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James Saunders, Chairman and Director

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Mr. Saunders, is a Calgary based independent businessman and a Director of RMP Energy Inc.. Mr. Saunders has in excess of 34 years of diverse oil and gas industry,technical and managerial experience. He was previously Chairman or CEO of 4 publicly listed oil and gas exploration and production companies: Twin Butte Energy Ltd., Prairie Schooner Petroleum Ltd., Great Northern Exploration Ltd., and Ionic Energy Inc.

Mr. Saunders earned a Bachelor Of Science in Engineering, from the University of New Brunswick in 1982.


Allen Brooks, Director

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President of G. Allen Brooks L.L.C.

Mr. Brooks has over four decades of experience in the oilfield services, energy, and investment industries, including extensive international expertise. His various roles have included Energy Securities Analyst, Manager of an oilfield services company, and Management Consultant to various energy companies. Mr. Brooks is currently an adviser to PPHB, a boutique oilfield service investment banking firm based in Texas , a consultant on strategy to the CEO of a large international offshore oil service company and is a member of the Board of Directors of Trican Well Service Ltd., and Pason Systems Inc. He is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow and a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

John Hooks, Director


President and CEO of PHX Energy Services Corp.

Mr. Hooks has been the President & CEO of PHX Energy Services Corp. since 1995 and Chairman of the Board of Phoenix since 2000. Prior to joining Phoenix, Mr. Hooks founded Thread Tech Energy Systems Ltd., a private connection manufacturing and pipe distribution company in 1985. Thread Tech provided services to the oil and gas industry until its assets were sold in June 2003. Mr. Hooks is also a Director of Canadian Energy Services & Technology Corp., a public company trading on the TSX, and a Director of RMS Systems Inc. since 2011. Mr. Hooks has over thirty five years of experience in the Canadian and international oil and gas service industry, including operations, senior management and ownership positions.


Kevin Nugent, Director


Executive Chairman, Hifi Engineering Inc.

Mr. Nugent was the President and Chief Executive Officer of NQL Energy Services Inc., a publicly traded oilfield service company from 2004 to 2006 and Senior Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2004. Prior thereto, Mr. Nugent held the position of Vice-President of SCF Partners from 2002 to 2003 and was Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Enserco Energy Service Company Limited from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Nugent also sits on the Board of Directors of Trican Well Service Ltd. and Secure Energy Services Inc.

Christopher Strong


Mr. Strong was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Union Drilling Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas), a contract drilling company, from 2004 to 2012. He was appointed President in 2003 and prior thereto served as Chief Financial Officer from 1999 to 2003. Prior thereto he held the positions of Vice-President, Finance and Treasurer (1997), Treasurer (1996) and Director, Finance (1994-1996) for Hvide Marine Incorporated (also known as Seabulk International), an offshore supply boat company which supported the oil and gas industry, primarily in the U.S. Gulf, the Arabian Gulf and later in West Africa. Mr. Strong received an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Strong was appointed to the Board in October 2013.

Stella Cosby, Director


Ms. Cosby is a Senior Human Resources executive with expertise in working with global growth companies in areas such as business effectiveness, succession planning, talent development and retention, executive compensation and governance.  Ms. Cosby has experience working in agriculture, financial services, manufacturing, chemical, pipeline, transportation and retail industries.   Ms. Cosby is the Vice President of People for Cervus Equipment where she is responsible for human resources and safety.  Prior to joining Cervus, Ms. Cosby was a Senior Director with Agrium Inc. where she led a diverse multi-disciplinary team responsible for executive and broad-based compensation, pension, benefits, global mobility and payroll.  She was a founding member and Chair of Agrium’s Women’s Leadership Group, focused on the development and advancement of women at Agrium.

Ms. Cosby is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Organization Development Network.  She has completed the ICD Program in HR and Compensation Effectiveness.

Ms. Cosby is the newest member of Savanna’s Board, being appointed in December, 2014.

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