Mr. Svarte started his career with Conoco working on projects in Norway and the United Kingdom. From 1989 to 2006 he was with Total SA where he held various positions throughout the world until his transfer to Canada as Vice President, Oil Sands for Total E&P Canada. After Total acquired Deer Creek Ltd in 2005, he assumed the position as Vice President, Corporate Development, overseeing four departments: Exploration, Business Development, Planning and Development and Research. In 2006 Mr. Svarte joined Athabasca Oil Sands as President and CEO and has led the company through its growth and expansion.
Mr. Svarte was born and raised in Norway. He attended the Norwegian Institute of Technology where he obtained a Master of Science (Petroleum Technology) and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Mr. Svarte is married with one son and the family is fluent in Norwegian, French and English.