University of Calgary

Harrie Vredenburg

  • Suncor Energy Chair
  • Professor
  • Academic Director - Global Energy Exec MBA
  • Faculty - Executive Education
  • Faculty [BSEN]
  • Global Energy Executive MBA [GEeMBA]
  • International Resource Industries and Sustainability Centre (IRIS)

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Research Interests


International Resource Industries and Sustainability Centre (IRIS)


Dr. Vredenburg is a leading scholar in the areas of competitive strategy, innovation, sustainable development and corporate governance in the global energy and natural resource industries and serves as the Suncor Energy Chair in Competitive Strategy and Sustainable Development. He was one of the visionaries who founded Haskayne’s Global Energy Executive MBA and has served as its Academic Director since its inception.

He has authored or coauthored more than 50 frequently cited articles in leading international publications including Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, MIT Sloan Management Review and Harvard Business Review. He has also coauthored government reports on industry regulation, innovation and competitiveness and on nuclear energy and he consults to industry.

He has served on the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, a quasi-judicial appeals board, and has testified before the Federal Senate Finance Committee and the Federal Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee on energy matters. He was the founding director from 1994 to 2007 of Haskayne's International Resource Industries and Sustainability Centre (now part of the Centre for Corporate Sustainability), co-founder and academic director of the Master of Science Program in Sustainable Energy Development from 1994 to 2006, and inspired the launch of Haskayne’s MBA concentration in Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development. Since 2000 he has played a key role in the planning and delivery of the prestigious Global Business Forum in Banff. 

He is a non-executive member of the board of directors of Touchstone Exploration (TSX: TXP), a technology-driven oil and gas company with operations in Canada and in Trinidad and Tobago, of Kainji International, a privately-held Nigerian-focused oil and gas company, and of Teric Power, a privately held independent power producer with operations in Canada. He previously served for eight years on the board of directors of TSX-listed Petrobank, a mid-cap oil and gas company with operations in Canada, Colombia, Peru and Brazil. He also serves as a director of several non-profits.

Harrie holds an appointment as an International Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School in the UK. He previously taught at McGill University and was a visiting professor at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University and at the University of British Columbia. He holds a PhD in strategic management from the University of Western Ontario.

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