Executive Vice-President, Exploration & Geoscience
Francois Marechal is a P. Geologist with 36 years of combined Oil & Gas experience; Canadian (over 31 years) and International (4 years).
Dedicated to promoting practical knowledge of geosciences to assist in better communicating with communities in matters related to the Petroleum Energy (Conventional and Resource based) and its important contribution to the society in which we live. Aware of environmental stewardship needs once again viewed from a practical perspective, encouraging efforts that can benefit society rather than stifle its economic wherewithal.
Educated internationally, having lived in Europe; Africa, Middle East; North America (Canada & USA); South America where he graduated from an American High school while living in Lapaz Bolivia, holder of a dual citizenship (France & Canada), fluent in both English and French as well as conversant in Spanish.
This is combined with a lifelong exposure to multi-cultural settings, a solid background in coaching junior staff, managing effective cross-functional teams, top quartile play generation, liaising with local governmental agencies, strategy development, portfolio risk assessment, reserves aggregation and cross-functional operational logistics.
A few of Francois’s achievements include the initial discovery and mapping of the largest gas bearing resource acreage in Quicksilver Resources company’s 50-year history, he identified a large-scale, oil-bearing Jurassic shale fairway in West Central Alberta, drilled approximately 1,000 wells (480 wells per year over 2 and a half years) targeting Horseshoe Canyon CBM in central portion of Southern Alberta, developed multi-well horizontal programs for Apache’s large conventional Swan Hills oil plays, has implemented CO2 flood programs across the Zama Basin successfully. Francois proposed and drilled a deep oil well in Karr Swan Hills field, to a depth of over 4000 meters vertical depth; yielding 52 API sweet crude oil and condensate rich gas thereby providing early clue to vast unconventional hydrocarbon reserves held in Duvernay shale of Deep Basin and beyond. Proved up 1.2M barrels in the Nisku/Leduc play on the Killum Reef trend, >300 Bcf in the Missippian Pekisko gas pool in Sunchild First Nation, >16.8M barrels recoverable 38 API in the Nisku/Leduc Devonian oil play located in the Bashaw region of central Alberta.