Mr. Coutu is a company director. From 2001 to January 1, 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, Great-West Life, Great-West Life & Annuity, London Life, Canada Life Financial, Canada Life, Putnam Investments, IGM Financial, Investors Group and Mackenzie. He is also a director of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., Enbridge Inc., and of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board.
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 past member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists (APEGGA) and a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.