Charlie Fischer

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Charles Fischer
Born (1950-03-21) March 21, 1950 (age 68)
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Calgary
OccupationFormer president and CEO of Nexen
Spouse(s)Joanne Cuthbertson

Charlie Fischer (born March 21, 1950) was the president and chief executive officer of Calgary-based Nexen Inc until December 2008. He currently[when?] heads 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.[1]


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.[2]

He currently[when?] co-chairs the Alberta Climate Change Central board.[3]

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.[1]

Fischer remained a registered lobbyist in Canada, in January 2009, in his capacity as the responsible officer for Nexen.[4]

Fischer is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta.[5]


Fischer received a B.Sc. in chemical engineering (1971) and a MBA in finance (1982) from the University of Calgary.


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Bio for Charles Fischer". Climate Change Central. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Alberta Climate Change Central
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Strategic Advisory Board". Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.