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Imperial Helium is a mid-tier Canadian company competing with major global players in the helium market. Unlike our early stage helium competitors, we’re sourcing high-value helium opportunities that are ready to extract, separate, and sell.

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Steveville, Southern Alberta

  • Historic discovery with over-looked Helium
  • 1940 blowout well estimate at 50MMCFD, later tested at 6MMCFD
  • Multiple re-enterable wellbores, ~24,500 Hectare area
  • Recovery factor ~85%, Helium ~0.43%

Strategic Alliance

One of our defining principles is being best in class and partnering with like-minded external service providers. This will give our shareholders an amplified return on capital. Imperial Helium is working with best-in-class partners to solidify a strategic alliance and we look forward to bringing you further information on this.

Development Plan/Strategy

The scope of opportunities in front of Imperial Helium


Total oil and gas wells in Alberta and British Columbia - as indicated as dots on the map


Total wells with gas analysis


Total wells with ≥0.5% helium

The Strategy

Imperial Helium has developed a proprietary database of existing helium bearing well bores that are being evaluated for acquisition. Our targeting is focused on wells with contingent concentrations of helium and existing infrastructure. The analytical geoscience and engineering approach undertaken to source these helium opportunities eliminates the fiscal risk of finding uneconomic concentrations of helium in the exploration process.

The Targets

Imperial Helium is focused on acquiring and seeking to produce helium from a concentrated scope of assets.

Shut-in Wells

  • Use our proprietary database to source and analyze target wells with a contingent concentrations of helium
  • Focus on wells with existing infrastructure to reduce capital requirements for production testing and resource definition
  • Production cash flow realistic within 24 months from acquisition

Producing Assets

  • Source gas wells that are currently in production with economic levels of helium concentration (≥0.5% helium)
  • Partner with the producer to integrate our helium separator plants into existing facilities
  • Capture a new revenue stream for all partners involved and, given the specialist skills within Imperial Helium and our alliance partners, capture the value in attractive time periods

Exploration Acreage

  • Whilst not the priority of Imperial Helium, our database has defined exploration plays that are in proximity to producing assets and shut-in well targets
  • Focus on acreage with accessible mineral rights and near-term development potential
  • Production cash flow realistic within 36 months from acquisition

Investor presentation

We Invite you to review our most recent presentation from November 2021.

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Steveville Asset Map

Steveville Structure Map


Leadership team


David Johnson

Chief Executive Officer and Director


Dr. Johnson has more than 35 years of global, Canadian frontier, and Western Canadian exploration and production experience. He has previously worked for Shell Canada, ExxonMobil, Husky Energy, Kuwait Oil Company, KUFPEC, and a public international start-up, which he founded. Dr. Johnson has extensive business development, operations, geoscience research, and technical E&P experience covering 40+ petroleum provinces, with discoveries in Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Canadian Frontiers and the South China Sea.He currently serves as a Director for the Canadian Global Exploration Forum (CGEF), and a Councillor for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Barry Lappin

Chief Financial Officer


Mr. Lappin brings over 20 years of experience in the Canadian and international oil and gas industry with both small private and large public companies including TechnipFMC and Aker Solutions. He spent 18 years with Deloitte in the audit, tax and consulting practices both in Canada and the UK. Through his career, Mr. Lappin has been an active volunteer within the oil and gas industry, including serving on the Board of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association for 8 years and serving as its President during 2010/11.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lappin had been providing consulting services to Imperial Helium to assist in financing, which has afforded him insight and familiarization with IHC’s business strategy and projects. Mr. Lappin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and has been a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta since 1984.

Michael Zubkow

Chief Operating Officer


Mr. Zubkow has 45 years of professional experience, spending his initial 12 years as a structural engineer before transitioning to work in the petroleum industry in Western Canada. Previously, Mr. Zubkow has worked for Underwood McLellan, Dome Petroleum, Amoco Canada, Devon Energy, ConocoPhillips Canada, Penn West, and most recently Canadian Natural Resources.

Mr. Zubkow has extensive experience in drilling and completing petroleum and natural gas wells, building production facilities and infrastructure, and managing production operations. As such, he is uniquely qualified with respect to the development of the helium resource in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. He is currently a registered practicing engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Kyle Hookey

VP, Corporate Finance


Mr. Hookey has over 8 years of experience in international capital markets, consulting across the capital structure for corporate transactions and broad investment portfolio mandates. During his career, Mr. Hookey has advised individuals, private and public companies, primarily in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Hookey is currently a Partner of Cronin Capital Corp., a natural resource focused merchant banking group based in Vancouver, Canada, Chief Executive Officer of TSXV listed Gold Rush Cariboo and a Non-Executive Director of AQSE listed Imperial X Plc.


Brad Hayes

Executive Co-Chairman and Director

Dr. Hayes is President of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., a geoscience consulting firm engaged by industry, government, and legal and financial organizations. He joined PRCL in 1996 after 15 years of exploration experience in operating companies, including Shell Canada and Canadian Hunter. Dr. Hayes has a high level of geoscience expertise in unconventional hydrocarbons, including oil sands, tight reservoirs, and shale plays in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and internationally.

He is an active member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) and served as its president in 2001. He currently serves as a Board member for the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR) and recently completed his second three-year term as a Councillor for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta.

Kyler Hardy

Executive Co-Chairman and Director

Mr. Hardy has over 15 years of experience in the global resource sector where he has operated and advised. He has also brought venture capital, private equity, and strategic partners to the table. Mr. Hardy has founded and sold several resource focused businesses from services to extraction and development.

Mr. Hardy is currently the CEO of Cronin Group, CEO and Director of CloudBreak Discovery Corp, and Director and Non-Executive Chairman of Graycliff Exploration, among other private and public companies.

Peter Putnam

Lead Director

Mr. Putnam is a geologist with over 40 years of varied global experience at both technical and executive levels. Over his career he has been at various times, an employee, an advisor to technical and management teams as well as boards of directors, a board member, and a founder of new companies.  Early stage companies started by Peter have raised substantial funds from investors inclusive of large private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and family offices.  With experience on six continents, he is currently the President of Hay Valley Resources Ltd. Mr. Putnam is an advisor to and former shareholder of Petrel Robertson.

Mr. Putnam holds a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary and is a past-President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, a former adjunct professor at the University of Calgary, and a former councillor of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).  He has published widely as an author of scientific articles dealing with various facets of petroleum geology and is a regular guest lecturer at Canadian universities.

Campbell Becher


Over the course of his celebrated 20+ years in the investment banking industry, Mr. Becher has specialized in advising publicly listed junior resource companies from the exploration stage to full production, a milestone IHC anticipates achieving in the coming 12 to 14 months. He currently serves on the board of Royal Helium Ltd., a Saskatchewan based helium explorer, and as such, brings a wealth of experience in the resource sector coupled with his extensive network of investors. We are pleased to see and secure increasing interest from experienced market participants as IHC continues to develop our assets and enhance engagement with the capital markets.

Stephen Burleton


Stephen Burleton, CFA, MBA, ICD.D is an experienced mining executive with significant experience in capital raising, corporate development and strategy. At present, Mr. Burleton is the President and CEO of Angus Gold and most recently prior to that, he was the President and CEO of GT Gold where he brought  Newmont Corporation in as a strategic investor.  Prior to that he was Vice President, Business Development, at Richmont Mines Inc. prior to Richmont being acquired by Alamos Gold Inc. for US$770 million in November 2017. Mr. Burleton was responsible for the financing at Richmont and worked closely with its executive team in determining the Company’s strategic direction. He has over 18 years of experience in the Canadian investment banking industry as Managing Director of Investment Banking at Wellington West Capital Markets Inc., Scotia Capital Inc. and BMO Capital Markets advising on strategic transactions and executing debt and equity financing for companies in the mining, fertilizer and industrial products sectors.

Mr. Burleton is a CFA® Charterholder, has an MBA from York University and received his ICD.D from the Rotman School of Management.

Marty Wittstrom


Mr. Wittstrom is a geoscientist with more than 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has held several positions in technical and business leadership, managing important exploration and field development projects in basins in the United States and overseas.  Mr. Wittstrom had a 26-year career at Chevron, where he managed projects in most United States onshore basins, he was also the Vice President of International Exploration for Reliance Industries and VP of North America Business Development for the Information Store. At Niko Resources he was the South America Business Unit Manager.  Mr. Wittstrom is a co-founder and the current Chairman of the Oil Group, a Houston-based holding company for investments in Latin America in the E&P operations and services sectors.  Mr. Wittstrom has chaired several petroleum conferences and is currently the Vice President of the Canadian Global Exploration Forum, a Canadian non-profit organization focused on promoting Canadian-based international oil and gas exploration and production companies around the world.   Mr. Wittstrom holds a Master of Science in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines and has authored numerous papers and presentations on exploration plays and methods, reservoir characterization and development, and technology management.

Senior Employees

Stephen Anfort

Chief Geologist

Mr. Anfort is an explorer with more than 28 years of experience covering multiple basins in North America, Europe and Asia.  The larger focus of his efforts include the Gulf of Mexico, Jeanne d’Arc and Flemish Pass Basins, further north into Labrador, the west coast of Greenland and up into the Canadian Arctic.  He started his career at Marathon Oil in Houston, and has worked for Husky Energy, Statoil (Equinor), and Suncor in Calgary, Canada.  Most recently he lived and worked in Budapest, Hungary for Sandhill Petroleum exploring the Eastern Pannonian Basin.

In each of these geologically diverse basins, Mr. Anfort has taken a regional approach to exploration, identifying plays and prospects by taking a hands-on integrated approach to evaluating geoscience data with a view to understanding petroleum systems and high-grading opportunities.  He has been a leader on multiple successful exploration ventures most recently in the Mizzen and Bay du Nord discoveries of the Flemish Pass Basin. In addition, he was a principle in building the portfolio of prospects which included the recently announced discoveries of Cambriol and Capahayden by Equinor.

Mr. Anfort is currently a registered practicing Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Keith Edwards

Chief Geophysicist

Mr. Edwards is an experienced geophysicist with 37 years of experience extracting exploration and exploitation information from seismic data with a strong focus on quantitative interpretation utilizing modelling, inversion and AVO (amplitude variation with offset).

Previously, he has held significant roles in exploration and exploitation at companies that include AEC West Ltd., Berkana Energy Corp. (formerly Rosetta Exploration Inc.) and the Kuwait Oil Company. In addition, Mr. Edwards brings seismic consulting expertise from his tenure at Discovery Exploration Services, GeoScope and Boyd PetroSearch along with software development experience at GMA and Digi-Rule Inc.

Through his career, Mr. Edwards has made significant contributions to the development of multiple successful plays in Western Canada and to the seismic reservoir characterization of some of the world’s largest oilfields in Kuwait.


Petrel Robertson

Technical Advisor


Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. is a global petroleum geoscience consulting firm based in Calgary, Alberta. PRCL offers technical and strategic exploration and development services to clients in more than 40 countries and in many of the major petroleum basins of the world. Petrel Robertson was founded in 1972 and was affiliated with UK-based Robertson Research International for a number of years. The current ownership and management team has nearly 100 years of domestic and international petroleum geoscience and strategic experience.


Cronin Capital

Financial Advisor


Cronin Capital is a natural resource focused merchant bank based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Cronin provides early to mid-stage resource businesses with intelligent capital, strategic advice, and access to a global network of financiers. Cronin works with management teams to deliver above average returns while building sound long-term business opportunities.


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