Alex Pourbaix


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. 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, 8 March

  • 05:05pm - 05:45pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 11:05 pm - 08/mar/2022 11:45 pm

    Pathways for Canadian Oil Sands in a Decarbonizing World

    Panel Upstream Oil & Gas
    Canadian oil sands have been at the forefront of the dialogue between energy and the environment. Canada has advanced numerous policies aimed at curbing oil sands GHG emissions, while oil sands producers have banded together announcing their ambition to dramatically lower absolute emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. What is the outlook for production and the implications on future emissions? What steps is industry taking to reduce its emissions? What is the role of government in tackling oil sands emissions?