Chief Sustainability Officer & SVP – Stakeholder Engagement, Cenovus Energy
As Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement, Rhona works to ensure environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are embedded in the company’s strategy and business plans. Rhona is also responsible for leading the company’s communications efforts and building strong relationships with stakeholders. This includes working with Indigenous community members, government officials and community partners.
Rhona has been with Cenovus and its predecessor company since 2008, with roles in media relations, external communications, strategy and stakeholder engagement. Before joining Cenovus, Rhona spent 15 years as a journalist and senior leader in television newsrooms across the country including CBC and Global.
Rhona has always been committed to giving back to her community through volunteer positions primarily focused on supporting new Canadians and empowering women to move out of poverty. She currently serves as Chair of the Board for Immigrant Services Calgary and is a supporter of the Momentum organization. Additionally, Rhona is active in several industry and business organizations including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), C.D. Howe Energy Policy Council and EXCEL Partnership. She is a Board member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Advisory Council for the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy Project.
Rhona has a combined honours degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Carleton University and an MBA specializing in global energy from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.
In 2021, Rhona is speaking at the Canada Energy Dinner on the panel Best Practices When It Comes To ESG