About

Vesta is a privately owned oil and gas company focused on the light oil window of the Joffre Duvernay shale oil play.

Leadership Team

Matt Rees

President & CEO

Matt joined Vesta Energy in 2021. Matt has over 20 years of experience and is a Professional Engineer with an MBA. Matt has experience in corporate business development, evaluations, and technical engineering in Canada and internationally. Matt was most recently President and CEO at Orlen Upstream Canada and has held previous leadership roles at Talisman Energy Inc. and Petro-Canada Oil & Gas. Matt is an Independent Director on the Board of Bonavista Energy Ltd.

Michael Koy

Chief Financial Officer

Mike joined Vesta Energy in 2019. With over 25 years of oil and gas experience, Mike has a strong background in strategy and planning, budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, midstream, finance and performance management. Mike has held CFO/CEO and senior leadership roles with BRMR, EdgeMarc Energy, Talisman Energy and BP.

Dermot O’Connor

VP Exploration

Dermot joined Vesta Energy in 2011. As a Geologist with over 30 years of experience in oil and gas plays throughout Western Canada, Dermot has a proven track record of finding and developing unconventional resources. Dermot previously worked at EOG Resources, Renaissance Energy and Equal Energy.

Chris McDavid

VP Operations

Chris joined Vesta in 2018. A Professional Engineer with over 20 years of industry experience, Chris was previously the VP of Development and Engineering at NuVista Energy and prior to that held senior technical roles at Bonavista Energy and Renaissance Energy.

Craig Burton

VP Land & Development

Craig joined Vesta in 2018 and is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. He has a strong Business Development and Reservoir Engineering background with his most recent roles at Camcor Partners as VP, NuVista Energy, EOG Resources and Imperial Oil Resources.

Mark Lansing

VP, HSE & Sustainability

Mark joined Vesta Energy in 2018. A Professional Agrologist with over 18 years of oil and gas industry experience, Mark has significant experience managing compliance and HSE programs focused on resource development activity. Mark previously worked as Manager, Environment, Health and Safety at NuVista Energy.

Celsa De Sa

Director, HR & Communications

Celsa joined Vesta Energy in 2019 and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with over 19 years of oil and gas experience. Celsa has a background in HR business partnering, total rewards, talent management and communications, and has previous experience with Repsol Oil & Gas Canada, Talisman Energy Inc. and Vermilion Energy.

Leadership Team

Matt Rees

Matt Rees

President & CEO

Matt joined Vesta Energy in 2021. Matt has over 20 years of experience and is a Professional Engineer with an MBA. Matt has experience in corporate business development, evaluations, and technical engineering in Canada and internationally. Matt was most recently President and CEO at Orlen Upstream Canada and has held previous leadership roles at Talisman Energy Inc. and Petro-Canada Oil & Gas. Matt is an Independent Director on the Board of Bonavista Energy Ltd.

Michael Koy

Michael Koy

Chief Financial Officer

Mike joined Vesta Energy in 2019. With over 25 years of oil and gas experience, Mike has a strong background in strategy and planning, budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, midstream, finance and performance management. Mike has held CFO/CEO and senior leadership roles with BRMR, EdgeMarc Energy, Talisman Energy and BP.

Dermot O’Connor

Dermot O’Connor

VP Exploration

Dermot joined Vesta Energy in 2011. As a Geologist with over 30 years of experience in oil and gas plays throughout Western Canada, Dermot has a proven track record of finding and developing unconventional resources. Dermot previously worked at EOG Resources, Renaissance Energy and Equal Energy.

Chris McDavid

Chris McDavid

VP Operations

Chris joined Vesta in 2018. A Professional Engineer with over 20 years of industry experience, Chris was previously the VP of Development and Engineering at NuVista Energy and prior to that held senior technical roles at Bonavista Energy and Renaissance Energy.

Craig Burton

Craig Burton

VP Land & Development

Craig joined Vesta in 2018 and is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. He has a strong Business Development and Reservoir Engineering background with his most recent roles at Camcor Partners as VP, NuVista Energy, EOG Resources and Imperial Oil Resources.

Mark Lansing

Mark Lansing

VP, HSE & Sustainability

Mark joined Vesta Energy in 2018. A Professional Agrologist with over 18 years of oil and gas industry experience, Mark has significant experience managing compliance and HSE programs focused on resource development activity. Mark previously worked as Manager, Environment, Health and Safety at NuVista Energy.

Celsa De Sa

Celsa De Sa

Director, HR & Communications

Celsa joined Vesta Energy in 2019 and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with over 19 years of oil and gas experience. Celsa has a background in HR business partnering, total rewards, talent management and communications, and has previous experience with Repsol Oil & Gas Canada, Talisman Energy Inc. and Vermilion Energy.

Board of Directors

Craig Golinowski

Craig Golinowski

Board Chair

Craig is President and Managing Partner of Carbon Infrastructure Partners Corp. (formerly JOG Capital Corp.). He has been in private equity fund management since 2007, with board experience of several portfolio companies. Craig’s experience covers structuring complex financial and legal transactions, and knowledge of ESG planning, execution, and monitoring. He has energy banking experience from his time with RBC Capital Markets.

Ryan Crawford

Ryan Crawford

Lead Director

Ryan is Managing Partner of Carbon Infrastructure Partners Corp. (formerly JOG Capital Corp.). Ryan stepped in as President and CEO of Vesta Energy from 2019 until 2021. Ryan has over 20 years of experience in private equity and energy banking, board experience of several portfolio companies and broad exposure to deal sourcing, structuring, and financing. Prior to JOG Capital, he was with ATB Financial, Bank of America and Credit Lyonnais S.A.

Matt Rees

Matt Rees

Director, President & CEO

Matt joined Vesta Energy in 2021. Matt has over 20 years of experience and is a Professional Engineer with an MBA. Matt has experience in corporate business development, evaluations, and technical engineering in Canada and internationally. Matt was most recently President and CEO at Orlen Upstream Canada and has held previous leadership roles at Talisman Energy Inc. and Petro-Canada Oil & Gas. Matt is an Independent Director on the Board of Bonavista Energy Ltd.

Robert Tichio

Robert Tichio

Director

Robert has over 17 years of experience in private equity and energy banking. He is a Partner at Riverstone Holdings LLC and a board member of several Riverstone portfolio companies. Prior to Riverstone, he was in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs & Co LLC.

Jesal Shah

Jesal Shah

Director

Jesal is Vice President at Riverstone Holdings LLC and has over 11 years of experience in private equity and energy banking. He is a board member on several Riverstone portfolio companies and was previously in investment banking at Credit Suisse.

John Schissel

John Schissel

Director

John is a former executive in the oil and gas industry having worked with Canadian Hunter Exploration, Eurogas International Inc. and El Paso Merchant-Petroleum Company. John was previously on the board of Exodus Energy Ltd. and Spectra Energy Facilities LP.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Director

Paul is currently CFO at Wintershall DEA and was previously CFO at Vesta Energy. He has over 25 years of North American and international E&P experience with BP, TNK-BP and Talisman Energy. Paul has significant resource development experience as EVP North America with Talisman, leading the transition from a conventional producer to leading resource shale operator.

Denzil West

Denzil West

Director

Denzil has over 35 years of oil and gas industry experience with the majority focused in the Permian Basin. Denzil is currently CEO of Admiral Permian Resources LLC and has extensive experience in upstream and midstream oil and gas.