Our People


Owen Pinnell

President and CEO

Owen Pinnell is the Founder, President and CEO of White Owl and has served as founder and CEO of various public and private energy companies in Canada and the USA for 30 years.  He was the founder of Newalta and Anadime, both public oilfield service companies in Canada from 1982 to 2000 and he provided strategic advisory and merchant banking services through i3 Capital from 2000 to 2010.  Owen holds an NZCE from The Auckland Institute of Technology (AUT) and has a Professional Engineer designation in Canada.

Barry O’Brien is the Vice President, Finance and CFO and has greater than 30 years’ experience in the financial and energy industries. He has broad experience in the financial industry with Thorne Ridell and in the oil services business with DM Wolcott and Associates, Taylor Gas Liquids Ltd and Canyon Services Group. Barry worked extensively in rapidly growing companies and has experience in negotiating with banks, managing audit, managing internal financial staff, negotiating with PE funds and liaising with boards of directors. Barry was educated in Ireland and holds CA and CPA designations

Barry O’Brien

Consulting VP Finance and CFO

Warren Brown

Vice President
Corporate Development

Warren Brown is the Co-Founder, Vice President Corporate Development White Owl and has served in increasingly senior and executive financial and accounting roles over the past 20 years, most recently the Vice President Finance and CFO of White Owl. Warren has experience in operational accounting, marketing, sales, investment banking and equity research in the oil and gas sector. He has also experience in corporate strategy, enterprise software and commodity market analysis. Warren has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, is a CFA Charter holder and holds a CPA accounting designation.

Randy Juhlin

Vice President
Engineering and Operations

Randall Juhlin is the Vice President, Engineering and Operations and has over 25 years’ experience in the energy and environmental industries. He has broad experience in energy services, energy production, environmental clean-up, construction, and project management.  Prior to joining White Owl, he held executive roles in junior heavy oil and environmental companies.  He is a U.S. citizen who has worked and lived in both Canada and the USA.  Randall holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Engineering and an MBA.  He also is a Professional Engineer in Colorado, USA and Alberta, Canada.


Jim Coleman


Jim Coleman is the Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Jim has been a Corporate Finance and Securities Lawyer at Norton Rose for over 40 years and is a former Chairman of the law firm McLeod Dixon, the predecessor to Norton Rose.  Jim has held various directorships on public and private companies in Canada and the USA and he has acted as an advisor and legal counsel providing strategic advice to several major international companies. He holds a BBA and LLB and is licensed to practice law in Canada.


Rob Ayling


Rob Ayling is the current CEO and President of Mendell Energy, a subsidiary of PICO Holdings Inc. Prior to joining Mendell Energy he was a corporate finance and venture capital lawyer at Gray Cary, the predecessor to DLA Piper.  Rob was a founding partner of a venture capital firm focused on medical devices, biotech and manufacturing.  He served as executive chairman at Anterra Services, an oilfield disposal business in California from 2011 to 2013.  He holds a BBA and LLB and is licensed to practice law in California.

Robb Thompson


Robb Thompson has been the VP Finance, CFO and Corp. Secretary of Bonterra Energy Inc. since 2011.  Prior to joining Bonterra, he was CFO of Sonde Resources Corp. from 2008 to 2010, CFO of Berkana Energy Inc. from 2007 to 2008 and CEO of Dynetek Industries Ltd from 2000 to 2006.  He holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree and CA accounting designation in Canada.