CALGARY, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Birch Lake Energy Inc. ("Birch Lake" or the "Corporation) (TSXV: BLK) is pleased to announce the election of two new members to
its Board of Directors. Mr. Jesse Meidl and Mr. Tony Boogmans were
elected to the Board of Directors at the Corporation's annual general
and special meeting of shareholders held in Calgary, Alberta on
February 15, 2012. In addition, Mr. Raymond P. Antony and Mr. George
Tsafalas did not stand for re-election as directors at the meeting.
The Corporation wishes to thank Mr. Antony and Mr. Tsafalas for their
contribution and commitment to Birch Lake. Birch Lake's Board of
Directors is now comprised of William H. Petrie, Jess Meidl and Tony
Mr. Meidl has over 15 years of experience in the oil and gas sector. He
is Chief Financial Officer of Caithness Petroleum Limited
("Caithness"), a private international energy company, headquartered in
London, England. Prior to joining Caithness, he was an investment
banker in the International Energy group of Thomas Weisel Partners in
London. Mr. Meidl was previously the Chief Financial Officer for
Arsenal Energy Inc., an international exploration company listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange, which held production assets in Canada and the
USA and exploration assets in Egypt, Colombia and Uzbekistan. Prior to
that, Mr. Meidl was an Analyst at APF Energy Trust. He qualified as a
Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Calgary, where he specialised in oil
and gas exploration and production and services. He also holds the
ICAEW Corporate Finance qualification and a B.Comm. degree from the
University of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Boogmans has over 30 years of experience in both private and public
oil and gas companies in the areas of property evaluation, drilling,
completions and workovers, field operations and marketing. He has been
employed at Gulf Oil Canada, AOSTRA, Canadian Western Natural Gas
Company Limited and Northwestern Utilities Limited. Mr. Boogmans was
also one of the founders of Innovative Energy Ltd., which was later
purchased by Denison Energy Inc., and where he continued as Manager,
Oil & Gas Operations until its sale in March 2004. He later joined
Silverwing Energy Inc., initially as a consultant, and later as VP
Engineering until December 2005. Mr. Boogmans graduated with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of
Alberta in 1973, and is a member of the Association of Professional
Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.
The Corporation also announces that Mr. George Tsafalas resigned as Chief Financial Officer of the
Corporation effective February 15, 2012. The Corporation is currently
searching for a new Chief Financial Officer.
About Birch Lake Energy Inc.
Birch Lake is a junior oil and gas company engaged in the exploration
for and the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural
gas reserves. The Corporation's common shares are listed to trade on
the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "BLK".
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider
(as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
SOURCE Birch Lake Capital Inc.
For further information:
William H. Petrie
President and Chief Executive Officer