About DTO

Management Team

Granite’s management team has one driving motivation: to create value for shareholders by operating the Company efficiently, minimizing its production declines and maximizing its long-term cash flow and dividend-paying sustainability at the Ferguson asset. We are a team of production and engineering specialists, explorationists, technical innovators and disciplined financial managers.


We are largely the same group that discovered, explored, proved up, operated and grew the Alberta Bakken oil play at Ferguson, and initiated the EOR scheme at the property, for four years before Granite’s founding.  As Granite’s management team, we intend to continue managing the Alberta Bakken reservoir efficiently and responsibly with the goal of maximizing long-term resource recovery. As Granite moves forward and grows, what drives us will remain the same: deriving the greatest long-term value and generating investment returns for our shareholders.




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Michael Kabanuk
President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael is a Professional Engineer with 23 years of engineering and management experience in the oil and natural gas industry. Prior to Granite, Michael was a Co-founder and Executive Chairman of DeeThree Exploration Ltd. since 2009 and where he was instrumental in growing the company from its inception to over 12,000 BOE/d. Prior to DeeThree Exploration Ltd., Michael held various senior management and management positions at Cyries Energy Inc., Cequel Energy Inc., and Cypress Energy Inc. Michael has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Gail Hannon
Chief Financial Officer

A CMA since 1996, Gail’s two decades of diverse oil and natural gas experience bring a unique perspective to her role of CFO at Granite. The Company benefits from her wealth of experience in finance and management. Prior to Granite, Gail was Chief Financial Officer at DeeThree Exploration Ltd. since 2009 and has held executive positions at Artek Exploration Inc., White Fire Energy Ltd., Colin Energy Corp., and Maximum Energy Trust, among others.

Tyler Klatt
VP Exploration

Tyler is a professional Geologist and brings over 15 years’ experience working in the WCSB. Prior to Granite Tyler was employed with DeeThree Exploration Ltd. since March 2011 as a senior Geologist.  Prior thereto, Tyler worked within oil & gas consulting then development and exploration at Canadian independent oil producers Cenovus Energy and Encana Corp from December 2005 to February 2011.  A graduate of the Geology program at the University of Saskatchewan.