Our Leadership

Our leadership team combines many years of experience with an in-depth understanding of the midstream energy sector. To learn more about our knowledge and experience, read our team bios.

Executives

Our Executive team is made up of industry professionals hand-picked for their experience and knowledge, and their commitment to customer-service.

Steve Spaulding

President and Chief Executive Officer

Steve Spaulding is our President and Chief Executive Officer. As such, he is accountable for Gibson Energy’s operational performance and strategic direction. He became a member of our Board of Directors in June 2017.

Before joining Gibson Energy, Steve was Executive Vice President, Natural Gas Liquids with Texas-based Lone Star NGL LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Gathering and Processing at Crosstex Energy, which is now Enlink Midstream Partners.

With more than 25 years in the midstream industry, Steve’s experience encompasses all facets of the business including operations, business development, and marketing. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from The University of Oklahoma.

Sean Brown

SVP & Chief Financial Officer

Sean Brown is Gibson's Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. In his role, he oversees the financial management of the company including, finance, accounting, tax, treasury and capital market financings as well as corporate planning and development, investor relations and enterprise risk management. Prior to joining Gibsons, Sean spent fifteen years in investment banking where he provided strategic, financial and capital raising advice to companies in the energy infrastructure sector across North America. Most recently he was a Managing Director in the Power & Energy Infrastructure Group at BMO Capital Markets, based in Calgary, and prior to that was with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., based in New York. Sean holds a Business degree from Acadia University, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and is a CFA charterholder.

George Dannecker

SVP & Chief Commercial Officer

As Chief Commercial Officer & SVP, George oversees all of Gibson’s commercial activities and business development in North America.  He has over twenty (20) years of Oil and Gas Industry experience and has acquired expertise ranging from global marketing & crude oil trading to refining and product supply.  At various super major oil companies, he has been able to; identify, develop, and maximize value and opportunities across the value chain.  He has demonstrated that he can successfully identify asset and origination opportunities, and has also ensured sustainable earnings by managing a balanced physical and financial portfolio. Through years of commercial experience and by having a strong technical foundation he will leverage his expertise to drive the integration and growth of Gibson Energy’s businesses.  George has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association and coaches both his sons’ youth hockey teams.

Sean Wilson

SVP & Chief Administrative Officer

As Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Sean Wilson provides strategic and functional leadership for Information Technology, Human Resources, Supply Chain Management, Legal, Communications, Stakeholder Engagement, Process Improvement & Change Management and Information Management.

Since joining Gibson Energy in 2007, Sean has held key leadership roles including Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Before moving into his position as Chief Administrative Officer, Sean served as Gibson’s Vice President, Commercial Development where he gained valuable insight into the needs of Gibson’s customers; positioning him to lead his teams successfully in delivering value creating initiatives to our stakeholders.

Prior to joining Gibson, Sean was a Corporate Lawyer at a leading national law firm. Sean holds an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the University of Calgary. Sean is a member of the Law Society of Alberta.

Michael Lindsay

SVP, Operations & Engineering

As Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering, Michael Lindsay is accountable for the safe and reliable operations of Gibson’s Canadian assets including our Hardisty and Edmonton, Alberta crude oil terminals and processing facilities. In addition, Michael is also responsible for supporting our commercial team’s growth plans through our Engineering and Construction team. He recently held the position of Vice-President, Engineering and Construction.

Mike has gained extensive experience in a variety of roles during his 25-year career in the oil, gas and energy sector. Before joining Gibsons, Mike held several senior positions with Suncor Energy where his responsibilities included project management and execution, regulatory compliance as well as quality and risk management.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He is an active member on the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of Calgary and Area.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of professionals who are leaders in their fields. Each member brings specialist expertise to the board, and together they are well placed to lead our company toward its place as an industry leader.

James M. Estey

Chairman of the Board and Independent Director

Chair of the Corporate Governance, Compensation and Nomination Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Mr. Estey is the former Chair of the board of UBS Securities Canada Inc. and has more than 30 years of experience in the financial markets. He is also currently the Chair of the board of PrairieSky Royalty Ltd., Lead Director of New Gold Inc., a member of the Advisory Committee at the Murray Edwards School of Business and is involved in several charitable organizations.

Douglas P. Bloom

Independent Director

Member of the Corporate Governance, Compensation and Nomination Committee

Member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee

Mr. Bloom has more than 30 years of oil and gas industry experience, mainly at Spectra Energy Corp. (now Enbridge), one of North America’s leading pipeline and midstream companies. Most recently, he served as President of Spectra Energy’s Canadian LNG business, and has also held several executive positions including President of Western Canada Business and President of Maritimes & Northeast Pipelines. He previously served as Chair and President of Westcoast Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Spectra Energy Corp. Mr. Bloom has served on the board of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, and was the organization’s chair in 2011/12. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

James J. Cleary

Independent Director

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Corporate Governance, Compensation and Nomination

Committee Chair of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee

Mr. Cleary was appointed as a director of Gibson Energy on April 4, 2013. He is currently a Managing Director of Global Infrastructure Partners, where he has been since May of 2012. Prior to that, he was the President of El Paso Corporation’s Western Pipeline Group and previously served as the President of ANR Pipeline Company. Before 2001, Mr. Cleary was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Southern Natural Gas Company. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary and a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School.

John L. Festival

Independent Director

Member of the Corporate Governance, Compensation and Nomination Committee

Member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee

Mr. Festival has over three decades of experience in the oil and gas industry. Since 2009, Mr. Festival has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of BlackPearl Resources Inc. Prior to that, he served as the President of BlackRock Ventures Inc. from 2001 to 2006 and as its Vice President of Corporate Development from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Festival is currently a director of Toscana Energy Income Corporation. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.

Marshall L. McRae

Independent Director

Chair of the Audit Committee

Mr. McRae has been an independent financial and management consultant since August 2009. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of CCS Inc., and Administrator of the CCS Income Trust and its successor corporation, CCS Corporation. Mr. McRae has over 30 years of experience in senior operating and financial management positions with a number of publicly traded and private companies, including CCS Inc., Versacold Corporation, Mark’s Work Wearhouse Limited and Black Diamond Group Limited. He is a director and the Chair of the audit committee of Athabasca Oil Corporation. Mr. McRae holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with Distinction, from the University of Calgary, and a Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.

Mary Ellen Peters

Independent Director

Member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee

Ms. Peters was appointed as a director of Gibson Energy on February 3, 2014. She is a businesswoman with over 30 years of experience in the midstream and downstream sectors with Marathon Petroleum Company LP. During her tenure at Marathon, Ms. Peters held roles as Senior Vice President of Transportation and Logistics, Senior Vice President of Marketing and President of Marathon Pipeline. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Finance) from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. Her previous board experience includes acting as Chair of the board for Louisiana Offshore Oil Port and as a Director of Colonial Pipeline Company and Baytex Energy Corporation.

Steve Spaulding

President and Chief Executive Officer

Member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee

Mr. Spaulding is our President and Chief Executive Officer. As such, he is accountable for Gibson Energy’s operational performance and strategic direction. He became a member of our Board of Directors in June 2017.

Before joining Gibson Energy, Mr. Spaulding was Executive Vice President, Natural Gas Liquids with Texas-based Lone Star NGL LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Gathering and Processing at Crosstex Energy, which is now Enlink Midstream Partners.

With more than 25 years in the midstream industry, Mr. Spaulding’s experience encompasses all facets of the business including operations, business development, and marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from The University of Oklahoma.