Steve Williams

President and Chief Executive Officer

Steve Williams, president and CEO, Suncor

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).

  • Board member, Alcoa Upstream Corporation (September 2016-present)
  • Member,  Advisory Council, McKinsey & Company Canada (August 2016-present)
  • Named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people, Alberta Venture Magazine (July 2016)
  • Named Canadian CEO of the Year by the Globe & Mail, Report on Business Magazine (November 2015)
  • Vice-chair, Alberta Premier’s Advisory Committee on the Economy (2015-present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission (2014-present)
  • Founding member, COSIA (2012)
  • Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Member, Institute of Directors
  • Board member, Business Council of Canada (2012-present)
  • Chair, Suncor United Way campaign (2011)
  • Member, Alberta Government Oil and Gas Economics Advisory Council (2010)
  • Founding chair, Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (2009-2012)
  • Member, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Board of Governors (2009-2010)
  • Member, National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (2007-2009)
  • Member, CEO Committee of Syncrude Canada Limited (2009-2012)
  • Member, Business Advisory Council, School of Business, University of Alberta (2004-2014)
  • Alberta Carbon Capture and Storage Development Council (2008-2010)
  • Board member, Alberta Chamber of Resources (2003-2007)
  • Board member, Northern Lights Regional Hospital Foundation (2003-2007)
  • Chair, Suncor United Way campaign, Fort McMurray (2003-2007)
  • Founding board member, Oil Sands Safety Association (2003); elected Chair of the Board (2005)
Steve Williams, President & CEO, Suncor Energy


Steve kicks off Suncor's 2011 United Way campaign which raised more than $6.2 million company-wide.

Steve Williams, President & CEO, Suncor Energy

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 Williams, President & CEO, Suncor Energy


Steve happily helped Suncor's volunteers serve a hearty Stampede breakfast to 20,000 attendees at Suncor Energy Family Day.

Steve Williams, President & CEO, Suncor Energy

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.