Management Team

Michael-Culbert-038FinalMichael Culbert
President and CEO
Michael Culbert has over thirty years of diverse experience in the oil and gas industry, holding managerial and executive positions with a number of Calgary-based energy companies, including Progress Energy, Encal Energy and Home Oil.  In addition, Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd.  Prior to his current position, Michael was the President and CEO of Progress Energy Resources Corp. and has provided leadership at Progress Energy since its recapitalization in 2001.  Michael is a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ Board of Governors.

topolinskyDaniel Topolinsky
Executive Vice President, Exploration and Development
Daniel was appointed to his current position in March 2009. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Exploration and has been instrumental in setting the pace and quality of the Company’s exploration and exploitation program. Before joining the company in 2002, Daniel was President of NXT Energy Ltd. and previous to that he was Vice President of Exploration at Renaissance Energy Ltd.

macnicholArt MacNichol
Senior Vice President, Finance & CFO
Art is the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Progress Energy Canada Ltd.  Prior to joining Progress Energy in 2004, Art was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Calpine Corporation’s power and oil and gas operations in Canada and also held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Calpine Power Ltd., Manager of Calpine Power Income Fund.  Art also held various positions with Encal Energy Ltd., an intermediate oil and gas exploration company that traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges, from 1993 to April 2001 including that of Controller and Treasurer.

Mark-Fitzgerald-webMark Fitzgerald, P.Eng., MBA
Senior Vice President, Production & Facilities
Mark has more than 25 years of experience in field operations, production, development, business in the oil and gas industry. In his current role, Mark is responsible for the safe, compliant and environmentally sound delivery of Progress’s field production operations, and leads the company’s infrastructure and field operations expansion strategy. He began his career with major North American producers Chevron Canada and Dominion Exploration before joining Acclaim Energy, which became Canetic Energy and then Penn West Energy. Prior to joining Progress in 2014, Mark held Sr. Vice President roles in engineering, production and development at Penn West. Mark presently sits on the board of directors for Classroom Champions, a nonprofit that connects top performing athletes with students in high-needs schools. He is also an advisor to the board for Edge School, a unique learning community where students can pursue academic excellence while striving to reach their full athletic potential.

pischke1Ken Pischke, P.Eng.
Senior Vice President, Development
Ken brings more than 25 years of professional accomplishment to his new assignment leading the efficient and timely development of the company’s vast resource base. Prior to joining Progress Energy in 2012, Ken worked at Cenovus Energy as Senior Vice President of Operations Shared Services, and previously at Encana Corporation as Vice President of Development Ecuador Business Unit and Vice President Southern Plains Business Unit.

georgetKevin Georget, CA
Vice President, Finance
Kevin is responsible for Progress Energy’s financial reporting and compliance, financial risk management and treasury functions. Kevin joined Progress in 2002 and held positions of increasing responsibility including Controller and Treasurer and Manager of Financial Reporting before being promoted into his current position in 2013. Prior to joining Progress, he held the position of Senior Manager – Audit at KPMG LLP. Kevin has more than 18 years of experience in the Canadian oil and gas industry and public practice.     

Lynn GregorLynn Gregor, P.Eng., MBA
Vice President, Joint Venture Relations

Lynn joined Progress Energy in May 2014. In his current role, ‎Lynn is responsible for partner relations with all of the company’s international partners facilitating alignment with the company’s development strategies and execution. Prior to that he was Vice President Strategic Planning, Supply Chain Management and Continuous Improvement at Encana. Lynn has also held various commercial management positions at Amoco and BP in the United States, Argentina, Bolivia and the UK. Lynn’s career started as a construction and drilling engineer with Esso Resources in the Canadian Beaufort Sea. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering degree from Carleton University and an MBA from Ivey Business School and is a member of APEGA.

neilwebsiteNeil Horbachewski, P.Eng.
Vice President, Production
Neil joined Progress in January 2003 and has held positions of increasing responsibility.  In August 2011, Neil was promoted to the position of Vice President, Engineering. In 2012 his title changed to Vice President, Development, East Business Unit. Prior to his employment at Progress Energy, Neil held production and reservoir engineering positions at Elan Energy, Barrington Petroleum, Magin Energy, Rio Alto Exploration and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

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Vice President, Strategy and New Ventures
Arabi was appointed to his current position in 2014. In 2012 he was appointed to Vice President, New Ventures & Deep Basin Business Unit upon the amalgamation of PETRONAS Carigali Canada Ltd. and Progress Energy Resources Corp.  Prior to that, he was Head of PETRONAS Carigali Canada Ltd., in a joint venture partnership with Progress Energy for the development of the North Montney JV areas.  Previous to joining PETRONAS earlier in 2012, Arabi had spent more than 26 years of his oil & gas career with Royal Dutch Shell, and had held several positions in new business development for Exploration & Production, Gas & Power (LNG/GTL), and Projects & Technology.

rutherfordCindy Rutherford, P.Land, ICD.D
Vice President, Corporate Relations & Land

Cindy’s role in Corporate Relations includes First Nations, community, regulatory and government relations. Building on her extensive experience with a variety of oil and gas companies, Cindy joined Progress Energy in 2002. She assumed increasing responsibilities in land management, and in 2005, took on the role of Vice President, Land. Cindy served on the Board of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen from 2002 to 2009 culminating as President in 2008 and served as Director of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen from 2008 to 2010.

Vorobiev-Max-015-8x10-@300-CL-2013-e1362669427217Max Vorobiev, P.Eng.
Vice President, Development, North Montney
Max was appointed to his current role in 2014. Prior to that, Max held the position of Vice President, Engineering with primary responsibility of providing leadership for the development of the North Montney Joint Venture since August 2011. Since joining Progress in 2004, Max held positions of increasing responsibility in the engineering department and exploitation group. Before joining Progress Energy, Max held various production and exploitation engineering positions at Shell Canada Ltd. and Apache Canada Ltd.