Shell Canada Limited (French: Shell Canada Limitée) is the principal Canadian subsidiary of British energy major Shell plc and one of Canada's largest integrated oil companies. Exploration and production of oil, natural gas and sulphur is a major part of its business, as well as the marketing of gasoline and related products through the company's approximately 1,800 stations across Canada.

Shell Canada Limited
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded1911; 113 years ago (1911)
Montreal (1911–1958)
Toronto (1958–1984)
Calgary (1984–)
Key people
Susannah Pierce (President and Country Chair)
Petrochemical products
RevenueIncrease CA$14.394 billion (2013)
ParentShell plc

After a global reorganization by the European parent, Shell's North American operations are controlled by Shell Energy North America, which is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Shell Energy North America's Canadian operational unit, Shell Canada, maintains a regional corporate office in Calgary, Alberta. Shell Canada also maintains a major office in Toronto, Ontario.


Shell station in Ontario

Shell Canada's shares were originally independently traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company was 78% owned by Royal Dutch Shell which in 2006 launched an $8.7-billion takeover of the 22% of Shell Canada that it didn't own. In March 2007 the shareholders of Shell Canada Ltd. accepted a $45.00 per share cash offer from Royal Dutch Shell plc.[1] This acquisition was primarily driven by the desire of the parent company to take total control of its Canadian division's unconventional resources, specifically the oil sands. The move was unanimously approved by the independent members of the board of directors.[2]

In 2003, Royal Dutch Shell had appointed a British executive, and former Chairman of Shell in the UK, Clive Mather, as president and CEO of Shell Canada.

As a consequence of the stock acquisition by Royal Dutch Shell, all Shell Canada executives holding stock options benefitted. Shell Canada announced on Mather's retirement from the company shortly after the acquisition was completed that his total pay package for his final year (2006–2007) was $4.9 million including bonuses, stock options and pension contributions and that on leaving the company, Mather was additionally eligible for a lump sum payment equal to his annual gross salary. His total benefit in that year was, therefore $9.8 million of which some $5 million was from exercised stock options,[3] making him one of the highest remunerated employees in Royal Dutch Shell.

In 2006, Shell Canada acquired the oil sands developer BlackRock Ventures Inc. for $2.4 billion. As part of this deal, Shell acquired the Orion oil-sands project near Cold Lake, Alberta. In May 2012, Shell announced that it has put the project up for sale.[4]

In 2007, the company invested $20 million into an expansion at the Brockville Lubricant Plant.[5] In January 2019, it announced plans to invest a further $16 million towards new equipment that will increase production and efficiency.[6]

In November 2015, the Shell Canada Quest Energy project began commercial operations.[7] Part of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, it involves Shell as the major shareholder (60%), Chevron Canada Limited (20%), and Marathon Canadian Oil Sands Holding Limited (20%).[8] It is identified as being the first commercial-scale CCS project, proposing to reduce CO2 emissions in Canada by 1 million tonnes per year.[9]

In April 2017, the company completed an expansion project at the Scotford refinery, growing hydrocracker production by 20%.[10]

Management and employees


The current Shell Canada directors are Susannah Pierce (President and Country Chair), Leanne Gawley (Vice President and Controller), Andrew Harris (Vice President), Barry Tyndall (Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary) and Zoe Yujnovich (Executive Vice President).[11]

In October 2008, Shell Canada Limited was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's news magazine. Later that month, Shell Canada was also named one of Alberta's Top Employers, which was announced by the Calgary Herald[12] and the Edmonton Journal.[13][14]






  • Patrick M. Fowlie, 1929–1948
  • William M. V. Ash, 1948–1961
  • Paul L. Kartzke, 1962–1968
  • Harold Bridges, 1968–1970
  • John F. Bookout, 1970–1974
  • C. William Daniel, 1974–1985
  • John M. MacLeod, 1985–1993
  • Charles W. Wilson, 1993–1999
  • Timothy W. Faithfull, 1999–2003
  • Linda Cook, 2003–2004
  • H. Clive Mather, 2004–2007
  • W. Adrian Loader, 2007
  • David R. Collyer, 2008–2009
  • Lorraine Mitchelmore, 2009–2015
  • Michael Crothers, 2016–2021
  • Susannah Pierce, 2021–

See also



  1. ^ TSX News Release – 19 March 2007 Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Macalister, Terry (23 January 2007). "Shell bolsters offer for Canadian offshoot". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  3. ^ Shell annual report Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Jones, Jeffrey; Haggett, Scott (28 May 2012). "Shell puts Alberta oil sands project on the block". Reuters. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  5. ^ "Shell Canada Ltd. | Member Directory". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Shell announces $16M upgrade to Brockville motor oil plant". Ottawa Citizen. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Shell Canada Energy Quest Project". 23 February 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
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  9. ^ "Carbon capture and storage". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Shell wraps debottlenecking work at Scotford refinery". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
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  12. ^ "Alberta's top 40 places to work". Calgary Herald. 18 October 2008. Archived from the original on 15 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Alberta's best focus on attracting, keeping staff". Edmonton Journal. 31 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009.
  14. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Canada's Top 100 Employers Competition".
  15. ^ "Scotford". Archived from the original on 3 July 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Shell Manufacturing Centre". Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.