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Ted Menzies joins CropLife Canada, Suncor welcomes interim CFO, Suzanne West earns Women of Influence award

Jan 18, 2014

by Jim Kerr

United Way President and CEO Lucy Miller is a recipient of the 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. Growing up in poverty, Miller worked three jobs as a university student to help support her family and says the award confirms the importance of her organization’s work in Calgary.

  • Talisman Energy announced the appointment of Samuel Merksamer and Jonathan Christodoro to its board of directors, as part of an agreement with Carl C. Icahn and his affiliates. Icahn recently acquired 61.6 million shares in the Calgary-based company. Kevin Dunne is coming to the end of his term on the board and will be retiring after 11 years.
  • Long-time farmer and former MP Ted Menzies has been named the new president and CEO of CropLife Canada. He owned and operated a 5,000 acre farm from 1974-2003 and was first elected as an MP for the Alberta constituency of Macleod in 2004.
  • Imaginea Energy Corporation president and CEO Suzanne West won the PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at the RBC Women of Influence awards in Toronto.
  • Twin Butte Energy Ltd. recently purchased West’s Black Shire Energy Ltd. for a reported $358 million.
  • Gary Hughes has been appointed as a director of SMART Technologies. Hughes replaces Salim Nathoo as the Apax Partners’ nominee to the company’s board. He’s a senior member of the Apax Operational Excellence Team and a non-executive director at J. Sainsbury Plc. and two private companies.
  • Scotiabank is welcoming Brian Porter to the role of president and CEO, taking over for Rick Waugh after a decade at that post. Porter was appointed president of Scotiabank in November 2012 and was elected to its board of directors in April 2013.
  • Suncor Energy appointed Steve Reynish as interim CFO, following the resignation of Bart Demosky in November. Reynish joined the company in January 2012 as EVP Oil Sands Ventures. Suncor is now in the process of identifying a permanent CFO.

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Canadian para-Nordic sit-skier Chris Klebl recently received a $1,000 Bryden Bursary ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The Canmore, Alberta, native won six World Cup medals in 2012 and was selected for the bursary based on financial need and the potential for podium success in Sochi. The Bryden Bursary was established in 1988 by Wendy Bryden, using royalties from “Canada at the Olympic Winter Games,” her best-selling book. The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games take place from March 7-16, 2014.

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