Steve Williams

Steve Williams, president and CEO, Suncor

Steve Williams retired from Suncor effective May 2, 2019. 

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.

In 2016, Steve was named to the Board of Directors of the new Alcoa Corporation. He is a Board member of the Business Council of Canada, is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is also a member of the McKinsey & Company Canada Advisory Council. In 2014 and 2015 Steve acted as co-chair of Indspire’s "Building Brighter Futures” campaign, which provides financial support for Indigenous students.

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.

  • Recipient, Canadian Business Leader of the Year Award from University of Alberta School of Business (April 2019)
  • Recipient, 2018 Resource Leadership award from Alberta Chamber of Resources (February 2019)
  • Recipient, Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy from Canada’s Public Policy Forum (June 2017)
  • Member, Institute of Corporate Directors (March 2017- present)
  • Member, National Association of Corporate Directors (March 2017- present)
  • Board member, Alcoa Corporation (September 2016-present)
  • Member,  Canada Advisory Council, McKinsey & Company (August 2016-present)
  • Recipient, CEO of the Year from Alberta Oil Magazine (January 2017)
  • Recipient, Alberta’s 50 most influential people from 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-March 2017)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission (2014-present)
  • Founding member, COSIA (2012)
  • Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Member, Institute of Corporate 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 (2005-2009)
  • 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)
Suncor's president and CEO Steve Williams

Steve speaks at Canada’s Public Policy Forum Western dinner after receiving an award for collaborative work on climate leadership policy. 

Photo credit: Canada’s Public Policy Forum

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

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.

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.