Apr 08, 2019
LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz to return to Shell, new CEO to join Company July 1
LNG Canada today announced the planned transition of the role of CEO, LNG Canada from current CEO Andy Calitz to incoming CEO Peter Zebedee, effective July 1st, 2019. It is not unusual on large-scale energy projects for the CEO role to transition following a final investment decision.
In the past six years, since joining LNG Canada following a 23-year career working directly for Shell, Calitz brought innovation to the delivery of the largest private sector investment in Canadian history. Calitz will be returning to Shell.
Calitz ‘s successor in the role of CEO will be Peter Zebedee. A Canadian, Zebedee is currently Vice President Canada Manufacturing and GM Scotford at Shell. Zebedee brings more than 22 years’ industry experience to his new role. A geological engineer and graduate of the University of British Columbia, Zebedee is responsible for all elements of Shell’s downstream manufacturing portfolio in Canada, including all operations at the Shell Scotford complex and the operation of Quest carbon capture and storage facility(CCS), one of the most effective GHG-reduction technologies.
Zebedee will relocate from his current home in Edmonton to Vancouver for this role. The date of July 1, 2019 for the transition of roles provides ample time to ensure a smooth handover, and for Calitz to introduce Zebedee to the LNG Canada team, the Joint Venture participants, the company’s key contractors, government officials, First Nations leadership and community stakeholders.
About LNG Canada
The LNG Canada joint venture is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, which will initially consist of two LNG processing units, referred to as “trains.” LNG Canada is a joint venture comprised of Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its affiliate Shell Canada Energy (40%); PETRONAS, through its wholly-owned entity, North Montney LNG Limited Partnership (25%); PetroChina Company Limited, through its subsidiary PetroChina Canada Limited (15%); Mitsubishi Corporation, through its subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Ltd. (15%); and Korea Gas Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Kogas Canada LNG Ltd (5%). It is operated through LNG Canada Development Inc.
Statement from Michael Crothers, Shell Canada President and Country Chair
“In the past six years as the leader of the LNG Canada team, Andy brought his deep experience in the LNG industry and new business development to create a culture of partnership and collaboration in LNG Canada. His focus on building relationships with communities, First Nations, governments and partners before building the project, will leave a legacy that moves with LNG Canada into its next chapter. It has been wonderful to work with Andy and I thank him for his incredible contribution, not only to this landmark project to get Canadian gas to Asia, but also to the Province of British Columbia and to Canada.“
“Peter Zebedee is a capable and seasoned energy industry professional, with a wealth of skills and experience gained through his 22 years in the industry — the past 10 years with Shell. His proven ability to lead large-scale facilities is a great asset in the next phase of LNG Canada. Peter is also a passionate safety leader who was the General Manager at Shell’s Albian Sands facility during the time of the Fort McMurray wildfires in 2016, demonstrating deep care for staff and the community. Peter will take over accountability for LNG Canada and deliver the Project safely, on budget, on schedule and in full compliance with regulations. He will also follow through on the commitment to ensure net benefits accrue to local communities, First Nations, British Columbia and Canada.”
Statement from Andy Calitz
“Working in British Columbia with northern communities, First Nations, the business community all levels of government, and with the five LNG Canada’s JVPs, has been an extremely rewarding experience. I credit the success of our Company to the partnerships we have built; to the willingness of the Haisla Nation and other First Nations to share their traditional knowledge with us, resulting in a better project design. The market access of the five JVPs and their combined insight into LNG projects also proved to be decisive. We have focused on being the kind of company, and delivering the kind of Project, British Columbians and Canadians could be proud of. As we are now well into the construction phase of the project, and have recently handed over the site to our Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contractor, JGC-Fluor, it is the ideal time to pass the baton to a capable, experienced senior industry leader –Peter Zebedee. Peter will take the Company to delivery of first cargo before mid-next decade and well beyond.”
Statement from Peter Zebedee
“As a Canadian, I am pleased to become part of such a significant company and project, one that puts Canada on the map of LNG exporting countries, and delivers natural gas to Asian markets for the first time. I will bring the experience I’ve gained in my role as VP Manufacturing for Shell in Canada, and GM of Scotford, to my new role of CEO of LNG Canada during the crucial next phase of constructing a mega project. I am committed to ensuring benefits from the project accrue to local communities, First Nations, BC and Canada. For our Joint Venture Participants, I will work with the LNG Canada team, our EPC contractor and our business partners to deliver the project on schedule and budget.”