Shell Canada

Shell Canada Limited (French: Shell Canada Limitée) is the subsidiary of Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell and one of Canada's largest integrated oil companies. Exploration and production of oil, natural gas and sulphur is a major part of its business, as well as the marketing of gasoline and related products through the company's approximately 1,800 stations across Canada.

Shell Canada Limited
Founded1911; 110 years ago (1911) in Montreal, Canada
Key people
Michael Crothers (President and Country Chair)
Petrochemical products
RevenueIncrease C$ 14.394 billion (2013)
ParentRoyal Dutch Shell

After a global reorganization by the European parent, Shell's North American operations are controlled by Shell Energy North America, which is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Shell Energy North America's Canadian operational unit, Shell Canada, maintains a regional corporate office in Calgary, Alberta. Shell Canada also maintains a major office in Toronto, Ontario.


A Shell Station on the corner of Vedder Road & Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack, British Columbia

Shell Canada's shares were originally independently traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company was 78% owned by Royal Dutch Shell which in 2006 launched an $8.7-billion takeover of the 22% of Shell Canada that it didn't own. In March 2007 the shareholders of Shell Canada Ltd. accepted a $45.00 per share cash offer from Royal Dutch Shell Plc.[1] This acquisition was primarily driven by the desire of the parent company to take total control of its Canadian division's unconventional resources, specifically the oil sands. The move was unanimously approved by the independent members of the board of directors.[2]

In 2003 Royal Dutch Shell had appointed a British executive, and former Chairman of Shell in the UK, Clive Mather, as president and CEO of Shell Canada.

Shell station in Ontario

As a consequence of the stock acquisition by Royal Dutch Shell, all Shell Canada executives holding stock options benefitted. Shell Canada announced on Mr Mather's retirement from the company shortly after the acquisition was completed that his total pay package for his final year (2007-07) was $4.9-million Including bonuses, stock options and pension contributions and that on leaving the company, Mr. Mather was additionally eligible for a lump sum payment equal to his annual gross salary. His total benefit in that year was, therefore $9.8 million of which some $5 million was from exercised stock options,[3] making him one of the highest remunerated employees in Royal Dutch Shell.

In 2006, Shell Canada acquired the oil sands developer BlackRock Ventures Inc. for C$2.4 billion. As a part of this deal, Shell acquired the Orion oil-sands project near Cold Lake, Alberta. In May 2012, Shell announced that it has put the project up for sale.[4]

In 2007, the company invested $20 million (CAD) into an expansion at the Brockville Lubricant Plant.[5] In January 2019, it announced plans to invest a further $16 million (CAD) towards new equipment that will increase production and efficiency.[6]

In November 2015, the Shell Canada Quest Energy project began commercial operations.[7] Part of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, it involves Shell as the major shareholder (60%), Chevron Canada Limited (20%), and Marathon Canadian Oil Sands Holding Limited (20%).[8] It is identified as being the first commercial-scale CCS project, proposing to reduce CO2 emissions in Canada by 1 million tonnes per year.[9]

In April 2017, the company completed an expansion project at the Scotford refinery, growing hydrocracker production by 20%.[10]

Management and employeesEdit

Shell station in Edmonton, Alberta

Current Shell Canada Directors are Michael Crothers (President and Country Chair), Andrew Dueck (Vice President and Controller), Andrew Harris (Vice President), Barry Tyndall (Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary) and Zoe Yujnovich (Executive Vice President).[11]

In October 2008, Shell Canada Limited was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine. Later that month, Shell Canada was also named one of Alberta's Top Employers, which was announced by the Calgary Herald[12] and the Edmonton Journal.[13][14]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ TSX News Release – 19 March 2007 Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The Guardian
  3. ^ Shell annual report Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Shell Puts Orion Oil-Sands Project in Alberta Up For Sale". Fox News Channel. Dow Jones Newswires. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Shell Canada Ltd. | Member Directory | Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  6. ^ 6 January, Staff Reporter Updated; 2019 (5 January 2019). "Shell announces $16M upgrade to Brockville motor oil plant | Ottawa Citizen". Retrieved 23 May 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Canada, Natural Resources (23 February 2016). "Shell Canada Energy Quest Project". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  8. ^ Government of Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada. "Information archivée dans le Web" (PDF). Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Carbon capture and storage". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Shell wraps debottlenecking work at Scotford refinery". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Leadership | Shell Canada". Shell Canada Limited. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Alberta's top 40 places to work". Calgary Herald. 18 October 2008. Archived from the original on 15 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Alberta's best focus on attracting, keeping staff". Edmonton Journal. 31 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009.
  14. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Canada's Top 100 Employers Competition".
  15. ^ "Scotford". Archived from the original on 3 July 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Shell Manufacturing Centre". Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.

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