Board of Directors

Avanti's board of directors represents an excellent cross section of oil and gas exploration and production expertise and financial and stock market capabilities.


Special Advisor to the Board


John McIntyre, Chairman

Mr. McIntyre is a geoscientist with over 27 years of domestic and international experience, including significant offshore production operations, extensive land and marine 3D seismic acquisitions, successful exploration play and prospect generation with material discoveries, major field development, acquisitions and divestitures, and multi-million dollar contract negotiations. Prior to forming Avanti Exploration, LLC, and joining Avanti Energy Inc. as its President and CEO, he held the positions of: SVP Forest International, JVP Manager Maxus Argentina, and President & General Manager of Maxus Indonesia where he was responsible for over 100,000 bopd of production and several thousand employees. Prior to his work in Indonesia, he served as Exploration Manager for Maxus Rockies & Mid-Continent Region.


Karl Kottmeier, President & CEO

Mr. Kottmeier has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, retail brokerage and corporate administration. He is a founding director and President of Rockgate Capital Corp., a public company listed on the TSX, and a director and officer of Bama Gold Corp. and Falkirk Resources Corp., also public companies listed on the TSXV.  In these capacities, Mr. Kottmeier has been actively involved in the exploration and development of gold and uranium properties in Africa.  Mr. Kottmeier is also a founder and principal of Contact Financial Corp, a western Canadian investor relations and corporate communications service provider.


Mr. Mario Panebianco, Director

More than 40 years experience in the international oil and gas industry with focus Italy and the Mediterranean Basin. Co-founder and founder of numerous oil and gas companies, including: Rigo & Associates, Euromin International SA,  Intergie Srl, Dove Energy BV, Pamma Energia Srl, Italmin Petroli Srl and Italmin Exploration Srl.  Served as Italian representative for numerous international companies including: Anschutz, TCPL, Home Oil, Lasmo, Burmah, Norcen, British Borneo, Planet Oil, Seafield and Northern Petroleum. 
Mr. Panebianco’s companies have acquired, drilled, and or farmed out dozens of oil and gas blocks in Italy, France, and Tunisia, which included several important discoveries onshore and offshore (Abbadesse, Vega, and Basentello) A partial list of companies that have either purchased or served as partners with Mr. Panebianco include: Texaco, Petrorep, Enterprise, Occidental, Denison Mines, Canada Northwest, Northern Petroleum, Forest Oil, Union Texas, Triton, Home Oil, TCPL, British Gas, Lasmo, Norcen, Wintershall, Hudbay, Ashland, and AGIP.

Bud Knell, Director and member of Audit and Corporate Governance Committee

Mr. Knell is a petroleum engineer with more than 33 years of diverse oil and gas experience. Mr. Knell has held numerous technical, supervisory and managerial positions in basically every facet of a domestic E&P company. He has built several onshore and offshore drilling, production and exploration departments that were considered very successful by industry standards, and has been responsible for stand-alone business unit financial results and consistently exceeded expectations throughout career. Before forming Avanti Exploration, LLC, he served for many years with Forest Oil as SVP Gulf Region, which consistently included annual capital budgets of $100+ million and management of hundreds of platforms and 30+ onshore fields. Prior to his distinguished career at Forest, he held engineering positions with Williams Exploration and Texaco.


Doug Ford

Since 1987, Mr. Ford has been the Director of Dockside Capital Group Inc., a private merchant banking and venture capital firm specializing in providing services to, and arranging funding for, emerging growth companies.   Mr. Ford is a director and officer of a number of public companies and is currently Chief Financial Officer of Rockgate Capital Corp., Rockridge Capital Corp., Bama Gold Corp. and Falkirk Resources Corp.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Ford holds a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.


David Leishman, Director

Mr. Leishman brings a wealth of experience and contacts to the Avanti board, the results of a long and successful career in institutional sales and retail brokerage with a number of Canadian investment firms, most recently with Canaccord Capital in Vancouver.


Rob Gamley, Director and member of Audit and Corporate Governance Committee

Mr. Gamley has over 10 years of investor relations, sales and marketing experience and since 2010 he has been a Senior Account Executive at Contact Financial Corp., a western Canadian investor relations and corporate communications service provider.  From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Gamley was a senior manager with one of Vancouver’s largest restaurant and entertainment services businesses.  Mr. Gamley graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia.