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CHRIS GORDON is a Managing Partner of Canaan Resource Partners, and serves as a general partner of Canaan Resource Partners Drilling Fund LP. Along with John Penton, he has responsibility for overall fund management, with an emphasis on deal origination and execution.


Mr. Gordon joined Canaan Resource Partners in 2014, and has a 35 year professional and personal relationship with Mr. Penton, dating back to 1980 when Mr. Gordon began his energy career with Gulf Oil Company. He began his independent efforts five years later, and since that time has been a primary catalyst to effect the drilling of more than a thousand oil and natural gas wells, located exclusively onshore and focused in the Mid-Continent region, with substantive funding provided by industry partners and outside investors. Since the beginning of the shale revolution, he has been an active minerals participant, deploying more than $150 million to acquire some 350,000 acres in various shale plays, including the Marcellus, Utica, Niobrara, Mississippian, Woodford, Granite Wash and SCOOP. During this time, Mr. Gordon has developed a deep inventory of industry relationships, which along with experience in all facets of the oil and gas sector, provides Canaan Resource Partners with superior access to targeted deals.

Mr. Gordon holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Oklahoma with a major in petroleum land management. Upon graduation in 1980, he joined Gulf Oil Company. Upon commencing independent efforts in 1984, he and Mr. Penton co-partnered their respective businesses, combining offices, employees and capital sourcing from 1984 through 1987.

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