Tim Little


Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Tim was raised across Alberta as he and his family travelled due to his father’s role as a Geophysicist for Shell Canada. With this upbringing, Tim was mentored at a young age to be a leader in the exploration and development sector of the petroleum and mining industries. Fittingly, Tim founded Synterra Technologies in 1997, where he assumes the role of President.

Tim brings more than 40 years’ of seismic experience to the management team at Synterra. Tim has exceptional skills in project management, health, safety, and environment management, and First Nation/heritage relation management. Pair these skills with his ability to accurately anticipate program costs in a variety of complex conditions and terrain, and the result is the execution of a project that is consistently acquired with no lost time accidents, on schedule, and within budget.

Tim’s experience was acquired working in North America, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa.

Larry Wellspring

Operations Consultant

Larry brings over 30 years’ of exploration and development experience to Synterra Technologies, where he is Vice-President.

With a background in GPS and conventional survey management, Larry has firsthand knowledge and experience that enables him to design 3D programs with real-time survey positioning and post-plot data quality control. The result is a program design that enables our clients to meet their exploration and development goals in the most technical, logistical, and fiscally responsible manner.

Larry plays a leading role in supervising operations and managing the health, safety, and environment program at Synterra.

Larry has extensive experience working in North America, Asia-Pacific, and South America.

Al Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Al is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Haskayne School of Business, at the University of Calgary.

Al brings over 25 years’ of experience to his role as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Synterra Technologies, which he gained in a variety of sectors including hospitality, transportation, not-for-profit, and oilfield services.

As CFO, Al brings a wealth of experience to his position, as reflected in financial statement preparation and analysis, risk management, tax planning, human resources, and payroll.

Al has all the skills expected of a seasoned finance professional.

Donna Ohlson

Land Manager

Donna graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Originally recruited into the oil and gas industry due to her educational background and working knowledge of farm and ranch life, she has remained in the exploration sector for over 25 years.

Donna has managed land departments at various companies and has developed highly accurate permit related operating and tracking systems. Donna supervises all landowner/stakeholder negotiations and excels at creating and maintaining positive relationships between all parties. This results in the successful completion of exploration and development projects. Donna has established an excellent reputation, for both herself and Synterra Technologies in the geophysical community.

In 1997, Donna was one of the original founding partners of Synterra.

Donna has extensive experience working in North America.

Janine Ballingall

Operations Manager

Janine Ballingall

Janine has over 15 years’ experience in the exploration sector of the oil and gas industry and has spent the last 12 years working in the operations department at Synterra Technologies.

Supported by a Bachelor of Commerce, Janine’s strategic and analytical thinking paired with her communication and leadership skills make her an invaluable team player in any management team.

Janine’s skills in risk management, planning, directing, and controlling allow her to project manage exploration and development programs with exceptional accuracy and attention to detail. This results in an exploration or development program that is consistently acquired with the greatest efficacy possible.

Janine also plays a leading role in the successful implementation and management of Synterra’s health, safety, and environment program, as well as marketing and business development strategies.

Janine has extensive experience working in North America and Asia-Pacific.