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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Five independent directors and two non-independent directors bring diverse backgrounds and experience to the board. For more information on the board members, view their biographies.

Rich Kruger

Mr. Kruger was appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer of Imperial Oil Limited, effective March 1, 2013.

In 1981, Mr. Kruger started his career with Exxon in Houston, Texas, and held various technical, supervisory, and management positions throughout the United States. In 1996, he became technical manager for Exxon's engineering activities in the former Soviet Union and in 1999 was appointed vice president, Africa Deepwater, ExxonMobil Development Company. In 2001, he was appointed director and chairman of ExxonMobil's subsidiaries in Malaysia, and in 2003 was appointed vice president, Asia Pacific/Middle East, for ExxonMobil Production Company.

Mr. Kruger was appointed vice president, United States, of ExxonMobil Production Company in 2005 and in 2006 was named executive vice president of ExxonMobil Production Company. He was appointed president of ExxonMobil Production Company and elected a vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2008.

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mr. Kruger holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Houston.

Krystyna Hoeg

Ms. Hoeg was the president and chief executive officer of Corby Distilleries Limited from 1996 until her retirement in February 2007. She previously held several positions in the finance and controllers functions of Allied Domecq PLC and Hiram Walker & Sons Limited. Prior to that, she spent five years in public practice as a chartered accountant with the accounting firm of Touche Ross.

Ms. Hoeg is currently a director of Sun Life Financial Inc. and New Flyer Industries Inc., and is also a director of Samuel, Son & Co. Limited and Revera Inc., privately owned corporations. Ms. Hoeg is also the chair of the Toronto East General Hospital board.

Jack Mintz

Dr. Mintz is currently the President’s Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy focusing on tax, urban and financial market regulatory policy programs. From 2006 to 2015, Dr. Mintz was the Director and Palmer Chair in Public Policy for the University of Calgary and prior to that he was the president and chief executive officer of The C.D. Howe Institute since 1999. He has also been a professor at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto since 1989. Dr. Mintz also sits as a director with Morneau Shepell Inc. and has published widely in the fields of public economics and fiscal federalism, been an advisor to governments throughout the world on fiscal matters, and has frequently published articles in national newspapers and magazines.

David Sutherland

In July 2007, Mr. Sutherland retired as president and chief executive officer of the former IPSCO, Inc. after spending 30 years with the company and more than five years as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Sutherland is the chairman of the board of United States Steel Corporation, lead director of GATX Corporation and chairman of Graham Group Ltd., an employee owned corporation. 

Mr. Sutherland is a former chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute and served as a member of the board of directors of the Steel Manufacturers Association, the International Iron and Steel Institute, the Canadian Steel Producers Association and the National Association of Manufacturers.

D. G. (Jerry) Wascom

Mr. D. G. (Jerry) Wascom is President, ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company. Mr. Wascom is located in Fairfax, VA and has responsibility for managing the global refining, supply, transportation and midstream business.

Mr. is President, ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company. Mr. Wascom is located in Fairfax, VA and has responsibility for managing the global refining, supply, transportation and midstream business.

Mr. Wascom graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1978. He joined Exxon Company, U.S.A. as an employee at the Baton Rouge Refinery in 1979 and progressed through various engineering and supervisory positions.

From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Wascom held staff positions in Exxon Company, U.S.A.’s headquarters in Houston. He transferred to the Baytown Refinery in 1990 as head of routine maintenance and turnarounds and subsequently was assigned as Technical Manager and then Process Manager at Baytown.

In 1996, he transferred to Exxon Corporate Headquarters in Dallas to serve as a Senior Environmental and Safety Advisor and then as Corporate Planning Consultant. After completing an assignment as Asia Pacific Refining Executive in Singapore, he returned to the United States as Beaumont Refinery Manager in 2000.

In 2004, he relocated to Fairfax, Virginia where he served as the Global Logistics and Optimization Manager in the Supply organization. A year later, he became Vice President of the Industrial and Wholesale organization in the Fuels Marketing business. In 2006, Mr. Wascom moved to Tokyo where he was appointed President and CEO of ExxonMobil Japanese companies and Refining Director of Asia Pacific with responsibility for managing refining operations in Asia Pacific. In April of 2009, he returned to Fairfax as Director, Refining Americas, ExxonMobil Refining & Supply, overseeing refining operations in North and Central/South America. In July 2013, he was appointed Director, Refining North America, ExxonMobil Refining & Supply, overseeing a total of 10 refineries in the USA and Canada. In August of 2014, he was appointed to his current position of President, Refining and Supply.

Sheelagh Whittaker

Ms. Whittaker spent much of her early business career as director and partner with The Canada Consulting Group, now Boston Consulting Group.

From 1989 she was president and chief executive officer of Canadian Satellite Communications (Cancom).

In 1993, Ms. Whittaker joined Electronic Data Systems of Plano, Texas, then one of the world’s foremost providers of information technology services.

Initially spending several years as president and chief executive officer of EDS Canada, Ms Whittaker then undertook other key leadership roles globally, ultimately serving the company as managing director, United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa, until her retirement from EDS in November 2005.

Victor Young

From November 1984 until May 2001, Mr. Young served as chairman and chief executive officer of Fishery Products International Limited, a frozen seafood products company.

Mr. Young is a director of McCain Foods Limited, a privately own corporation.

Mr. Young was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996, and is currently the chair of the advisory committee on red tape reduction established by the Government of Canada.