ENMAX Corporation's board of directors appointed Mr. Charles Ruigrok as interim President and Chief Executive Officer today.
"Charles has extensive management experience in the energy industry and we're very pleased he has agreed to take on this interim role as we begin our search for a President and CEO", said Mr. Cliff Fryers, Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Ruigrok who currently sits on the ENMAX Board of Directors was most recently CEO of Syncrude Canada Ltd. and had a twenty-six year career with Imperial Oil.
"We have a tremendous amount of work to do in the coming months, launching exciting new home generation solar and wind products across Alberta, our electric vehicle pilot project and the continued development of our natural gas power generation facilities,” said Mr. Ruigrok.
"ENMAX Corporation is one of Alberta's leading electricity retailers and a leader in sustainable energy generation and reliable distribution. In the last five years ENMAX has experienced unprecedented growth and has helped lead the discussion on green energy, I look forward to taking on the interim role," added Mr. Ruigrok.
Charles Ruigrok served as CEO of Syncrude Canada Ltd. from late 2003 until his retirement in 2007. He is now a Corporate Director. Prior to his term at Syncrude, Mr. Ruigrok served as Vice President of Oil Sands Development and Research at Imperial Oil where he was responsible for the development of Imperial's extensive oil sands asset portfolio, including Imperial's Cold Lake operation and their 25 per cent interest in Syncrude. His 26 year career with Imperial Oil included diverse assignments in operations, project management, R&D, business planning and natural gas marketing.
Charles has broad management experience in the energy industry, bringing both operating and major project engineering and construction management expertise to the ENMAX board. He holds Bachelor of Engineering Science (1978) and Master of Engineering (1984) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario.
Mr. Ruigrok is a past director of Syncrude Canada Ltd, Rainbow Pipeline Company, Progas Limited, the Alberta Chamber of Resources, and Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada, and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. In addition to his position on the ENMAX board, he also currently sits on the boards of Soane Energy, the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame and a number of other not-for-profit organizations.
ENMAX Corporation, through subsidiaries and predecessors, has provided Albertans with safe and reliable electricity for more than 100 years. ENMAX provides electricity, natural gas and value-added services to more than 660,000 residential, commercial and industrial metered customer locations in Alberta. ENMAX Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX Corporation, is Alberta’s leading competitive electricity retailer. Through subsidiaries, ENMAX Energy is one of Alberta’s largest investors in renewable energy and was the first Canadian electricity retailer to offer customers the option to support wind generated energy. As well, ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiary ENMAX Envision Inc., provides fibre optic networks for high speed data and internet communications.
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