Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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Suncor Energy is this country’s largest integrated energy company, and the person in charge of it is bound to wield more than a little influence. So it is with Steve Williams, named in May as the successor to Suncor’s former chief executive, Rick George. Williams has been well groomed for the role, having risen through the company’s ranks over the last decade, most recently serving as chief operating officer since 2007. Suncor is flush with cash and has a growing income, giving Williams options on how to grow. He has already laid down some ambitious plans, promising to nearly double Suncor’s production by 2020, a feat which, if accomplished, will cement his influence for the next decade. At the same time, he faces ongoing volatility in crude prices and the challenges of opening new markets at a time when environmental groups vociferously oppose pipelines in all directions.