Board of Directors

 

Tariq Al Barwani  

Tariq Al Barwani

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Mr. Tariq Al Barwani  joined the Board in May 2016. He was elected as Chairman of the Board in January 2018.

Mr. Tariq Al Barwani is a director and shareholder of MB Holding Company LLC, Chief Executive Officer of Mawarid Mining LLC (“Mawarid”) and the Managing Director of MB Petroleum Services (“MBPS”) both of which are wholly-owned subsidiaries of MB Holding Company.

Mawarid was established to explore and develop mining opportunities in the Sultanate of Oman and has more recently made substantial investments in international exploration and development projects in Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Iran and Namibia. MBPS has become one of the largest oilfield services companies in the Middle East. The MB Petroleum group has a presence in more than 15 countries, with offices in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, South East Asia and Asia Pacific.

Mr. Barwani has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Imperial College, UK and a Masters in Business Administration specialising in strategy and leadership from McGill University in Canada.

 
 Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani  

Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani joined the Board in September 2012. Dr. Barwani is founder and Chairman of MB Holding group of companies (www.mbholdingco.com). He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Miami University, USA and was awarded a Master’s Degree and PhD (Honorary) in Petroleum Engineering from Herriot- Watt University, UK.

MB Holding is the parent company of a number of companies with wide ranging interests in oil and gas, mining, marine and engineering services. MB Holding also has investments in financial services and in hospitality development. MB Group has operations in more than 20 countries, and employs more than 6,000 employees.

Dr. Barwani is a non-executive Director of a number of publicly traded and joint stock companies: Oman Air, Al Madina Insurance co. SAOG, Al Madina Investments SAOG (Muscat Stock Market), and UCL Resources. Dr. Barwani was formerly a non-executive director of National Bank of Oman, Shell Oman Marketing Company, Transgulf Holding and Taageer Leasing Company, Oman.

He is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland to the Sultanate of Oman. He is also a member of the Sea-keepers International, a group dedicated to the protection of the Ocean’s eco-systems and its environment.

Dr. Barwani was awarded a life Time Achievement by the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal (2008), selected by Ernst & Young as a Global Entrepreneur representing Oman in 2012. He was conferred “COMMANDEUR” IN DE ORDE VAN ORANGE-NASSAU by Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands in January, 2012. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in March.

 
Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani  

John McCoach

Non-Executive Director

Mr. John McCoach joined the Board of Directors in October 2017. He recently retired as president of the TSX Venture Exchange, a position he held since 2009. He is currently on the board of directors of the Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization; the entity tasked by five participating provinces, one territory and the Government of Canada to create a pan-Canadian securities commission. He is a financial industry executive with experience in various strategic, management and operational roles. He has a track record of success in building strategies and programs to meet customer needs, maximize revenue growth, operational efficiency, and shareholder value. Mr. McCoach is also adept at leading and coaching teams through large, complex organizational and cultural transformations and regulatory changes. He is highly effective in establishing trust and credibility, both domestically and internationally, with multiple constituents.

Mr. McCoach has over 35 years’ experience in the investment industry. He has witnessed, and participated in, many changes in the Canadian capital markets. He was a senior vice president, corporate finance for an independent Canadian investment dealer prior to joining TMX Group.