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
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
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.