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


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.


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.