​Board of Directors

James W. Simpson
Lead Director


Mr. Simpson is Lead Director for the Board of Canadian Utilities. Until April 2017, Mr. Simpson was Chair and Director of Suncor Energy Inc. ("Suncor"), having served on its board since 2009. He was a director of Petro Canada from 2004 through to 2009 when it merged with Suncor. A former President of Chevron Canada Resources, he retired after a 30 year career with Chevron Corporation. While President of Chevron Canada, he was involved with several remediation projects including a multi-million dollar program to identify and remediate oil pipeline river and stream crossings from legacy operations. 

He is a former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and actively participated in climate change issues and emerging regulatory policies related to Canada’s petroleum industry.  He has also participated in the World Petroleum Congress.

Mr. Simpson holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Geology and a M.Sc. in Geophysics. He is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives from the Sloan School of Business at M.I.T.