Board of Directors - About Us - Birchcliff Energy

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provides leadership and supervises the management of the business and affairs of Birchcliff. In fulfilling their mandate, the Directors have a responsibility to act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Corporation.

Larry A. Shaw

Alberta, Canada - Independent Director 

Mr. Shaw is a Director of Birchcliff and is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Reserves Evaluation Committee. He has more than 29 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is one of the Corporation's founders. Prior to joining Birchcliff, Mr. Shaw served as Chairman of the Board of Case Resources Inc., Big Bear Exploration Ltd. and Stampeder Exploration Ltd. He was President of Shaw Automotive Group Ltd. and Shaw G.M.C. Pontiac Buick Hummer Ltd. Mr. Shaw received his Honors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

James W. Surbey

Alberta, Canada - Director

Mr. Surbey is a Director of Birchcliff and is a member of the Compensation Committee and Reserves Evaluation Committee. Mr. Surbey has more than 40 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and is one of the Corporation’s founders. Prior to Birchcliff, he served as Vice-President, Corporate Development of Case Resources Inc., Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of Big Bear Exploration Ltd. and Vice-President, Corporate Development of Stampeder Exploration Ltd. Mr. Surbey was previously a Senior Partner of the law firm Howard, Mackie (now Borden Ladner Gervais LLP). Mr. Surbey received his Bachelor of Engineering degree and Bachelor of Laws degree from McGill University and is a member of Law Society of Alberta.

A. Jeffery Tonken

Alberta, Canada - President​, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Mr. Tonken is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Birchcliff. He has more than 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is one of the Corporation's founders. Prior to creating Birchcliff, Mr. Tonken founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Case Resources Inc., Big Bear Exploration Ltd. and Stampeder Exploration Ltd. Mr. Tonken was previously a Partner of the law firm Howard, Mackie (now Borden Ladner Gervais LLP). Mr. Tonken currently serves as a Governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Mr. Tonken received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Wales.

Dennis Dawson

Alberta, Canada - Independent Lead Director

Mr. Dawson is ​the Lead Director of Birchcliff and is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Reserves Evaluation Committee. Mr. Dawson was formerly the Vice-President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of AltaGas. Mr. Dawson joined AltaGas as Associate General Counsel in August 1997, after consulting with AltaGas Services Inc. from July 1996. Effective July 1998, he became AltaGas’ General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and effective December 1998, Mr. Dawson became Vice-President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Dawson has over 31 years of oil and natural gas experience including nine years as General Counsel for Pan-Alberta Gas Ltd., a major Canadian natural gas export and marketing company. Mr. Dawson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Lethbridge and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta.

Rebecca Morley

Alberta, Canada - Independent Director

Ms. Morley is a Director of Birchcliff and is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Reserves Evaluation Committee. Ms. Morley has 15 years of experience in the capital markets, having worked as an Equity Research Associate at TD Securities and GMP Securities and then as a Partner and Research Analyst at Paradigm Capital. Ms. Morley then moved to Cypress Capital where she worked as a Research Analyst and Associate Portfolio Manager and was most recently Vice President of Corporate Development at Rayne Capital. Ms. Morley is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Calgary, was the Chair of the Audit Committee in 2014 and 2015 and has been a director since 2012. Ms. Morley received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Finance (Honours) from St. Francis Xavier University and is a CFA Charterholder. 

Debbie Gerlach

Alberta, Canada - Independent Director 

Ms. Gerlach is a Director of Birchcliff and is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Reserves Evaluation Committee.  Ms. Gerlach was a partner with Deloitte LLP for over 21 years where she practiced in the Assurance and Advisory group. During that time, she worked with many public oil and gas companies over her 35 year career with the firm. Ms. Gerlach is a Chartered Accountant with the Chartered Professional Accountants Alberta and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Master of Business Administration Degree, both from the University of Calgary.