Parkland's Management Team

Robert (Bob) Espey

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President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Espey’s background includes change management and corporate strategy with a focus on growth and business integration. He joined Parkland in 2008 as Vice President Retail Markets, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2010, and appointed to CEO in May 2011. Prior to Parkland, he was the executive in charge of worldwide sales and marketing at FisherCast Global, before being promoted to Chief Executive Officer there. While Vice President of Algonquin Automotive, Mr. Espey led the reengineering of key supply chains to significantly reduce costs. He also worked with Computer Sciences Corporation’s strategy and change management practice out of London, England, assisting multinational clients including Alstom Transport, Airbus, Bata Shoes, Kvaerner Engineering and Meggit Defence. In addition, Mr. Espey also worked with Coca Cola, Shell, Unilever and the BBC as a consultant while with What If Impact. Mr. Espey spent four years in the Canadian Navy as a commissioned officer, possesses a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business.

Andrew Cruickshank

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Vice President Finance

Mr. Cruickshank is both a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with previous roles in other fuel marketing companies. Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Cruickshank’s previous roles included Vice President of Finance at UFA Co-operative Limited, a fuel and agricultural inputs reseller serving 110,000 members, CFO of Collicutt Energy Services Ltd. and CFO of Enwin Utilities Group.

Robert (Bob) Fink

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Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Human Resources

Since joining Parkland in 2010 as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Mr. Fink has been the driving force behind improvements in the areas of risk management, governance, contract management and negotiation processes. Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Fink was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of FortisAlberta Inc. where his responsibilities included corporate governance, procurement, land and legal matters. He previously practiced in the technology and corporate groups at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP and in the corporate and tax groups at Macleod Dixon LLP. Mr. Fink has been practicing law since 1996.

Peter Kilty

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Vice President, Retail

Mr. Kilty was appointed to Vice President, Retail on April 23, 2012 to oversee and grow Parkland’s national retail network. He possesses 26 years of experience covering nearly every aspect of the downstream retail fuel marketing industry. Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Kilty’s career included senior assignments at Petro-Canada Products and Canadian Tire Petroleum. As President Canadian Tire Petroleum, he lead significant fuel volume growth, increased market presence and improved customer service. Mr. Kilty has a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario.

Paul Lapensée

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Vice-President, Commercial Fuels and Health, Safety and Environment

Mr. Lapensée joined Parkland in April 2014 to lead Commercial Fuels and Parkland’s Health, Safety and Environment function. Previously, he was director and partner of Halifax based Bluewave Energy as well as a Director of Avjet Holding, another leading fuel distributor for the aviation industry. He has held several senior management positions with Shell Canada Limited during which he was Director of Corporate Strategy, General Manager of the Montréal-East Refinery and Vice-President, Marketing and Sales for the Québec and Maritimes region. While at Shell, he served as the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute (CPPI) Québec Division’s Board President, CPPI’s representative on the Executive Committee of the Conseil du Patronat du Québec (CPQ), and also a member of several committees within the Association des Détaillants en Alimentation du Québec (ADA). He is also currently a Director of Effenco and GCS Médical, a member of the Order of Chartered Administrators of Québec and a member of the HEC Montréal MBA Strategic Council. Mr. Lapensée is a graduate from the Bachelor of Administration and Commerce Degree from the University of Ottawa, the Graduate Studies Degree in Oil Company Management from HEC-Montréal, the MBA program at HEC-Montréal and the Royal Dutch Shell Leadership Development Program at the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia.

Mike McMillan

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Vice President and Treasurer

Mr. McMillan, who was appointed to Vice President and Treasurer in December 2011, is responsible for Treasury, Corporate Planning and Risk and Controls. Mike joined Parkland as the Controller of the Retail division and later led the integration of Cango Inc. and Retail Eastern Operations. He has 18 years’ experience in public and private industry roles including Director of Finance for Nortel Networks, Retail Controller for Nygard International, Controller of Buhler Industries and, prior to joining Parkland, was Vice President for a Toronto-based consulting company. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary and is a Certified Management Accountant.

Irfhan Rawji

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Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development

Mr. Rawji has over a decade of experience in strategic consulting, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Parkland in 2013, Mr. Rawji was a director at Onex Corporation, one of North America’s oldest private equity firms, and before that, a principal at Birch Hill Equity Partners, a Canadian mid-market private equity firm. He also has experience as a strategic consultant both at Accenture and McKinsey & Company and was previously an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia where he taught business economics, finance and strategy. Mr. Rawji is actively involved in the community as past chair of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, and director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. He has previously served on the boards of Business for the Arts, the Harbourfront Centre and many others. Mr. Rawji has a B.Comm (Honours) from the University of British Columbia, where he was designated a Wesbrook Scholar and an MBA (High Honours) from Harvard University where he was designated a Baker Scholar and McArthur Fellow.

Jane Savage

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Vice President Wholesale and Supply

Ms. Savage leads the Wholesale and Supply division in its drive to enhance profits through active management of Parkland’s supply portfolio. She has 31 years of experience in the downstream oil industry including 22 years with Imperial Oil in refining, supply and trading, and wholesale sales divisions, and nine years as President and CEO of the Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers Association. Ms. Savage is a Professional Engineer (Ontario) with a Chemical Engineering degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University.

Donna Strating

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Vice President, Administration and Chief Information Officer

Ms. Strating's focus is enhancing the transactional efficiency of Parkland through improvement and integration of Parkland's information systems and back office systems. Ms. Strating possesses 20 years of management experience in information technology and operations including Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Capital Health (Alberta) for nine years. In addition, she was previously a Management Consulting Partner for Ernst & Young and was subsequently appointed to Vice President with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Ms. Strating has a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Parkland's Board of Directors

Board and Committee Membership

Member NameBoard of DirectorsAudit CommitteeCompensation CommitteeSupply Committee
Jim Pantelidis C   C
Bob Espey    
John Bechtold  
Lisa Collnet      
Alain Ferland   C
Ron Rogers C    
David Spencer    

 C = Chair of the committee/board

Jim Pantelidis

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Mr. Pantelidis has over 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Mr. Pantelidis is chairman and director of the EnerCare Inc. since 2002 (member of the Audit, Governance and Compensation, and Investment Committees). He also serves on the Board of each of Rona Inc. (Chairman of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and member of the Development Committee) and Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (Chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee). From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Pantelidis was on the Board of FisherCast Global Corporation and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Pantelidis also previously served on the Board of Equinox Minerals Limited (Chairman of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and member of the Audit Committee). Mr. Pantelidis has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from McGill University. Mr. Pantelidis has served on the Board of Directors since September 7, 1999 and he is Chairman of the Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee. He also serves as Chair of the Petroleum Products Supply Advisory Committee and Chair of the Project Drive Advisory Committee.

John Bechtold

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Mr. Bechtold has over 40 years of experience in the North American petroleum industry including management roles at Gulf Oil Corporation, Gulf Canada and Petro-Canada. During his career, he held senior leadership positions in the upstream, mid-stream and downstream segments of the business including 15 years in crude oil and refined product supply and four years in the propane business as President of ICG. He is currently a director of Parex Resources Inc. (member of corporate governance and human resources committee and chair of the reserves and operations committee). Past board positions include being a member of each of the Industry Advisory Board to the IEA, the Canadian Energy Research Institute Board, the Canadian Propane Gas Association Board, the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission and Petro Andina Resources Inc. He holds BSC (Honours) Chemical Engineering and MSC Petroleum Reservoir Engineering degrees and completed the Senior Executive Management Program at Stanford University. Mr. Bechtold has served on the Board of Directors since August 10, 2006 and is a member of the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committee and the Petroleum Products Supply Advisory Committee.

Lisa Colnett

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Ms. Colnett began her career at IBM Canada and was a founding executive of Celestica Inc. Since 1991, Ms. Colnett has held senior roles in human resources, information technology and strategy including Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Celestica Inc., Senior Vice President, Human Resources, also of Celestica Inc. and Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services, of Kinross Gold Corporation.

Ms. Colnett earned her Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and has been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2004, 2005 and 2011.  Ms. Colnett completed her certification with the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2013.

Alain Ferland

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Mr. Ferland has over 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry and has acted as a member of the senior management team in oil, oil services, plastic, airport and biotechnology companies. Mr. Ferland has extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, logistics, sales, marketing, project management and mergers. During his career, Mr. Ferland served on more than ten boards in various capacities.He is also President of Effa Management Inc. Mr. Ferland has been President of TORR Canada Inc., Aéroports de Montréal, IPL Inc., Geneka Biotechnologies and, prior to that, was President of Ultramar Ltd. and Vice President of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock. He is a Professional Engineer. Mr. Ferland has served on the Board of Directors since June 22, 1999 and is Chair of Parkland's Compensation and Corporate Governance Committee. He also serves as a member of the Petroleum Products Supply Advisory Committee. He is formerly a director of Petrolia Inc. where he served as President of the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committee.

Ron Rogers

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Mr. Rogers has over 35 years of experience in various financial and operating positions with Ernst & Young, Warrington Inc., the Crown Management Board of Saskatchewan, Moore Corporation and Shaw Communications Inc. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary's University with concentrations on philosophy, economics and accounting and subsequently earned his Chartered Accountancy with Ernst & Young. He has also attended post-graduate seminars at North Western and Harvard Universities. Mr. Rogers is currently a member of the Board of each of Corus Entertainment (Chairman of Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee) and Transforce Inc. (Chairman of Audit Committee and member of the Corporate Governance Committee). Mr. Rogers previously served on the Boards of the Brick Furniture Company and Pizza Pizza Royalty Fund. His community involvement has included such organizations as the Mississauga General Hospital Board, the Calgary division of the United Way Executive Board, the Festival of Trees Executive Committee for the Alberta Children's Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Calgary Stampede Compensation and Pension Committee. Mr. Rogers has served on the Board of Directors since September 15, 2006, is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Project Drive Advisory Committee.

David Spencer

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Mr. Spencer is a Partner with Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary where he specializes in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has been a director since 2002 and is a member of Parkland's Compensation and Corporate Governance Committee.

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