May 21, 2008 / 5:43 PM / in 10 years

Alvarez stepping down as head of Canada oil lobby

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Pierre Alvarez is stepping down as president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers after nine years leading the oil industry’s main lobby group in the country, the group said on Wednesday.

CAPP has hired an executive search firm to find a successor to Alvarez, who has been at the helm as Canada has jumped in global prominence as a major energy supplier amid massive investments in Alberta’s oil sands.

He will stay on the job until a new president is appointed and through a transition period of a few months.

Since taking the job in 1999, Alvarez has steered the organization through such major issues as Canada’s adoption of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, growing environmental opposition to brisk oil sands development, labor shortages, aboriginal relations and a hike in Alberta’s royalties.

Through that the former Northwest Territories bureaucrat has had to try to foster consensus among 140 oil companies, from international majors to small producers, with often-divergent interests.

Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; Editing by Peter Galloway

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