Operations Team

  • Leonard B. Van Betuw

    B.Sc. Geophysics
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Van Betuw was awarded a BSc (Hon.) Degree in Geophysics in 1987. Recognized for his expertise in the 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 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.

  • Donica Igot-Candia, CPA (Philippines)

    Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Igot-Candia brings over ten years of combined experience in finance and leadership experience. She was formerly a controller with a private Company in Calgary Alberta and has held various accounting positions with companies in the Philippines. Her areas of expertise include corporate finance, M&A, modeling, capital markets, financial reporting, and strategic planning.

  • Daniel Lucero

    B.Sc. Geology
    Resource Manager

    Mr. Daniel Lucero holds 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.

  • Ryan Schnitzler

    Land Manager

    Mr. Schnitzler is the Manager of Land and Joint Venture at Avila Energy.  Prior to joining Avila, Ryan served in roles of increasing responsibility at Obsidian Energy, Lightstream Resources, ConocoPhillips Canada and Penn West Petroleum. He is a professional landman with over 15 years of experience in the Canadian oil and gas industry and graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen.

  • Anna Atencio

    MSc, P. Eng.
    Production & Optimization Manager

    Anna is an accomplished and enthusiastic Production Engineer with over 15 years of Canadian and International experience, working with multidisciplinary teams to contribute to petroleum field development and prospect generation. Known for a strong ability to troubleshoot and optimize wells and facilities. Anna is a competitive professional with a broad range of experience at Shell Canada, contributing to the development of the Quest Carbon Sequestration, Peace River Thermal Recovery and Ground Birch Tight Shale Gas, in addition to earlier experience at Apache Canada Limited., Haliburton Evaluations and Digital Solutions-Mexico and Precision Drilling - Mexico.

  • Dale Harrison

    General Manager and Integration

    Mr. Harrison has over 25 years of experience initially as Field Supervisor in Canada and Internationally in Cuba, since 2017 continues to be an instrumental part of Avila Energy’s driving efficiency into the daily operations where he constantly seeks to improve the production and maintenance costs. Mr. Harrison’s areas of expertise are broad, ranging from his 20 years of experience in the Geophysical Service sector before crossing over to being appointed as asset manager, pipeline integrity and facilities management and maintenance at Quattro Exploration and Production Ltd in 2012. Dale has been instrumental in integrating the HSE program and implementing the Company’s real-time production reporting, cost controls and operational budgeting.   

  • Greg Doucette

    Production Accounting and Measurement

    Over 15 years of experience in the Oil & Natural Gas industry with strengths in energy reporting, production accounting, reporting, and processing. Experienced in the integration and development of new areas of business. Extensive background in the completion of acquisitions and their successful integration. These experiences were derived from his employment at Long Run, Vesta Energy, Bellatrix, Penn West, and the Alberta Energy Regulator. CAPPA Certificate, SAIT Polytechnic, 2007 B. Ed., University of New Brunswick (Dean’s List) 2001 Bachelor of Political Science, University of Prince Edward Island (Public Administration) 1997