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Management Team

Zel C. Khan
Chief Executive Officer, President, Corporate Secretary (interim) and Director

Mr. Khan brings more than 20 years of experience in the domestic and international energy industry to Petrolia Energy. 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 reduced operating costs by 20% with the use of new methods and technology. He also 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 he maintains those principals today. Mr. Khan served as President of Network Fueling Corporation, a Cardlock Fleet Fueling Solutions Company and has held positions on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

Mr. Khan holds a B.S. in Economics and an M.B.A. from Chapman University in California.


Tariq Chaudhary
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Chaudhary has over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sector, focusing on financial reporting, regulatory compliance, internal control, and corporate finance activities. Mr. Chaudhary’s experience includes strategic planning, corporate governance, equity financing, due diligence for acquisitions and financial reporting for both Canadian and American public companies with international subsidiaries. He has extensive knowledge of capital budgets from conception to completion in upstream, downstream and petrochemical industries for capital and sustaining projects. Before joining Petrolia, Mr. Chaudhary served as VP Finance at Blue Sky International, Controller at Auto House, Senior Cost Specialist with Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, Business/Administrative Manager at Syncrude Canada (a division of Exxon Mobil), and Controller at Saba Petroleum Company (California).

Mr. Chaudhary holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting), and M.B.A. (Finance) from California Coast University, California, along with several other financial services certifications, including a Diploma in Oil & Gas Accounting from the University of North Texas (Denton).