Toshi was appointed Chairman of JACOS in June 2017. Toshi is a Managing Director of JAPEX and President of CANOS, the Japanese subsidiary of JAPEX in Tokyo which holds 100% of the shares of JACOS. Toshi was seconded to Petro-Canada from JAPEX as a Senior Reservoir Engineer as part of the PCEJ Consortium in 1988. From 1990 to 2005 he held various positions in the areas of Reservoir Engineering (JACOS), Technical Management (CANOS) and Executive Management in both Technical and Operations (JACOS). Toshi served as President of JACOS from 2005 to June 2017. He has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, with over 25 years focused on oil sands research and development.
Toshi holds a Bachelor of Mineral Science and Technology degree in Engineering from Kyoto University in Japan.
Satoshi Abe, President
Satoshi was appointed President of JACOS in June 2017 after holding the position of Executive Vice President which he began in July 2013. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CANOS, the Japanese subsidiary of JAPEX in Tokyo which holds 100% of the shares of JACOS. Prior to joining JACOS, Satoshi served as General Manager of Canada Oil Sands Project Department and Executive Secretary Department of JAPEX successively. He was also involved in North America and Central Asia projects of JAPEX and served as Treasurer of JAPEX (U.S.) Corp. in Houston. Satoshi started his career in human resources and developed his general administration and project coordination background thereafter.
Satoshi has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.
Brian Harschnitz, Director
Brian was appointed Director of JACOS in July 2019 after serving as Executive Vice President of JACOS from 2011 to 2019. He joined JACOS in November 2001 as Manager, Operations and Development, and has held successively more responsible positions. Prior to joining JACOS, he held positions in corporate planning, operations, joint ventures and projects with Imperial Oil. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, with 20 years focused on development of the Athabasca oil sands. He has extensive SAGD experience, starting with service on both the Management and Technical Committees of the AOSTRA Underground Test Facility (UTF).
Brian is a professional engineer in the province of Alberta. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Queen’s University.
Tomomi Yamada, Senior Vice President, Reservoir
Tomomi was appointed Sr. Vice President of JACOS in September 2017, responsible for Reservoir and Corporate Secretariat. He has over 30 years of work experiences in the oil and gas industry, which includes management of JAPEX's producing asset in Iraq (2013-2017), taking a command of JAPEX's reservoir-engineering team over a number of reservoir characterization and IOR projects (2002-2011) and supervision of production operations on an oil field in Oman (2000-2002). He worked also on business development in Russia, South-East Asia, Africa and Middle East.
Tomomi served as an Associate Editor of SPE Reservoir Engineering & Formation Evaluation (2011-2015) and a Board Member of Reservoir Engineering Research Institute, California (2010-2013). Also he chaired technical sessions at a number of international conferences including those of SPE and WPC. He is a recipient of 1992-1993 Rotary International Scholarship and 2009 SPE Distinguished Technical-Editor Award and holds B.E. from University of Tokyo and M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in petroleum engineering.
Michiro joined JAPEX in 1982 and has been working for the company ever since mainly in the areas of accounting, finance and corporate planning. His recent assignments include Executive Director for the Sakhalin project (2008-2010), Deputy Head in the Environmental Ventures Division (2010-2012), Deputy Finance Director (2012-2013), and Executive Officer in charge of Finance & Accounting as well as Advisor to the President of the Asia and Oceania Division (2014-2016). He was appointed to the Director of JACOS in October 2012 and Managing Executive Officer of JAPEX in June 2016.
Michiro received his LL.B. from the University of Tokyo and MBA from George Washington University
Masaki Ogihara, President - INPEX Gas British Columbia
Masaki joined Indonesia Petroleum, Ltd. (precursor to INPEX CORPORATION) in 1983 and has been working for the company ever since mainly in the areas of exploration and new ventures development in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Masaki started new venture development in North America in 2010 and was Vice President of INPEX Gas British Columbia (IGBC) in Calgary from 2012. He was appointed President of IGBC in 2016 and a Director of JACOS in April 2017.
Masaki holds a B.Sc. in Geology from Waseda University in Japan.
Patrick Maguire, Bennett Jones LLP
Pat is a professional lawyer qualified to practice in the Province of Alberta. He earned his BA and LLB from the University of Alberta and his MBA from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. He is the co-head of the Bennett Jones LLP corporate department and a member of the firm's energy practice group and acts for energy companies on a broad range of commercial transactions, both in Canada and internationally.
He assists energy companies with purchase and sale transactions and almost all aspects of energy project development, including joint venturing, commodity processing, transportation, sales and related transactions. He also assists borrowers in structuring and negotiating full and limited recourse financing arrangements for oil, gas and electricity companies. His MBA dissertation related to risk management and financing of international energy projects not only provides an educational background for his practice but also provides a significant understanding of decisions from a business perspective. He has contributed to Butterworths' Canadian Oil & Gas Law and has co-authored papers for the Canadian Energy Law Foundation, Insight Information seminars, Alberta Law Review, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and others.
He has taught oil & gas law at the University of Calgary and an international course on gas sale transactions. Pat is a board member of the Canadian Energy Law Foundation and a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.