Canadian Spirit Resources Inc.
Directors & Management


J. Richard Couillard Chairman of the Board
Donald R. Gardner (1)
Alfred B. Sorensen (1)
Jeffrey E. Dyck (1)
Luigi Liberatore

(1) Member of Audit Committee


J. Richard (Rich) Couillard, B.Sc., P.Geol., is the President and Chief Executive Officer. Rich is a professional geologist who, after graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Geology and Geophysics, spent over 20 years in a variety of professional and management roles in domestic and international activities with Chevron Corporation. In 1994 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Numac Energy Inc. with responsibility for all exploration and production activities. Mr. Couillard was co-founder and CEO of Escavar Energy Inc. from 2003 to 2008. From 2008 to 2014 he was President and CEO of Rock Well Petroleum Inc. and Executive Vice Chairman of Alpha PetroVision Holding AG.

Dean G. Hill, B.Comm. CPA, CA is the Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer.  Dean holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and brings to CSRI over 20 years of finance and accounting experience in the oil & gas, heavy equipment and financial services industries. Prior to joining CSRI, Dean was VP Finance & Administration for a private heavy equipment supplier with cross border operations. Other experience included roles as Compliance Manager with an accounting & consulting firm, and Financial Controller of a multi-national natural resource/financial services company. He achieved his Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant) designation in Alberta followed by extensive audit and consulting assignments in the oil & gas and financial services industries, both domestically and internationally.

Paul A. Smolarchuk, B.Sc., P.Eng. CET is the Vice President, Engineering & Operations. Paul is a professional petroleum engineer with more than 25 years of varied experience in the petroleum industry in Western Canada and Canada’s East Coast offshore. He is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Chemical Technology and of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science (Eng.) in Petroleum Engineering. Having worked with a major Canadian oil and gas producer as well with a major international service company, Paul is familiar with all aspects of drilling, production, exploitation and reservoir engineering. His primary expertise is in the area of well stimulation technologies and has been involved with Canadian unconventional natural gas development since 1985.