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. Black is a Resource Geologist with 15 plus years of experience in mining operations, geological exploration projects, consulting, database management, geotechnical engineering, project management and project engineering. Mr. Black has conducted professionally recognized, innovative work in geo-statistical modelling, and routinely provides his expertise to the mineral industry with regard to geologic modelling, geo-statistical evaluation, mineral resource estimation, and exploration program design and support. He is a Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Registered Member and is recognized as a Qualified Person for exploration, geology, and mineral resource estimation according to the Canadian National Instrument.
Mr. Black has participated in mineral resource projects at many levels of project development, from early exploration through bankable feasibility studies, and has assisted in the preparation of numerous Canadian National Instrument compliant technical reports. He has conducted site investigations, geologic field mapping and sampling, and data verification as an independent QP for a variety of gold, silver, and multiple commodity projects throughout the world. Mr. Black earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Nevada. He is a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.