People and Committees

Directors and Officers

John M. Hooks, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

John Hooks has been the CEO of Phoenix Technology Income Fund since 1995 and Chairman of the Board of Phoenix since 2000. He was President of Phoenix Energy Services from 1995 until 2015. Previous to joining Phoenix, Mr. Hooks founded Thread Tech Energy Systems Ltd., a private connection manufacturing and Fiberspar composite line pipe distribution company in 1985. Thread Tech became Fiberspar Canada and provided services to the oil and gas industry until its assets were sold in June 2003.

Mr. Hooks has over thirty years of experience in the Canadian and international oil and gas service industry, including operations, senior management and ownership positions.


Mike Buker, President

Prior to becoming President, Mike Buker served as Sr. VP North American Operations, Sr. VP Business Development, VP Sales and Marketing and Canadian Sales Manager.  His career at Phoenix began in 1998 as a Technical Marketing Representative. He entered the oil and gas sector in April 1997 as a Measurement While Drilling (MWD) Operator and went on to be a Well Planner for a division of Ensign Drilling called Transocean Ensign Drilling Technology. Mr. Buker studied business and economics at the University of Calgary.


Cameron M. Ritchie, CA, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Cameron Ritchie has been the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Phoenix since December 1997. Prior to his position at Phoenix Mr. Ritchie was Corporate Controller for Ericsson Australia Pty., a subsidiary of public multi-national telecommunications manufacturer based in Melbourne, Australia. Prior thereto, Mr. Ritchie held a corporate accounting position with Trimac Transportation Services Ltd. a public bulk transportation company based in Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Ritchie worked in the public accounting sector for Deloitte & Touche (formerly Touche Ross & Co.) in Calgary and Perth, Australia and became a Chartered Accountant in 1986.


Craig Brown, Senior Vice President International Operations and Technology

Prior to joining PHX Energy, Mr. Brown worked for Schlumberger Limited for over 17 years. Through his leadership and drive, he developed from a field specialist concentrated on MWD/LWD geo-steering to a member of upper management where he was responsible for various business segments. Mr. Brown has worked all over the world, including Russia where he most recently spent 3 years managing a large business unit.


Jeff Shafer, Vice President Sales and Marketing

Prior to becoming VP Sales and Marketing, Jeff Shafer served as Sales Manager for 2 years.  His career at PHX Energy Services began in 1999 as a Technical Marketing Representative. Mr. Shafer graduated in 1997 from SAIT with a diploma in Petroleum Technology.

Dan Blanchard, Vice President Executive Sales

Dan Blanchard joined Phoenix as Operations Manager in March 2004 as part of a merger with Radius Directional Services. In 2001, Mr. Blanchard was a founding member of Radius and served as Operations Coordinator. Prior to this Mr. Blanchard worked for various directional service providers and has over 15 years of industry experience, both in the field and in operations management.


Myron A. Tétreault, Director

Mr. Tétreault has been Chairman of Calafate Holdings Ltd., a private investment management and venture capital company, since 1999. He is also a co-founder and director of Echo Merchant Fund II Limited Partnership, Fitzroy Developments Ltd., Northern Vision Development Corp., Microplanet Technology Corp. and Webber Academy Foundation.  Mr. Tétreault was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Octane Energy Services Ltd. from 1999 to April 2003. He was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Phoenix from 1997 to 2007. Mr. Tétreault was one of the founders of Total Energy Services Ltd., where he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from November 1996 to July 2000. From August 1993 to December 1997 Mr. Tétreault was a corporate and securities lawyer with the law firm of Bennett Jones Verchere (now Bennett Jones, LLP). Mr. Tétreault obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1992 and his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa in 1988. He is a director or officer of several other private companies.


Randolf M. Charron, Director

Mr. Charron is a founding director of Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services and the President of Characo Corporation, a private oil and gas investment firm. Prior to that he was a founding director and Vice President of Artisan Corporation  a publicly traded  Canadian oil field service provider. Mr. Charron is also a member of the board of  Wrangler West Energy Corp., a TSX-V junior oil and natural gas producer. Historically he has also served as a member the board of directors of Nevis Energy Services Ltd., Savanna Energy Services Corp., Plains Energy Services Ltd,  Player Petroleum Corporation, New Syrus Capital Corporation, Drillers Technology Ltd, Artisan Corporation and Artisan Drilling Ltd.  As well Mr. Charron has served the industry as a director of the Canadian Association of Oil Well Drilling Contractors(CAODC), Chairman or the Petroleum Industry Annual Safety Seminar and Director of Program Committee of the Petroleum Industry Training Services (PITS). Mr. Charron obtained a BA from McMaster Unitversity.

Judith J Athaide, Director

Ms. Athaide is a Professional Engineer who has been engaged in the energy industry for the past 20 years. She is currently President, and co-founder, of The Cogent Group Inc, an independent energy consultancy specializing in assisting organizations transition to, and thrive within, competitive electricity environments. In addition, she is a regular contributor to industry newsletters. Prior to founding The Cogent Group in 1999, Ms Athaide held a variety of senior commercial and technical roles in the energy industry and academic positions at the University of Alberta, Brandon University, University of Calgary and Mount Royal College. Ms Athaide obtained a B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from the University of Alberta and a B.Comm (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. In addition to PHX Energy Services Corp., Ms Athaide currently serves on the Boards of Fortis Alberta Inc., Cimarron Engineering, Cognera Corp and on the Business Advisory Council at the University of Alberta.


Lawrence (Larry) M. Hibbard, Director

Mr. Hibbard has spent over thirty years of his career in the drilling services industry, the majority of which was with Schlumberger Limited. He has an extensive background in acquisitions, operations, marketing, technology, and engineering. Throughout his career he held numerous senior management positions primarily related to international operations, including Region Vice President of Directional Drilling - Worldwide, Vice President of Marketing - North America, and Vice President of North and South America. These positions lead Mr. Hibbard to work in the directional drilling sector in Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Burma. He was also Vice President of Marketing Worldwide for Sedco Forex (a predecessor of Transocean) and Vice President General Manager Worldwide of IPM, a high growth Integrated Project Management group. Currently, Mr. Hibbard is an independent business man who, in addition to PHX Energy Services Corp., serves on the Board of Xtreme Coil Drilling Corp. and numerous other oilfield service companies. He has completed the comprehensive program of study, through National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and achieved the designations of both Board Leadership and Board Governance Fellow.


Roger Thomas, Director

Mr. Thomas has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and extensive knowledge of business strategy and macro industry trends. The majority of his career was at Nexen Inc (“Nexen”) where he held various senior executive positions, including Executive Vice President of North America, Chief Executive Officer and President of Nexen Canada, and Senior Vice President of the Canadian Oil and Gas division including Nexen Chemicals Canada LP. In addition, Mr. Thomas is a very active member of the industry and community, with some of his past roles including Vice President of the Alberta Chamber of Resources, Chair of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (“CAPP”), Chair of The Nature Conservancy of Canada (Saskatchewan Region), and Division Co-Chair for the Calgary United Way (Engineering, Energy Services Supply Division). In addition, he was a member of the Premier of Alberta's recent Carbon Capture and Storage Council and assisted with the Department of Energy’s most recent Royalty review.  Mr. Thomas served on Flint Energy Services Ltd.’s Board of Directors for the past three years and was Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a Member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Risk Management Committee.


Audit Committee — Audit Committee Mandate

  • Larry Hibbard, Committee Chair
  • Randolf M. Charron
  • Myron A. Tetreault

Compensation Committee

  • Judith J. Athaide, Committee Chair
  • Roger Thomas
  • Larry Hibbard

Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee

  • Myron A. Tetreault, Committee Chair
  • Roger Thomas
  • Judith J. Athaide