Board of Directors

David Farrell

Chair of the Board and Independent Director

Mr. David Farrell is a corporate director with over 25 years of corporate and investment banking experience, and has negotiated, structured and closed more than US$25 billion worth of M&A and structured financing transactions for natural resource companies.

Previously, Mr. Farrell was President of Devisa Consulting, a private consulting firm working with global junior and mid-tier companies.  Prior to founding Davisa, Mr. Farrell was Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at Endeavour Financial working in Vancouver and London.  Prior to Endeavour Financial, Mr. Farrell was a lawyer at Stikeman Elliott, working in Vancouver, Budapest and London.  Mr. Farrell has also served for 12 years as a board and finance committee member of Yaletown House, a non-profit, critical-care seniors’ residence in downtown Vancouver.

Mr. Farrell graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Comm. (Honours, Finance) and an LL.B. and has received the ICD.D designation from U of T Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Farrell is the Chair of the Compensation, Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.

Donald J. Currie

Chief Executive Officer and Director
 
Mr. Donald Currie is the founding CEO of Hillcrest Energy Technologies Ltd. Wanting to create an organization that could leverage his 30+ years of energy experience and still benefit from entrepreneurial thinking, Mr. Currie took the reins of Hillcrest in February 2010.
 
Mr. Currie’s success combines his reputation as a trusted relationship and business builder with decades of North American equity markets exposure and in the financing of public companies. Mr. Currie has been leading the Company’s successful transition into clean energy technologies by identifying early-stage prospects and converting these into a portfolio of business growth opportunities.
 
Earlier in his career, Mr. Currie held various senior level positions including Director, Officer and VP of Corporate Communications with Enhanced Oil Resources Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company based out of Houston, Texas. Prior to this, Don worked in other private and public ventures spanning the mining, gaming and technology sectors.

Michael Moskowitz

Independent Director

A veteran technology executive, Michael Moskowitz has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the consumer, communications, and technology industries.  Mr. Moskowitz has led various companies through business and growth strategies as a leading provider of integrated technology solutions for businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region.

Before co-founding NorthStar Gaming (Ontario) Inc., Mr. Moskowitz served as CEO and Chairman at Panasonic North America.  During his tenure at Panasonic Mr. Moskowitz also held roles as President of Panasonic Canada, and Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company USA where he focused on strategic growth, profitability and diversification including expanding Panasonic’s offerings for B2B customers.  Mr. Moskowitz also served as President and CEO of satellite radio operator XM Canada, and President, Americas International of Palm Inc. where he managed Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean region through a period of extensive growth.

In 2021, Mr. Moskowitz joined Hillcrest Energy Technologies Ltd. as Strategic Advisor.  Mr. Moskowitz was previously named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an award presented to exceptional leaders in their chosen fields who are shaping the country’s future.  Mr. Moskowitz is a member of the Board of Industry Leaders of the Consumer Technology Association, and a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world.  Mr. Moskowitz is a former Board member of Mobilicity, Hussmann Corporation and Panasonic Avionics Corporation.

Michael Krzus

Director

Mr. Michael Krzus is an engineer with 40 years of international energy industry experience as a director and executive in Australia, the United States, the Netherlands and Canada.

Prior to joining Hillcrest, Mr. Krzus was the founding CEO and Director of Emerald Oil Inc., an operating oil company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and was CEO and Managing Director of Emerald Oil and Gas NL, an oil and gas company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

During his previous career, including 22 years with Woodside Petroleum Ltd. and Shell, Mr. Krzus held various executive and management roles involving international oil and gas exploration and development, large scale LNG and gas to power projects, technology development and geothermal.  Mr. Krzus also served as a director of the Australian CO2CRC, a collaboration between the Australian Government, industry and universities/research institutions to further CO2 carbon capture and storage research and applications.

Mr. Krzus holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Tulsa University, a Diploma in Oil and Gas Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr. Krzus is a Member of the Reserves Committee.

Kylie Dickson

Independent Director

Ms. Kylie Dickson is a Canadian CPA, CA who has worked with companies throughout the mining lifecycle and played a pivotal role in multiple financings and M&A transactions.  Ms. Dickson was most recently the Vice President of Business Development at Equinox Gold Corp. and, before that, VP, Business Development at Trek Mining. Ms Dickson previously worked as Chief Financial Officer for JDL Gold Corp., Anthem United Inc. and Esperanza Resources, and served as the Corporate Controller of Minefinders Corporation.

Until March 2020, she was Vice-President, Business Development of Equinox Gold Corp. and previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer of several mineral exploration and mining companies. Prior to her work with public companies, Ms. Dickson was an audit manager in the mining group of a major audit firm.

Ms. Dickson is the Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Reserves Committee.

Robert Lambert

Independent Director

Mr. Robert Lambert is currently Deputy Chairman of Jadestone Energy Plc., Previously, Mr. Lambert was CEO of Petra Petroleum Inc from 2011 to 2015, Senior Independent Director of Eland Oil & Gas PLC from 2012 to 2015 and CEO of GB Petroleum Ltd from 2005 to 2010. Prior to that time, Mr. Lambert held a variety of executive management and senior operational roles with Conoco Inc. over a 25-year international career.

Mr. Lambert is Chair of the Reserves Committee and a Member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation, Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.

Thomas G. Milne

Independent Director

Mr. Thomas (Tom) Milne is a senior financial management executive with extensive international experience in energy E&P, pipelines, oil sands and communication technology. Mr. Milne’s career roles include: chief financial officer, treasurer, investment banker, senior partner (CA firm) and foreign exchange trader. Mr. Milne has been a director of both public and private companies including chairman of the audit committee for an AMEX-listed oil sands company.

Mr. Milne is a Member of the Audit Committee and Compensation, Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.