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Management Team

Zel C. Khan
Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Khan is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Petrolia Energy. He brings more than 20 years experience in the domestic and international energy industry. Prior to accepting his current role, he co-founded and served as President/CEO of Jovian Petroleum Corporation, a private exploration and production company.

Mr. Khan has always been focused on the reduction of lift costs. While serving as Chief Operations Officer for Pyramid Petroleum Corporation, he successfully reduced operating costs by 20% with the use of new methods and technology and helped facilitate the tie-in of additional production to the former ConocoPhillips deep-water facility; generating tremendous value for the owners which included Chevron and Apache. After starting his career as an operator in California, he developed a solid reputation for ensuring responsible management of oilfield assets and maintains those same principals today. Mr. Khan served as President of Network Fueling Corporation, a Cardlock Fleet Fueling Solutions Company and held positions on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

Mr. Khan holds a B.S. in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration from Chapman University in California.

James E. Burns
President and Director

Mr. Burns is the President and Director of Petrolia Energy. He brings over 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Petrolia, Mr. Burns served as President of BLU LNG, a domestic LNG provider, where he created a coherent commercial and operational strategy serving as catalyst for renewed efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to his role at BLU LNG, Mr. Burns was President of Fortress Energy Partners a division of Fortress Investment Group and worked in various executive roles globally at Royal Dutch Shell, and Texaco. Mr. Burns also serves as a member of the Houston Angel Network's Energy Council and is the chairman of the board of Triple E Real Estate Investments.

Mr. Burns holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Houston.

Paul Deputy
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Deputy is the Chief Financial Officer of Petrolia Energy and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has more than 13 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is a member of the AICPA. Prior to joining Petrolia, Mr. Deputy owned a consulting firm, which specialized in SEC compliance and audit process management. Early in his career, he served as a Senior Auditor with Deloitte & Touché LLP before serving as a Sr. Financial Analyst for Continental Airlines. Mr. Deputy specialized in audit procedure and compliance and has held management and directorial positions at companies, such as Swift Energy (NYSE:SNFY), Mariner Energy (NYSE:ME), Versabar, Inc. and Highmount E&P, a former subsidiary of Loews Corporation (NYSE: L).

Mr. Deputy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas (Austin).