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President & Chief Executive Officer of Questerre Energy

Mr. Binnion is one of the founding shareholders of Questerre and has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Questerre Energy Corp., since November 2000.

Mr. Binnion has been actively involved in the financing and executive management of numerous private and public companies over the last 16 years through his investment company, Rupert's Crossing Inc. Mr. Binnion served as the President and a Director of Terrenex and its predecessor from October 1995 to April 2008. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Flowing Energy Corp., a junior exploration and production company, from June 1996 to December 2001 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2004. He served as the President and Chief Financial Officer of CanArgo Energy Corporation, an independent exploration & production company from 1997 to 2000. From 1992 to 1997 he was Executive Director of Crossfield House Inc., a private merchant banking firm. From 1992 to 1998 he was a minority shareholder and manager of a private investment company that held interest in commercial real estate and golf courses. Prior thereto he was Manager in the High Tech group at Clarkson Gordon, a division of Ernst & Young, specializing in tax-assistant financings. Mr. Binnion served as Chairman of the Board of Sylogist Ltd. from March 2000 to February 2002. He has been Director of Sylogist Ltd. since March 1997. He served as a Director of Magnus Energy, Inc. from March 4, 2005 to November 2007. Mr. Binnion serves as an Independent Director of High Arctic Energy Services Trust. Mr. Binnion is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Alberta.


A democratic breakdown

There may not be social acceptability for the exploitation of natural gas in Quebec.

What we can be sure of, is the Government of Quebec did not meet its own standards for social acceptability by imposing a moratorium on any meaningful natural gas development in Quebec.  To be sure they have left a window open for possible new discoveries, but only if it’s in some types of rock rather than others.

The arbitrariness and capriciousness of the regulation is exposed on this point alone. …

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Two kilometers is not about the water!

The issue recently in the press relating to the distance between oil and gas wells and water wells is about something.  But we can be sure it’s not about the water.

The science on this is clear.  The comprehensive studies have been done by scientists,  in Quebec as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), and also in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The findings are clear that the distances required by regulations throughout America and the rest of…

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Maybe Canada's greatest living speaker

Maybe Canada’s greatest living speaker



Greatest Canadian living speaker - that’s certainly what Troy Lanigan, the President of the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation, calls the Honorable Stockwell Day.   He just spoke at the CEEA Midyear Update (Oilmen’s) and a sold-out room at the Petroleum Club was no evidence to the contrary.


For twenty-five minutes Stockwell gave the room a unique speech for the audience entirely without notes or script.  He was asked…

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How Did We Go So Wrong on Carbon Taxes?

Let me preface by saying that the greenhouse effect is real.  Therefore, I am for sensible policies that reduce global emissions.  

Sadly, carbon taxes aren’t a sensible policy if our goal is to reduce global emissions.   They cost too much and do too little.   So how did we go so wrong on carbon taxes?

Carbon taxation was originally a right-wing, free market theory.  The simple idea, to paraphrase Milton Friedman, is that if you tax something, you get less of it.  It could elegantly…

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