Executive Team

A proven team with a Deep Understanding of it's Assets and the Experience Required to Develop Them

John Zahary

Managing Director
Mr. Zahary is an experienced oil and gas executive having played a leadership role with a number of companies with heavy oil and oilsands assets including PanCanadian Petroleum, Petrovera Resources, Viking Energy, Harvest Energy, Osum Oilsands and Sunshine Oilsands. John's has experience in technical engineering and operations roles as well as in financial roles.

John holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and a M.Phil in Management Studies from the University of Oxford.

John is active in corporate and volunteer activities.


Chris McGinnis, P.Eng, MBA

Vice President Operations & Engineering.
-Mr. McGinnis joined Kaisen as Vice President, Operations & Engineering, in April 2013. He has over 17 years of oil and gas experience, where prior to Kaisen, he held Development and Production Engineering Manager roles at PennWest. In addition, Chris held production, facility, and exploitation engineering roles with Husky Energy, Acclaim Energy, and Canetic Resources, all focused on heavy oil where he spent over 7 years living/working in Lloydminster as a field based engineer. Mr. McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MBA from Royal Roads University. He is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS).

Andy Kramchynski, P. Geol

Vice President Exploration
-Over 32 years of oil and gas experience, most recently served as president of Tandem Energy, a private E&P company

-Mr. Kramchynski has a diverse background within the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) including the heavy oil Mannville sands.


Anton Esterhuizen, B.Comm LLB

Manager Business Development & Land
-Over 16 years of experience in strategic oil & gas business development involving mergers, acquisitions & divestitures and various land transactions to the value of $6 billion. Prior thereto 11 years of experience as a lawyer and business owner in South Africa.

-Previously with Penn West Petroleum, serving in various lead roles within the Land Department & Business Units and most recently as Manager, Business Development & Acquisitions and Divestitures.

Jodie Rubel

Accounting Manager


Rachelle Barnard

Sr. Executive Assistant & Office Manager