Following a 33-year career with Shell, Shell Canada President and Country Chair Michael Crothers retired in April 2021.
Michael Crothers joined Shell Canada in 1987 as a process engineer and built broad operations, commercial and leadership experience in roles that spanned Royal Dutch Shell’s Upstream, Downstream and Integrated Gas businesses, including refining, chemicals, oil sands, supply & distribution, health, safety & environment, shales, offshore gas, and renewables. Michael has led large, complex operations, joint ventures and the development, execution, commissioning and start-up of mega projects. He has also had the privilege of working with global teams in assignments that took him to countries throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and North and South America.
After serving as Managing Director of Shell E&P Ireland, leading the Corrib gas venture, Michael returned to Canada in January 2015 to become Vice President, Unconventionals North America for Shell. Shortly thereafter, he took on the added role of Shell Canada President and Country Chair, which he has held since that time in addition to his line business responsibilities.
In 2017, Michael held the position of Executive Vice President, Oil Sands, leading Shell through the divestment of the majority of its oil sands interests. In January 2018, Michael took on leadership of Shell’s Integrated Gas business in Canada, which includes Shell’s interests in the LNG Canada project and, as Vice President Canada Integrated Gas, was core to the team that achieved the LNG Canada final investment decision in October 2018.
Michael was born and raised in Calgary and graduated in 1984 as a Chemical Engineer with distinction from the University of Alberta. He has been deeply involved in United Way and hopes to continue to support such a vital community organization. He and his wife are parents to three now-grown children and have three grandchildren.