Robert Robotti Chair of the Board of Directors

Independent Director since December 2007

Mr. Robotti is President of Robotti & Company Advisor, LLC, a U.S. registered investment advisor, and President of Robotti & Company LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer. Mr. Robotti is actively invested in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Robotti has been a director of Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed company, since 2004, in which he serves on the Nominating and Governance and Compensation committees, and a director of AMREP Corp., a New York Stock Exchange listed company, since 2016, on which he serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and on the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Mr. Robotti received his bachelor of science in Business Administration from Bucknell University (Pennsylvania) in 1975 followed by an MBA in Accounting from Pace University (New York).  Mr. Robotti is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Mr. Robotti is the Chair of Pulse Seismic Inc. and serves as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.


Neal Coleman

Director since December 2017

Neal Coleman began his career with Pulse Seismic Inc. in 2004. He became Pulse's President and CEO in November 2012, after serving four years as the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. Neal’s focus has been to create value for shareholders by enhancing Pulse’s ability to generate sales, growing the seismic data library in a capital-efficient way and carefully managing the Company’s costs in a volatile market. Prior to becoming President and CEO, Neal’s leadership of the sales and marketing team drove steady growth in Pulse’s market share, a more than 100 percent increase in Pulse’s seismic data library, and over $300 million in data library sales. He also directed a significant re-branding initiative.

Neal has over two decades of experience in the areas of business development, strategic planning, negotiation, leadership, public company management and investor relations. He has worked in the energy industry since 2001 and has an exceptional ability to identify customer needs and translate them into revenue opportunities. Neal earned a Bachelor of Applied Business & Entrepreneurship degree from Mount Royal University in Calgary in 1999 and a Petroleum Engineering Applications Certificate from SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary in 2004.


Daphne Corbett

Independent Director since June 2004

Ms. Corbett is an independent businessperson with over 20 years’ experience in the financial industry. From 1981 to 2003 Ms. Corbett worked in various senior and executive positions with HSBC Bank including Head of Audit Canada from 1994-1997, Head of Audit Latin America with HSBC Brazil from 1997-2000, Senior Vice President BC Region from 2000-2002, and Senior Vice President and Business Manager Wealth and Tax Advisory Services Inc. in San Francisco, California from 2002-2003. She served as a Director of Emergency Communications for Southwest British Columbia Incorporated for seven years and as its Chairwoman from 2008 to 2010. In recent years she has also been a Director for the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the Arts Club Theatre of Vancouver and the Board of the Royal B.C. Museum. She currently is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Victoria.

Ms. Corbett received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 1970. She is a former member of the Certified Management Accountants of British Columbia.

Ms. Corbett is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of both the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and Environment, Health & Safety Committee.


Paul Crilly

Independent Director since May 2017

Mr. Crilly has 25 years of experience in the oil and gas services and equipment industry.  From 2005 to 2010, he was President and CEO of Norex Exploration Services Inc. a TSX-listed seismic acquisition company.   From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Crilly held the position of Managing Director, Energy at K2 & Associates Investment Management Inc. where he focused on the management and restructuring of exploration and production company investments.   From 2015 to 2016, he continued his restructuring work with a large private international oil and gas services company.  Mr. Crilly is currently Chief Executive Officer of Evolution Engineering Inc. a private technology company involved in the manufacture and sale of directional drilling equipment across North America.   Mr. Crilly has served on numerous public and private boards in the energy industry.

Mr. Crilly holds his Institute of Corporate Directors Designation and is a Chartered Professional Accountant of Alberta.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Mr. Crilly is the Chair of the Environment, Health & Safety Committee and is a member of both the Audit and Risk Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.


Karen El-Tawill

Independent Director since May 2014

Ms. El-Tawil has 30 years’ experience in the Geophysical Services industry, with 15 years’ experience at the executive level. Her management experience in the Geophysical Services industry includes: Quality Control, Project Development, Customer Service, Marketing, Sales, Information Technology, Investor Relations, and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Ms. El-Tawil retired from TGS-NOPEC in December 2012 as Vice President Business Development. She was with Western Geophysical from 1984 through 1987, Schlumberger Geco-Prakla from 1987 through 1997, and TGS-NOPEC from 1997 through 2012.

Ms. El-Tawil is a director of Polarcus Limited, a marine geophysical company based out of Dubai and listed on the Oslo Bors Stock Exchange. Ms. El-Tawil graduated from Adrian College in 1983 with a Bachelors of Arts degree, with majors in Mathematics and Earth Science.

Ms. El-Tawil is the Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Environment, Health & Safety Committee.


Clark Zentner

Independent Director since April 2002

Mr. Zentner is an independent businessperson with over 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, primarily in financial and advisory capacities. He worked for Amoco Corporation from 1979 to 1988 as an analyst and as manager in finance, economics and planning. In 1988, Mr. Zentner joined Wood Gundy as an oil and natural gas securities analyst and in 1990 joined ARC Financial advancing to the position of Managing Director where he professionally focused on investment banking and corporate financial advisory. In recent years, Mr. Zentner has been actively involved in a number of startup ventures within the oil and natural gas industry which includes serving as a director on a number of privately held companies. He was active with a family-owned cattle ranching and beef retailing business retiring in 2014. He has also served on numerous boards of directors of private companies and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Zentner graduated in 1975 with a B.Sc. in Math from the University of Saskatchewan, and holds an MBA from Queens University in 1979.

Mr. Zentner is the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.