Mel Benson was elected to Suncor's Board of Directors in April 2000 and is a member of the environment, health, safety and sustainable development committee and the human resources and compensation committee.
Mr. Benson retired from Exxon International and Imperial Oil Canada in 2000 after a long career as an operations manager and senior member of project management. He is currently president of Mel E. Benson Management Services Inc., an international consulting firm working in various countries with a focus on First Nations and corporate negotiations.
In 2003 Mr. Benson was the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and in 2015 was inducted into the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame and received the lifetime achievement award. He has also been honoured with a Red Cross Service Award, an Alberta Aboriginal Recognition Award and a Business Development Award. He has received the Alberta Justice Crime Prevention Recognition Award from the Minister of Justice and was recognized for his contributions to the community by the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Mr. Benson is a member of Alberta's Beaver Lake Cree Nation, located in northeast Alberta.