The former CEO of Suncor Energy has lost his battle with cancer.
According to Suncor, Rick George passed away in Calgary on Tuesday as a result of a complication from acute myeloid leukemia.
“Rick’s impact on the oilsands industry, the Canadian business community, and the broader community has been immeasurable,” said Steve Williams, Suncor’s president and chief executive officer, in a release.
A self-described “oilsands guy,” George become CEO in 1991 guiding the company in adopting game-changing technologies to improve environmental performance, profitability and competitiveness.
Over his 21 years with the Calgary-based company, George oversaw the merger of Suncor with Petro-Canada in 2009, and increased production nearly ten-fold from 58,000 barrels per day in 1991, according to Suncor.
“His contributions have been significant and far-reaching. We were saddened to hear the news of his passing and extend our sincerest condolences to his family at this difficult time. Rick was very much admired and loved by his Suncor family,” said Williams.
Meanwhile, Mayor Melissa Blake sent out a statement extending her condolences to his family while remembering George’s impact on the oil industry.
“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Rick George, former president and chief executive officer of Suncor Energy, who was instrumental in building Canada’s leading energy company. A pioneer of the oil sands industry and a transformational leader, Mr. George’s success as CEO of Suncor from 1991 to 2012, had a very powerful impact on our region.”
George stepped down as CEO of Suncor in May 2012.
He was 67.