About Us

Providing leadership for the orderly and responsible development of Alberta's natural resources.

An impressive past, a responsible future

The Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR), originally founded in 1936 as the Alberta and Northwest Chamber of Mines, is a member-driven organization involved in resource development in Alberta. ACR members include mining, energy, and forestry sector companies – those that create resource-based products and that provide the diverse infrastructure, products and services essential to resource development. Among Canadian and international resource industry organizations, ACR is unique in its focus on Alberta; in bringing together companies across sectors and functions, as well as creating space for communication and collaboration among the members and between resource companies and development stakeholders.


To be recognized as a leading voice for our resource industries.


To provide leadership for the orderly and responsible development of our natural resources.

Shared Beliefs

The ACR and our members believe in:

  • Visionary and ethical leadership that values people, safe work places, the environment, stakeholders, natural resources, economic benefits to society and profitability.
  • Innovation as an essential tool to generate creative, practical, science based and profitable solution.
  • Formal education and lifelong learning as essential enablers for innovation.
  • Cooperation, open dialogue and consensus building with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Sharing of best practices.
  • Our collective ability to positively shape the future.

The focus of ACR is cooperatively developing solutions to the challenges and opportunities to resource development in Alberta. This is achieved through the actions of our member committees and working groups. Through these cooperative efforts, ACR members are involved in supporting the resource sector and benefit from the collective knowledge and networks created by our organization.

The value of our resources has made Alberta—and Canada—one of the best places in the world to live and work. Resource extraction has improved the quality of life in our province, even for people employed in other sectors, unrelated to resources. We are committed to continuing the responsible development of resources in Alberta, to ensure a future as prosperous as our past.

Meet Our Board

The Alberta Chamber of Resources Board is made up of industry professionals committed to the responsible development of resources in the province of Alberta.

ACR Executive Officers

  • President
    Ron Kruhlak
    Partner McLennan Ross LLP
  • Vice President
    Tom Grabowski
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Silvacom Group
  • Past President
    Leon Zupan
    Chief Operating Officer, Liquids Pipelines, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
  • Treasurer
    Randy Geislinger
    Managing Director, Energy, Corporate Banking, CIBC
  • Director Rep.
    Herb Wiebe
    President, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd.
  • Director Rep.
    P. Kim Sturgess
    Chief Executive Officer, Alberta WaterSMART
  • Director Rep.
    Peter Read
    Vice President, Strategic Planning, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • Director Rep.
    Nadine Barber
    Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Devon Canada Corporation
  • Executive Director
    Neil Shelly
    Executive Director, Alberta Chamber of Resources

ACR Directors

  • Nadine Barber
    Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Devon Canada Corporation
  • Sian Barraclough
    Vice President, Commercial & Energy Management, Capital Power Corporation
  • James B. Cairns
    Vice President, Petroleum and Chemicals, CN Rail
  • Steve Cameron
    President, Norwest Corporation
  • Dennis Chmielewski
    Executive Vice President, Mining, SMS Equipment Inc.
  • Craig Clifton
    Vice President – Alberta, Clifton Associates Ltd.
  • Joe Dion
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Frog Lake Energy Resources Corp.
  • Fred Dzida
    President, Weyerhauser Company Limited
  • Colin Foley
    Vice President, Enterprise Risk and Audit, Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Dale Friesen
    Vice President, Indigenous & Government Relations and Sustainability, ATCO Ltd.
  • Rob Gibb
    Manager, Government Relations and Communications, Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.
  • Corey Goulet
    Senior Vice President, Natural Gas Pipelines, Major Projects, TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.
  • TBD
    Director, Business Development and Forestry, Northland Forest Products Ltd.
  • Sunil Joshi
    Vice President Sales & Distribution, Graymont
  • Bob Kerr
    Corporate SSHE Manager, Imperial Oil Resources Limited
  • Bryan Kneller
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Ledcor Constructors Inc.
  • Peter Koning
    Manager, Environmental Stewardship, ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp.
  • Peter Read
    Vice President, Strategic Planning, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • Noel Roberts
    General Manager – Woodlands, BC and AB, Norbord Inc.
  • Bernard Roth
    Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
  • John A. Schadan
    President and Chief Operating Officer, Westmoreland Coal Company
  • John Singleton
    Senior Vice President, Aecon Industrial Western
  • Stephen Stanley
    Senior Vice President, EPCOR  Commercial Services, EPCOR Utilities Inc.
  • P. Kim Sturgess
    Chief Executive Officer, Alberta WaterSMART
  • Paul Taylor
    Marketing Director – Mining, Finning (Canada)
  • Dan Thillman
    Sales Manager – Alberta; Regional Manager, Supplementary Cementitious Materials, Lehigh Cement
  • Herb Wiebe
    President, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd.
  • Gary Woods
    Managing Director, Gas & Renewable Operations, TransAlta Corporation
  • Peter Zebedee
    General Manager Albian Sands, Shell Canada Energy
  • John Zhou
    Vice President, Clean Energy, Alberta Innovates

Resources Library

Information and best practices regarding aspects of resource development in the province.

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Our Committees

Our Committees do the work necessary to help the resource industries in Alberta reach their goals.

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Our Members

As a member-driven organization, our members drive the agenda of the Alberta Chamber of Resources. We are here to represent them.

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Our History

The ACR began life in 1936 as the Alberta and Northwest Chamber of Mines. It was developed to regulate labour and supplies in the mines of Canada’s North, and to promote resource extraction and help put Albertans back to work during the Great Depression. By the Second World War, the Chamber’s scope expanded to include all of the resources industries and, after a series of name changes, the Chamber settled on its present moniker in 1977.

Throughout its history, the ACR has been committed to improving workplace safety, developing innovative solutions and methods, best practices, Indigenous engagement and cross-sector cooperation. We represent resource companies large and small, as well as members who work in engineering, logistics, transportation and other related industries. To learn more about our history, please see the resources listed below.

History Documents

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