Eric Newell is Chair of the board for the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation.
Eric is a retired Alberta business executive with a stellar history of corporate leadership, and an exemplary record of service to industry and community.
Newell served as Syncrude Canada Ltd.’s Chief Executive Officer for 14 years and for nine years as Chairman. He also served as President from 1989 to 1997.
Under his leadership, Syncrude became a key player in the western Canadian economy, an increasingly significant source of energy for the entire nation and a model of a reliably operated, environmentally efficient, socially responsible corporation. During Newell’s tenure, Syncrude surpassed the billion-barrel production benchmark and embarked on an ambitious multi-billion dollar expansion program that continues today.
Newell still plays an active role promoting and creating opportunity for the wider community. He is well-known for his efforts to strengthen partnerships between education and business, and for championing corporate social responsibility. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and has had honourary Doctorates conferred on him by several universities.