Jim Carter Biography
Former Syncrude Canada president Jim Carter now chairs the Alberta Carbon Capture and Storage Development Council
For decades he helped to responsibly develop the oil sands and, in the process, helped to provide a rich, sustainable driver of the Alberta economy. His leadership on the Alberta Carbon Capture and Storage Development Council demonstrates his commitment to the environment.
The former Syncrude president, whose efforts were critical in making significant advances in oil sands productivity and environmental performance, also has experience in the electricity sector, another area where carbon capture and storage could reduce emissions substantially.
Jim leadership at Syncrude, where he was president for 10 years and operations chief for 18 years, also saw significant advances in building stakeholder relationships, especially with First Nations.
He serves on the boards of EPCOR, Finning International, Clark Builders and the Alberta Research Council. As a former chairman and director of the Mining Association of Canada, he championed an initiative designed to help improve the mining industry’s environmental and social performance.
In 1999, he was presented with the Centennial Award, the highest honour bestowed by the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA). He is also a recipient of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM) Past President’s Awards and the CIM Fellowship Award. Jim was a founding member of CIM’s Rocky Mountain Branch.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mining in 1973 from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie) and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Jim has received three honorary doctorate degrees: one in Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, one in science from the University of Alberta and one in law from the University of Prince Edward Island. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Other groups to enjoy his insight include the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the University of Alberta School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Keyano College and the Northern Lights Regional Hospital Foundation.