Dan is a registered petroleum geologist with over 30 years of industry experience, working in both Canada and the United States. He graduated from McGill University in 1975 with an honours degree in Geological Sciences.
During his career, Dan has been involved in the formation of several junior oil and gas companies. From 1999 to 2003 he was founder, President and CEO of CanScot Resources Ltd., a junior oil and gas company with a strong focus on coalbed methane development in both Canada and the US. CanScot was acquired by APF Energy Trust in September 2003, where Dan became Vice President of CBM, and subsequently VP of Exploration and Production. In late June 2005, APF divested its central Alberta assets and created Rockyview Energy Inc., an emerging junior energy company with a strong focus on CBM development. Dan was a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Rockyview Energy. Rockyview was sold to Direct Energy in January, 2008.
In February of 2008 Dan formed a private oil and gas company: Cumberland Oil and Gas Ltd., which wasinvolved in both unconventional and conventional resource development in both Canada and the United States; Cumberland was sold in October of 2012.
Dan was Chairman of CSUR before joining the staff and is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.