Judy Fairburn

Judy Fairburn

Executive Vice-President, Business Innovation

As the Executive Vice-President, Business Innovation at Cenovus, Judy is accountable for developing ground-breaking, cross-sector partnerships in areas of strategic importance to the company. Judy’s previous executive and senior leadership responsibilities include strategic planning, environment, portfolio management, corporate venture capital, refining, operations and technology development.

Trained as a chemical engineer and equipped with an MBA, Judy is well known for driving collaborative innovation in the Canadian petroleum industry. She was pivotal in leading 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, which enables 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 unique partnership between cleantech entrepreneurs, Suncor and Cenovus to transform the Canadian oil and gas value chain by accelerating technology that addresses the most pressing environmental and economic challenges. Judy 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 was also a recipient of Canada’s 2013 Clean16 award for leadership in advancing sustainable development in Canada.