Arlene Strom is the Vice President Sustainability & Communications at Suncor Energy Inc., a position she has held since March, 2013. She is responsible for Stakeholder and Aboriginal relations, reputation and brand, communications and issues management. She is also responsible for Suncor’s sustainability and outreach strategy, climate change strategy, environmental excellence support and for the management of the Suncor Energy Foundation. From August 2009 to March 2013, she was Vice President Communications & Stakeholder Relations and for six years prior to that she held various leadership positions within Suncor’s legal department.
Prior to joining Suncor Arlene worked for six years at Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP as a securities lawyer. She also taught securities law as a sessional at the University of Calgary law faculty for 3 years. During the first part of her career, Arlene held various positions in sales and marketing in the consumer packaged goods industry, working in cities from Vancouver to Halifax.
Arlene holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity Western University and a Master of Arts in Political Science, as well as an LLB from the University of British Columbia.
Currently, Arlene is a member of the board of directors of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and is a community member of the EHS&S committee of the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors. She participates in the U of C Academy of Scholars program as a mentor. She represents Suncor on the CAPP Oil Sands Executive Policy committee, the strategy committee of the Oil Sands CEO Council and the steering committee for Oil Sands Community Alliance (formerly OSDG). In recent years, Arlene has also served a 3 year term as a public member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Alberta, as a member of the Alberta Judicial Advisory Committee and was a member of the board of Calgary Opera.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, Colin Jackson, her two step-daughters and of course, her two grand-children. She loves dance and opera, running and reading.