad and led a successful exploration program. During his tenure he successfully executed two large 2D/3D seismic shoots in remote frontier basins, on time and on budget. Prior to Caracal he has been involved in starting and growing several public and private companies, including Reserve Royalty Corp., Chariot Energy, Auriga Energy and Orion Oil and Gas. Lawrence worked at Alberta Energy Company (AEC), where he was on the team that merged with Conwest. He built and led the AEC East team to the Rocky Mountain USA basins. His career began with Imperial Oil working on prospect and reservoir characterization, in multi-disciplinary teams, and as a technical mentor to exploration teams. Lawrence has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology from McMaster University and an MBA, specializing in economics, from the University of Calgary.

John Scott Ward Price

Mr. John Scott Ward Price is Lead Independent Director of Gran Tierra Energy Inc. He served as Director since November 2008 , when he was designated by Solana to serve on the Board of Gran Tierra pursuant to the Arrangement Agreement, which resulted in Solana’s combination with Gran Tierra. From October 2006 to November 14, 2008, he was the President and CEO of Solana. Mr. Price was previously the Founder, President and CEO of Breakaway Energy, Inc., a private international resource company, which was taken over by Solana. Mr. Price is currently the President & Director of Prospect International Inc. and Chairman of Marsa Energy Inc., a public international oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Price has over 31 years of diverse global oil and gas experience in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the former Soviet Union. He has been a founder, director and/or officer of a number of internationally focused public and private companies including Aventura Energy Inc. and Ocelot International Inc. Mr. Price holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration both from the University of Calgary. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee recommended Mr. Price for reelection because of his demonstrated leadership value and broad experience as CEO of a number of internationally focused oil and gas public companies, including Solana Resources Limited, complemented by his professional certification as a Chemical Engineer.

Peter Dey

Mr. Peter Dey is Director of the Company , May 7, 2015. Mr. Dey has been the Chairman of Paradigm Capital Inc., an investment dealer, since November 2005. He has been a director of Goldcorp Inc. (listed on the TSX and NYSE) since June 2006, a director of Granite REIT Inc. (listed on the NYSE) since 2011, and is currently a director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. He was a director of Caracal Energy Inc. from March 2013 until its sale in July 2014, a director of Enablence Technologies Inc. from October 2011 to October 2013 and a director of Coventree Inc. from April 2008 to February 2012. Mr. Dey was a Partner of the Toronto law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where he specialized in corporate board issues and mergers and acquisitions, from 2001 to 2005, and prior to that from 1985 to 1994 and from 1973 to 1983. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Dey was Chairman of Morgan Stanley Canada Limited. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Dey chaired The Toronto Stock Exchange Committee on Corporate Governance in Canada that released the December 1994 report entitled “Where Were the Directors?”, known as the Dey Report. Mr. Dey has also served as Chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission and was Canada’s representative to the OECD Task Force that developed the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance released in May of 1999. Mr. Dey attended Queen’s University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in 1963 and Dalhousie University, where he earned his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1966. He received his Master of Laws degree from Harvard University in 1967.

Robert Hodgins

Mr. Robert B. Hodgins is a Director of the Company. since May 7, 2015. Mr. Hodgins held the position of Chairman of the Board of Caracal Energy Inc. until it was purchased in July 2014 for CDN$1.8 billion. He is a Chartered Accountant, investor and director with over 30 years of oil and gas industry experience. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Hodgins was the Chief Financial Officer of Pengrowth Energy Trust of Calgary. Previously, he held positions as Vice-President and Treasurer of Canadian Pacific Limited and Chief Financial Officer of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, both of Calgary. Mr. Hodgins is currently a director of, and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee for, several public Calgary-based companies including AltaGas Ltd. (formerly Altagas General Partner Inc.), having joined in March 2005, MEG Energy Corp., from September 2010, Enerplus Corporation (listed on the TSX and NYSE, formerly Enerplus Resource Fund), from November 2007, Kicking Horse Energy Inc., from April 2012, and StonePoint Energy Inc., from October 2014. He has also served as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the following companies: Orion Oil & Gas Corporation from January 2010 to July 2011; Cub Energy Inc. from July 2012 to March 2015; MGM Energy Corp. from January 2007 to June 2014; Santonia Energy Inc. from June 2005 to March 2014; Lateral Capital Corp. from October 2012 to August 2013; Skope Energy Inc. from October 2010 to February 2013; and Enerflex Ltd. from July 2004 to January 2010. Mr. Hodgins graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1975, received a Chartered Accountant designation and was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1977 and Alberta in 1991.

Ronald Royal

Mr. Ronald W. Royal is a Director of the Company, since May 7, 2015. Mr. Royal is a private businessman and currently serves on the Board of two public companies, Valeura Energy Inc. since March 2010 and Oando Energy Resources Inc. since April 2015. Mr. Royal is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience with Imperial Oil Ltd. and ExxonMobil’s international upstream affiliates. From 2011 to 2014, he served on the Board of Caracal Energy Inc., and prior to 2010, several other boards of private oil companies. Prior to retiring in 2007, Mr. Royal was President and Production Manager of Esso Exploration and Production Chad Inc. and resided in N’Djamena, Chad from 2002 to 2007. In 2003, he was awarded the title “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Chad” for his contribution to the economic development of Chad. Mr. Royal received his Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia in 1972 and completed the Executive Development Program at Cornell University in 1986. He has been a member of the Association of the Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta since 1972.

David Smith

Mr. David P. Smith is a Director of the Company, since May 7,2015. Mr. Smith is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Superior Plus Corp., a diversified public company with interests in energy distribution, chemicals and construction products distribution. He previously served as a director of Xinergy Ltd. from December 2010 to February 2013, and of Jannock Properties Ltd. from 2000 to January 2011. From March 2004 to August 2015, Mr. Smith served as Chair of the Audit Committee of Superior Plus Corp. Previously, he was Managing Partner of Enterprise Capital Management Inc. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in the investment banking, investment research and management industry. His areas of expertise include investment research, mergers & acquisitions, project finance, privatization and corporate finance. Mr. Smith graduated with honors from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Business Administration in 1981. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Nicholas Kirton

Mr. Nicholas G. Kirton is no longer an Independent Director of Gran Tierra Energy Inc., effective June 24, 2015. Mr. Kirton is a Chartered Accountant and former KPMG partner who retired in 2004 after a thirty-eight year career at KPMG LLP (“KPMG”). He is currently a director of Essential Energy Services Ltd. and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and was previously a director for Canexus Corporation, Grand Cache Coal Corporation, Builders Energy Services, Result Energy Inc., and Innicor Subsurface Technologies Inc. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Governors and Audit Committee Vice Chair of the University of Calgary. Mr. Kirton received a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Physics) in 1966 from Bishop’s University, his Chartered Accountant designation in Quebec in 1969 and was named a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants (FCA) of Alberta in 1996, and in 2006 received the designation of ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee recommended Mr. Kirton for re-election because of his demonstrated leadership value and substantial financial leadership expertise stemming from his 38-year career in the Audit Practice of KPMG, including 28 years as a partner with KPMG. In addition, since his retirement from KPMG in 2004, he has had substantial experience on other public company boards of directors and audit committees.

Gerald Macey

Mr. Gerald J. Macey is no longer an Independent Director of Gran Tierra Energy Inc., effective June 24, 2015. Mr. Macey’s professional career started as a geologist with Gulf Canada Resources and Gulf Oil Corporation in the United Kingdom, which was followed by BP Resources Canada, Pan Canadian Petroleum (from 1999 to 2002) and ultimately Encana Corporation (from 2002 to 2004), where he served as President, International New Ventures Exploration Division and Executive Vice President. Mr. Macey has sat on numerous domestic and international boards of directors, including most recently Addax Petroleum Corporation and Verenex Energy Corporation, and is currently on the boards of Andora Energy and Pan Orient Energy Corporation. Mr. Macey is currently a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He was awarded the Stanley Slipper Gold Medal, the most prestigious award of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, for outstanding contribution to petroleum exploration in Canada, in 2005, and the Minerals Management Service Corporate Leadership Award, for exemplary leadership of the McCovey exploration project in the Beaufort Sea Outer Continental Shelf, in 2003. Mr. Macey received a Bachelors degree in Geotechnical Science from Concordia University and a Masters of Science in Geology from Carleton University.
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