Alex McMurray, MBA

Alex became a WaterSMART Special Advisor in 2018 after having built a successful career as a management consultant working with clients around the globe. Her strengths are in strategy, project management and facilitation, and she uses these skills while working with WaterSMART clients and team members.

Prior to joining WaterSMART, Alex worked at McKinsey & Company where she frequently led large-scale projects working with resource-based clients. One highlight included running nation- wide workshops with a large mining client and a large EPC company to resolve project management issues inhibiting the completion of a major $3 billion capital project in Canada. She was also instrumental in implementing improved project management criteria for a $10 billion + oil sands project by facilitating multi-stakeholder engagement sessions between the owner, EPC and multitudes of contractors.

While at McKinsey, Alex facilitated discussions between contractors and owners in an oil sands mine to develop collaborative and cost-effective ways of managing ongoing operations including tailings management, wastewater management, and earth moving operations.

Alex McMurray

In Queensland, Australia, she designed the contractor management operating model for a new natural gas drilling program for a major Australian natural gas player. Alex also gained invaluable global experience while delivering learning and development programs for McKinsey, focused on communications, problem solving and project management excellence.

As a Keystone XL Stakeholder Analyst for TransCanada Pipelines, Alex modeled regional North American crude oil supply and disposition by aggregating extensive historical data on production, imports, pricing and refining. She then analyzed this data for historical patterns along with future trends, resulting in a market forecast from which senior leaders based business development decisions.

Alex also provided support to the Keystone XL project during the NEB application and trail by forecasting competitive responses to the application, looking at historical competitive behavior and working with external legal counsel to incorporate expectations into the trial preparations. She also drafted the commercial team’s economics-based rebuttals to NGOs and regulatory interveners by using oil market research to create succinct and logical positions in an attempt to generate broad Keystone XL support.

Alex earned her MBA with Distinction from Western University where she was also the recipient of the Ivey Emerging Leader Award and the Ivey Scholarship for leadership and excellence.