- Wayne Koshman BCom Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Koshman has a broad capital market background in both private and public financings. He brings over 20 years of international business development experience in China, Japan, North Africa and Central Asia. He has also established, as a founding shareholder, a number of companies with interests in Asia and North Africa with particular emphasis on the energy and mining sectors, including Pure Silver Mining, Dynasty Gold, Georgia Ventures, Terrawest Energy and Voyageur Oil and Gas Corp. Mr. Koshman holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.
- Rob van Santen BCom, CMT, CA Chief Financial Officer, Director
Mr. van Santen brings over 27 years of investment industry and financing experience to Rift Basin, with a record of success in providing financial and intellectual capital to the public markets. He began his career in 1986 as an Investment Advisor with Burns Fry (now Nesbitt Burns), spent several years with Frank Giustra's Yorkton Securities' Natural Resources Group, and was recognized as "Broker of the Year" while VP with the TSX Group's oldest member firm. A noted technical analyst and publisher, Mr. van Santen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Organizational Behavior from Concordia University, a Chartered Accountant designation in British Columbia, a Chartered Market Technician's designation from the Market Technicians. Association in New York, and has certifications that include the Canadian Securities Institute's CSC (Honours), CPC (Honours), PDO and the OLC.
- Chris Cooper MBA Director
Christopher (Chris) Cooper, Founder and current President & CEO of Aroway Energy Inc., a junior oil and gas producer and explorer. Mr. Cooper has over sixteen years’ experience in both domestic and international oil and gas management and finance. Mr. Cooper earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University and an MBA in Business from Dowling College. Mr. Cooper co-founded several successful junior oil and gas companies including Benchmark Energy Corp. which had assets and operations in Tunisia which were bought out by a major international Company. Mr. Cooper was a founder of Choice Resources Corp., an Alberta producer which merged with Buffalo Resources Corp. and was ultimately part of a strategic business combination with Twin Butte Energy Ltd. Mr. Cooper also was a co-founder of both Watch Resources Ltd. and Pan Global Energy Ltd. Both Watch and Pan Global were part of a plan of arrangement with Black Pearl Resources Inc.