July 12, 2022

Episode #74: C-Suite Unplugged: Brian Boulanger, CEO & Director, ARC Financial Corp.

As the fifth CEO of ARC Financial, Canada’s largest private equity firm with a focus on energy, the name Brian Boulanger is synonymous with energy investment in Alberta. In his role as CEO, he also heads up the ARC Research Institute, a world-renowned research body that explores the trends that influence the future of the energy business—from oil prices to ESG and everything in between. As such, Brian leads a team that focuses on the long-term picture of energy, putting research at the core of investment decisions, and brings the necessary capital to energy entrepreneurs in Alberta.

But he is known for more than his expertise in energy and is a respected leader and community builder in his own right. In 2007, he was recognized as a Calgary Top 40 Under 40, and in 2009, he was recognized nationally by the Globe & Mail as a Top 40 under 40. He is also a past chair of the United Way of Calgary and Area Board of Directors.

As a major investor in energy projects, Brian is on the forefront of the energy transition and share his thoughts on the evolution of energy in Alberta, including the growing momentum towards ESG and the future of oil and gas. Brian also takes us behind the scenes of his career journey, lessons learned along the way, and shares his advice for young professionals.

In this episode:

  • Brian’s career progression
  • Brian’s leadership philosophy
  • Role of mentorship in Brian’s career
  • A day in the life
  • Advice to young professionals
  • History of ARC Financial
  • The landscape of energy investment
  • Evolution of ESG and its impact on investment strategies
  • Looking forward to the future of ARC—and Alberta


About C-Suite Unplugged

In this series, C-Suite Unplugged, host Adam Legge talks to Alberta’s top CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business leaders about their journey to the C-Suite, what keeps them up at night as an Albertan and as a leader in their industry, and what their outlook is for the future.

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