top of page
  • Writer's pictureCreative Return


Updated: May 26, 2023

James Hill at The Insider's Guide to Finance
James Hill shares the challenges and successes of transitioning to renewable energy.

We’re joined by James Hill, president, and CEO of MCF Energy. He is a lifelong geologist and leader in global energy. For more than 40 years, James has traveled the world in search of energy assets.

Many parts of the world have faced shortages and increased prices in the oil, gas, and electricity markets.

MCF Energy focuses on strengthening Europe’s energy security and provides critical resources for the energy transition. James is leading the company’s exploration and development efforts.

“[European governments] are finally realizing that the safest energy resources you can have are those resources within your own borders.” — James Hill [0:28:15]

Some of James' partners include Ford Nicholson, the former chair of InterOil, and one of Canada’s most prolific resource financiers, Frank Giustra.

In today’s episode, James takes us back to the early days of his career and what it feels like to drill the winning hole that taps into a fortune of “black gold.”

“You have to convince people that you’re not going to damage their environment. I want my grandchildren to breathe clean air and drink clean water. [I want] the same thing for you and your families.” — James Hill [0:36:04]

He also explains how MCF is bridging the gap by providing critical resources during the transition to renewable energy. James dives into the difficulties of drilling a dry hole and breaking the bad news to investors. We then learn about the projects he is the proudest of.

This is an insider’s look at a fascinating career and one that listeners will find value in as we stare down the barrel of a global energy crisis. Today’s episode comes packed with great tidbits of information. Tune in now!


  • An overview of James’ long and illustrious career as a geologist, which started in 1971.

  • The role of timing, luck, and politics in the energy exploration and development game.

  • Why James believes that it’s crucial to engage communities and be transparent.

  • Joining forces with Ford Nicholson, Frank Giustra, and Gordon Keep at MCF to find opportunity in geopolitical tension.

  • Strategically considering shareholder value when selecting technical exploration projects.

  • A look at James’ technical expertise and some exciting technological innovations.

  • How geopolitical tension between Russia and Ukraine drives energy demand.

  • Why the safest energy resources are those within your own borders.

  • Supporting the transition to renewable energy while sensibly bridging the gap.

  • James’ perspective on the 2022 Nord Stream pipeline blasts.

  • Ways that energy exploration and development differ between North America and Europe.

  • Strategies to counter potential propaganda against oil and gas exploration.

  • How major technological advances are increasing returns for MCF’s investors.

Sign up for our FREE 5-part master class Investor Marketing 2.0


Please note that the information contained in this interview is not financial advice but for entertainment purposes. I am not a financial advisor and make no warranties or representations concerning the accuracy or suitability of the information contained in this interview. I recommend that any and all investment decisions be made with the advice of accredited investment advisors.


bottom of page