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Surge Energy adds diversity to board of directors, names new VP

Don Horne   


Surge Energy Inc. has confirmed the appointment of two highly qualified businesswomen to its board of directors, as part of an ongoing initiative to diversify the board through the addition of new skill sets and backgrounds.

Marion Burnyeat and Allison Maher were named to the board back on July 16.

As a further step in enhancing the leadership of the company, Surge announced the addition of Jim Stannard to the executive team, joining the company on September 6, in the role of Executive Vice President.

“The Surge team will benefit significantly from Jim’s broad scope of experience and we look forward to his contribution to continuing to the growth and profitability of the company,” says Surge President and CEO, Paul Colborne.


With 25 years of experience in the energy sector, both in Western Canada and internationally, Stannard will bring additional expertise at the executive and technical levels.

A graduate of the University of Alberta in Petroleum Engineering and worked in a variety of engineering roles early in his career before completing 10 years in executive roles with Progress Energy.  Subsequent to the acquisition by PETRONAS, Stannard continued in the organization and held executive roles including CEO of PETRONAS Australia.

Most recently, he has been providing independent consulting services focused on business development and operations improvement strategies.

Surge is also pleased to announce the promotions of three current leaders in the organization. Murray Bye has been named the Company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Margaret Elekes has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Land and Business Development. Also promoted to the newly created role of Vice President, Finance is Jared Ducs.


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