Syn­crude an­nounces new top ex­ec­u­tive

The McLeod River Post - - The Patch -

Ward is re­turn­ing to his home state of Texas to spend more time with fam­ily and travel af­ter a ca­reer of nearly 40 years work­ing in the oil and gas in­dus­try across the world, in­clud­ing the United States, Venezuela, In­done­sia, Qatar, Nige­ria and Canada.

“The oil sands is an ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing busi­ness. But the qual­ity of peo­ple here is what stands out and that’s what I’ll miss most,” said Ward. “There are many ex­am­ples of em­ploy­ees pulling to­gether to meet a com­mon goal, but I’m most proud of how Syn­crude re­sponded dur­ing the 2016 wild­fire. As an or­ga­ni­za­tion, Syn­crude em­ploy­ees showed their com­mit­ment to do­ing what’s right by sup­port­ing each other and our com­mu­ni­ties while also pro­tect­ing our busi­ness through a suc­cess­ful safe park and sub­se­quent restart.”

Cole brings 24 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and a track record of per­for­mance im­prove­ment in the Al­berta oil sands, re­fin­ing, power and util­ity in­dus­tries. She was most re­cently Sun­cor’s Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Re­gional Main­te­nance and Re­li­a­bil­ity, based in Fort McMur­ray. Cole has a de­gree in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Univer­sity of Toronto and has held a va­ri­ety of lead­er­ship roles with Shell Canada, in­clud­ing man­ag­ing the Scot­ford Re­fin­ery in Fort Saskatchewan and lead­ing the down­stream busi­ness strat­egy and growth or­ga­ni­za­tion in Cal­gary. Be­fore join­ing Sun­cor in 2014, she led EPCOR’s Elec­tric­ity di­vi­sion in Ed­mon­ton.

Cole joins Syn­crude im­me­di­ately to en­sure a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion with the out­go­ing CEO. She has a strong foun­da­tion of knowl­edge of the op­er­a­tion and its peo­ple through her work­ing re­la­tion­ship as an ex­ec­u­tive at Sun­cor, the largest Joint Ven­ture (JV) Par­tic­i­pant in the Syn­crude Project.

“Syn­crude has a long and proud his­tory, with em­ploy­ees who are com­mit­ted to re­spon­si­ble oil sands de­vel­op­ment, ”said Cole. “It’s an hon­our to have the op­por­tu­nity to lead this or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

As a res­i­dent of Fort McMur­ray with her hus­band and one of her two daugh­ters, Cole is deeply in­volved in the com­mu­nity. She served as a mem­ber of the Keyano Col­lege Board of Gover­nors from 2014 to 2017 and was re­cently ap­pointed to the Wood Buf­falo Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Board.

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