Director Profile

Catherine J. Hughes P.Eng.

Board Value Proposition: 

A corporate director on both international and North American public companies, with well-rounded expertise derived from being a senior executive with significant international, corporate, hands-on operating and leadership experience.


  • Strong contributor to corporate strategy review of Nexen, prior to sale to CNOOC.
  • Served on Nexen’s steering committees for most divestitures (Heavy Oil, JV in the Gulf of Mexico, Norway) and big projects (Balzac, Golden eagle).
  • As Vice President Oil Sands, Husky Oil, led upstream Oil Sands project development and production, built a high-performing team, and developed and delivered on a solid strategy for all the assets. Specific wins included building the foundation for the successful joint venture with BP for the development of the integrated Sunrise project (200,000bpd), the ERCB Sunrise project approval with minor stakeholder issues, the "diagnosis" of Tucker Oil sand project issues, and the acquisition of strategically critical mineral land assets to protect future projects.

Operational Expertise

  • While VP, Exploration and Production Services at Husky Oil, successful in leading a 35% reduction in safety incidents as well as a 70% reduction in cost-of-service incidents by introducing and driving a culture of excellence.
  • As President of Schlumberger Canada and Geomarket Manager for Oilfield Services Canada, achieved over 50% improvement in environment and safety statistics, 45% improvement in service quality, 57% increase in revenue with aftertax income increase of 200%. This was accomplished by a significant emphasis on accountability, training, attitude, and leadership at all levels, in addition to a focused strategy and clear goals.

Human Resources and Organizational Transformation

  • At Nexen, successfully initiated and led a major culture shift towards performance, including performance management and drive for excellence. 

Industry Experience: 

  • Energy
  • Integrated Oil & Gas
  • Oil & Gas Drilling
  • Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
  • Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

International Experience: 

  • Africa
  • Nigeria
  • Italy
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • North America
  • United States

Board Experience:

Corporate Boards:

SNC-Lavalin 2016 to Present
Human Resources Committee
Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee
Precision Drilling Corporation 2013 to Present
Corporate Governance, Nominating and Risk Committee
Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Statoil ASA 2013 to 2015
Audit Committee
Chair, Safety, Security, Ethics and Sustainability Committee
Pason System Inc. 2004 to 2007
Compensation and Human Resources Committee
Governance Committee

Additional Boards:

University of Calgary, Haskayne Business School Management Advisory Board 2005
Petroleum Services Association of Canada 2002 to 2003


Nexen Inc. 2009 to 2013
Executive Vice President, International Oil and Gas
Vice President, Operational Services, Technology and Human Resources
Vice President, Operational Services and Technology
Husky Oil Operation Ltd. 2005 to 2009
Vice President, Oil Sands
Vice President, Exploration and Production Services
Schlumberger Canada Limited 2001 to 2005
President and Geomarket Manager, Oilfield Services Canada
Schlumberger US 1998 to 2001
Siebel Training Coordinator, Oilfield Services
Operation Manager, Wireline
Schlumberger Anadrill UK 1995 to 1998
Account Manager (Sales), Anadrill
Personnel Manager, Anadrill
Schlumberger Wireline Europe and Africa 1993 to 1995
Recruiting Manager, Wireline and Testing
Schlumberger GeoQuest Nigeria 1992 to 1993
Petrophysicist, GeoQuest


BSc (Elec. Eng.), Institut National des Sciences Appliqués de Lyon, France, 1985