Thursday, October 11, 2012
President, Irving Oil Corporation
Huddleston Hall, Durham, NH
Time: 8:00AM – 10:00AM
“Energy trends in North America”
Mike Ashar is the President of Irving Oil. Since July 2008, he has led the operations of Refining, Commercial, and Marketing businesses. Mike has senior executive experience in all aspects of the energy industry and has overseen refining and marketing operations throughout Canada and the US.
Irving Oil, founded in 1924 by K.C. Irving, is a family-owned and privately-held regional energy processing, transporting, and marketing company headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, with U.S. marketing operations in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Irving has over 800 fueling locations, operations from eight distribution terminals, and a delivery fleet of tractor-trailers, serving wholesale, commercial, and retail customers in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and New England.
Mike will speak about the changing Energy landscape in North America with particular focus on Oil and Gas. He will also speak about the refining business on the continent with implications for Irving Oil. As the former executive vice-president of Suncor Energy Inc., he managed operations and major capital growth projects in the oil sands and held many senior operating and corporate roles.
He holds a BA (Philosophy and Economics), BASc (Chemical Engineering), and MBA from the University of Toronto. He continues to serve as an Independent Director of Teck Resources Limited.
A committed member of the communities in which he has lived and worked, Mike is particularly devoted to education, athletics and wellness. He was instrumental in establishing an eMBA program for Irving Oil employees in partnership with the University of New Brunswick. Mike also initiated health and wellness programs for Irving Oil employees and served as Co-Chair of the 2004 Arctic Winter Games.
Mike and his wife, Maryalice, have four children.