Advisory Board

Heritage is governed by an Advisory Board made up of representatives from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPPB), Heritage’s President & CEO, and independent members, including an independent Chairman. Heritage’s Board provides strategic oversight and corporate governance. The Board offers extensive experience in the areas of finance, accounting, asset management, corporate finance, public equity markets, and natural resources-focused investment management.


Jim Dinning

Independent Chairman
Chair of the Governance & Compensation Committee

Jim Dinning provides deep experience in corporate governance, finance and organizational effectiveness. He is chair of the boards of two publicly traded companies: Russel Metals Inc. and Western Investment Company of Canada Ltd. Mr. Dinning serves on the boards of Desjardins-owned Zag Bank and Quirk Logic, a new technology business headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.


Glenn McNamara

President & CEO, Heritage Royalty Limited Partnership
Member of the Audit Committee, Governance & Compensation Committee and Reserve Committee

Glenn McNamara has more than 40 years of oil and gas exploration and production experience in North and South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. He received his MBA from the University of Calgary in 1988 and his B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1978. Mr. McNamara currently serves as a director of Whitecap Resources Inc. and as a director of Parex Resources Ltd.


Stephen McLennan

Senior Managing Director, Total Fund Management, OTPP
Member of the Audit Committee and Governance & Compensation Committee

Stephen McLennan leads the newly-created Total Fund Management department, which integrates Ontario Teachers’ portfolio construction approach with our treasury and funding capabilities. He was previously responsible for managing Ontario Teachers’ allocation to Natural Resources, including direct private assets such as timberland, oil and gas and mining and agriculture.


Christopher Metrakos

Managing Director, Infrastructure and Natural Resources, OTPP
Member of the Audit Committee, Governance & Compensation Committee and Reserve Committee

Christopher Metrakos leads Ontario Teachers’ Natural Resources team, which is focused on building a diversified portfolio across agriculture, energy, mining and timberland. He joined the organization in 2014 and previously focused on the energy sector. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’ Chris spent approximately ten years with a leading unregulated energy company, investing in energy and retail customer businesses across North America and internationally. He started his professional career in corporate finance, and previously held roles at two global investment banking firms in Toronto and London.


Deborah Stein, FCPA

Independent Member
Chair of the Audit Committee

Deborah Stein is a corporate director with extensive experience in corporate governance, leadership and finance. She brings to her role over 30 years of experience in the areas of finance, accounting, capital markets, investor relations and financial management. Ms. Stein is a member of the Board of Directors of Parkland Fuel Corporation, Trican Well Services Ltd., NuVista Energy Ltd. and CEDA International. She was also a Trustee of the Calgary Zoological Society and is Past Chair of the Board of Financial Executives International, Canada.


Ken Woolner, P.Eng.

Independent Member
Chair of the Reserve Committee

Ken Woolner has over 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and currently is President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Velvet Energy Ltd., a private Calgary-based exploration and production company. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Brompton SI Fund Management Limited. From February 2006 to June 2011 Mr. Woolner served as a corporate director. From April 2005 to February 2006 he was Executive Chairman of White Fire Energy Ltd., a publicly traded oil and gas company operating in Western Canada, and a trustee of Sequoia Oil & Gas Trust. Mr. Woolner founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightning Energy Ltd. from December 2001 to April 2005, when it merged with Argo Energy Ltd. to create Sequoia Oil & Gas Trust and White Fire Energy Ltd.


Dale Burgess

Senior Managing Director, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, OTPP

Dale Burgess leads the Infrastructure and Natural Resources department and is responsible for overseeing infrastructure acquisitions and asset management globally. He was previously head of the Infrastructure & Natural Resources team for Latin America where he oversaw portfolio companies as well as business development and origination in target countries across the LATAM region.


James Sikora

Director, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, OTPP
Member of the Audit Committe, Governance & Compensation Committee and Reserve Committee

James Sikora is responsible for investments in the energy and mining sectors within the Natural Resources group at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.  Prior to joining the group in January 2019, James was part of the Global Active Equities team where he managed Ontario Teachers’ public equities resource exposure.  He was also involved in the Plan’s acquisition of a working interest in the Weyburn oil field in 2012.