Dr. Horst A. Schmid has served as director and Chairman of the Board of the Company since February 6, 2004. Since June 29, 2005, he has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Deep Well. From September 1996 to present, Dr. Schmid has been the director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Portwest Investment Ltd., a private firm, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Prior to that, Dr. Schmid spent 15 years as Cabinet Minister for the Government of Alberta and 10 years as Commissioner General for Trade and Tourism for the province of Alberta. During that time, he was involved in numerous successful overseas negotiations for the Alberta oil and gas industry, achieving major contracts for Alberta exploration and production service companies. He is the recipient of many Canadian and international awards for his accomplishments. Dr. Schmid received an Honorary Law Degree from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Malik Youyou has served as director of the Company since August 20, 2008. Mr. Youyou is an experienced international entrepreneur, investor and director of several companies. With over four decades of business experience in highly competitive global markets, beginning in his native France, Mr. Youyou brings a strong international perspective to Deep Well's Board. Mr. Youyou has created and led several companies involved in the development, branding, and marketing of luxury goods from leading international houses.
Mr. Satya Brata Das has served as director of Deep Well since March 8, 2011. Mr. Satya Brata Das is a seasoned strategist, author, board director and policy guru. Mr. Dasâ€™ guidance and counsel is highly valued in the public, private and philanthropic sectors. Mr. Das advised on more than 50 major files for the governments of Canada, Alberta, and municipalities. Mr. Dasâ€™ private sector engagement ranges from start-ups to listed firms. Building on a distinguished career in journalism in the last quarter of the 20th century, Mr. Das launched his advisory firm Cambridge Strategies Inc. at the turn of the millennium. Mr. Dasâ€™ proven skills in integrating the political, economic, societal and cultural dimensions of policy challenges have brought effective results to professional and voluntary endeavours. Mr. Das pioneered values-based public policy, using quantitative measures of citizen values to win social license and widespread societal support. Mr. Das is a frequent commentator and public speaker in both national languages, in media and on stage. A best-selling author, Mr. Dasâ€™ books include Dispatches from a Borderless World; The Best Country: Why Canada Will Lead the Future and Green Oil: Clean Energy for the 21st Century?. Mr. Dasâ€™ volunteer work is deeply informed with a lifelong commitment to human rights as a way of life, and the principles of human dignity espoused by M.K. Gandhi.
Mr. Pascal Nodé-Langlois has served as director of the Company since December 4, 2013. Mr. Nodë-Langlois is a French entrepreneur with a broad experience in banking. In 1975, he founded in Switzerland, the company Stock and Commodity Services SA (SCS). In 1991, SCS became Banque SCS Alliance SA (BSA), a fully licensed Swiss bank with branches in Switzerland and subsidiaries abroad. In 2006, after a consistent career of more than 30 years as the principal owner, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of BSA (previously SCS), Mr. Nodë-Langlois sold his stake in the bank. In 2007, he founded a new financial boutique, in Luxembourg: Voltaire Group SA. This company operates as a holding company. It acquires majority participations and/or creates operating companies with the aim to cover a large portion of the different financial services corresponding to the field of expertise that Mr. Nodé-Langlois developed during his previous activity in banking. Its main present participation is PARfinance SA, a Swiss registered wealth management company.
Mr. Colin P. Outtrim has served as director of the Company since November 17 2014. Mr. Outtrim is a highly experienced petroleum engineer bringing with him extensive reservoir appraisal knowledge to the Company. Mr. Outtrim has over 40 years of experience in the global petroleum reserves and resources industry and has conducted and or participated in several hundred reservoir engineering and economic evaluation projects covering oil, gas and geothermal properties in all parts of the world having asset values from between one million to 20 billion dollars. Early in his career he worked with the Alberta Government Energy Resources and Conversation Board (now known as the Alberta Energy Regulator or "AER") as a Reserves Engineer assessing the Alberta oil sands, at which time he also published and co-authored a paper entitled "The Oil Sands Reserves of Alberta". From 1992 to 2004, he was the co-founder, President and CEO of Outtrim Szabo Associates Ltd. which served petroleum companies undertaking energy developments around the world. In 2004, Outtrim Szabo Associates Ltd. was acquired by DeGolyer and MacNaughton Canada Limited ("DeGolyer") and Mr. Outtrim became president and a director of DeGolyer until his retirement in 2012. From 2008 to 2012, the Company engaged DeGolyer to prepare the Company's independent reserves and resources analysis reports, at which time Mr. Outtrim was providing independent consulting engineering services to the Company through DeGolyer. His career has provided him broad experience reporting to audit committees as a "qualified reserves evaluator and auditor". He is one of a few expert members from around the world selected to sit on and serve as a technical member of the Experts Group sub-committee on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ("UNECE"), the United Nations Framework Classification ("UNFC") for the standardization of petroleum reserves and resource definitions, and has recently completed a three-year term on the board of trustees of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Canadian Educational Trust Fund as trustee and treasurer. He is currently serving as director and reserves audit committee chairman of CaiTerra International Energy Corporation and currently provides reservoir engineering advisory services to Tallahassee Resources Inc. He is also the past chairman of the Petroleum Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining. Mr. Outtrim holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a registered Petroleum Engineer. Mr. Outtrim completed his professional qualifications at the highest level with the Institute of Corporate Directors and attained his ICD.D designation.
Mr. Curtis James Sparrow has served as director of Deep Well since February 6, 2004. Mr. Sparrow has also been the Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer of Deep Well. Since the mid-1980s, Mr. Sparrow has been a self-employed management consultant specializing in the natural resource sector. Mr. Sparrow has been involved in the oil and gas industry in various capacities for over 39 years. He has held directorships and senior officer positions with junior exploration and development companies before becoming a self-employed consultant. He has also participated in the marketing side of the oil and gas industry, and was part of an acquisition team formed to assess and develop a bid for a multi-billion dollar integrated oil company. His experience also includes corporate and project management, international businesses and mining. Mr. Sparrow is a National Association of Corporate Directors (â€śNACDâ€ť) Governance Fellow. He has demonstrated his commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACDâ€™s comprehensive program of study for corporate directors. He supplements his skill sets through ongoing engagement with the director community, and access to leading practices. The NACD is the recognized authority focused on advancing exemplary board leadership and establishing leading boardroom practices. Mr. Sparrow received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and Masterâ€™s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Alberta. Mr. Sparrow is also a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the American Finance Association (AFA).