Senior Advisors

senior advisors

The Senior Advisory team provides Canyon Oak Energy further expertise and capability. The background of the Senior Advisory team members span Exploration and Production, Engineering, Construction, to Private Equity.

Karl F.

Karl F. Kurz is a Senior Advisor of Canyon Oak Energy. Through his over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, Mr. Kurz has served in various operations and financial roles. He was previously a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Energy Group of CCMP Capital Advisors. Prior to joining CCMP, Mr. Kurz served as the Chief Operating Officer of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation from December 2006 to March 2009. Mr. Kurz had also served in various roles at Anadarko, including Senior Vice President of North America Operations of Midstream from August 2006 to December 2006, Senior Vice President of Marketing and General Manager of US Onshore from May 2005 to August 2006. Mr. Kurz joined Anadarko in 2000, where through his career there, he had responsibility for global exploration and production, marketing, midstream, land, technology, and engineering services. Prior to joining Anadarko, Mr. Kurz held several positions of increasing responsibility with Vastar Resources and Atlantic Richfield Corporation. He currently serves on the boards of Semgroup, Global Geophysical Services, Inc., WPX Energy Inc., Siluria Technologies and RTS Services, and previously served on the boards of Western Gas Partners, Chaparral Energy, Inc. Newark Energy LLC, American Petroleum Institute Inc., Independent Petroleum Association of America, and Natural Gas Supply Association. Mr. Kurz holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.


Gary Jiang is a Senior Advisor of Canyon Oak Energy. He co-founded Loadmaster Universal Rigs in 2004, where he is currently Executive Vice President. Prior to Loadmaster Universal, Mr. Jiang has successfully developed and led a number of businesses. Mr. Jiang was the President of Housco Pacific, a company focused on oilfield equipment and parts purchasing, marketing and logistics, from 1994-2005. Prior to Housco Pacific, Mr. Jian was the lead research engineer for O’Brien-Goings-Simpsons and was the geochemist for China National Offshore Oil Corporation (“CNOOC”). Mr. Jiang is also currently president of Hiteq Technology Development, a company that successfully developed the additives for methanol gasoline. Mr. Jiang’s career has spanned over 30 years in the energy sector and he has successfully grown companies through application of his technical and business leadership expertise.


Mike Barnes is a Senior Advisor of Canyon Oak Energy. He co-founded Loadmaster Universal Rigs in 2004, a large scale rig construction company, which has led and delivered solutions to large scale projects both on-shore and off-shore around the world. Prior to Loadmaster Universal, Mr. Barnes established Loadmaster Engineering in 1990, a rig design and engineering company, which established a reputation for creative design solutions, gaining confidence of major operators and drilling contractors. Mr. Barnes continues to guide the operations of both companies based on the philosophy of providing leading rig designs. Mr. Barnes’ career has spanned 40 years in the rig design, engineering and construction sector, from working as a rig design engineer to ownership of his own companies.