Experience To Execute And Deliver
The Sonoro team has experience and expertise with unconventional resource development globally
Mr. Wadsworth has more than 20 years of successful experience in developing unconventional resource projects. He has been involved in various projects where there was little production, poor infrastructure or markets for bitumen, growing them into significant assets through his vision and operational strengths. He was Co-Founder, President and COO of Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (“Bankers”), an oil and gas exploration, development and production company listed on the TSX & AIM, from its inception in 2004 until August 2008. During this period, he led Bankers in re-developing its bitumen field, building a comprehensive team, the necessary infrastructure and external relationships resulting in reserves growing to over 150 million barrels and production from 500 bopd to over 6,000 bopd. Mr. Wadsworth previously led and managed a joint venture company for the initial exploitation of the current Bankers oilfield in Albania on behalf of Premier Oil Plc and its three international E&P partners. Previously, he held various roles within Koch Petroleum Canada over 9 years mainly in the bitumen sector. Mr. Wadsworth holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Calgary, and is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGGA.
Mr. ter Avest has 20 years of international oil and gas experience, of which 14 years were spent with Shell in several senior management roles in the Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific. He was recently the CEO of Advanced Well Technologies and prior to that was with Woodside Energy and Shell. His accomplishments include growing Petroleum Development Oman's "("PDO") Qarn Alam assets, doubling production to 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) within 3 years, leading field development of a US$1 billion offshore oilfield for Woodside Energy, and restarting the stranded 400 million barrel Vincent bitumen offshore field with Woodside. Mr. ter Avest has also successfully led oil and gas field acquisitions and divestments with values up to US$500 million.
Mr. Atkinson is a professional geologist with over 30 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas sector, ranging from working for major oil companies to developing and financing start-up companies. He was co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and then Advisor to the Board of Serica Energy plc and is currently the Chairman of Petcon Borneo Limited and a director of CaribX Limited. Mr. Atkinson started his career as a geologist with Shell International in the Netherlands. He then joined Atlantic Richfield Company (“ARCO”), where he held a number of positions culminating in him being appointed Vice President of Exploration for ARCO Europe/North Africa. In 2001 he launched the first of his own start-up ventures "pda" which went on to become Serica. Mr. Atkinson holds both BSc and PhD degrees in Geology from the University of Wales, UK.
Mr. Meidl has over 15 years of experience in the oil and gas sector. He is Chief Financial Officer of Caithness Petroleum Limited (“Caithness”), a private international energy company, headquartered in London, England. Prior to joining Caithness, he was an investment banker in the International Oil & Gas group of Thomas Weisel Partners in London. Mr. Meidl was previously the Chief Financial Officer for Arsenal Energy Inc., an international exploration company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, which held production assets in Canada and the USA and exploration assets in Egypt, Colombia and Uzbekistan. Prior to that, Mr. Meidl was an Analyst at APF Energy Trust. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Calgary, where he specialized in oil and gas exploration and production and services. He also holds the ICAEW Corporate Finance qualification and a B.Comm. degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Monbaillard has over 35 years of experience in international oil and gas exploration, production and power. Mr. Monbaillard’s career has spanned various senior positions, including technical, negotiation, project development, asset management and leadership, of which 25 years were in exploration and production and 12 years in gas and power with Elf and Total. He has held senior E&P positions in North Africa, West Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Monbaillard has also held a lead role in worldwide acquisitions and joint ventures.