Canadian Business Leader Award


Each year since 1982, the Alberta School of Business and its Business Advisory Council (BAC) have presented the Canadian Business Leader Award (CBLA) to a Canadian of distinction.


Recognizing Business Leaders

CBLA recipients are individuals who have demonstrated leadership, business acumen and success, an entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, and a commitment to the community. The selection committee is comprised of members of the BAC, as well as students, faculty and alumni.

The CBLA dinner is the School’s signature event and brings together members of the Alberta business community for an evening of celebration, exceptional food, and networking. As well, over 100 students attend the dinner thanks to sponsoring individuals and companies.

2020 Nominations

Nominations for the 2020 Canadian Business Leader Award are now open! Provide your input by June 28, 2019.

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2019 Recipient

Steve Williams 

Steve Williams is president and chief executive officer of Suncor Energy Inc. and the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Business Leader Award.

Steve Williams is president and chief executive officer of Suncor Energy Inc.

Steve’s career with Suncor began in May 2002 when he joined the company as executive vice president, Corporate Development and chief financial officer. He then served as executive vice president, Oil Sands and chief operating officer. Steve has more than 40 years of international energy industry experience, including 18 years at Esso/Exxon.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons.) in chemical engineering from Exeter University and is a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He is a graduate of the business economics program at Oxford University as well as the advanced management program at Harvard Business School.

Steve is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alcoa Corporation. He is also member of the Board for the Business Council of Canada. He holds memberships with the Institute of Corporate Directors and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Steve has long been an advocate for sustainable development in the energy industry and a leader in conversations that connect the environment and economy. In 2005 he was appointed to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy by the Prime Minister. He has also been a member of the advisory board of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission since its inception. He is one of 12 founding CEOs of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and he was invited to attend the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, France as an official member of the Government of Canada delegation.