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Brian Livingston

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Brian Livingston

Michael Switzer

Mr. Livingston has served as vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Imperial Oil Limited since February of 2002.  He retired from Imperial Oil in December of 2013.

A native of Toronto, Ont., Mr. Livingston is a graduate of Queens University with a degree in mechanical engineering. In 1976, he worked as an engineer in the upstream business in Calgary, Alta., before continuing his education at the University of Toronto where he earned a bachelor of law degree. In 1981, Mr. Livingston took a two-year assignment with the federal government in Ottawa, Ont., and was called to the bar in 1982.  Mr. Livingston also spent several years working with two major law firms in Toronto. In 1985, Mr. Livingston joined Imperial Oil as a counsel in the law department. He was transferred to the treasurers department as a financial analyst in 1989 and later became manager of credit.  In 1994, he commenced a three-year secondment with Exxon Corporation in Dallas, Texas, and returned to Imperial in 1997 as director of corporate tax.  In 2002, he was appointed vice-president and general counsel.

As general counsel, Mr. Livingston has a wide variety of legal and business experience in climate change, tax, commercial, litigation, regulatory and First Nations matters.  As corporate secretary, he has experience in dealing with board of directors, including corporate governance matters (both Canadian and U.S), executive compensation and securities law matters affecting public companies. 

Mr. Livingston is currently an Executive Fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, a director and treasurer of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, a past President of the Petroleum Club in Calgary and a graduate of the ICD program.  He is a guest lecturer at the Law Practice Program offered to articling students in Ontario.