In early November 2018, Steve Williams announced plans to retire as Suncor’s president and chief executive officer effective May 2, 2019, the day of Suncor’s annual general meeting. With a 17-year career, including service as chief financial officer, chief operating officer, and seven years as president and chief executive officer, Steve has had a considerable impact on our company and industry.
Some key examples include leading Journey to Zero - the company-wide program that puts safety above all else, and elevating operational excellence through Suncor’s operations. Steve was also an effective champion of sustainability on the global stage.
Regardless of the project or initiative, Steve was quick to reflect on the power of teams and collaboration.
"In the days leading up to retirement, I looked back at some of the definitive moments of my career. Overall, it was a pretty fantastic run – largely because of the incredible team at Suncor," said Steve Williams.
Steve’s leadership in the Canadian energy and business communities was recognized through a series of awards, including the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy from Canada’s Public Policy Forum and the Resource Leadership award from the Alberta Chamber of Resources. Most recently, Steve was recognized with the Canadian Business Leader Award, presented by the School of Business at the University of Alberta.
Mark Little, Suncor’s president and chief operating officer succeeded Steve at the 2019 annual general meeting in May. “I’m honoured to be following in Steve’s footsteps and together with Suncor’s board, the senior leadership team and employees spanning our operations, I’m looking forward to building on the strong foundation he’s helped create for Suncor,” said Mark.
Mark joined Suncor in 2008 and has served in a variety of roles across the company’s operations with increasing responsibility. He played a critical role in leading the successful integration of Suncor and Petro-Canada following the merger of the two companies. He has a deep interest in engagement with Indigenous communities including being involved with and developing the historic equity partnership with Fort McKay First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation on the East Tank Farm Development.
We thank Steve for his leadership and look forward to many great years with Mark.