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Eric P. Newell

Eric Newell stated in the book, A Billion Barrels for Canada-the Syncrude Story:

“We have to demonstrate once and for all that oil sands development is Canada’s best choice to meet Canada’s energy requirements. I know we can do it, if we work as a team.”

Eric P. NewellThrough his leadership of Syncrude and work with the National Oil Sands Task Force, Eric Newell has been instrumental in the exploration of the oil sands and its benefits to Canada’s energy industry. Eric Newell was born in 1944 in Kamloops, British Columbia and raised in Victoria. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science degree in Management Studies from the University of Birmingham, England. His career began with Imperial Oil and Esso, where he was often sent to sites across North America, moving constantly until he settled in Alberta in 1986. The pinnacle of his career was with Syncrude Canada Ltd, where he served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and as Chairman. He also served as president from 1989 to 1997. Under Newell, Syncrude became a major player in Canada as a supplier of oil and gas, with a strong corporate and environmental stewardship program. He retired from Syncrude in 2003.

Currently, Newell serves as Chair for Careers: The Next Generation Foundation and Director for Nexen Inc., Canfor Corporation, Terasen Inc., C.D. Howe Institute, and Policy Advisor to the Learning Partnership. Many of his volunteer and community projects are with various environmental, cultural, and educational organizations. Newell’s long-standing association with the University of Alberta, including as Chair of the Board of Governors, continues today as he serves as chancellor since 2004. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has had honorary Doctorates conferred on him by the University of British Columbia (2003), the University of Alberta (2002), and Athabasca University (1995). Newell’s continued commitment to the engineering profession can be seen in his commitment to his old Alma Mater. Eric P. Newell Leadership Award in Engineering at UBC was created from his endowment to the University in 2004.


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