Mr. Hocher was one of the founders of Buried Hill Energy and has over 20 years of experience in the global oil and gas and energy industries.
He is a partner in Cassels Brock’s Business Law Group in Calgary. Previously, Mr Hocher has been a Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and was also a partner at Bennett Jones LLP.
Mr. Hocher serves as Chairman of Orthoshop Geomatics Ltd., a geomatics services company that provides customized geospacial solutions. He also holds the position of Chief Commercial Officer at Field Upgrading Limited and Western Hydrogen Limited, technology companies using molten sodium to upgrade heavy oil and manufacture hydrogen, respectively.
In 2011, Mr. Hocher established Hitic Energy Ltd. in Alberta, Canada, on behalf of the Jereh Group headquartered in Yantai, China. As one of the founders of Hitic, he had a senior leadership role in the successful expansion of its upstream oil and gas business, including business development and formulating and implementing overall company strategy. Hitic’s portfolio now includes numerous successful operating projects and is poised for further profitable growth, and Joe continues his leadership position with the company.
He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and law. He was called to the Alberta Bar in 1995 and was named to Lexpert’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2002. He is an active member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, the Alberta Bar Association.