Reconnaissance Energy International People
Craig Steinke Craig Steinke
Founder & Director

Mr. Steinke has over 20 years of extensive experience in the global oil and gas industry, specializing in property acquisitions and resource development. During his career, Mr. Steinke has been instrumental in acquiring in excess of 25 million acres of domestic and international petroleum and natural gas rights, as well as financing and developing these assets. He has initiated and developed several successful unconventional resource companies, with specific focus on shale gas.

Most recently, Mr. Steinke was Executive Chairman & CEO of Realm Energy International Corporation, a Canadian domiciled global energy company focused on exploration and development of major shale plays throughout Europe and emerging countries. Realm Energy, formed by Craig Steinke and Ian Telfer in 2009, collaborated with Halliburton (Houston), assembled key shale plays in ten European basins, completed a major joint venture with ConocoPhillips and merged the Company in November 2011 with another European shale player.

Mr. Steinke has been instrumental in acquiring and developing assets in some of North America's major unconventional plays, such as coalbed methane in the Powder River Basin, shale gas plays in the Fayetteville, Marcellus and Montney.

Mr. Steinke, educated in Petroleum Land Management, is certified with the CWC School of Energy (London, England) in World Fiscal Systems for Oil and Gas. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators; an organization designed to enhance the professionalism of cross-border energy negotiators worldwide. 
David Elliot David Elliot
Founder & Director

Mr. Elliott is a successful international resource investor.  He is Vice President and Partner of Haywood Securities Inc., an investment dealer. Mr. Elliott et al acquired in 1986, now has more than 275 employees, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.  Haywood is fully integrated and consistently ranks amongst the top investment dealers in Canada.

Daniel Jarvie Daniel Jarvie
Founder & Director

Mr. Daniel Jarvie is an analytical and interpretive organic geochemist. He is a Director and the technical team leader for Reconnaissance Energy. He is also the President of Worldwide Geochemistry, LLC, working as a consultant to industry, focused on unconventional shale resource plays and prospects.  Worldwide has also established a research lab to evaluate various aspects of unconventional shale-gas and shale-oil petroleum systems as well as conventional petroleum systems. He has studied or been involved in the evaluation of conventional petroleum systems around the world but is most noted for his ongoing work in unconventional shale resource exploration, particularly the Barnett Shale of the Fort Worth Basin in Texas, since the late 1980s. His specialties include source rock characterization, especially for resource assessments, and also detailed source rock characterization for conventional petroleum systems analysis, including bulk and compositional kinetic determinations, high resolution light hydrocarbon and fingerprinting analysis, pyrolysis and catalysis studies. 

Mr. Jarvie is also an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University (TCU) and a member of the Energy Institute. These affiliations include specific research projects with professors and students at these institutions. Mr. Jarvie is also a visiting scientist at the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP) in Rueil-Malmaison, France. The primary focus of this research is a compositional model of hydrocarbon generation from shales including late gas generation and carbon isotopic modeling as applicable to shales.

He is retired Chief Geochemist for EOG Resources, the largest producer of shale oil resource plays in North America.

Mr. Jarvie earned a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and was mentored in geochemistry by Wallace Dow and Don Baker of Rice University.

Dr. Joseph Davis Dr. Joseph Davis

Dr. Joseph R. Davis has thirty years  experience in oil and gas exploration, with significant success evaluating and developing new ventures worldwide, including onshore USA, deepwater plays in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and emerging developments in Iraq.

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Davis conducted extensive research on shales, including use of log parameters to map source rock maturity, and an early evaluation of the Bakken Shale as a horizontal drilling target. He was one of the first to recognize the potential of the Barnett Shale oil play, and evaluated several projects in the Fayettville Shale.  More recently, he evaluated projects in the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, Mexico, and the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, in Louisiana.

Dr. Davis interpreted Arco's first major 3-D seismic project and an early adopter of sequence stratigraphy and probabilistic techniques for resource assessment.  He was the team leader for the exploration team that opened deep water exploration in the Niger Delta with the billion barrel discovery at Zafiro.  He also helped to develop some of the first deep water play concepts in the Gulf of Mexico for Mobil, Unocal, and Repsol. 

Dr. Davis is currently the President of the Dallas Geological Society and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
Dr. James Granath Dr. James W. Granath
Structural Geologist

Dr. James Granath is a consulting structural geologist who has worked in academia and both minerals and petroleum exploration. His expertise lies in seismic interpretation and integration with structural analysis, fracture analysis, regional synthesis, and prospect and play evaluation.

Dr. Granath spent 18 years with Conoco Inc. in research, international exploration, and new ventures. In 1999, he opened a consulting practice focused on structural geology and tectonics as applied to exploration problems, interrupted only by brief periods of exclusivity with Forest Oil and Midland Valley Exploration, and has worked on projects in some 40 countries around the world. 

Since 1976, Dr. Granath has taught at State University of New York in Stony Brook.  He is a member of AAPG, AGU, GSA, and RMAG, a certified petroleum geologist (#5512).  He is the author of numerous research papers and co-edited several multi-author compendia. He holds his PhD from Monash University in Australia, and a BS and MS from of University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Dale Mitiska Dale Mitiska

Dale Mitiska has over 30 years of diversified geological and business management experience, devoted to prospecting and development of oil and gas reserves throughout Canada and the U.S., including the Rocky Mountains, Gulf Coast, West Texas, South Texas, Appalachian, Michigan and Illinois basins.

Mr. Mitiska has an extensive background in evaluation and description of horizontal shale oil resource plays throughout North America, including the World-Class Williston Basin/Bakken Shale, the San Juan Basin and DJ Basin Niobrara and the Fort Worth Basin Barnett Shale.  Additionally, Mr. Mitiska has valued expertise in major North American plays including the Marcellus, Eagleford and Woodford shales. 

Mr. Mitiska has a proven track record for adding value and creating organizational growth.  Geological investigations include regional basin analysis, exploration and development mapping, detailed reservoir analysis and description, prospect generation for clastic and carbonate reservoirs, 2D & 3D seismic acquisition and interpretation, reservoir engineering integration and geological and geophysical computer modeling and mapping.

Dale Mitiska Bill Cathey
Geophysical Consultant

Bill Cathey, President and Chief Geoscientist of Earthfield Technology, has over 25 years of potential fields interpretation experience. His clients include almost every major and large independent oil and gas company.

Mr. Cathey has served as the Chairman of the Potential Fields Group of the Geophysical Society of Houston, and has been a member of the SEG, AAPG, GHS and HGS.

Mr. Cathey has authored or co-authored numerous articles on the uses of magnetic and gravity analysis, including the first paper that showed the relationship between salt and magnetic data (1987).