Mr. Newton is the founder of Strata Oil & Gas, and has been involved in the development of the company from the initial land acquisition and discovery stage, through to the present. He has assisted the company by establishing its corporate focus, assembling its team, and helping advance its core project.
Mr. Newton's corporate experience has primarily been in the resource sector, where he has assisted private and public companies in their financing, project acquisition, and development. Mr. Newton has a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Victoria and an M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Ranger is an experienced petroleum consultant with a prolific career providing services to an array of the world's largest oil companies. He has extensive oil sands & heavy oil evaluation and research experience in reservoir characterization, sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of Athabasca, Wabasca, Cold Lake, Peace River and international oil sands regions. He has conducted and supervised numerous resource evaluation projects integrating core, outcrop and wireline logs. Recent major contracts include: Ross Smith Energy Group, Golder Associates, Laracina Energy, Nexen, Statoil, Murphy Oil, Norwest Consulting, Sinopec, Oilsands Quest, Talisman, ConocoPhillips, Japan Canada Oil Sands, Marathon, Paramount Energy, Athabasca Oil Corp., Kennecott Canada, Total Canada, OPTI Canada, Koch Canada, Syncrude Canada, Quadrise, Hatch Engineering.
Dr. Ranger is currently an independent petroleum consultant and is a director of Canadex Resources Ltd. Prior to this, he served on the Scientific Advisory Board of Gushor Inc. from 2007 to 2009, and as a senior geologist at Gulf Canada Resources between 1977 and 1985. Dr. Ranger has a PhD. in Petroleum Geology from the University of Alberta, a MSc. Degree in Sedimentary Geology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a BSc. Geology from Concordia University. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Petroleum Geologists; Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists; and the Canadian Well Logging Society.
Mr. Mahowich has 27 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, including expertise in the Peace River oil sands region, where he oversaw drilling operations for Blackrock Ventures Inc. which was subsequently acquired by Shell Canada Ltd. for $2.4 billion. After Blackrock was acquired, Mr. Mahowich managed drilling in the region for Shell Canada. Mr. Mahowich has drilled more than 300 wells in the Peace River region, with specific areas of expertise in cold production wells (CHOPS), multilateral horizontal wells, and SAG-D.
Mr. Mahowich's professional experience also includes drilling and completion program management, operations, oil field manufacturing, and business/asssets development with a specific focus on heavy oil and bitumen plays.