The business of the Company is conducted by its employees, managers and officers, under the direction of the President and Chief Executive Officer (the "CEO") and the stewardship and supervision of the Board of Directors.

The responsibilities of directors are described in the Terms of Reference for the Chair of the Board of Directors (PDF).

The mandate of Methanex's Board of Directors is to oversee and provide policy guidance on the business and affairs of the Company, which includes:

  • monitoring overall corporate performance
  • overseeing compensation and succession planning for, and performance of, executive officers, including the appointment and performance of the CEO
  • adopting a strategic planning process and approving, at least annually, a strategic plan that takes into account, among other things, the opportunities and risks of the business
  • evaluating the integrity of, and overseeing the implementation of, the Company's management information systems and internal controls and procedures
  • identifying and overseeing the implementation of systems to manage the principal risks of the Company's business
  • overseeing the implementation of appropriate disclosure controls, including a communication policy for the Company
  • developing the Company's approach to corporate governance
  • to the extent feasible, satisfying itself as to the integrity of the CEO and other executive officers and that the CEO and executive officers create a culture of integrity throughout the organization

The Board of Directors has adopted a Board Mandate and Corporate Governance Principles that creates a foundation for the goal-setting, effective decision-making and ethical actions that guides the Company and provides value to the shareholders.

The Board is led by the Chair, Doug Arnell, whose responsibilities are described in the Terms of Reference for the Chair of the Board of Directors (PDF)

The responsibilities of directors are described in the Terms of Reference for Individual Directors (PDF).

Board of Directors

Doug Arnell

Chair of the Board
Director since 2016

Mr. Arnell has been the Chief Executive Officer of Cedar LNG LLC (“Cedar LNG”) since June 2021. Cedar LNG is developing an LNG export terminal in Northeastern British Columbia. Mr. Arnell is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Helm Energy.

Prior to founding Helm Energy, from September 2010 to March 2015, Mr. Arnell was employed with Golar LNG Ltd., including as Chief Executive Officer from February 2011 to March 2015. Golar LNG is a U.S. public company focused on owning and operating LNG midstream floating assets. Prior to joining Golar LNG, Mr. Arnell held various senior positions within the BG Group of companies from 2003 to 2010 and with other energy companies prior to that time.

Mr. Arnell holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary.

Jim Bertram

Director since 2018

Jim Bertram is a corporate director. He was Chief Executive Officer of Keyera Corporation from 1998 until his retirement in 2014.  Keyera is a publicly-traded, midstream oil and gas operator.  Prior to that, Mr. Bertram was Vice-President of Marketing for Gulf Canada Ltd. and Vice-President of Marketing for Amerada Hess Canada Ltd.

Mr. Bertram holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary. Mr. Bertram is Chair of the Board of Keyera Corporation and also serves as a director of Emera Inc. 

Paul Dobson

Director since 2019

Mr. Dobson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ballard Power Systems (“Ballard”). Ballard is a global provider of innovative clean energy and fuel cell solutions. Mr. Dobson was Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro One from July 2018 to May 2019 and was Chief Financial Officer from March 2018. Prior to joining Hydro One, Mr. Dobson served as CFO for Direct Energy Ltd. (“Direct Energy”) in Houston, Texas and from 2003, he held senior leadership positions in finance, operations, information technology and customer service across the Centrica Group, the parent company of Direct Energy. Prior to Direct Energy, Mr. Dobson worked at CIBC for 10 years in finance, strategy and business development roles in both Canada and the United States.

Mr. Dobson holds an honours bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo as well as an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and is a CPA, CMA.

Maureen Howe

Director since 2018

Ms. Howe is a corporate director. She was Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets in equity research from 1996 to 2008. Ms. Howe specialized in the area of energy infrastructure, which included power generation, transmission and distribution, oil and gas transmission and distribution, gas processing and alternative energy.

Ms. Howe holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of British Columbia. Ms. Howe also serves as a director of Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Freehold Royalties Ltd. 

Robert Kostelnik

Director since 2008

Mr. Kostelnik has been a principal in GlenRock Recovery Partners, LLC since February 2012. GlenRock Recovery Partners facilitates the sale of non-fungible hydrocarbons in the United States. Prior to this, he was President & Chief Executive Officer of Cinatra Clean Technologies, Inc. from 2008 to May 2011. Mr. Kostelnik held the position of Vice President of Refining for CITGO Petroleum Corporation ("CITGO") from July 2006 until his retirement in 2007. He held a number of senior positions during his 16 years with CITGO.

Mr. Kostelnik holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Missouri and is a Registered Professional Engineer. Mr. Kostelnik also serves as a director of HF Sinclair Corporation.

Leslie O'Donoghue

Director since 2020

Ms. O’Donoghue is a corporate director.  She served most recently at Nutrien Ltd. from January 2018 until her retirement in December 2019 and held the roles of Executive Vice President and Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer. Prior to this, Ms. O’Donoghue served as the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy and Chief Risk Officer of Agrium Inc. (Nutrien’s predecessor company).

Ms. O’Donoghue holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Calgary and a LL.B. from Queen’s University and also serves as a director of Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Richardson International Limited.

Kevin Rodgers

Director since 2019

Mr. Rodgers was Managing Director and Global Head of Foreign Exchange at Deutsche Bank in London (UK) from 2012 to June 2014. After joining the bank in 1999 (following 9 years at Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust) he also held many other senior leadership roles within foreign exchange and commodities at Deutsche Bank including Global Head of Foreign Exchange Trading and Global Head of Energy Trading, among others. Following his retirement from Deutsche Bank he was a Partner and Senior Advisor at Cumulus Asset Management.

Mr. Rodgers holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College in London (UK), an MBA from the London Business School and a Master's Degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics (all with distinction).

Rich Sumner

President and Chief Executive Officer
Director since 2023

Rich Summer is Methanex’s President and CEO (effective January 1, 2023). Over his 19-year career with Methanex, he has held a variety of progressively senior roles in North America and Asia in Finance, Supply Chain and Marketing and Logistics. 

Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, Mr. Sumner served as Methanex’s Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Logistics, where he was focused on strategies that enhance Methanex’s global leadership position as the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol. 

In this role Mr. Sumner oversaw Methanex’s Marketing & Logistics functions, including the jointly owned shipping subsidiary, Waterfront Shipping, as well as Global Market Development. He also had executive oversight for Methanex’s North American manufacturing operations. Mr. Sumner holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and he is a Chartered Professional Accountant. 

Mr. Sumner has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and CPA, CA from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.

Margaret Walker

Director since 2015

Ms. Walker has been the owner of MLRW Group, LLC since January 2011. MLRW Group, LLC is a consulting firm focusing on working with companies to improve capital investment outcomes and to improve overall safety performance. From 2004 until her retirement in December 2010, Ms. Walker was Vice President of Engineering & Technology for The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow Chemical”). Prior to this, Ms. Walker held other senior positions with Dow Chemical including Senior Leader in Manufacturing & Engineering and Business Director of Contract Manufacturing. Dow Chemical provides chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services.
Ms. Walker holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock, Texas. In 2018 she became a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and in 2021 became NACD Directorship Certified™. Ms. Walker also serves as a director of ioneer Ltd.

Benita Warmbold

Director since 2016

Ms. Warmbold is a corporate director. She was Senior Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”) from 2013 until her retirement in 2017. Prior to this and from 2008, Ms. Warmbold was the Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer of CPPIB. CPPIB is a professional investment management organization responsible for investing funds on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan. From 1997 to 2008, Ms. Warmbold was the Managing Director & CFO for Northwater Capital Management Inc.

Ms. Warmbold holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and has been granted the ICD.D designation by the Institute of Corporate Directors. Ms. Warmbold also serves as a director of the Bank of Nova Scotia and SNC-Lavalin Group.

Xiaoping Yang

Director since 2022

Ms. Yang is a corporate director. Between 1990 and 2020 she held a variety of international executive roles at BP in both Asia and the USA within the downstream and new energy businesses including having accountability for its chemicals manufacturing operations and joint venture entities in Asia.  Before retiring in 2020 she was the Chair and President of BP China.  

Ms. Yang holds a Bachelor of Science from Jiangnan University China, a PhD in chemical engineering from Purdue University, USA and an MBA from the University of Chicago, USA. Ms. Yang also serves as a director of IGO Limited and  LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd.