About Us

Who We Are

Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. is a public company actively engaged in the exploration, development and production of natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids.

Pine Cliff prides itself on its employees, led by a management team with decades of experience in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. Since our President and CEO, Phil Hodge, became Pine Cliff’s first employee in 2012, the Company has grown from 100 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) to over 21,000 boepd. Pine Cliff has grown by quickly executing counter-cyclical acquisitions, and has assembled a unique asset base with the lowest production decline rate in the public oil and gas sector. How is this an advantage? The low decline rate affords Pine Cliff the ability to keep production flat with modest capital programs, drilling few of its low-risk drilling opportunities. Pine Cliff’s asset structure gives investors the opportunity to participate in the Canadian natural gas market while earning one of the highest fixed dividends amongst its peer group. With a high percentage of insider ownership, Pine Cliff’s decisions have always been in-line with its shareholders, and will continue to execute with one goal in mind - to maximize shareholder value.

Strategy-What Sets Pine Cliff Energy Apart

Pine Cliff’s commitment to their investors and stakeholders is to always maximize their returns on their investment and to keep their trust. High integrity in all operations and full transparency throughout start to finish is paramount.

At Pine Cliff, we make sure to deliver high value with high quality assets, production, and shares.

Pine Cliff has:

  • a 6% decline rate, keeps production flat
  • Higher percentage of its cash flow can be returned to investors
  • Ethical energy focus
  • Well disciplined approach
  • Consistent, long term, stable company that maximizes returns
  • Deal opportunities that can be significantly leveraged

Long Life Assets

Our highly disciplined approach allows us to identify truly valuable long-life assets that have low decline rates and low operational risk, maximizing investors’ risk-reward ratio.

Share Value

In this strong, competitive environment, we make sure to use prudent judgement and remain disciplined on every investment decision, whether that is an acquisition or project relating to our operations.

Income Stream

High quality assets lead to high quality income streams. Significant free cash flow (FCF) is generated from all of our low-operational cost projects that yield huge value.

Executive Team

Philip B. Hodge
President and Chief Executive Officer

Phil Hodge joined Pine Cliff in January 2012 as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Mr. Hodge most recently held the positions of Vice President, Business Development and Vice President Acquisitions and Divestments at Penn West Exploration, one of the largest conventional oil and natural gas producers in North America. Prior to that, Mr. Hodge was a Managing Director at Mackie Research Capital Corporation and J.F. Mackie & Co., Calgary based investment banks. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Hodge was Vice President and General Counsel of Westport Innovations Inc. where he was responsible for legal, corporate governance, strategic partnership and corporate development functions, as well as the formation and growth of the company's business in China. Prior to 2000, Mr. Hodge was a partner at Bennett Jones LLP, a Canadian national law firm, practicing in that firm's securities and mergers and acquisitions teams in its Calgary office.

Terry L. McNeill
Chief Operating Officer

Terry McNeill joined Pine Cliff as Vice President Operations in April 2014 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in January 2015.  Mr. McNeill has over 20 years of industry experience and held the same position at Berkana Energy Corp. from September 2006 until January 2008 and Quatro Resources Ltd. from January 2008 until the sale of the company in November 2012.  Mr. McNeill possesses a broad range of experience on all aspects of operations including production, construction, completions and drilling.  Mr. McNeill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Christopher S. Lee
Vice President, Exploration

Christopher S. Lee was appointed to Vice President, Geology of Pine Cliff in November 2017 and was appointed Vice President, Exploration in January 2021.  Mr. Lee has 17 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry and has been an employee of Pine Cliff since March 2012. Mr. Lee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.

Alan MacDonald
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

Alan MacDonald rejoined Pine Cliff as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary in December 2019. Mr. MacDonald is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and most recently held the position of Interim Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. from September 2017 to September 2018. From 2012 to 2016 Mr. MacDonald held the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer position at United Hydrocarbon International Corp. Prior thereto from 2001 to 2012, Mr. MacDonald held  similar positions with APF Energy Trust, Rockyview Energy Inc. and Cumberland Oil & Gas Ltd. Mr. MacDonald is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Board of Directors

George F. Fink

Mr. Fink is the Chairman of the Board of Pine Cliff and is also the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Bonterra Energy Corp. Mr. Fink sits on the Board of Directors of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC) and has formerly served on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Mr. Fink's career spans 40 years, primarily in the oil and gas industry. After articling with Ernst & Young and obtaining the Chartered Accountant designation, Mr. Fink worked for Shaw Pipe Industries, Ranger Oil and Comstate Resources before starting Bonterra Corporation (a spinoff from Comstate).

Robert B. Fryk

Mr. Fryk joined the Board of Director of Pine Cliff in May, 2021.  Hepreviously held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of GainEnergy Ltd. from February 2017 until March 2021.  Prior to that, he wasChief Operating Officer at Gain and Executive Vice-President and ChiefOperating Officer at Velvet Energy Ltd. from 2011 to 2015.  Mr. Fryk hasover 37 years of experience in management, business development and operations,including oil and gas reservoir exploitation, drilling, completions, marketingand asset and corporate economic evaluations for acquisitions and divestments.Mr. Fryk has a Bachelor of Science – Chemical Engineering Degree from theUniversity of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Petroleum Engineersand Geoscientists of Alberta.

Philip B. Hodge

Mr. Hodge joined Pine Cliff in January 2012 as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director and its first employee. Prior to Pine Cliff, Mr. Hodge held the positions of Vice President, Business Development and Vice President Acquisitions and Divestments at Penn West Exploration, one of the largest conventional oil and natural gas producers in North America. Prior to that, Mr. Hodge was a Managing Director at Mackie Research Capital Corporation and J.F. Mackie & Co., Calgary based investment banks, Vice-President, General Counsel and Director of Westport Innovations Inc. and President of Westport’s China Division and a partner at Bennett Jones LLP, a Canadian national law firm, practicing in that firm's securities and mergers and acquisitions teams in its Calgary office.

Calvin B. Jacober

Mr. Jacober joined the Board of Directors of Pine Cliff in August, 2022. Mr. Jacober was most recently the Vice Chair Canada for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC") until his retirement in June 2022. Prior thereto, he was both the Managing Partner and the Assurance Leader for PwC's Calgary office. Mr. Jacober has provided both US and Canadian GAAP expertise to Canadian public Audit Committees and Boards for over 30 years, including on public offerings and market transactions. Mr. Jacober has significant boardroom experience reporting to Audit Committees on audit strategy and risks, internal controls and other complex accounting issues. Mr. Jacober has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Jacqueline R. Ricci

Ms. Ricci joined the Board of Directors of Pine Cliff in May, 2020. Ms. Ricci has been a Vice President and Director at J. Zechner Associates, Toronto, Ontario, since 1997, where she is responsible for stock selection and portfolio mix in J. Zechner's Canadian Small/Mid-Capitalization Portfolios. In this position, Ms. Ricci has significant experience evaluating business plans and management performance in small and midcapitalization companies in the Canadian market.

William S. Rice, Q.C.

Mr. Rice joined the Board of Directors of Pine Cliff in May, 2016 and is the Chair of its Governance, Nomination and Compensation Committee. Mr. Rice was Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Securities Commission from 2005 to 2015 and Chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators from 2011 to 2015. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Rice was National Managing Partner of the Bennett Jones LLP law firm. Prior to taking his position with the Alberta Securities Commission, Mr. Rice served as a chair or member of a number of corporate boards of directors.