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James Edward Burns

Independent Director

Mr. Burns has had a distinguished career in the energy sector, and brings a wealth of management, business development and financial knowledge to the Company. From 2017 through 2018, Mr. Burns was President of Petrolia Energy (OTCQB: BBLS), and international oil and gas company, where he structured the organization for growth and compliance to acquire and integrate new acquisitions. From 2014 to 2016 he served as President of Transfuels (dba BLU LNG), ENN’s N.A. investment arm, where he improved the company’s net income and helped prevent the company’s potential bankruptcy. In 2014, Mr. Burns served as President of Fortress Energy Partners, a division of Fortress Investment Group (NYSE: FIG), where was responsible for creating and running FIG’s first entrance into the energy sector, an LNG plant in Clearwater, Florida, and laying the groundwork for both domestic and International projects. From 2009 to 2014, he was General Manager of Clean Energy & Innovation/LNG for Transport for Shell Americas, the Americas division of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS) At Shell, he created and ran the company’s small-scale LNG business. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Burns served as Business Development Manager for Shell Gas & Power, a global division of Royal Dutch Shell focused on natural gas and liquified natural gas. In that position, he led Shell’s Coal/Biomass to Liquids efforts in the Americas. From 2002 to 2006, her served as Global LNG Finance Advisor for Shell Gas & Power, where he provided financial and commercial advice on all global LNG commercial agreements including LNG and shipping deals. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Burns served as Business Development Manager and Portfolio Manager at Shell Pipeline, where he lead numerous acquisition and divestment projects including joint venture buyouts, company acquisitions, and asset sales and purchases. From 1998 to 1999, he served as Business Development Advisor and Finance Manager at Equilon (a Texaco & Shell Joint Venture combining the two entities U.S. downstream assets). In that position, he performed business development duties such as contract negotiations and project management, and coordinated and supervised all accounting, finance and administrative personnel in the region. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Burns served as Revenue Manager for Texaco Exploration and Production, N.A., a division of Texaco, where he designed, created and implemented the crude oil trading model and revenue recognition model for over 50,000 barrels per day of crude oil sales. In 1990 to 1996, he served as a Crude Oil Trading Accountant at ARCO Long Beach, Inc., a division of Atlantic Richfield.

Mr. Burns is currently Chairman of the Board of Petrolia Energy (OTCQB: BBLS), an independent member of the Board of Directors of Playmaker IQ, a technology company focused on e-learning and workforce productivity, and a member of the Energy Council of the Houston Angel Investors. He has previously served as a Director of Transfuels, the North American investment arm of ENN Energy Holdings Limited (SEHK:2688). Mr. Burns holds an Executive MBA from the University of Houston and a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University. Mr. Burns was nominated to serve as a Director due to his extensive management, business development, and public company experience. Due to his extensive operational experience and corporate board in the public companies, we believe Mr. Burns is well-qualified to serve as a Director.

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