Our management team
Our executive management team represents many years of industry and leadership experience.
Our management team
Chairman, president and CEO
Mr. Corson was appointed chairman, president and CEO of Imperial Oil Limited on January 1, 2020.
Mr. Corson started his career with Exxon Company, USA in 1983 as a project engineer and has held a wide variety of technical, commercial and managerial assignments primarily in the upstream, but also in the downstream and human resources. He spent the first twenty-one years of his career based in the U.S. with assignments in Louisiana, California, Texas and Virginia before relocating overseas.
In 2004, Mr. Corson moved to Hong Kong as manager of Hong Kong Power and chairman of CAPCO, ExxonMobil’s Joint Venture in the power industry. In 2007, Mr. Corson returned to Houston, Texas as vice-president of New Business Development for ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company with global responsibility for commercializing ExxonMobil’s major gas resources and pursuit of new opportunities.
From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Corson was based in London as chairman and production director of ExxonMobil International Limited where he had responsibility for ExxonMobil’s oil & gas production activities in Europe and Caspian regions. He also served as ExxonMobil’s lead country manager for the United Kingdom during this period.
In 2014, Mr. Corson returned to Houston, Texas as vice-president of ExxonMobil Upstream Ventures and in March, 2015, was appointed president of ExxonMobil Upstream Ventures and a vice-president of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
Mr. Corson is a native of Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A., and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University.
Senior vice-president, upstream
A professional engineer, Mr. Younger started his career with Esso Australia in 1997 as a Rotating Equipment Engineer supporting both offshore and onshore assets. Mr. Younger held a variety of roles in Australia, United States and Nigeria before moving back to Houston, Texas in 2006 to assume a role at ExxonMobil Production Company’s headquarters as a planning and business analyst. The following year, he coordinated ExxonMobil Production Company’s global business plan before moving to St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada to hold the position of Operations Technical Manager for ExxonMobil Canada Energy.
Following his first role in Canada, Mr. Younger progressed through various managerial assignments in ExxonMobil operations working in Australia, Qatar and the United States. In 2019, Mr. Younger moved to Calgary, Alberta to become Vice-President, Production, Imperial and most recently has also been leading Imperial’s response to COVID-19.
A native of Australia, Mr. Younger earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tasmania, Australia.
Senior vice-president – finance and administration
D.E. (Dan) Lyons was appointed senior vice-president, finance & administration in May, 2018.
Mr. Lyons joined Exxon Mobil Corporation in 1990 after serving with the U.S. Army. He started his career at corporate headquarters in Dallas and progressed through a variety of positions in the upstream, downstream and chemical businesses.
In 1995, he relocated to Bangkok, Thailand and held a series of finance and planning managerial roles, followed by assignments in Houston, Saudi Arabia and London. In 2005, he returned to Thailand as managing director of Esso (Thailand) Public Company Limited.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Lyons most recently served as vice-president of downstream business services located in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Lyons holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vassar College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Vice-president, commercial and corporate development
Sherri Evers was appointed vice-president, commercial and corporate development, effective January 1, 2021.
Ms. Evers has worked for Imperial for over 22 years in a range of positions within the downstream, beginning in 1998 in the Edmonton marketing office. Within the downstream, Ms. Evers held various assignments, including sales, logistics, pricing and analysis within refining and supply. Ms. Evers worked as the marine manager in 2006 and moved into the role of Canada pricing and logistics manager a few years later. In 2012, Ms. Evers began a series of global assignments with Exxon Mobil Corporation in Fairfax, VA and in Houston, TX as manager of business planning center of excellence, the integrated business team lead for the Midwest northeast U.S. fuels business, and then as the Americas exchange and analysis manager for the third party business.
In 2018, Ms. Evers returned to Canada as the Eastern Canada Fuels Manager for the Downstream.
Ms. Evers is Canadian and holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Marketing and General Business.
J.R. (Jon) Wetmore was appointed vice-president, downstream and western Canada fuels manager in January, 2018.
Mr. Wetmore joined Imperial in 1994 working in refining and supply and he then went on to hold successive positions within chemicals before returning to refining and supply at the Strathcona and Dartmouth refineries. Mr. Wetmore then moved to roles within the refinery and supply planning group and a role as the business analysis and reporting manager for the downstream businesses.
Throughout 2008 to 2017, Mr. Wetmore held various expat assignments with Exxon Mobil Corporation, first as the distillation and specialties department head at the Baton Rouge refinery, then various refinery manager roles at Billings, Montana, Port Jérôme Gravenchon, France and Fawley, United Kingdom.
Mr. Wetmore became the vice-president of the downstream businesses, and western Canada fuels manager, in 2018.
Mr. Wetmore studied at Queen’s University in Canada, and graduated as a chemical engineer in 1994.
Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Laing was appointed Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary effective July 1, 2020.
Mr. Laing graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 1999. After articling with the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal, Mr. Laing worked in private practice before joining Imperial in 2005. During his time with the company, he has held a variety of roles within the Law department providing legal advice to various business lines across the upstream, downstream, and corporate departments. He was appointed Assistant General Counsel in 2014 and Corporate Secretary in 2019.
A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Mr. Laing holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Laws degree from Dalhousie University.
Kitty Lee was appointed treasurer of Imperial Oil Limited, effective October 1, 2020.
Ms. Lee joined Imperial Oil in 2004 as a financial analyst, Treasurer’s Cash Operations, and subsequently held several corporate finance, risk management, and business advisory roles across upstream and downstream. In 2011, Ms. Lee became corporate reporting manager, and assumed responsibility for downstream and chemical business analysis and financial reporting.
In 2013, Ms. Lee relocated to Houston, Texas where she held various business advisory, global coordination and managerial roles within global finance and accounting. In 2018, Ms. Lee assumed the position of benefits finance manager and oversaw benefits funding and reporting activities at Exxon Mobil Corporation headquarters in Irving, Texas.
Prior to her return to Canada in 2020, Ms. Lee served as finance advisor with responsibilities in affiliate capital structure and global financing analysis.
Ms. Lee is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, a bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA in Finance from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
Our historyCanada, as a country, was only 13 years old when The Imperial Oil Company was formed by 16 oil refiners in Ontario. As Canada has grown, Imperial has grown with it, sharing its prosperity and weathering the tough times.
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