about us


Chayan Chakrabarty PhD (Petroleum Engineering), MBA

President, CEO & Director

Mr. Chakrabarty has been involved in the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years, holding a number of senior executive positions. Most recently he was Vice President, International, with Daylight Resources Trust. Mr. Chakrabarty holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He was a senior executive of Verenex Energy, an international exploration and production company with operations in France and Libya. Prior thereto, he was Senior Vice-President at Ross Smith Energy Group, conducting independent upstream research for North American financial institutions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chakrabarty was based in Nottingham, U.K. with Golder Associates, an international engineering consulting firm.

Jerrad Blanchard, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Blanchard brings to Bengal a strong technical background, coupled with hands-on experience in all aspects of corporate finance, financial reporting, implementation of controls and governance for a public company operating in international jurisdictions. Prior to its sale earlier in 2013, Mr. Blanchard served as the CFO of Winstar Resources Ltd., a TSX listed oil and gas company with international exploration and production assets. Prior thereto, he was a Manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Audit and Assurance Group, and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 2007

Richard Edgar, B. Sc., P. Geol.

Executive Vice President

Mr. Edgar, a professional geologist, has been active in the exploration and development of oil and gas in Canada and internationally since 1972. He is currently the President of Poplar Creek Resources and a Director of Shelton Petroleum. Most recently, he was President of Avery Resources, Bengal’s predecessor. Prior to that he was Chairman of Shelton Canada Corporation, a Director of Tristar and President and CEO of Energy North Inc. Mr. Edgar is a member of the Canadian Society of Professional Geologists and the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Gordon MacMahon, MA, P. Geol.

Vice President, Exploration

Mr. MacMahon is a Professional Geologist whose career as an explorationist has spanned over 30 years in environments ranging from large companies, consulting and small companies. Most recently he has worked on international mandates including China, Australia, USA, and South America. His depth of experience has been gained through both executive and geotechnical roles in operating oil and gas companies as well as capital markets exposure. He was VP Exploration with Trident Exploration Corp., an exploration and production company focused on CBM and natural gas resource plays in Canada and USA. Prior thereto, Mr. MacMahon worked in a senior technical, corporate development role with APF Energy Trust. Earlier in his career he served as Chief Geologist in Indonesia for Canada Northwest Energy Ltd. He is a member of a number of Professional Associations including the Canadian Society of Professional Geologists, the Association of Professionals in Engineering and Geoscience in Alberta, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Dr. John Jackson

Australia Country Advisor

Dr. Jackson, an independent consultant and advisor, is a widely respected oil and gas professional with 40 years experience across Europe, Africa and Australia. Grounded in geology, hydrocarbon exploration and production, Dr. Jackson’s experience includes commercial and strategic corporate development, and technical and executive management in a range of organizations with exploration and production activities in Australia, the Netherlands, UK and Africa. Dr. Jackson is based in Brisbane, Australia.

A.V.K. Suryanarayana

Senior Advisor, Indian Operations

Mr. Suryanarayana has a Master’s degree in Applied Geophysics and has 38 years of extensive experience in oil and gas exploration with different oil companies including a long stint in Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, India’s largest state owned company. His experience spans varied fields — a seismic field crew manager in land and offshore areas conducting 2D and 3D surveys in India and Vietnam, a data processing manager at the Regional Computer center Baroda, and as data analyst and interpretation manager in different sedimentary basins of India. He was responsible for many oil and gas discoveries in Assam- Arakan, Cauvery, Cambay, and Western offshore basins. His G&G work lead to the hydrocarbon discoveries in Kamalapuram and Adiakkamangalam fields of Cauvery basin.