Board of Directors

Robert B. Fryk

Mr. Fryk joined the Board of Director of Pine Cliff in May, 2021 and is Chair of its Reserves Committee.  He previously held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Gain Energy Ltd. from April 2017 until March 2021.  Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer at Gain and Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Velvet Energy Ltd. from 2011 to 2015.  Mr. Fryk has over 37 years of experience in management, business development and operations, including oil and gas reservoir exploitation, drilling, completions, marketing and asset and corporate economic evaluations for acquisitions and divestments. Mr. Fryk has a Bachelor of Science – Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Petroleum Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Hilary A. Foulkes

Ms. Foulkes joined the Board of Directors of Pine Cliff in August, 2023. Ms. Foulkes has over 35 years of experience in oil and gas operations and as an investment banking executive. She founded the Canadian platform of Tudor, Pickering, Holt, & Co. Securities, a global energy advisory firm, in 2014 and currently serves as a senior advisor to the company. Ms. Foulkes held a number of executive roles with a large, public Canadian oil and gas producer from 2008 to 2012, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Foulkes was a Managing Director at a private investment bank and then Scotiabank from 2000 to 2008, and for the prior 20 years, held various upstream exploration and operational roles with increasing leadership responsibilities and strategic focus.

Ms. Foulkes has served as an independent director on both private and public oil and gas company boards and is currently Board Chair of Enerplus Corporation (TSX; NYSE). She is a member of both the Institute of Corporate Directors ("ICD") and the National Association of Corporate Directors ("NACD") and is a lifetime member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta ("APEGA") and the Canadian Energy Geoscience Association ("CEGA"). Ms. Foulkes also chairs a national not-for-profit board which supports STEM education for Canadian youth. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science (Earth Sciences) degree from the University of Waterloo, is a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Institute of Corporate Directors and a lifetime member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

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 and is Chair of its Audit Committee. 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 and is Chair of its Governance, Nomination and Compensation Committee. 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 mid-capitalization companies in the Canadian market.

William S. Rice, K.C.

Mr. Rice joined the Board of Directors of Pine Cliff in May, 2016 and became Chairman of the Board in May 2023. 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.