Executive Team

  • Leonard B. Van Betuw

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Van Betuw was awarded a BSc (Hon.) Degree in Geophysics in 1987 becoming recognized for his expertise in the area of design and delivery of services formed from a comprehensive suite of geophysical experiences developed over 25 years as a manager, executive, and Geophysicist.

    Early in Leonard’s career, he spent most of his time abroad for various companies from 1998 to 1992.  This is where Mr. Van Betuw began forming of what will become his managerial skill sets. During these years, Mr. Van Betuw held various contract positions and consulting roles including Geophysicist for Can-Oxy in Yemen, Operations Supervision for Veritas Geophysical and Operations Manager in Canada and Venezuela with Western Atlas International. Between 1998 and 2006, Kintex Inc. was formed as a private company where Leonard acted as President.  In 2006, the company was acquired and went public as Kintex Resources Corporation where Mr. Van Betuw became President until 2010.

    Mr. Van Betuw consulted as an advisor with Life Sciences Institute from 2006 until 2011 when the company changed its name to Quattro Exploration and Production Ltd/. a TSX listed Junior Oil and Gas Company.  In 2011, he was appointed President and CEO until 2017.

    In February, 2017, Leonard Van Betuw became President and CEO of Avila Exploration and Development Canada Ltd.

  • Daniel Lucero

    VP and Resource Manager

    Mr. Daniel Lucero More than 15 years’ experience in resource exploration in Latin America and the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, as Exploration Manager at Quattro Exploration and Production Ltd., for 6 years, WCSB and Latin America Chief Geoscientist at Kintex Geosciences Exploration, Geologist at CoalCorp Mining and Andicoal. Daniel graduated in 2004 from the National University of Colombia (Bogota-Colombia) with BSc in Geology.

  • Lars Glimhagen

    Chief Financial Officer (Interim)

    Mr. Glimhagen has over 35 years’ experience in accounting and finance positions including being the Senior Accountant at BC Rapid Transit, the former operating company of the Sky-Train Rapid Transit system in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. Lars has 25 years in the mineral exploration and the oil and gas sectors, serving in various senior management positions, including Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary. Lars is also the founder of LNG Management Services Ltd., a software consulting service providing software sales and support for ADAGIO Accounting, developed by Softrak Systems Ltd. in Vancouver, BC. Since 2013, Lars has been the Chief Financial Officer at Avila Energy Corporation, previously known as Petro Viking Energy Inc. Subsequent to his resignation on November 7, 2022, Lars was appointed by the directors of Avila as the new Corporate Secretary, and on May 9, 2023, he was appointed as interim CFO.

  • Peter Nesveda

    VP Corporate Affairs, and Investor Relations

    Mr. Nesveda brings over 30 years plus of international investor relations and corporate affairs experience having worked with over 120 public and private companies in Australia, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, South Africa, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. 

    Peter Nesveda brings together a significant number of global contacts in the public and private sectors and has assisted in founding and forming companies by way of strategic and cornerstone introductions. He brings all of his skill set to work including messaging in support of emerging companies e.g., investor relations, corporate affairs, introducing funders and financiers, helping build management teams and boards of directors.