Steve Williams is president and chief executive officer of Suncor Energy Inc.
Steve’s career with Suncor began in May 2002 when he was appointed executive vice president, Corporate Development and chief financial officer. He has also served as executive vice president, Oil Sands and chief operating officer. Steve has more than 39 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 has been named to the Board of Directors of the new Alcoa Upstream Corporation, effective later this year. He is a Board member of the Business Council of Canada, is a member of the Institute of Directors and recently joined as an Advisory Council member of the McKinsey & Company Canada Advisory Council. He is one of 12 founding CEOs of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA); is a member of the advisory board of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Steve also serves as vice-chair of the Alberta Premier’s Advisory Committee on the Economy.
He is active in the community, having co-chaired the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala in Calgary, as part of the Celebration of Excellence in Alberta that raised proceeds for the Canadian Olympic Foundation. He also serves as co-Chair of Indspire’s "Building Brighter Futures Campaign." In November 2015, Steve was chosen as the Canadian CEO of the Year by the Globe & Mail, Report on Business Magazine and in July 2016, he was named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people (Alberta Venture Magazine).
Steve kicks off Suncor's 2011 United Way campaign which raised more than $6.2 million company-wide.
Steve prepares to drop the puck at the Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss, an event that encourages fans of the Calgary Hitmen to donate teddy bears for kids in need at Christmastime.
Steve happily helped Suncor's volunteers serve a hearty Stampede breakfast to 20,000 attendees at Suncor Energy Family Day.
As a founding member of the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), Steve believes that improving the environmental performance of the oil sands requires increased and improved collaboration.