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Petrolia Energy appoints new President and Director

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Petrolia Energy Corp. has announced the appointment of James E. Burns as President and Director, and Saleem Nizami as an Independent Director, effective 19 April 2017.

Once both of these appointments are confirmed at the company’s upcoming annual general meeting on 31 May 2017, the board will consist of seven members, three of which will be independent.

Burns brings over 25 years of energy experience to the company’s board, most recently serving as the President of BLU LNG – a domestic LNG provider. Here, he created a coherent commercial and operational strategy serving as a catalyst for renewed efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to BLU LNG, he served as the President of Fortress Energy Partners, and held a number of positions globally with Royal Dutch Shell and Texaco. He also serves as a member of the Houston Angel Network’s Energy Council, and is Chairman of the Board of Triple E Real Estate Investments. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, and an Executive MBA from the University of Houston.

Burns commented: “I have been working with Petrolia's board and management team over the last 12 months, and it's clear to me that Petrolia has a real opportunity to leverage its assets and capabilities, driving increased shareholder value. I am excited to be part of the team moving forward, and I look forward to a profitable future."

The CEO, Director and former President of Petrolia, Zel C. Khan, added: “With the tremendous growth we have experienced in Petrolia over the past 24 months, the appointment of Mr. Burns as President is a necessary step to help take our Company to the next level. We look forward to benefiting from his impressive experience and look forward to a year of growth and development of our assets for the benefit of all stakeholders."

Nizami, meanwhile, is a Petroleum Geologist with more than 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Before founding Oklahoma-based petroleum and environmental consulting firm, APEC Inc., in 1989, he served as a Senior Geologist and Manager in the Division of Oil & Gas at the Oklahoma Corporate Commission. He has worked with various small and mid sized oil and gas companies, as well as major oil companies, such as Chevron and ExxonMobil. He has also worked with independent oil and gas companies, such as Chesapeake Energy Corp. He holds an MSc. In Petroleum Geology from Osmania University.

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