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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Artem Lytkin, M.Sc.

Chairman

Artem is Vice President of Business Development at PGS New Energy. He brings over 20 years of industry experience internationally. Prior to joining PGS Artem led Aker Solutions’ regional services business in Norway and the Asia Pacific and headed corporate research, innovation, and technology investments. At Schlumberger, he led country operations for Denmark and the Netherlands and worked with M&A and international business development. Artem holds an MSc in Physics from Novosibirsk State University.

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Matthew Kowalczyk, Eng.

Director

Matthew is a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of British Columbia School of Engineering and subsequently studied at Laval University in software engineering. His professional career includes leading a design team for automated vision systems for manufacturing, then successfully founding a company that developed sensor-based ore sorting technology for the mining industry. Since joining OFG in 2014 the company has been continuously active in seafloor minerals exploration projects and has continued to grow through close collaboration with its clients in the development and deployment of new AUV services, as well as specialised sensors and technologies for seafloor mapping and inspection. 

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Peter van der Gracht, P.Eng.

Director

Peter is a successful start-up veteran, with over thirty-five years of experience leading companies through multiple financings, operational build-outs, acquisitions, mergers, and buy-outs. Peter has in the past or is currently, chairman, director, consultant, or investor of over twenty for-profit organizations. Peter supports the following not-for-profit organizations, Entrepreneurship@UBC, a University of British Columbia seed-stage investment fund and program, and Alacrity Foundation, a not-for-profit start-up foundation. In the past, Peter supported two Federal Government activities. He was a member of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Council and he was the Global Industry Advisor for Global Affairs Canada. Peter holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is the recipient of multiple awards for entrepreneurship. 

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Karsten Hjelseth, M.Sc.

Director | Manager at PGS

Karsten has close to 20 years of experience in finance, strategy, M&A and business development spheres across several capital structures and industries, but particularly within the oil and energy sectors. He represents PGS Geophysical AS on OFG’s board of directors. As a Manager at PGS, Karsten's responsibilities entail M&A, corporate strategy and business development for the company. Prior to joining PGS, Karsten held various positions within equity research, sales and capital raises in the Scandinavian investment banks ABG Sundal Collier and Pareto. Karsten has a Master of Business Economics and Administration from BI Norwegian School of Management, with a specialization in finance.

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Richard Cooper, BSc.

Director

Richard has over forty years of experience in the upstream oilfield services industry. In 1979, he joined Digicon and held various positions working internationally before moving to CogniSeis Development (CSD) in 1993, where he led the sale of CSD to Paradigm as president and COO. Richard founded Rock Solid Images (RSI) in Houston in 1998 and served as CEO and director until his retirement. Richard earned an honours degree in geophysics from the University of Liverpool. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and is a member of SEG, EAGE, SEAPEX, and the Institute of Directors.