Management

We have assembled an experienced, skilled and committed team capable of evaluating, acquiring, optimizing and operating our unique asset base.  From our Board of Directors to each individual employee, we are all dedicated to the ongoing success of Harvest. 


Byungjin Kim, President & Chief Executive Officer, Director

Mr. Kim joined KNOC in 1992 as a Petroleum Geologist and worked in various positions not only head quarter but also overseas offices to contribute to company’s profitable outcome. Having 29 years of diverse experience ranged from staff geologist, senior geologist and exploration manager of domestic and overseas, general manager of Technology center, Senior Vice president of overseas joint venture company and HQ business department. Mr. Kim graduated from Yonsei University with a Bachelor of Science (Geology)

Byeongil Kim
Dongsu Sun, Technical Advisor to CEO and VP of AR

Mr. Dongsu Sun was appointed Technical Advisor to CEO in August 2019 and VP of AR in June 2020. Mr. Sun has been employed by KNOC, its affiliates and/or subsidiaries since 1992 and has developed advanced and specialized knowledge of the company’s projects, internal policies and procedures, systems, technology, including business requirements related to the projects. Mr. Sun holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mineral and Energy Engineering from Chonnam National University.

Dongsu Sun
Cheolwoong Choi, Chief Financial Officer, Director

Mr. Cheolwoong Choi was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Director of Harvest in May 2018. Mr. Choi joined KNOC in 1996 working in various positions in the Finance and Accounting Departments. Mr. Choi was previously a Director of Dana Petroleum (UK based subsidiary of KNOC) from November 2014 to May 2018 and served previously as a Director of Harvest from November 2014 to April 2016. Mr. Choi graduated from Chung-Ang University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. 

Cheolwoong Choi
Paul Vander Valk, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Vander Valk has over 20 years of progressive Oil Sands experience and joined Harvest in 2017, as Chief Operating Officer – Oil Sands, and appointed Chief Operating Officer in December 2018.  Prior to joining Harvest, he worked for Cenovus Energy, developing & operating their industry leading SAGD projects in various leadership positions;  most recently as Vice President, Production Systems.  Over his career he has also worked on various SAGD pilots and technologies at Gulf Canada Resources, Rio Alto Exploration and Nexen Inc.  Mr. Vander Valk has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary, is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGA and received a MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

Paul Vander Valk
jEAN-pIERRE(JP) pHAM, vICE pRESIDENT, gENERAL cOUNSEL & cORPORATE sECRETARY

Mr. Jean-Pierre (JP) Pham was appointed as Vice President, Legal, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Harvest in December 2018. Jean-Pierre was previously a partner at Bennett Jones LLP, a major law firm where his 20-year practice focused on the development of energy projects, oil and gas mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures, midstream transactions and infrastructure projects in Canada and internationally. Mr. Pham obtained a J.D. from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Canadian Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

Jim Causgrove
grant ukrainetz, vice president, FINANCE 

Mr. Ukrainetz joined Harvest as Treasurer in August 2012. He is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He brings over 25 years of experience within the areas of corporate finance, strategic planning, treasury & banking, risk management, investor relations and financial reporting. Prior to joining Harvest, he served as Treasurer, then Vice President Corporate Development with a junior oil sands company from 2006 to 2012. Prior thereto, Mr. Ukrainetz held progressively senior finance related positions with a senior Canadian producer from 2001 to 2006 and a multi-national oil company from 1994 to 2001. He has also worked in the corporate banking division of a Canadian financial institution and for a public accounting firm.

Grant Ukrainetz