profileDr. Jamal A. Madi

Director and President

Dr. Madi is a multi-disciplined geologist with a successful track record and over 30 years in the Canadian and international oil and gas industry. He has held senior technical positions for operating oil companies and independent consulting firms and has been involved in a variety of oil and gas discoveries.

He started his career in Algeria where he worked for eight years for Sonatrach and as a lecturer at the National Institute of Hydrocarbon, then moved to Canada where he completed a PhD degree in Carbonate Sedimentology & Diagenesis in April 1994. He has worked extensively on exploration and development projects throughout Western Canada, specializing in carbonate plays and localization of subtle/diagenetic traps. Several of these have led to oil and gas discoveries.

Internationally, Dr. Madi consulted for Occidental in 1997-1998, First Calgary Petroleum in 1998-2002, and Petro Canada in 2004-2007 on their exploration blocks in the MENA region and was involved in three discoveries.

As a founder and VP Exploration of Madison PetroGas, he evaluated several basins/blocks and farm-in opportunities throughout the world, which ultimately resulted in two  acquisitions in Egypt and Cameroon. Dr. Madi founded APEX in 2008, and has led its growth since then.

Dr. Madi has authored papers published in the AAPG Bulletin, Facies and SPE Journal on carbonate sedimentology and resource assessment of unconventional plays.


Michael Volcko

Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Volcko is a reservoir engineer with more than 25 years of petroleum industry experience. He was founder and President of Altius Energy, a private Canadian oil company which acquired, developed and operated oil production in Kazakhstan, which grew to nearly 2000 bbl/d prior to being acquired by Arawak Energy, TSX-listed company. He subsequently acted as the Vice President, Business Development and Executive Director of Arawak Energy. Previously, Mr. Volcko worked for PanCanadian Petroleum Limited for over thirteen years, initially performing reservoir and production engineering functions for domestic Canadian operations, and subsequently performing technical evaluations for the International Division, including projects in Southeast Asia, Australia, North Africa, Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

Upon the company’s exit from Kazakhstan, Mr. Volcko became Project Coordinator, South America and in 1998, Manager, Engineering and Development International. Mr. Volcko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary.


Ken McNeill

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. McNeill is a successful entrepreneur and petroleum landman with 37 years of oil industry experience. Acting as a senior officer and/or director in the Canadian oil and gas community, he has been involved in the early start-up and growth phases of eleven oil and gas companies (nine in Western Canada and two internationally). His expertise is in executive team and board roles dealing with all aspects of petroleum land contracts and business development including being directly involved with facilitating and negotiating successful liquidity events for these companies. He was also a founding Director of Altius Energy Corporation. His last company, Beaumont Energy Inc., in which he was a founder and Executive VP Corporate Development, was sold to Whitecap Resources for C$535 million in 2015.


Mark Behrman


Mr Behrman has 25 years of experience in the Canadian and international oil and gas industry both within operating companies and as an investment banker. Currently Mr. Behrman is the CFO of Calgary based SeaNG Corp., a developer of marine CNG transportation technologies and projects.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Behrman was the Chief Executive Officer of Altius Energy Corporation, a private Canadian company developing oil reserves in Kazakhstan. Previously, Mr. Behrman was a Vice President in the Corporate Finance group of RBC Capital Markets in Calgary. Prior work experience also includes positions as Manager of Business Development (Libya) and International Contract Negotiator with PanCanadian Petroleum Limited. Mr. Behrman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.


Graeme Bate

Director and VP Corporate Development

Mr. Bate is an experienced petroleum executive, with 30 years of varied industry experience around the world. For many years, he has been one of the industry’s leading petroleum economists, advising governments across Africa, the Middle East and Asia as well companies investing in opportunities in these regions. He has led the design and negotiation of Production Sharing Contracts and/or Service Contracts in many countries, in particular in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Pakistan and Gabon. He is a petrophysicist and reservoir engineer by training and worked in several African and European countries as a field engineer and manager with Schlumberger.

For many years he was a Partner and the leader of the Canadian oil and gas industry consulting business of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Bate holds a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University and a Diploma in International Relations from the London School of Economics.