Mr. John E. Zahary was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation on December 20, 2011. Mr. Zahary has more than 25 years of experience in several large integrated and upstream companies in the oil and gas industry in Canada and internationally. He has significant experience with heavy oil, oil sands, light oil, natural gas, and refining and marketing operations.
Most recently, Mr. Zahary served as president and chief executive officer of Harvest Operations Corp. (“Harvest”) and a predecessor company from April 2004 to January 21, 2012. He continued on the board of Harvest whose equity was owned by Korean National Oil Corporation, as a non-executive director until September 2012. Harvest is an integrated oil and gas company with approximately 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day production, a 115,000 barrels per day refining and marketing operation and an active 100% owned Athabasca Region oil sands project. Mr. Zahary served as president and chief executive officer of Viking Energy Trust from April 2004 to February 2006 prior to its acquisition by Harvest under a corporate plan of arrangement.
Mr. Zahary obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Philosophy Degree in Management Studies in 1989 from the University of Oxford. Mr. Zahary serves as a non-executive director of other private and public oil companies and is active with volunteer positions in the community.