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Parkland's Management Team

Bob Espey

President and Chief Executive Officer

Bob Espey

Mr. Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland, joined the Corporation in November, 2008 as Vice President, Retail Markets. Throughout his career, Mr. Espey has held a variety of senior management roles across a diverse group of industry sectors including manufacturing, international consulting, and the Canadian military.

Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Espey spent three years with FisherCast Global Corporation where he was the Executive Vice President in charge of worldwide sales and marketing and operations, and was ultimately promoted to President and Chief Executive Office. Mr. Espey spent a total of six years in London, England primarily with Computer Sciences Corporation, was a partner with What If Impact, a London-based innovation consultancy, and spent four years in the Canadian Navy as a commissioned officer.

Mr. Espey sits on the Board of Directors of the Western Investment Company of Canada Limited.

Mr. Espey holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Royal Military College and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.


Mike McMillan

Chief Financial Officer

Mike McMillan

Mr. McMillan was appointed as Parkland Fuel Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer in February 2015. He joined Parkland in 2009 as the Retail Controller. Following the acquisition of Cango in 2011 he became the Director, Corporate Development and Retail East Operations. Mr. McMillan was promoted to Vice President and Treasurer in 2011 where he was responsible for treasury, corporate planning and risk.

Over the last eight years, he has made many significant impacts to Parkland such as the development of the Risk and Controls program, several high yield financing offerings, and the integration of the Cango acquisition.

Mr. McMillan has over 20 years of experience in public and private industry roles including Director of Finance for Nortel Networks, Retail Controller of Nygard International, Controller of Buhler Industries and Vice President of Professional Services for a Toronto-based consulting company.

Mr. McMillan holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Chemistry from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary. Mr. McMillan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).


Peter Kilty

Senior Vice President, Operations, Retail and Commercial Fuels

Peter Kilty

Mr. Kilty was appointed to Senior Vice President, Operations, Retail and Commercial Fuels in February, 2017. He first joined Parkland on April 2, 2012 as Vice President, Retail Operations.

Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Kilty had a distinguished 26 year career with both Petro-Canada Products and Canadian Tire Petroleum which has included direct experience with virtually every aspect of Retail and Fuel Marketing. Under Mr. Kilty’s leadership as both President and Vice-President of Canadian Tire Petroleum, he led significant fuel volume growth, increased market presence and improved customer service.

Mr. Kilty is currently the Director and Vice Chair of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, the Director and past Chair of Providence Healthcare, and the Chair of CIPMA (Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers Association). Previously, Mr. Kilty was a Director for Jump Start Charities.

Mr. Kilty holds a Master of Business Administration from York University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario.


Pierre Magnan

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Pierre Magnan

Mr. Magnan was appointed as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2015.

Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Magnan worked as an M&A, corporate finance and private equity lawyer for over 16 years. He was a Calgary-based Partner at Gowling WLG LLP and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and was previously an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.

Mr. Magnan has extensive Board experience, serving as a director of public and private companies.

Mr. Magnan holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Law from the University of Cambridge.


Melody Appelman

Vice President, People and Culture

Melody Appelman

Ms. Appelman was appointed as Vice President, People and Culture, on May 19, 2015.

Prior to joining Parkland, Ms. Appelman had a distinguished 20 year career in the Canadian retail sector, having spent 12 of those years with the Forzani Group and later with Canadian Tire which included direct experience with virtually every aspect of human resources.

Under Ms. Appelman’s leadership as the Vice President, Human Resources, FGL Sports and Mark’s, she lead significant cultural initiatives that were key to driving employee engagement, brought innovation and clearly articulated the HR strategy and its connection to the business.

Ms. Appelman holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Natal.


David Wade

Senior Vice President, Supply and Trading

David Wade

Mr. Wade joined Parkland in August of 2016 as Senior Vice President of Supply and Trading.

Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Wade previously served as President of Air BP, Canada LLC and as Vice President of Air BP, Americas. With over 27 years of experience, he has been responsible for the leadership of supply & trading, sales & marketing, business development, logistics, engineering & operations, financial accounting, and human resource.

Mr. Wade currently serves on the National Board of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE).

Mr. Wade holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Rutgers University (1988) and a Masters in Engineering Management from Drexel University.


Ian White

Vice President, Strategic Marketing

Ian White

Mr. White was appointed as Vice President, Strategic Marketing in February 2017. He first joined Parkland in 2014 as Director, Pioneer Energy to lead the operations and integration of the business to Parkland.

Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. White worked for Dollar Financial Group where he was the head of its Canadian subsidiary, National Money Mart Company. Prior to this, Mr. White spent 18 years at Canadian Tire including roles as Vice President of PartSource and Divisional Vice-President of Operations and Business Development in the Petroleum division where he had operating oversight of Canadian Tire's national portfolio of retail gasoline locations.

Mr. White is actively involved in the retail gasoline and convenience store industry where he serves as Chair of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association.

Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University.


Darren Smart

Vice President, Corporate Development

Darren Smart

Mr. Smart was appointed to Vice President, Corporate Development in September, 2015. He first joined Parkland as Director of Corporate Development in August 2014.

Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Smart was a Portfolio Manager at Teachers’ Private Capital, the private equity arm of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and managing energy-related investments.

Mr. Smart has extensive Board experience and has served as a director of a number of private companies.

Mr. Smart has a Bachelor of Business Administration (with distinction) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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

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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

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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 Supply and Business Development Advisory Committee.


Lisa Colnett

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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

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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.


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

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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.