The Team


Joanna M. Shea, Founder


Joanna Shea has over 15 years of negotiations experience in the natural resource, utilities, and non-profit sectors.  During that time she has led over $1B worth of acquisitions, divestments, and contract negotiations. She has managed additional capital projects in excess of $700MM in both Canada and the United States and has held leadership roles on commercial negotiations and resource development teams as well as diverse project teams focused on organizational restructuring. 


Ms. Shea has served as both director and president of volunteer and professional organizations across Canada, whereby her primary objective has been to lobby provincial governments on issues relating to the members she represented, in addition to developing and delivering education and social programs.

Ms. Shea has a B.COM from St. Francis Xavier University, is a graduate of British Petroleum's intensive in-house Conflict and Negotiations training course, holds a Graduate Certificate in Project Leadership from Cornell University, and continues to do extensive research in the field of negotiations, networking, and conflict resolution.  


Ken Young

 Ken Young is a semi-retired oil and gas executive with over 35 years of diverse experience in the upstream sector of the industry, ranging in size from a six-person micro-cap private company to growing juniors and intermediates and on up to the venerable Imperial Oil Limited.  Over the course of his career Ken has led complex commercial negotiations in land deals, acquisitions & divestments and corporate transactions in both Canada and the United States. His comprehensive experience also includes negotiating with government, regulators, private stakeholders, joint interest partners, supply chain and with First Nations.  He believes that a cornerstone of his success in business has been built on the belief that “Success in negotiations aligns with the investment in developing constructive relationships with counterparties”.

Ken has a B.Comm from Mount Allison University has attended the executive Strategic Management program at Queens University. He has also facilitated the Stephen Covey “7-Habits of Highly Effective People.” training program.