Earth Horse Energy Advisors
Earth Horse believes in being kind, honest, and exhibiting the utmost standards of integrity.
We have a strong work ethic and are a work horse!
We will tell you the truth, not necessarily what you want to hear. We believe in integrity over making a dollar.
Mr. Ferguson Young has been actively involved in the Canadian oil & natural gas M&A marketplace since 2006 and has dedicated his career to assisting the niche market of under $100 million.
Meet the Team
Founder & President
Ryan Ferguson Young
During his career, Ryan has managed approximately 100 mandates and has been involved in the closing of over $1.0 billion in transactions. He has participated in transactions that range in value from below $1 million to over $250 million and is a seasoned professional in providing valuations and fairness opinions to the industry.
Mark Lackie is a commercial and joint venture executive with over 25 years of experience in the energy sector with a broad spectrum of companies from small private start-ups to large public companies.
Mark is recognized as an integrity-driven deal maker with an established record of successfully identifying, negotiating, and executing on billions of dollars in acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures aimed at maximizing value and shareholder returns. A critical thinker and innovative problem solver, Mark is highly motivated and exceptionally adept at assessing complex issues and implementing business solutions aligned with strategy quickly and cost-effectively.
Most recently, Mark has held senior management positions at both Taqa North Ltd. and Seven Generations Energy Ltd. prior to joining Earth Horse.
Strategic Partnership with
Gryphon Geo & Energy Advisors Ltd.
Earth Horse announced on June 21, 2022 that it and Gryphon Geo & Energy Advisors (“Gryphon Geo”) formed a a strategic partnership to compliment on each company’s strengths and significant experience in the Canadian oil & natural gas industry. The founder of Gryphon Geo and the founder of Earth Horse have worked together at another advisory firm.
Gryphon Geo provides extensive technical experience with the founder having 25 years of experience working with both exploration and production (“E&P”) companies and advisory firms/investment banks.
Gryphon Geo is a private company that was founded by Mr. Robert Panek earlier in 2022. Mr. Panek is a professional geologist with APEGA and has been active in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry since 1997. Robert has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering, a Master of Science in Geology, and a Master of Business Administration. He has been actively involved in geological analysis, having worked in exploration, development, and operations positions for Talisman Energy Inc., Encana Corp., Jupiter Resources Ltd. and Crew Energy Inc. among additional smaller entities. In addition to his roles with E&P companies, Mr. Panek has over eight years of experience at energy advisory firms (RBC Capital Markets, RBC Rundle (formerly Rundle Energy Partners) & Sayer Energy Advisors) where he led all aspects of business development including the technical and economic evaluations of hundreds of properties, marketing of assets and corporate divestitures, assisted with buy-side mandates, negotiations, strategic planning, and the identification of upside opportunities. Mr. Panek also has energy transition research and oil & natural gas infrastructure experience.
Gryphon Geo specializes in geological and energy advisory services with a focus in Western Canada. Gryphon Geo assists with geological evaluations of oil and natural gas assets for acquisitions, divestitures, or organic growth. Gryphon Geo’s geological solutions include updating existing or creating new geological maps, cross sections, schematics, and other related materials. Gryphon Geo can assist with the identification of upside opportunities, strategic planning, business development strategies, or help with the creation and development of materials for corporate presentations, investor presentations, or other marketing materials.
Mark and Ryan worked together at Sayer, where Mark held an Associate position. During his time with Sayer, Mark managed a number of oil & natural gas offerings, provided analysis of the industry, and prepared a number of oil & natural gas market valuations.
Prior to Sayer, Mark worked in Equity Research at CIBC World Markets, covering the senior E&P space.
To complement the significant M&A experience and banking knowledge of the founder, Earth Horse has built a network of technical and operational professionals. Each of the consultants has decades of experience in the oil & natural gas industry. Some of the consultants have built and run small and medium-sized companies while others have had successful careers with large multi-national corporations.
These relationships add significant depth, which translates into Earth Horse being able to provide exceptional value and customer service to its clients.
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Behind the Name
The name, Earth Horse, has a couple of meanings. One is how it relates to the oil & natural gas industry and the other is how it is associated with the Chinese Horoscope.
How Earth Horse Relates
to Oil & Natural Gas
How Earth Horse Associates with
the chinese horoscope
WCSB Divestitures is a division of Earth Horse Energy Advisors which focuses on the micro to small-cap A&D market, complimenting the mid to larger market that is serviced by the Earth Horse brand.
We have extensive experience assisting with divestitures in the low-end market, know the purchasers and understand how to properly market assets and companies.