Senior Vice President, Syncrude Operations
Andrew Rosser was appointed Interim Managing Director of Syncrude Canada Ltd. in July 2021. He oversees the effective management stewardship of the Syncrude Project, which has 4,700 employees and is one of Canada’s largest producers of crude oil from the oil sands of Alberta, with production capacity of 350,000 barrels per day.
Prior to that appointment, Andrew became Syncrude’s Senior Vice President, Production, in February 2021, and he continues in this role in addition to Interim Managing Director.
He joined Syncrude as a new graduate in 1998 and during those 10 years, served in a variety of positions, including leadership, with Operations, Maintenance, Technical and Business Development.
Andrew then joined Shell’s Albian Sands in 2008 where he supported the Jackpine Mine Expansion. His career path progressed to working at the Scotford Upgrader for more than two years.
Since then, he’s held positions of increasing complexity and accountability on joint venture projects around the globe including senior lead of Shell’s Mars Corridor, a set of offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. His experience includes the role of Vice President of Environment Health and Safety for Shell Canada and Vice President of Sustainable Development and Regulatory. Andrew returned to Syncrude in February 2021 in the role of Senior Vice President Production.
He holds both a Mining Engineering degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta. Andrew grew up in Fort McMurray where he spent some time studying at Keyano College after graduating from Westwood High School.
Andrew’s diverse experience coupled with a commitment to safety, operational excellence and workforce engagement have him well positioned to enable Syncrude to meet its commitment of being safe, reliable, responsible and profitable.
Vice President, Production Upgrading
As Vice President, Production Upgrading, Martin Carter oversees Syncrude’s Upgrading and Utilities facilities at both the Mildred Lake and Aurora leases.
Martin came to Syncrude from Suncor Energy where he most recently served as the General Manager, Maintenance and Reliability – Upgrading. Martin joined Suncor in 2000 as a Process Engineer and has held a range of progressively more senior roles including Manager, National Terminal Operations, Operations Manager Upgrading and General Manager Production Planning and Logistics.
Martin holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Toronto and has attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
He currently resides in Fort McMurray with his wife and their three children. He volunteers as a board member for Waypoints, enjoys camping and long distance running, and is most passionate about ensuring everyone goes home safely each day.
Greg Fuhr, P.ENG., ICD.D
Vice President, Production, Mining and Extraction
Greg Fuhr was appointed Vice President Production, Mining, for Syncrude Canada Ltd. in August 2012. In this role, he oversees Syncrude’s oil sands mining operations at its Mildred Lake and Aurora sites, as well as Syncrude’s lease development, closure and tailings operations. Greg is also a member of the company’s Aboriginal Relations Steering Committee, which guides and champions Syncrude’s strategies to ensure positive outcomes for its Aboriginal stakeholders, and is a Champion of Indigenous Works.
Prior to joining Syncrude, Greg had a 27-year career working with Sherritt International.
As the company’s Senior Vice President, Greg led the exploration and feasibility study for the subsequent development of the Sulawesi Nickel Project in Indonesia and oversaw the development of the organization for the commissioning and operations of the $5.5 billion Ambatovy Nickel Project in Madagascar.
Greg holds a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Alberta and is accredited by the Institute of Corporate Directors with an ICD.D designation. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
Greg currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Northern Lights Health Foundation and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. He is Past Chair of the Coal Association of Canada and Past Member, Board of Directors, of the Alberta Chamber of Resources.
Vice President, Technical Engineering Services
Christian Matte was appointed to the position of Vice President, Technical, in January 2021, having previously held the position of Vice President, Technical, Engineering Services.
In this role, he will lead both Technical, Operations and Technical, Engineering Services that were both under his leadership since early 2020 and recently formally integrated as one organization.
Chris joined Syncrude in 2001 as a contact engineer in Utilities and has steadily progressed through roles with increasing scope and responsibility in the Technical, Operations and Maintenance areas. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Laval University.
Originally from Quebec City, Chris volunteers with the Keyano College Board of Governors and the Fort McMurray francophone community.
Vice President, Business Integration
Emma Thorpe was appointed Vice President, Business Integration in September 2021.
She is responsible for integrating key business initiatives and programs across Syncrude, including accountability for ensuring the organization captures the value of synergies related to the change to Suncor operatorship. She is also responsible for business plan development, risk management and joint venture governance, including chairing the Syncrude Management Committee.
Having worked in both operations and maintenance roles within Suncor’s Upstream and Downstream organizations, including serving as General Manager of the MacKay River in situ facility, Emma brings strong operational experience.
Emma holds an MBA from Wilfred Laurier University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University. Emma resides with her family in Fort McMurray where she serves on the board of the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation.