Judy Fairburn

Judy Fairburn

Executive Vice-President, Safety & Chief Digital Officer

As the Executive Vice-President, Safety & Chief Digital Officer at Cenovus, Judy is accountable for evolving our health and safety standards and operations management system, and driving our safety commitments across the company. She is also accountable for leading Cenovus’s digital transformation strategy and developing innovative cross-sector partnerships in areas of strategic importance to the company. Judy also oversees Cenovus’s enterprise information systems, workplace requirements and real estate. Her previous executive and senior leadership responsibilities include operations, refining, strategic planning, environment, portfolio management, technology development and corporate venture capital.

Trained as a chemical engineer and having completed an MBA, Judy started her career as a facilities and operations engineer in oil sands and natural gas facilities. She is well known for driving collaborative innovation. She was pivotal in furthering the integration of environment into Cenovus’s business strategy and in the creation of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). Judy serves as the Board Chair of Alberta Innovates, the Alberta government’s not-for-profit corporation that seeks to catalyze impactful research and innovation across the energy, environment, forestry, agriculture, health and emerging technology sectors. Judy is a Director and co-founder of Evok Innovations, a cleantech fund focused on accelerating the development and commercialization of solutions to environmental and economic challenges facing the oil and gas sector. She is also a Director for the federal cleantech fund Sustainable Technology Development Canada, as well as Director of the Public Policy Forum, an organization focused on tackling Canada’s most complex challenges through constructive dialogue across all sectors.

Judy is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and is also a member of Abundance 360 – a select group of entrepreneurs and senior executives focused on capitalizing on transformative digital change.