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.

Scott Megaffin, CA, CFA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Megaffin brings to Bengal a strong technical background, coupled with over 15 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of corporate finance, assurance, business development, and capital markets for public companies.  Most recently, Mr. Megaffin served as the Manager of Business Development for Pengrowth Energy Corporation, a Toronto Stock Exchange listed intermediate Canadian oil and natural gas producer with thermal and conventional assets, where he was active in negotiations, due diligence and closing of both acquisitions and divestments. Prior thereto, he spent four years in oil and gas equity research with Peters & Co. Limited, a Calgary based boutique investment bank.  He began his career in the energy industry articling with Ernst & Young, LLP’s Calgary office in 2001. Currently, he holds both a CA and CFA designation as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and as a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.

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.