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Board of Directors

James E. Burns
Chairman of the Board

Mr. Burns is an experienced Executive and Board Director with a long career in the Energy field, including senior corporate positions at Shell, Texaco, and ARCO, as well as Director and President roles in Transfuels and Fortress Energy Partners. Mr. Burns has achieved year-after-year success meeting revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up, turnaround, and rapid-change environments.

Throughout his career, Mr. Burns has participated in Executive Learning programs such as the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education Design Thinking Boot Camp: From Insights to Innovation, Harvard Business School Executive Education: Advanced Negotiators Program, and Insead Executive Program: Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestments.

Mr. Burns has a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Houston.

Zel C. Khan
Chief Executive Officer, President, Corporate Secretary (interim) and Director

Mr. Khan brings more than 20 years of experience in the domestic and international energy industry to Petrolia Energy. Prior to accepting his current role, he co-founded and served as President/CEO of Jovian Petroleum Corporation, a private exploration and production company.

Mr. Khan has always been focused on the reduction of lift costs. While serving as Chief Operations Officer for Pyramid Petroleum Corporation, he reduced operating costs by 20% with the use of new methods and technology. He also helped facilitate the tie-in of additional production to the former ConocoPhillips deep-water facility, generating tremendous value for the owners, which included Chevron and Apache. After starting his career as an operator in California, he developed a solid reputation for ensuring responsible management of oilfield assets, and he maintains those principals today. Mr. Khan served as President of Network Fueling Corporation, a Cardlock Fleet Fueling Solutions Company and has held positions on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

Mr. Khan holds a B.S. in Economics and an M.B.A. from Chapman University in California.

Leo Womack
Chairman, Director

Mr. Womack has been a member of Petrolia Energy's Board of Directors since 2014. He has over 40 years of experience advising and serving in a directorship capacity for both private and publically-traded companies.

Since 1986, Mr. Womack has served as President of Gulf Equities Realty Advisors, Inc., a diversified real estate portfolio management company. From 1969 to 1978, he was a managing partner of Arthur Anderson. He later served as President and Chairman of the Houston Angel Network and as a board member on National Committees of the Angel Capital Association. In 1996, Mr. Womack served as the Chairman of Fairway Medical Technologies, Inc., a medical device company and a portfolio company of the Baylor College of Medicine Venture Fund. Mr. Womack served as a board member and the audit committee chair for OI Corporation (NASDAQ:OICO) prior to it being acquired by ITT in 2010.

Mr. Womack holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a Series 7 Securities License.

Joel Oppenheim
Independent Director

Mr. Oppenheim has been a member of Petrolia Energy's Board of Directors since 2015. In 1991, Mr. Oppenheim founded the Oppenheim Group, a national real estate consulting firm that represents several Fortune 10 and Fortune 100 Companies on their commercial real estate needs. Since 2014, he has concentrated on the Oppenheim Group's investment portfolio, which includes several successful Oil and Gas assets in Texas and California.

Mr. Oppenheim is a licensed Commercial Real Estate Broker in Texas and has been an active member of the Houston Angel Network since 2009. He has successfully started and sold numerous businesses throughout his career, including some of the most successful restaurants and clubs in Houston.

Mr. Oppenheim holds a B.A. in Accounting from City College of New York - Bernard Baruch School of Business.

Quinten Beasley

Mr. Beasley has been a member of Petrolia Energy's Board of Directors since 2016. Mr. Beasley is a design engineer and independent businessman with over 25 years of diverse international energy and development experience. Mr. Beasley is co-founder, and current President and Chief Executive Officer, of Jovian Petroleum Corporation, a private Oil & Gas exploration and production company with assets in the United States. Mr. Beasley has additionally held key positions in a number of successful oilfield construction companies in Canada.

Mr. Beasley manages a private equity firm focused on early stage land development while overseeing the operations of Critical Update, Inc., an international product development firm.

Since receiving a D.I.D. from Mount Royal University in 1995, Mr. Beasley has established a significant reputation for his commitment to excellence in product development and project completion; playing a prominent role in the development of many residential and industrial applications in Canada and the UK. He currently serves on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards as part of his commitment to serving the community.

Saleem Nizami
Independent Director

Mr. Nizami is a Petroleum Geologist with over 40 years of Oil & Gas experience. Prior to founding APEC, Inc., an Oklahoma-based Petroleum and Environmental Consulting firm in 1989, Mr. Nizami served as a Senior Geologist and Manager in the Division of Oil & Gas at the Oklahoma Corporate Commission. Mr. Nizami has worked with numerous small to mid-sized Oil & Gas companies along with Majors such as Chevron, ExxonMobil and Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Mr. Nizami holds an M.Sc. in Petroleum Geology from Osmania University.

Ivar Siem
Independent Director

Ivar Siem is the Chairman of American Resources Inc. and has served as its CEO since January 2013. Mr. Siem has broad experience in both the upstream and the service segments of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Siem previously served as the CEO of Blue Dolphin Energy from January 1990 to May 2014.

Mr. Siem has been the founder of several companies and involved in multiple roll-ups and restructuring processes throughout his career. These include Fred Olsen, Inc., Dolphin International, Inc., Blue Dolphin Energy, Seateam Technology ASA, DI Industries/Grey Wolf Drilling, American Resources Offshore, Inc., and Equimavenca SA. He has served on a number of public and private company boards including Frupor SA, Avenir ASA, Wellcem AS, and Siem Industries, Inc.

Mr. Siem holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Petroleum from the University of California, Berkeley and an Executive M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth University.

Mr. Siem is not currently expected to be named to any committees of the Board of Directors.