Board of Directors

John A. Brussa

Chairman
Partner, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

Mr. Brussa is Chairman of the Calgary-based energy law firm of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP and has been a partner of the firm since 1987, specializing in the area of taxation. He has been the Chairman of Crew since it was founded in 2003. He served on his first public oil and gas board in 1990 and currently serves on the board of directors for a number of energy and energy related companies. Mr. Brussa brings a wealth of experience stewarding both private and public companies through continued industry evolution and growth, and provides key strategic direction for managing operational strategy, hedging, legal aspects, tax implications and corporate governance. Mr. Brussa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Economics and a Bachelor of Laws degree. He is a past governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a Gold Medalist (Law) from the University of Windsor

  • Reserves Committee
  • Compensation Committee
  • Corporate Governance and EHS&S Committee

Dennis L. Nerland

Director
Partner, Nerland Lindsey LLP

Mr. Nerland is managing partner of the Calgary-based law firm Nerland Lindsey LLP, practicing primarily in the area of tax and estate planning and has been a partner since 1990. He brings extensive background and expertise in legal, governance and risk matters. Mr. Nerland has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Calgary, a Master of Arts in Economics from Carleton University, Ontario and an LLB from the University of Calgary. Mr. Nerland is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Calgary Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He has taken the Directors' Education Program offered by the Rotman School and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, having been ICD.D certified since 2011. Mr. Nerland is currently a trustee of a number of private investment trusts and has and continues to serve on a number of public and private boards in the energy, technology and services sectors.

  • Audit Committee
  • Corporate Governance and EHS&S Committee

Karen Nielsen

Director
Senior Energy Executive

Ms. Nielsen is the former Chief Development Officer at Seven Generations Energy, a company specializing in the development and value-optimization of high-quality, tight-rock, natural gas resource plays.  Prior to joining Seven Generations in 2019, Ms. Nielsen served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Generation at ATCO Electricity Generation, and Vice President, Operations at ARC Resources Ltd. from 2013 to 2017.  With 30 years of oil and gas operations, production and exploitation experience, Ms. Nielsen brings financial and technical acumen, and a proven record of performance in operations excellence, innovation and profitability.  Her financial and commercial literacy is underpinned by experience in corporate reporting, financial accounting, reserves evaluations and NI 51-101 compliant resource assessments.  Ms. Nielsen has a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, completed the Global Institute for Leadership Development program and attended the Governor’s General Leadership conference.  She is also a member of APEGGA, APEGBC, Institute of Corporate Directors, Canadian Society of Unconventional Resources and is a lifetime Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

  • Reserves Committee
  • Compensation Committee

Ryan Shay

Director
Independent Businessman

Mr. Shay has in excess of 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and was Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking at Cormark Securities Inc. until he retired therefrom in June 2016. Mr. Shay was a member of Cormark’s Executive Committee, Risk Committee, Capital Markets Committee, Compensation Committee, Compliance Committee and Audit Committee. Mr. Shay joined Cormark in 1999 as an Energy Research Analyst and was promoted to the Executive Committee of the firm in 2000. He transitioned careers from Research to Investment Banking in 2007 and was promoted to Co-Head of Investment Banking in 2010 and Head of Investment Banking in 2013. Mr. Shay began his career in the investment industry with Peters & Co. Limited in 1996, earning his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1999 and was formerly with Deloitte & Touche in 1993, earning his Chartered Accountant designation in 1996. Mr. Shay received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with Great Distinction. Mr. Shay also sits on the Board of Perpetual Energy Inc., Journey Energy Inc. and on the National Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

  • Audit Committee
  • Reserves Committee

Dale O. Shwed

President
Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Shwed has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Crew since it was founded in 2003. Mr. Shwed holds a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Geology. Prior to Crew, Mr. Shwed was a founder of Baytex Energy Ltd. where he was the President and Chief Executive Officer from 1993 through 2003 when Baytex reorganized into an income trust and spun out Crew Energy Inc. Mr. Shwed started his career in the oil and gas industry in 1980 and has and continues to serve on the boards of a number of public and private energy companies.

David G. Smith

Director
David G. Smith | Director | Crew Energy
Retired Energy Executive

David G. Smith served as Chief Executive Officer of Keyera Corp. from 2015 until his retirement in 2020, and was a senior executive with Keyera since the company's inception in 1998.  Mr. Smith has more than 38 years of experience in the energy industry in Canada.  He began his career with Imperial Oil Limited in 1982 and joined Gulf Canada Resources Limited in 1991.  Mr. Smith is a director of Crew Energy Inc., Arts Commons (Calgary Centre for Performing Arts) and the United Way of Calgary and Area.  He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

  • Audit Committee
  • Compensation Committee
  • Corporate Governance and EHS&S Committee

Please note, Crew does not have an Executive Committee of its board of directors.