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Management Team

Zel C. Khan
Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Khan is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Petrolia Energy. He brings more than 20 years experience in the domestic and international energy industry. 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 successfully reduced operating costs by 20% with the use of new methods and technology and 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 maintains those same principals today. Mr. Khan served as President of Network Fueling Corporation, a Cardlock Fleet Fueling Solutions Company and held positions on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

Mr. Khan holds a B.S. in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration from Chapman University in California.


James E. Burns
President and Director

Mr. Burns is the President and Director of Petrolia Energy. He brings over 25 years of experience in the energy industry, with an extensive business background in international, multi-cultural environments. He is a Senior executive with year-after-year success achieving revenue, profit and business growth objectives within start-up, turnaround, and rapid-change environments. He has extensive experience with highly engineered systems which require deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries; highly successful in building relationships with all levels in a company (hourly employees to investors), seizing control of critical problem areas and delivering on customer commitments. Mr. Burns served as President of BLU LNG, a domestic LNG provider, President of Fortress Energy Partners, a division of Fortress Investment Group and has worked in various executive roles globally at Royal Dutch Shell and Texaco.

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

Throughout his career, Mr. Burns also participating in many 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, Insead Executive Program: Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestments.


Paul Deputy
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Deputy is the Chief Financial Officer of Petrolia Energy and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has more than 13 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is a member of the AICPA. Prior to joining Petrolia, Mr. Deputy owned a consulting firm, which specialized in SEC compliance and audit process management. Early in his career, he served as a Senior Auditor with Deloitte & Touché LLP before serving as a Sr. Financial Analyst for Continental Airlines. Mr. Deputy specialized in audit procedure and compliance and has held management and directorial positions at companies, such as Swift Energy (NYSE:SNFY), Mariner Energy (NYSE:ME), Versabar, Inc. and Highmount E&P, a former subsidiary of Loews Corporation (NYSE: L).

Mr. Deputy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas (Austin).