Charlie Fischer

Charlie Fischer

Born(1950-03-21)March 21, 1950
DiedJune 17, 2020(2020-06-17) (aged 70)
Alma materUniversity of Calgary
OccupationFormer president and CEO of Nexen
Spouse(s)Joanne Cuthbertson

Charles W. Fischer OC AOE (March 21, 1950 – June 17, 2020) was the president and chief executive officer of Calgary-based Nexen Inc until December 2008.[1] He previously headed a U.S.-Canada working group on clean energy within the Clean Energy Dialogue, formed during a summit between the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama.[2]


Fischer has an extensive career in the Canadian extractive industry. In the 1980s he worked for TransCanada Pipelines and Encor Energy Corporation Inc.. In 1994, he began work for Nexen as senior vice president, exploration and production, North America. He was appointed to the Nexen Board in 2000 and became president and CEO on June 1, 2001.[3]

He previously co-chaired the Alberta Climate Change Central board.[4]

In April 2009, the Canadian government named him as a head of one of three climate change working groups as part of the Clean Energy Dialogue with the United States. Several organizations have criticized this appointment, including the Sierra Club of Canada.

In December 2008, Fischer held over 500,000 common shares in Nexen, then valued at approximately C$9.5 million, and options on three million more shares.[2]

Fischer remained a registered lobbyist in Canada, in January 2009, in his capacity as the responsible officer for Nexen.[5]

Fischer is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta.[6]

In 2019, he was appointed to Order of Canada[7] and, in July 2020, appointed posthumously to the Alberta Order of Excellence.[8]


Fischer received a B.Sc. in chemical engineering (1971) and an MBA in finance (1982) from the University of Calgary. He also earned an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary in 2004.[7]


Fischer died in Calgary, Alberta on June 17, 2020.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Oilpatch Veteran, Philanthropist Charlie Fischer Dead At 70". Daily Oil Bulletin. November 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Former oilsands exec named head of climate working group". =Ottawa Citizen. April 7, 2009. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  3. ^ "Bio for Charles Fischer". Climate Change Central. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  4. ^ Alberta Climate Change Central
  5. ^ "Public Registry of the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada". Officer of the Commissioner of Lobbying. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  6. ^ "Strategic Advisory Board". Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Three UCalgary family members appointed to Order of Canada". Retrieved August 21, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Seven Albertans joining Alberta Order of Excellence". Government of Albera. July 3, 2020.