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MEG Energy has Darlene Gates as new Chief Operating Officer

MEG Energy

MEG Energy, an oil company based in Alberta, Canada, focused on development of sustainable in-situ thermal oil production; in the southern Athabasca oil region, announced this Thursday that Darlene Gates is the company’s new Chief Operating Officer.

Firstly, Ms. Darlene Gates will begin her position as the COO on September 7, 2021. She will join MEG Energy, from ExxonMobil, where she held a variety of leadership roles with the organization; both domestically and internationally over the course of her 26 years.

Secondly, most recently, she served as President for ExxonMobil Production Alaska; region where the company is the largest holder of discovered gas resources, on Alaska’s North Slope. As president, Ms. Gates led all operational, technical, also, public affairs; and financial aspects of the organization working internally and externally.

Thirdly, previous to that, Ms. Gates served as Cold Lake and Conventional Operations Manager for Imperial Oil; where she gained direct in-situ operations experience and was accountable for over 1,000 staff; and also, contractors and a production base of approximately 175,000 boe/d.

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MEG Energy will strengthen its deliveries and net zero goals after Gates’ appointment

Moreover, Ms. Gates has a solid background holding leadership assignments in operations, planning, and subsurface; over the course of her career, she has also led assignments in Cold Lake, Calgary, Newfoundland, Germany, Qatar, Houston and Alaska.

In addition, Darlene Gates has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Victoria; and is also a registered professional engineer in Alberta. She is also an Honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Airforce; 4Wing Cold lake, Alberta.

Furthermore, about the importance of her appointment in MEG Energy, Derek Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “We are thrilled to have Darlene join the MEG team. She is a leader who brings direct operational and leadership experience in the oil sands; she also has a track record of leading technical teams and stakeholder relations; including Indigenous communities.”

Finally, he also remarked. “Her joining MEG will support our delivery of exceptional operational performance; and also our commitment to bold action on net zero GHG emissions. We are excited about the impact Darlene will have on our business and the value she will bring to our stakeholders.”

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