Suncor CEO Steve Williams announced as recipient of 2019 Canadian Business Leader Award

    Innovative energy visionary will be honoured at Alberta School of Business’ annual award gala in Edmonton.

    By Alberta School of Business on October 29, 2018

    Steve Williams 

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

    EDMONTON —Steve Williams will be honoured with the 38th annual Canadian Business Leader Award, presented by the University of Alberta School of Business on April 3, 2019.

    Steve Williams is President & Chief Executive Officer of Suncor Energy Inc. He has been a part of the company since 2002, and has more than 40 years of experience in the international energy industry, including 18 years at Esso/Exxon.

    Williams is a strong advocate for sustainable development in the energy industry. In 2005 he was appointed to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy by the Prime Minister, and sits on numerous advisory boards for international energy and climate change policy. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Business Council of Canada, a member of the Board of Directors of Alcoa Corporation, and is one of the founding CEOs of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).

    He continues to speak candidly about energy policy and climate change , pushing for science-driven conservation strategies. In his role as President & Chief Executive Officer at Suncor, he has driven operational excellence across the company’s operations, profitably grown the company and delivered value for shareholders, creating a compelling investor proposition.

    “I’m honoured to be receiving this award,” said Williams. “Much of my focus has been on deep collaboration – with shareholders, industry partners, governments, stakeholders and Aboriginal communities – so in many ways, this recognition is about how all of us can come together to generate solutions in an increasingly complex and often polarized world. I want to extend my thanks to all those who have worked with me and Suncor over the past years – I believe this special award celebrates our collective effort.”

    Williams has received numerous awards and accolades recognizing his leadership and innovative thinking. In 2017, he received the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy from Canada’s Public Policy Forum and was named CEO of the Year by Alberta Oil Magazine. He was also named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people by Alberta Venture in 2016, and Canadian CEO of the Year by the Globe & Mail, Report on Business magazine.

    Williams 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.

    “We are thrilled to honour Steve Williams as the 2019 CBLA recipient,” said Joseph Doucet, dean of the Alberta School of Business. “He has long been a champion for sustainable development in the energy industry as well as a principled and inclusive leader who works collaboratively across sectors to connect the environment and economy. He is a model of excellence to our students—the future leaders—at the Alberta School of Business."


    Canadian Business Leader Award (CBLA)

    Each year since 1982, the Alberta School of Business and its Business Advisory Council (BAC) have presented the Canadian Business Leader Award to a Canadian of distinction. 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 award will be presented to Mr. Williams at the annual CBLA dinner — the School’s signature event attended by over 800 members of the Alberta business community on April 3, 2019 in Edmonton. Over 100 students are able to attend the dinner thanks to sponsoring individuals and companies.

    If you would like to attend the event, watch for registration early in the New Year on the School of Business website and on social media @ualbertabiz.