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Parkland's Management Team

Robert (Bob) Espey

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.

Peter Kilty

Senior Vice President, Operations, Retail and Commercial Fuels

Mike McMillan

Chief Financial Officer

Darren Smart

Vice President, Corporate Development

Melody Appelman

Vice President, People and Culture

Pierre Magnan

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Ian White

Ian White
VP, Strategic Marketing

David Wade

David Wade

Parkland's Board of Directors

Board and Committee Membership

Member NameBoard of DirectorsAudit CommitteeHuman Resources & Corporate Governance CommitteeSupply & Business Development Advisory Committee
Jim Pantelidis C   C
Bob Espey      
John Bechtold  
Lisa Colnett   C  
David Spencer      
Domenic Pilla      
Tim Hogarth      
Deborah Stein C    

 C = Chair of the committee/board

Jim Pantelidis


Mr. Pantelidis has over 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Mr. Pantelidis has been chairman and director of the EnerCare Inc. since 2002. He also serves on the Board of Rona Inc. (Chairman of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and member of the Development Committee); Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (Chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee); and Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (member of the Audit 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 Supply and Business Development Advisory Committee. As a member of Parkland's Audit Committee, Mr. Pantelidis is considered financially literate.

John Bechtold


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 Supply and Business Development Advisory Committee.

Lisa Colnett


From 2008 t o 2013, Ms. Colnett was the Senior Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Services for Kinross Gold Corporation, in which capacity she was responsible for Global Human Resources, Information Technology and Security. Prior to that, Ms. Colnett held several senior executive positions at Celestica Inc., one of the world's leading providers of electronics manufacturing services. She was one of the founding executives when Celestica was spun off from IBM Canada in 1996. From 2004 to 2007 she held the position of Senior Vice-President, Human Resources at Celestica. She also held the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer and prior to that was the President of the Memory Division. Ms. Colnett was employed by IBM Canada from 1981 to 1996. 

Ms. Colnett was appointed to the board of directors of Detour Gold Corporation in May 2014. Ms. Colnett has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of Ivey Business School since 2003. Ms. Colnett obtained her Honours B.A. from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. Ms. Colnett completed her certification with the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2013.

David Spencer


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.

Domenic Pilla

Domenic Pilla

Mr. Pilla served as the President of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation, a subsidiary of Loblaw Companies Limited, and served as Director of Loblaw Companies Limited from April 1, 2014 until January 9, 2015. Mr. Pilla served as Chief Executive Officer and sat on the Board of Directors of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation from November 1, 2011 until March 31, 2014 when Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation was purchased by Loblaw Companies Limited. He also serves on the board of Domtar Corporation (member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee).

Mr. Pilla brings nearly 30 years of leadership experience in health care and retailing sectors to the Corporation. Prior to his current roles, from January 2001 to October 2011, Mr. Pilla lead McKesson Canada (a wholly-owned subsidiary of McKesson Corporation), serving as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, before being appointed President in January 2007. Mr. Pilla has also served as President of Canadian Operations of RNG Group Inc., a privately owned Toronto-based company. As well, during an 18-year tenure with Petro-Canada, Mr. Pilla held a number of senior positions in distribution, sales and retail, including Vice-President of the Central Region.

Mr. Pilla graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. As a member of Parkland’s Audit Committee, Mr. Pilla is considered financially literate. 


Tim Hogarth

Tim Hogarth

Mr. Hogarth joined Pioneer in 1984 and served in progressively senior roles, ultimately becoming the President and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. Under his leadership, Pioneer became Canada's largest private independent fuel marketer and a platinum member of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies.

Mr. Hogarth received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Bishop's University and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. Mr. Hogarth is actively involved in his community and has served as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel and Colonel of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and was the recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Department of National Defense for his contributions to the Canadian Forces and Canada. Mr. Hogarth also serves on the boards of several private companies and not-for-profit organizations.


Deborah Stein

Tim Hogarth

Ms. Stein is an Executive Vice President at AltaGas Ltd. From 2008 to 2015 Ms. Stein was Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of AltaGas Ltd. Ms. Stein also held the role of Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of AltaGas Utility Group Inc. from 2005 to 2006. Ms. Stein was appointed to the board of directors of CEDA International Inc. in March 2014 and Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. She is Chairman of the National Board of Financial Executives International, Canada and was a Trustee of the Calgary Zoo from 2011 to 2015.

Prior to holding the position of CFO she held the position of VP Finance, VP Controller and VP Corporate Risk at AltaGas Ltd. Ms. Stein was employed at TransCanada Corporation from 1999 to 2005. In her early career she led finance functions as Director of Finance at Wendy’s Restaurants of Canada and Controller of Paramount’s Canada’s Wonderland. Ms. Stein holds a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, CA, CPA, Financial Risk Management and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (Honours) from York University.