Gran Tierra Energy Inc. has appointed Tony Berthelet as Chief Operating Officer.  

Berthelet is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of multi-disciplinary upstream oil and gas experience and eight years of executive level leadership experience. He has held several senior management roles focused on production, operations and asset development, including the implementation and optimization of secondary and enhanced oil recovery projects.

Prior to joining Gran Tierra, Berthelet was the President and CEO of Strategic Oil and Gas Ltd., where he focused on implementing operational and organizational efficiencies while growing production and value from light oil fields in Western Canada. Prior to joining Strategic, he led the revitalization of the Cardium waterflood development for Obsidian Energy Ltd. as Vice President, Development and Operations. Earlier in his career, he gained international leadership experience through project management roles focused on enhanced oil recovery evaluation projects with Vermilion Energy Inc. in France and Nexen Inc. in Yemen.

Berthelet has a Bachelor of Science (Geological Engineering) from the University of Saskatchewan, is a practicing member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and holds a Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute. He is also an active member of Society of Petroleum Engineers.