Board of Directors2019-10-17T16:23:39-06:00

Dominic Dacosta

Chairman of the Board

Dominic Dacosta is a business lawyer with 16 years of experience in energy transactions and management of oil and gas companies. Mr. Dacosta is a board member and advisor to multiple E&P and service companies in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina and former Director of Canacol.

James McFarland


James McFarland is a Professional Engineer with over 45 years of oil and gas industry experience internationally and in Canada, including senior executive roles with Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil and Husky Oil. Previously, Mr. McFarland was the co-founder, President and CEO of Valeura Energy, active in Turkey, and remains a director. Prior to that was co-founder, President and CEO of Verenex Energy, active in Libya. He is also a director of MEG Energy and Pengrowth Energy.

Ravi Sharma


Ravi Sharma is a Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the Americas, Middle East, Russia, Australasia and Africa. He was previously Global Petroleum Engineering Manager for BHP Billiton Petroleum. Mr. Sharma also held the position of Worldwide Chief Reservoir Engineer for Occidental Oil and Gas and is currently Chief Operating Officer of Canacol.

Dr. Luis Baena


Dr. Baena is Executive Vice President Business Development and a co-founder of Canacol. He has significant experience in the public and the private sector in Colombia, where he has managed several enterprises and represented CNPC (China) in Colombia. He is a former Director of Canacol.

R. Steven Smith


Mr. Smith brings more than 35 years of business experience, including in excess of 20 years of award-winning investment management experience as a Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst. His career started in the oil and gas industry at companies including Canadian Pioneer, Poco Petroleums, Renaissance Energy, and Pan East Petroleum before becoming an equity analyst. Mr. Smith is a CA, CPA and is currently on the Board of Southern Energy Corp., Karve Energy Ltd. and Jasper Brewing Inc.

Juan Carlos Salazar


Mr. Salazar is a graduate of the Los Andes Law School and holds a post graduate degree from the London School of Economics (Political Science). Prior to founding the law firm ‘Salazar & Asociados Abogados’ in June of 2000, Mr. Salazar worked as a Delegate of the Attorney General of Colombia, as an Advisor to the General Director of the Colombian Institute of International Trade, and was Managing Partner of Andersen Legal. In addition to his position as a well-respected litigator in Bogota, Mr. Salazar has a distinguished academic career as a Professor of the Universidad Externado de Colombia (Oil and Gas), Universidad de la Sabana (Strategic Tax Planning), and Universidad de Los Andes (International Law) with numerous publications credited to his name.