Eric Axford

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Suncor

As executive vice president and chief sustainability officer, Eric plays a key role in stewarding Suncor’s many external relationships and strategic collaborations in support of the company’s ongoing economic, environmental and social performance leadership.  Eric oversees Suncor’s sustainability strategy, public policy and government relations, communications, and deepening the company’s Indigenous, stakeholder, and community relations.  He is also accountable for Suncor’s social innovation agenda, including oversight of the Suncor Energy Foundation.

Eric previously served as executive vice president of business services, leading a wide range of Suncor’s central functions including environment, health and safety; sustainability and communications; government relations; information and process management; and enterprise technical. Since joining Suncor in 1996, Eric has held a number of senior upstream, downstream and corporate roles right across the company. Prior to Suncor, Eric held senior policy positions with the Alberta government.

Eric is an active supporter of the United Way and is on the board of directors of Woods Homes, an agency with a more than 100 year legacy of providing mental health services to children and families. He also represents Suncor as a board member with the Public Policy Forum, as well as Evok Energy Innovations, a clean tech industry innovator.  Eric also sits on academic advisory boards for the University of Alberta School of Business and the University of Western Ontario Ivey Energy Policy Management Centre.

Eric has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Calgary and a master of business administration from the University of Alberta.