The information contained in this section provides an understanding of our corporate governance practices and ethos.
A full list of Ovintiv’s charters and guidelines can be found here.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversees the management of our business and is committed to carrying out our rigorous corporate governance structure.
Peter A. Dea
Peter A. Dea | Denver, Colorado, U.S. | Independent
Director Since 2010
Peter Dea has been chairman of the board since June 30, 2020. Mr. Dea brings more than 38 years of oil and gas exploration and production experience, as well as state and national energy policy involvement to the board. With his broad industry knowledge and public company board participation, Mr. Dea brings a unique perspective and valuable insight to the board on energy, oil and natural gas operations and energy-related policy. His business experience includes serving as executive chairman for Confluence Resources LP, a private oil and gas company, since September 2016 and president & chief executive officer, Cirque Resources LP, a private oil and gas company, since May 2007. He also holds director positions with Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. and Antero Midstream Corporation.
Previously, Mr. Dea was president & chief executive officer and a director with Western Gas Resources, Inc., a public natural gas company, from November 2001 through August 2006. He also served as chief executive officer with Barrett Resources Corporation, a public natural gas company, from 1999 to 2001 and served as chairman from February 2000 through August 2001. Prior to 1993, Mr. Dea held various management and geologic positions with Exxon Company, U.S.A.
Sippy Chhina | Calgary, Alberta | Independent Director Since 2024
Sippy Chhina joined Ovintiv’s Board of Directors in January 2024. She provides over 35 years of technical expertise in accounting, audit and financial reporting matters including ESG (environmental, social and governance) reporting, as well as extensive energy industry and professional services experience. Her diverse business credentials and track record of excellence as a strategic advisor are an asset to the board.
Ms. Chhina is a former Partner with Deloitte Canada LLP, a multinational professional services network, and held various roles within the firm since 2006. In addition to her client responsibilities, she also served as a member on the Board of Deloitte Canada and as Vice Chair. Prior to joining Deloitte Canada, Ms. Chhina served in roles of increasing responsibility with BDO LLP, including Partner from 1999 to 2006.
Currently, Ms. Chhina serves as a Director and Treasurer for Board Ready Women, a Calgary-based organization that supports women in obtaining board positions and has served in various past governance roles with the Mount Royal University Foundation and the Calgary Petroleum Club.
Originally from India, Ms. Chhina immigrated to Canada in 1985, is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Meg A. Gentle
Meg A. Gentle
Meg A. Gentle was appointed to the Ovintiv Inc. Board of Directors in 2020. She brings to the board more than 25 years of industry experience across the commodity spectrum. Her expertise spans finance, economic and strategic planning, gas marketing and business development. Ms. Gentle currently serves as Executive Director of HIF USA, LLC, a decarbonization company developing large scale infrastructure to produce carbon-neutral eFuels from renewable energy. Ms. Gentle served as president and chief executive officer of Tellurian Inc. and a member of its board of directors from 2016 through November 2020. She previously served as executive vice president-marketing at Cheniere Energy, Inc. While there, she also held numerous leadership positions including senior vice president-marketing; senior vice president and chief financial officer; and senior vice president-strategic planning & finance. Prior to Cheniere, Ms. Gentle conducted international business development and strategic planning for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and energy market analysis for Pace Global Energy Services.
Ralph Izzo | Cranbury, New Jersey, U.S. | Independent Director Since 2022
Ralph Izzo brings over 30 years of senior leadership and experience in strategic planning, finance, risk management and public policy to Ovintiv’s Board of Directors. Named to the Board in September 2022, Mr. Izzo’s expertise in science, technology, and the operations of large, regulated companies, will be an asset to Ovintiv.
Mr. Izzo currently serves as the Executive Chair of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG), having recently retired as their President and CEO. PSEG is a publicly traded, diversified energy holding company with a long history of providing infrastructure to access clean, safe, affordable and reliable energy to New Jersey and Long Island. Since joining PSEG in 1992, Mr. Izzo has held several executive positions within the PSEG family of companies. Mr. Izzo also serves on the Board of Directors of the Bank of New York Mellon.
Mr. Izzo is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee and the former chair of the Nuclear Energy Institute. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Edison Electric Institute, Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the Liberty Science Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Mr. Izzo received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied physics from Columbia University. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in finance, from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management.
Howard J. Mayson
Howard J. Mayson | Breckenridge, Colorado, U.S. | Independent
Director Since 2014
With more than 40 years of North American and international oil and gas exploration, development and production knowledge, Howard Mayson provides broad expertise and perspective to the board regarding domestic and international oil and gas operations, safety and reserves oversight and reporting. Mr. Mayson is a corporate director and an independent businessman, with experience that includes serving as an advisory board
member and part-time operating partner with Azimuth Capital Management LLC since 2014. He has held various senior leadership roles with BP Exploration & Production, PLC, including chief executive officer of BP Russia, president of BP Angola, director of BP’s Exploration & Production Technology Group and leader of BP’s Global Subsurface Function. Prior to joining BP, Mr. Mayson was an engineer with Schlumberger Limited from 1977 to 1981 and a non-executive director of several private U.K. and North American energy-related companies from 2010 to present.
Brendan M. McCracken
Brendan M. McCracken | Denver, Colorado, U.S. | Not Independent |
Director Since 2021
Brendan McCracken has 25 years of industry experience and has played a significant role in defining Ovintiv’s strategy, positioning the company for success.
Mr. McCracken was appointed chief executive officer effective August 1, 2021, after being named president in December 2020. He has held several diverse senior leadership positions at Ovintiv including the role of executive vice president of corporate development and external affairs, vice president and general manager of Canadian operations and vice president of investor relations.
Mr. McCracken is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He is active in several organizations including the American Petroleum Institute Upstream Committee and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
Mr. McCracken graduated from Queen’s University with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and from the University of Oxford with a master of business administration.
Lee A. McIntire
Lee A. McIntire | Denver, Colorado, U.S. | Independent
Director Since 2014
Lee McIntire brings extensive executive leadership, risk management and corporate governance expertise to the board. With more than 35 years of leadership experience, Mr. McIntire provides broad management, strategy, finance, safety and compensation expertise and insights. From August 2015 to December 2018, he was chief executive officer for TerraPower, LLC, a private
nuclear energy technology company. Mr. McIntire served as chief executive officer and president with CH2M HILL, a private consulting company, from January 2009 to January 2014; chairman from 2010 through 2014; and executive chairman of the board from January 2014 to October 2014. Mr. McIntire previously served as CH2M HILL’s chief operating officer and president. Mr. McIntire held the roles of partner, executive vice president and served on the board of directors of the Bechtel Group of Companies from 1989 to 2004.
Steven W. Nance
Steven W. Nance | Houston, Texas, U.S. | Independent
Director Since 2019
Steven Nance brings more than 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, ranging from C-level executive experience to various engineering assignments. Since 2007, Mr. Nance has also provided consulting services on matters such as oil and gas investments, succession planning, coaching and leadership development. He began his career in 1978 as an engineer with The Superior Oil Company. His business experience includes acting as director for Cloud Peak Energy, Inc., The Williams Companies, Inc. and Newfield Exploration Company from 2013 to 2019, when it was acquired by Ovintiv.
Mr. Nance has held the position of president and manager with Steele Creek Energy, LLC, a private oil and gas investment company, since 2010. His prior experience includes various positions with Meridian Oil, Inc., the predecessor company to Burlington Resources, Inc., where he held positions of increasing responsibility from 1985 and until his departure in 1997 as vice president of Burlington’s Gulf Coast division. Mr. Nance served as president, chairman and chief executive offer for XPLOR Energy and its predecessor company from 1997 to 1999. When XPLOR Energy was acquired by Harken Energy Corporation in 1999, he held the position of president for Peoples Energy Production Company from 2000 to 2007, until it was acquired by El Paso Corporation.
Suzanne P. Nimocks
Suzanne P. Nimocks | Houston, Texas, U.S. | Independent
Director Since 2010
As a corporate director, Suzanne Nimocks brings broad energy, strategy and risk management knowledge to the board. With more than 30 years of senior leadership and strategic consulting experience, as well as her participation on other public company boards, Ms. Nimocks provides the board with an extensive perspective and insight on business strategy, operations, human resources, compensation and corporate governance. Her business experience
includes serving as director for Rowan Companies plc, ArcelorMittal and Owens Corning. She also served as a director and senior partner for McKinsey & Company, a private global management consulting firm, from June 1999 to March 2010. Ms. Nimocks was with McKinsey in various other capacities starting in 1989, including leader of the firm’s Global Petroleum, Electric Power & Natural Gas, Organization and Risk Management Practices. She served as a member of the firm’s worldwide personnel committees for many years and as the manager of the Houston office for eight years.
George Pita | Miami, Florida, U.S. | Independent
Director Since 2021
With over 40 years of financial management experience across multiple industries at both public and private entities, George Pita’s significant business acumen and diverse background brings a unique perspective to Ovintiv’s board. Appointed in 2021, Mr. Pita currently serves as the executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of MasTec Inc., (NYSE; MTZ) a North American infrastructure construction company with service offerings including telecommunications, energy pipelines, electrical transmission and clean energy infrastructure.
Before joining MasTec in 2013, Mr. Pita served in various leadership positions in the consumer products industry, including CFO and executive vice president for Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC, as well as CFO for Perry Ellis International and Sunglass Hut International. Mr. Pita began his career at Arthur Andersen after graduating from the University of Miami. He was a licensed CPA for over 30 years, is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Latino Corporate Directors Association.
Thomas G. Ricks
Thomas G. Ricks | Austin, Texas, U.S. | Independent
Director Since 2019
The variety of senior leadership and business experience that Thomas Ricks brings to the board includes chief investment officer for H&S Ventures L.L.C., a private investment firm, from May 2001 to May 2018; director, Newfield Exploration Company, a public oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids exploration and production company, from May 1992 to February 2019; and
director, Sensei Biotherapeutics, Inc., a private clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, since 2015. He brings more than 30 years of experience in various domestic and international finance positions in the oil and gas and financial industries, providing him with extensive investment and financial knowledge, as well as accounting and audit expertise. Mr. Ricks held the position of chief executive office for The University of Texas Investment Management Company; vice chancellor, asset management for The University of Texas System; and as executive director of Finance and Private Investments.
Brian G. Shaw
Brian G. Shaw | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Independent
Director Since 2013
With more than 40 years of management, finance and business strategy experience, Brian Shaw brings extensive expertise and insight to the board regarding banking, finance, investor relations and corporate governance. Mr. Shaw brings unique knowledge as a financial services executive, in addition to
his energy, oil and natural gas experience, to his role as a member of the board. His business experience includes several board memberships, including director for NuVista Energy Ltd.; Manulife Bank of Canada; Manulife Trust Company; Lakeview Mortgage Funding Inc.; and PrairieSky Royalty Ltd., a public oil and gas company, from April 2014 until December 2014. Mr. Shaw served as chairman and chief executive officer for CIBC World Markets Inc. from 2005 through 2008.
Board of Directors Mandate and Selection
The fundamental responsibility of the board of directors is to appoint a competent senior management team and to oversee the management of the business, with a view to maximizing shareholder value and ensuring corporate conduct in an ethical and legal manner via an appropriate system of corporate governance and internal controls.
Board Composition and Committees
Essential to the success of the overall governance of Ovintiv are guidelines and mandates that outline the specific responsibility of the board of directors, the chair of the board, the chairs of board committees, the chief executive officer, the president and each of the five standing committees.
Key governance documents and information.