Suncor CEO Steve Williams given 2018 ACR Resource Leadership Award

Suncor CEO Steve Williams speaks at the opening of the company's new Fort Hills oilsands mine in September 2018. Image: Joey Podlubny/JWN

The Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR) is recognizing Suncor Energy CEO Steve Williams with its 2018 Resource Leadership Award.

The award is in recognition of Williams’ extensive career in building Canada’s energy sector, ACR said on Wednesday.

“As a strong advocate for sustainable development in the energy industry, Williams is being recognized for his numerous contributions including serving as a founding member of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), a member of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy and as a member of the advisory board of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission,” ACR said in a statement.

“Williams has received the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy from Canada’s Public Policy Forum and has previously been

named Canadian CEO of the year by the Globe & Mail, Report on Business magazine. He has recently been selected to receive the 2019 Canadian Business Leader Award by the University of Alberta School of Business.”

Williams, who will retire from Suncor in spring 2019, said it is an honour to be recognized by ACR.

“Alberta is home to world-class resources that have the potential to deliver unparalleled economic prosperity to Albertans and Canadians. Our industry is keenly aware that development of these valuable natural resources has to address important environmental and social considerations,” he said in a statement.

“This award is about leadership when it comes to ensuring a sustainable approach to resource development. I’d like to extend my appreciation to all those who have shared that focus with me and with Suncor over the years – it’s a testament to collaboration and the good things that happen when we work together.”