Jay Lyons, the 62-year-old chief executive of Orca Energy which operates the Songo Songo gas field in southern Tanzania, comes across as your archetypal, softly spoken, modest Canadian.

However, beneath this easy-going exterior is a disciplined businessman who was born into the great oil and gas game, following in the footsteps of his father, Verne, who the influential Globe & Mail newspaper described as an “energy pioneer” in Canada’s upstream scene, via his company, Ocelot Industries.