CEO, Suncor Energy Inc. to be Recognized at Toronto Gala
TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Rick George, Chief Executive Officer,
Suncor Energy Inc., will receive the 2012 Ivey Business Leader Award
and address Canada's prominent business leaders at a gala dinner on
October 17, 2012.
Mr. George was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Suncor
Energy Inc. in 1991, and currently holds the Chief Executive Officer
position of the company. In 1999, he was named "Outstanding CEO of the
Year" after leading a remarkable business turnaround at Suncor, and
received the Canadian Business Leader Award in 2000. Mr. George was
appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in December 2007 for his
leadership in the development of Canada's natural resources sector, for
his efforts to provide economic opportunities to Aboriginal communities
and for his commitment to sustainable development.
"Rick George has all the qualities of an exemplary Canadian business
leader," said Carol Stephenson, Dean of the Richard Ivey School of
Business. "He is a natural leader who stands out not just as a
tremendous strategic thinker, but also has a strong connection and
dedication to giving back to the community. He embodies the Ivey
spirit of leadership and sets a positive example we should embrace and
In 2008, Mr. George was inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of
Fame and was named Canadian Energy Person of the Year in 2011 by the
Energy Council of Canada. He was also a member of the Calgary
Committee to End Homelessness in 2007 and Chair of the 2008 Governor
General's Canadian Leadership Conference.
Created in 1991 by the Ivey Alumni Association/Toronto Chapter, the Ivey
Business Leader Award honours individuals and organizations who have
made a significant contribution to the advancement of business in
Canada, and reflect the ideals of the Richard Ivey School of Business.
"Rick George's accomplishments are second-to-none and he richly deserves
this award," said Jill Denham, HBA '83, co-Chair of the Ivey Business
Leader Award Committee. "His leadership has transformed Suncor into a
true Canadian corporate success story."
The Ivey Business Leader Award, co-Chaired by Jill Denham and Paul
Atkinson, HBA '86, Managing Director of Southwest Sun Inc., will be
presented at a black-tie dinner at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel.
Proceeds from the event support the Ivey Alumni Association Toronto
Chapter HBA and MBA Scholarships established to attract top students to
the School and the Toronto Alumni Faculty Fellowship in Business
Mr. George joins an esteemed list of past Ivey Business Leader Award
recipients demonstrating leadership in both business and their
communities. Past recipients of the award include:
2011: Ed Clark, Group President and CEO of TD Bank Group (TD)
2010: Peter Munk, Founder and Chairman of Barrick Gold Corporation
2009: Richard J. Currie, Past Chairman, BCE Inc. and former President,
Loblaw Companies Limited and George Weston Limited
2008: Dominic D'Alessandro, President & CEO, Manulife Financial
2007: Claude Lamoureux, President & CEO and Robert Bertram, Executive
Vice-President, Investments, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
2006: Isadore Sharp, Chairman and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels Inc.
2005: Peter Godsoe, former Chairman and CEO, The Bank of Nova Scotia
2002: Gwyn Morgan, President and CEO, EnCana Corporation
2001: Harrison McCain, Chairman, McCain Foods Limited, and G. Wallace
McCain, Chairman, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
2000: Purdy Crawford, Chairman, AT&T Canada; former Chairman Imasco and
1999: Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, led by Prem Watsa, Chairman
1998: Paul Desmarais, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Power
Corporation of Canada
1997: Frank Stronach, Chairman of the Board, Magna International Inc.
1996: Jean C. Monty, President and CEO, Northern Telecom Limited
1995: R. Jack Lawrence, Deputy Chairman, Nesbitt Burns Inc.
1994: Robert Nourse, President and CEO, The Bombay Company Inc.
1993: Cedric E. Ritchie, Chairman, The Bank of Nova Scotia
1992: John C. Carroll, President and CEO, Molson Breweries
1991: John M. Thompson, Chairman and CEO, IBM Canada Limited
About the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western
he Richard Ivey School of Business (www.ivey.ca) at The University of Western Ontario is Canada's leading provider of
relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on
extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the
best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and
capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today's
complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and
graduate degree programs as well as Executive Development at campuses
in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.
SOURCE Richard Ivey School of Business
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