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Our Directors

  • James BanisterChairman

    Bio JamesBanister

    Mr. Banister is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BanCor Inc., an investment holding company and the successor to Travis Chemicals Inc., a private corporation. Mr. Banister has been an independent businessman since 1985 and has served as a director on the boards of a variety of public and private companies. His previous accomplishments include being the United Way’s annual campaign chairman for Calgary and area, a recipient of a Pinnacle Award for business excellence and community involvement and a recipient of Junior Achievement’s “Business in the Community” leadership award. Mr. Banister has a Diploma in Business Administration.

    Mr. Banister is a member of the Compensation and Governance Committee.

  • Garnet AmundsonDirector

    Bio GarnetAmundson

    Mr. Amundson has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Essential Energy Services and its predecessor entities since 2004. He has led Essential and its predecessors through an initial public offering, two public company merger transactions with the acquisitions of Builders Energy Services in 2008 and Technicoil Corporation in 2011, the acquisition and integration of numerous private oilfield service companies and multiple oilfield service-line business dispositions. Prior to his role at Essential, Mr. Amundson’s business experience included managerial and officer roles at various levels of seniority with multi-national oil and gas producers, an international fertilizer company and a national accounting firm. He holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation. Mr. Amundson commenced his career in the oil and gas business over 35 years ago as a roughneck working on a drilling rig in Grande Prairie.

    Mr. Amundson is a member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee.

  • Michael BlackDirector

    Bio MichaelBlack

    Mr. Black is a senior energy partner in the office of the international law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. He has significant experience in all aspects of the energy sector, including upstream, midstream and the services sector, providing counsel to numerous domestic and international energy companies. Mr. Black holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

    Mr. Black is a member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee.

  • Robert GermanDirector

    Bio RobertGerman

    Mr. German is the Vice President, Finance at Oculus Transport Ltd., a private oilfield hauling company, since 2015. Prior thereto, Mr. German was with Horizon North Logistics as the President and CEO (2010 to 2014) and Vice President, Finance and CFO (2006 to 2010). Prior thereto, Mr. German held senior finance positions with Producers Oilfield Services Inc. and Precision Drilling Corporation. Mr. German has over 30 years of experience and holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation.

    Mr. German is the Chairman of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

  • Nicholas KirtonDirector

    Bio NicholasKirton

    Mr. Kirton had over 35 years of service with KPMG LLP prior to his retirement. Mr. Kirton is a director of Oronova Energy Inc. and a director of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. He holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants. Mr. Kirton holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

    Mr. Kirton is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation and Governance Committee.

  • Robert MichaleskiDirector

    Bio RobertMichaleski

    Mr. Michaleski is a retired senior executive that spent the majority of his career at Pembina Pipeline. He is currently a director of Pembina and was the Chief Executive Officer (2000 to 2013) and President (2000 to 2012). Mr. Michaleski is a director of Vermillion Energy and a director of the United Way of Calgary and Area. He holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

    Mr. Michaleski is the Chairman of the Compensation and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.