Board of Directors

MEG Energy’s board of directors oversees the development and implementation of our strategic plan. With many years of experience across the energy industry, our board is committed to achieving operational excellence and delivering maximum value to our shareholders.


Grant Billing
Director

Mr. Billing became a director of the Corporation in June 2019. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Tervita Corporation and a director of Tervita Corporation since December 2016. He served as the Chairman and CEO of Superior Plus Corp. (an energy distribution and specialty chemicals company) between July 2006 and November 2011 and Executive Chairman between 1998 and 2006. He was Chairman of the board of directors of Superior Plus Corp. until December 31, 2014. Mr. Billing is also currently a corporate director of Badger Daylighting Ltd. and was formerly the Chair of the board of directors at Cortex Business Solutions Inc. He served as a director of Pembina Pipeline Corporation from April 2, 2012 to May 5, 2017. In addition, Mr. Billing has served as Chairman and director of several other public companies and as director and Chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Mr. Billing holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.


Ian Bruce
Director

Mr. Bruce was appointed to the board in June 2019. He has served as Chair of the Board of Cameco Corporation since May 2018 and a director since 2012. He is the former president and CEO of Peters & Co. Limited (an independent investment dealer). He has more than 30 years of experience in investment banking with specialization in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, predominantly in the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Bruce holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Queen's University. Mr. Bruce is a fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, a recognized Specialist in Valuation under Canadian CPA rules, and a chartered business valuator. He is a past member of the Expert Panel on Securities Regulation for the Minister of Finance of Canada and is also a past board member and chair of the Investment Industry Association of Canada. Mr. Bruce currently serves as a volunteer board member of the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF).

Prior to becoming Chair of the Board of Cameco Corporation in May 2018, Mr. Bruce was a member of its audit and finance committee and chair of its human resources and compensation committee. Mr. Bruce is a director of the private company, Production Plus Energy Services Inc., and is also a member of its audit and compensation committees.


Harvey Doerr
Director 

Mr. Doerr became a director of the Corporation in June 2010. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He held various roles of progressive responsibility with Murphy Oil Corporation between 1989 and 2009, including Executive Vice President, Downstream and Planning from January of 2007 until August of 2009 and President, Murphy Oil Company Ltd. (Canada) from August 1997 until December 2006. Since his retirement in 2009, Mr. Doerr has been active on numerous public and private boards. In addition to MEG, he currently serves as a director on the board of directors for Seven Generations Energy Ltd., and Velvet Energy Ltd. Mr. Doerr is a Professional Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Alberta, completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, and has obtained a certified designation (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Derek Evans
President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director

Derek was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer, and a Director in August 2018. He is a veteran oil and gas industry executive with over 35 years of experience. From May 2009 to March 2018, he served as the President, CEO and Director of Pengrowth Energy, where he led the Company through a major transformation, streamlining its asset base from 35 properties to two growth assets, with over $9 billion of development opportunities. Prior to joining Pengrowth, Derek was the President, CEO and Director of Focus Energy Trust, a dividend paying royalty trust company. During his tenure at Focus, Derek was successful in increasing the market valuation approximately five times, while distributing more than $400 million to unitholders. Mr. Evans holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and is a registered professional engineer.


Judy Fairburn
Director

Ms. Fairburn became a director of MEG Energy in June 2019. She serves as a director of Tundra Oil & Gas (a private company), Veerum Inc. (a private digital tech company), Calgary Economic Development, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, and the Public Policy Forum.

Ms. Fairburn has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector with diverse executive and senior leadership roles, from upstream through downstream. From 2009 until 2017, she held various executive positions with Cenovus Energy Inc. (a Canadian integrated oil and natural gas company), recently as Executive Vice President, Safety and Chief Digital Officer. She has also made a significant impact to the innovation eco-system. Ms. Fairburn led substantial change as the first Chair of the consolidated Alberta Innovates, an agency of the Alberta government that funds, advises and provides scale-up support to innovators across the health, energy, agriculture, forestry and digital sectors. She also co-founded and was the inaugural Chair of COSIA (Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance).

Ms. Fairburn holds a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She is a Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab and the Canadian Academy of Engineering and was honoured for Canadian sustainable development leadership as a 2013 Clean 16 award winner.


Robert B. Hodgins
Director

Mr. Hodgins became a director of the Corporation in September 2010 and has over 25 years of experience in senior financial roles with several Canadian corporations. He was Chief Financial Officer of Pengrowth Energy Trust (now Pengrowth Energy Corporation) from 2002 until 2004, Vice President and Treasurer of Canadian Pacific Limited from 1998 until 2002 and Chief Financial Officer of TransCanada Pipelines Limited from 1993 until 1998. Mr. Hodgins is also currently a director of AltaGas Ltd., Enerplus Corporation and Gran Tierra Energy Inc. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.


William R. Klesse
Director

Mr. Klesse became a Director of the Corporation in June 2016. Mr. Klesse is the former Chief Executive Officer and former Chairman of the Board of Valero Energy Corporation, an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. He joined the Valero board as Vice Chairman in 2005 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2007 to December 2014. From 2006 to May 2014, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Valero and served as President from 2008 to 2013. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Klesse was Valero's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Refining and Commercial Operations following Valero's 2001 acquisition of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corporation, where he had been Executive Vice President of the company's refining operations. Mr. Klesse began his 45-plus year career in the energy industry at Diamond Shamrock Corporation, which merged with Ultramar Corporation in 1996. He is a trustee of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and serves on the Advisory Board of the San Antonio Food Bank. Mr. Klesse holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from West Texas A&M University.


Jeffrey J. McCaig
Chairman, Director

Mr. McCaig was appointed to the board on March 1, 2014. Mr. McCaig is the Chairman of the board of directors of the Trimac Group of Companies (a group of private entities) of which he was CEO until December 31, 2015. Mr. McCaig was a director of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan from January 2001 until May 2017 and has been a director of Bantrel Company (a private company) since 2000, becoming its Chairman in December 2007. Mr. McCaig is also a director and co-owner of the Calgary Flames Hockey Club. Mr. McCaig holds a degree in economics from Harvard University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Master of Science in Management degree from Stanford University. He also is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.


James D. McFarland
Director

Mr. McFarland became a director of the Corporation in June 2010. Mr. McFarland is a co-founder and has been a director of Valeura Energy Inc. since April 2010 and served as President and CEO until his retirement in December 2017. He has over 45 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior thereto, Mr. McFarland served as President and CEO, director and co-founder of Verenex Energy Inc. from 2004 until 2009. From 1999 until 2004, he served as Managing Director of Southern Pacific Petroleum N.L. in Australia. From 1995 until 1998, Mr. McFarland served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Husky Oil Limited. From 1972 until 1995, he held various leadership positions in a 23 year career with Imperial Oil Limited and other Exxon affiliates in Canada, the U.S. and Western Europe. Mr. McFarland has been a director of various public and private entities and is currently a director of Pengrowth Energy Corporation and Valeura Energy Inc. and serves on the Program Committee of the World Petroleum Council. Mr. McFarland received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Chemical Engineering) from Queen's University at Kingston in 1970, a Master of Science (Petroleum Engineering) from the University of Alberta in 1974, completed the Executive Development Program at Cornell University in 1981 and the Governor General's Canadian Study Conference in 1987, received the designation of Professional Engineer in 1974 and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Diana McQueen
Director

Ms. McQueen became a director of the Corporation in October 2015. Ms. McQueen has energy and environmental public policy experience from regional, provincial and international levels, in addition to entrepreneurial experience in operating an independent business. Ms. McQueen held various Alberta provincial cabinet roles during 2011 to 2015, including Minister of Energy, Minister of Environment and Water, and Minister of Municipal Affairs. Ms. McQueen has also served at the municipal level with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. Ms. McQueen is also currently a director of Canada WaterNEXT Innovations Inc.

Standing Committees of the Board

Standing Committees of the Board consist only of independent directors.  The Board has established the following Standing Committees of the Board, the (i) Audit Committee, (ii) Compensation Committee; (iii) Governance and Nominating Committee and (iv) Health, Safety and Environment and Reserves Committee.


Audit Committee

Robert Hodgins (Chair)
Grant Billing
Ian Bruce
James McFarland

Compensation Committee

James McFarland (Chair)
Ian Bruce
Diana McQueen

Governance and Nominating Committee

Diana McQueen (Chair)
Grant Billing
Harvey Doerr
Robert Hodgins

Health, Safety and Environment and Reserves Committee

William Klesse (Chair)
Harvey Doerr
Judy Fairburn