• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Alex Pourbaix

Cenovus Energy

President & Chief Executive Officer

As President & Chief Executive Officer of Cenovus Energy, Alex is responsible for establishing the strategic direction for the company and delivering strong financial, operational and sustainability performance. Alex took on the leadership role in November 2017. He is also a Director of the company. Prior to joining Cenovus, Alex spent 27 years with TC Energy and its affiliates in a broad range of leadership roles including Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for the company’s commercial activity and overseeing major energy infrastructure projects and operations. He also has experience in corporate strategy, business development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as stakeholder relations. Alex currently serves on the boards of Canadian Utilities Limited and the Business Council of Canada, and the Board of Governors at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) as Past Chair. He is Board Chair at Mount Royal University and a member of the Business Council of Alberta. Alex also serves on the Alberta Regional Board of Nature Conservancy Canada. He was previously Board Chair for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and a board member at Trican Well Service Ltd. Alex is active in the community, having served on the boards of several local charities, including many years as a dedicated volunteer for the United Way. Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Alberta.

Sessions With Alex Pourbaix

Tuesday, 7 March

  • 03:15pm - 03:55pm (CST) / 07/mar/2023 09:15 pm - 07/mar/2023 09:55 pm

    Canadian Oil Sands: Pathways to Net Zero

    Upstream Oil & Gas
    The Canadian oil sands—the fourth-largest source of supply globally, and the world’s largest source of heavy oil—has announced an ambitious new plan to decarbonize, advancing critical new technologies, while collaborating to advance one of the world’s largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects globally. What is the oil sands outlook through transition? What role will CCS play in the future of the industry? Will the Canadian oil sands be able to compete through the energy transition and dramatically change their emission profile?