Mr. Coutu is a company director. From 2001 to 2014, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Oil Sands Limited and Chairman of Syncrude Canada Ltd. Mr. Coutu was previously Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Gulf Canada Resources Limited. He has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector, primarily focused in the areas of corporate finance, investment banking, mining, and oil and gas exploration and development.
Mr. Coutu is a director of Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life, Empower, Putnam Investments, IGM Financial, IG Wealth Management and Mackenzie. He is also a director of Brookfield Asset Management Ltd. and of the Calgary Stampede Foundation. He was a director of Brookfield Corporation (formerly Brookfield Asset Management Inc.) until 2022, of Enbridge Inc. until 2021 and of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board until 2020.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Coutu is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and a past member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists (APEGGA).