Ernest F.H. (Harry) Roberts, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Roberts is a senior finance executive with extensive experience in the oil and gas and financial services industries and a thorough knowledge of financial and capital markets.
Mr. Roberts held a number of senior finance positions during his 20-year career with Petro-Canada, including Treasurer, Vice-President, Finance and Planning and ten years as Chief Financial Officer. He was also Senior Vice-President, Integration of Suncor Energy Inc. following its merger with Petro-Canada in 2009 until his retirement in 2010. He is Chair of the Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc.; Chair of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, a member of the Safety and Reliability Committee and a member of the Conflicts Committee of Enbridge Commercial Trust and Chair of the Board of Directors, a member of the Audit Finance and Risk Committee and a member of the Safety and Reliability Committee of Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
Mr. Roberts holds a B. Comm from the University of Alberta.
Mel Benson, Corporate Director
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 an international oil company in 2000 and is president of Mel E. Benson Management Services Inc., an international consulting firm based in Calgary.
Mr. Benson is part owner of Tenax Energy Inc. and currently sits on the board of the Fort McKay Group of Companies and Oilstone Energy Services Inc. Mr. Benson recently became a member of the community advisory board for the Alberta Land Institute through the University of Alberta.
In 2003 Mr. Benson was the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and more recently was inducted into the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame in 2015. 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.
Maureen McCaw, Corporate Director
Maureen McCaw was elected to Suncor’s Board of Directors in 2004 and is a member of the audit and governance committees.
Ms. McCaw was a director of Petro-Canada and is past executive vice president of Edmonton-based marketing research firm, Leger Marketing, formerly Criterion Research Corp., a company she founded in 1986.
Ms. McCaw is the chair of the CBC Pension Fund Plan board of trustees and is a director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Edmonton International Airport and the Alberta Securities Commission. She also serves on a number of Alberta boards and advisory committees, including the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and MacEwan University, Faculty of Business. She is also past chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. McCaw holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Alberta and an Institute of Corporate Directors certification (ICD.D).
Steve Reynish, Corporate Director
As Suncor’s executive vice president, Strategy & Corporate Development, Steve is responsible for the company’s strategy and corporate development, joint venture governance which includes Fort Hills, Syncrude and the proposed Josyln project and oversight of corporate technology development.
Steve has extensive experience in joint venture partnerships. Before joining Suncor, he held several senior positions developing and managing large scale oil sands operations. Most recently he served as president of Marathon Oil Canada.
Steve is a past member of the board of governors for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and is a past member of the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society and Foundation (STARS) board of directors.
Holding a master’s degree in both mining engineering and business administration, Steve is a graduate of IMD in Switzerland and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Alister Cowan, Corporate Director
Alister Cowan is an executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Suncor Energy. In his role, Alister directs financial operations including controllers, investor relations, treasury, tax, internal audit and enterprise risk management while ensuring that Suncor has the financial strength necessary to support the company’s strategic plans.
Prior to joining Suncor in 2014, Alister led the finance function for a number of companies in the energy and utilities sector, including BC Hydro and TransAlta Corporation. Most recently he was the CFO of Husky Energy.
Alister holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and is a Chartered Accountant.