Stephen Kaufman, MBA, B.A.Sc.

StephenKaufmanWebGeneral Manager, External Innovation


Stephen Kaufman is General Manager of External Innovation at Suncor Energy Inc. He has a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Stephen’s 35 year background in the integrated petroleum and service sectors including operations, business development, and sustainability. His 21 years with Suncor include roles in E&P business development in South America; initiation of a Coalbed Methane business; and extensive work in sustainability efforts including climate change solutions like renewables and CO2 capture and storage.

Stephen was an active leader in the creation and management of the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) an 11 company alliance to improve environmental performance through sector collaboration. He is on the Board Investment Review Committee for Evok Innovations, a clean energy venture fund set up in 2015 by Suncor and Cenovus.

Stephen’s current role is to coordinate Suncor’s technology and innovation effort with internal teams and external groups like COSIA, Evok Innovations, Universities, and Government groups and technology companies.