Berkana announced the formation of an Advisory Board in 2014 to refine the companies business strategy and ensure continued business growth
Mr. Dave Jardine has over 40 years of experience with Industrial Control Systems. Mr. Jardine’s career started in telecommunications within the Engineering Department of a major carrier. Mr. Jardine rose quickly through the ranks, first becoming the President of a telecommunication system provider and later President at a company marketing system solutions to the Electric Utility, Water and Wastewater, Telecommunication, Broadcasting, Oil and Gas, Railroad and Mobile Communication industries. Mr. Jardine went on to become CEO for the SCADA business unit of global automation provider Valmet, based in Finland. During Mr. Jardine’s tenure as CEO, the business gained international success, acquiring many of its competitors and achieving global leader status. After acquisition of this business by Abengoa of Spain, Dave became President and Chairman of Telvent in North America. Telvent pursued the Energy, Environment, Transportation and Agriculture Industries with market leading Real Time IT Systems and Services offerings globally. Telvent was subsequently sold to a Global Energy Solution provider, Schneider Electric of France. After a two year integration period, Mr. Jardine returned to Abengoa as President of Abengoa T&I Canada. Mr. Jardine leads development of Abengoa’s business interests in Canada. Abengoa is in the businesses of Energy, Solar, Wind, Infrastructures and BioEnergy. Mr. Jardine holds a BScEE and an MBA.
Mr. John Lellis has over 45 years of experience in process control technologies, security and compliance. Mr. Lellis’ broad range of experience encompasses management, engineering, software and information technology (its use, development and support). Mr. Lellis began his career as a Research Engineer for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas. At Shell, Mr. Lellis advanced to the position of Staff Engineer, working on projects both at home and abroad. Mr. Lellis went on to join [DMC] (Dynamic Matrix Control Corporation) as a Senior Staff Engineer, Software Development. Mr. Lellis held several senior level positions at [DMC], which was later purchased by Aspen Technology, Inc. At AspenTech, Mr. Lellis reached the position of Senior Principal Software Developer, Advanced Process Control R&D, before leaving to take on the position of Chief Technology Officer at Berkana Resources Corporation. Mr. Lellis has served on numerous industry standards committees and presented papers outlining the problems faced by adopters of distributed control systems and the best practices that can be used to address them. Mr. Lellis holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree.
Chris A. Paul has significant legal and management experience in providing counseling to refining, manufacturing, terminal and transportation operations in areas of liabilities and exposures, regulatory requirements and issues (including environmental, safety and security), risk management, risk communication, compliance program auditing and upgrading, and development of training and management systems. Mr. Paul has extensive experience with legal issues involving pipeline and terminal management and operations for products, crude oil, asphalt, NGL, natural gas transmission, and natural gas distribution pipelines, including system and facilities acquisitions and divestitures, capacity leasing, real estate transactions, right of way issues, feedstock and product quality issues, operating agreements and contracting, SCADA issues, security and public awareness programs, DOT, OSHA, TSA, and EPA compliance, criminal investigations, emergency response, and litigation activities..Mr. Paul is a business leader but also a legal resource who was admitted to the bars of the states of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Kansas, the United States Supreme Court, and various United States district courts. He is a frequent speaker at energy industry meetings and for individual companies seeking to improve their business and compliance practices. Mr. Paul earned his J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1983, and his B.A. in International Studies and History from Dickinson College in 1980. Mr. Paul was formerly the General Counsel of Gulf Oil LP, and the General Counsel at Blueknight Energy Partners. His career experience also includes serving as in-house counsel for Sun Company and Sun Pipe Line Company, Environmental Manager for Sun Company, Tulsa Refinery, a partner with Joyce & Paul, PLLC, a law firm he co-founded in 2000, and partner at both Gardere & Wynne, LLP and McAfee & Taft. He also served on active duty for four years as a U.S. Army JAGC lawyer with the Seventh Infantry Division, and concurrently served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California.
Bill Robinson is a seasoned professional with 32 years of experience in Information Technology and Business Process Engineering with a heavy concentration in IT Strategic Roadmaps and Vision including technical and organization change management. Mr. Robinson has spent half of his career working directly for Energy companies such as Kinder Morgan, Koch Industries, Williams Energy, and Enron. Mr. Robinson started as a SCADA programmer for a major natural gas pipeline, where he also performed the duties of gas controller, measurement technician, and pipeline maintenance technician. After advancing into various leadership roles, Mr. Robinson put his day to day operational experience to work with a large IT Consulting and Managed Service/Hosting firm. Mr. Robinson moved up quickly within the organization to become an Account Manager for a large interstate pipeline company, becoming the IT department for this client. Mr. Robinson became Division Vice President of the Gas Utility division, offering IT and reguatory consulting, along with software products focused on Gas/Power Management and Supply/Demand forecasting business processes.Mr. Robinson entered into the Energy Trading industry by taking on the responsibility of CIO for Koch Industries Gas and Power trading organization. Mr. Robinson continued consulting in the trading industry after joining up with Koch Ventures to start an Energy Trading Consulting company, while securing a corner stone client providing Managed Services and Hosting for the Trading and Pipeline organizations. Mr. Robinson continues to support and directs Energy Trading and Pipeline IT organizations by helping them define and articulate strategic roadmaps. These roadmaps are pragmatic and are based on his implementation and IT operations experience. Mr. Robinson continues to keep his operational experience sharp, by running complex projects for clients and works directly with CIO's to formulate executable strategies and implementations. Mr. Robinson is currently working with a client building and implementing the IT capability for a recent MLP. Mr. Robinson holds a BBA with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
Larry’s 40+ year career has been focused on the design, development and deployment of real-time supervisory control, information management (SCADA) and advanced operational applications for water and electric utilities as well as the oil & gas pipeline industries worldwide. After graduating Electronics Engineering Technology (Hons) from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Larry spent 6 years in the electric utility industry before extending into the oil & gas upstream and midstream business. Acquired first by Sentrol, then by Valmet in 1986, Larry held various project, engineering, R&D and management assignments including an International Executive Business Program at the IMD School of Business in Lausanne, Switzerland. After a name change from Valmet to Metso Automation, the company was acquired in 2003 by the global real-time IT company Telvent. At Telvent, Larry held several senior management roles including Vice President, Marketing and Technology responsible for software development and product management and finally as SVP Global O&G Business. With the acquisition of Telvent by Schneider Electric in 2011, Larry assumed the role of SVP O&G Pipeline Applications in Schneider Electric’s Global Software Business until 2017.