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Leadership Team

Francisco Alhanati, Managing Director

Francisco spent most of his thirty-two-year career in the industry on applied R&D related to production operations, with Petrobras, in Brazil, between 1983 and 1996, and with C-FER, in Canada, since 1997.

Francisco received the 2013 SPE Production and Operations international award, for his distinguished contributions to petroleum engineering along his career.  He is considered an industry expert in the area of artificial lift, and he has extensive technical knowledge of offshore production systems and heavy oil production operations.  

Francisco became C-FER’s Managing Director in 2012.  In this position, he acts as the company CEO and responds directly to the C-FER Board of Directors.  

Francisco continues to provide senior technical advice to a variety of projects, to try and ensure the quality of their deliverables, and to nurture long-term relations with key clients, including identification of their R&D needs.

Francisco holds a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa.  He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Jorge Robles, Director, Engineering Operations

Jorge Robles, MSc, PEng, has over 25 years of experience in development, evaluation and implementation of technologies for the oil industry in leadership and management roles. He has been an asset for several well-known companies in the oil industry, including ConocoPhillips, PDVSA and Weatherford International, where he has developed strategies and led projects in the areas of production and cost optimization, plant capacity expansions and manufacturing process improvements.

In 2017, he joined C-FER as Director of the Exploration and Production Department where he is responsible for the strategic planning and operations in the areas of Drilling, Completion and Production.  

In addition to his leadership skills, Mr. Robles is acknowledged as an expert in artificial lift technologies. He has co-chaired two SPE workshops about heavy oil and bitumen, and he has also patented two devices for Progressing Cavity Pumping (PCP) systems.

Mr. Robles holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zulia (1990) and an MSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas (1996).

Dawna Bergum, Director, Human Resources

Dawna Bergum joined C-FER in 2005.  Dawna has over 10 years of experience at C-FER working as a human resources generalist - for the most part as a Human Resources department of one.   She started at C-FER as an HR Assistant which eventually progressed to HR Coordinator, HR Advisor and most recently in the position of Manager, Human Resources.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Manager Human Resources works to implement HR practices that support C-FER’s long-term strategic objectives and is responsible for providing senior level human resources support in the following areas:  staffing, employee relations, operational and human resource policies, performance management, compensation and benefits, and training and development. 

Prior to joining C-FER Ms. Bergum had numerous previous years of experience as a legal assistant mainly in the areas of financing and corporate commercial law.   She completed the Human Resources Management Certificate (with distinction) from the University of Alberta in 2010 and went on to obtain her Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation later that same year.

Ms. Bergum is currently an active member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) and an associate member of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA).

Brian Wagg, Director, Corporate Services

Brian Wagg completed his undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1988. He subsequently completed a Master of Science degree in Engineering Geology in 1990 at the same university.

Mr. Wagg joined C-FER in 1990, working in the Production Technology Department on various projects related to cold heavy oil production operations. In 2005 he assumed the role as Manager of the Drilling and Completions Department. His team was involved in projects related to design and qualification of completion equipment for High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) environments and evaluation of risk related to unplanned releases from wells and gas storage facilities.

In 2009 he assumed the role of Manager, New Technology Initiatives with the mandate to assist C-FER’s Pipeline and Structures Division in expanding their technical offering to industry. His new role of Director, Business Development and Planning, which he took on in 2012, adds the responsibility of identifying strategic initiatives for C-FER as a whole. 


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