President and Chief Executive Officer
On December 3, 2018, Gordon Lambert, an AER board member at the time, was asked to assume the role of president and chief executive officer while the board searched for a permanent candidate. On March 7, 2019, the board announced that Mr. Lambert would remain as president and CEO until later in 2019.
While assuming this responsibility, Mr. Lambert has temporarily stepped away from his roles as president of GRL Collaboration for Sustainability Inc. and Suncor Sustainability Executive-in-Residence at the Ivey School of Business.
With 38 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Mr. Lambert has a deep background in the oil & gas business: economics, environmental concerns, safety, stakeholder engagement, and innovation. He was a senior leader in Suncor for over 18 years, focusing primarily on the environment, health, safety, sustainability and innovation. In 2013, he was appointed Executive Advisor on Sustainability and Innovation, where he supported Suncor’s CEO, senior executive team, and board of directors on sustainability strategy, accelerating innovation, and improving environmental performance within the company and the oil sands sector.
Mr. Lambert was instrumental in the creation of the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) and subsequently Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). COSIA is a globally unique
collaboration-based organization involving thirteen companies originally and nine currently. COSIA has shared over 1.3 billion dollars of intellectual property among its members to improve environmental performance. In 2014 he was a speaker on innovation and collaboration at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China. He retired from Suncor in January 2015.
He is currently on the board of Alberta Innovates. In 2015 he served as a member of the Alberta Climate Leadership Expert Panel and in 2016 was appointed chair of the Alberta Climate Leadership Task Force on Technology and Innovation.
Before joining Suncor, Mr. Lambert worked for fifteen years with Imperial Oil in a variety of roles ranging from Cold Lake operations, EHS to natural gas liquids marketing, Planning and Grande Prairie Asset Manager. He also worked for two years at TransAlta.
He has been married to his high-school sweetheart for 42 years, has two children and four grandchildren, and enjoys skiing, biking, fly fishing, and guitar.