Mr. Noakes is a Professional Engineer that brings over 30 years of operational oil and gas experience focused on drilling, completions, production operations and reservoir exploitation. Mr. Noakes has extensive knowledge of unconventional resource plays having been directly involved in the planning and execution of drilling and completion operations of over 100 wells over the last five years within the Montney, Wilrich, Dunvegan, and Cardium horizons all within the Deep Basin of Northern Alberta. More relevant to Blackbird, Mr. Noakes directly supervised the drilling and completion operations of Montney wells up to approximately 6,000 meters in length within the Kakwa / Jayar region, which is on trend with Blackbird's Elmworth acreage. Most recently, Mr. Noakes supervised Montney wells that achieved a 40% reduction in drilling times through the implementation of the latest bit and motor technology, in conjunction with the optimization of drilling fluids. Prior to joining Blackbird, Mr. Noakes held senior positions through his consulting company at Murphy Oil, Mosaic Energy Ltd., APL Oil and Gas, Bow Valley Energy, and Culane Energy, in addition to permanent positons within Magin Energy Inc. and Mobil Oil.