12/10/2012 - News

Total E&P Canada announces new President and CEO

Total E&P Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of André Goffart as President and CEO, effective December 1, 2012, to advance the company’s Canadian operations.

Mr. Goffart succeeds Jean-Michel Gires, who served as President and CEO of Total E&P Canada since 2009.

In his role, Mr. Goffart will oversee the responsible development of Total’s oil sands portfolio, bringing economically sound, strong project delivery practices to lead Total E&P Canada through the next phases of its upstream and midstream projects, including the Joslyn North Mine, the affiliate’s flagship oil sands mining project, as well as the Surmont, Fort Hills, Northern Lights and Voyageur projects. He will also continue to develop the collaborative industry initiatives to improve environmental performance within the oil sands.

“Canada’s oil sands are an important part of Total’s long-term strategy and we know that we need to take the time to ensure the environmental and economic viability of our projects,” explains Mr. Goffart, “We will continue to focus on working with industry to collaborate on innovation and, with our joint venture partners, improve economics and deliver on our projects.”

Mr. Goffart brings over 30 years of project management experience with the Total Group. Prior to joining Total E&P Canada, he was Vice President of Projects and Deputy CEO of Total’s Joint Venture with Gazprom and Statoil to develop Phase 1 of the Shtokman field in the Barents Sea, one of the world’s largest gas deposits. He joined Total in 1982, and has held progressively senior roles in drilling and project management in eleven countries, including France, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Bolivia, Angola and Russia.

Mr. Goffart holds an engineering degree from the École des Ponts ParisTech, the world’s oldest civil engineering school.