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Insights from the Star Women Leadership Panel

The Star Women Leadership Panel set the tone at the 2020 Star Women in Convenience Awards on November 4, 2020. They spoke candidly with CSNC editor, Michelle Warren, sharing their experiences in a changing industry, strategies for building strong teams and the importance of mentorship for career and business growth.

Plus, the women talk about the projects their most proud of and share insights into what helps keep them motivated during the pandemic.



The panel features:

Hélène Drolet: Vice-president, operations, Western Canada Division, Circle K

Leslie Gordon: Category portfolio manager convenience retail, Suncor Energy/Petro-Canada

Robbie Mulder: District manager, Little Short Stop Stores

Olga Pigeon: Director of marketing and strategy, BG Fuels

Laurie Smith: Marketing and communications lead, Canada, 7-Eleven Canada Inc.

Christian Flach, CEO Greenergy

Greenergy acquires Amber Petroleum

Fuel distributor Greenergy has acquired 100% of Amber Petroleum, an independent fuel distributor and retailer based in the Republic of Ireland. The deal offers Greenergy access to Amber’s 35 sites around the country. Amber sites are both company-owned and dealer-owned operations and offer vehicle fuel products as well as home heating petroleum.

Christian Flach, CEO Greenergy

Christian Flach, CEO Greenergy

“One of our key strategic objectives is to integrate our existing supply footprint with our expanding retail presence,” said Christian Flach, Greenergy CEO. “The acquisition of Amber follows our recent retail investment in 230 retail sites in Canada, and will enhance our capabilities in Ireland by building on our existing infrastructure, supply and retail operations.”

Liam Fitzgerald, owner and managing director of Amber Petroleum concurs, adding that Amber has served a loyal customer base for more than 40 years. “Amber’s success has been based on strong relationships with customers, suppliers and staff and we know that Greenergy shares these same values.”

Greenergy entered the Canadian market in 2013. This year they merged with Markham, Ontario’s BG Fuels, a gas retail operator with a significant presence in central Canada. Behind Greenergy’s success are extensive investments in marine and rail-fed storage terminals as well as in road haulage capability that allows them to import and distribute their blended fuel products to independent retailers.

In the United Kingdom where Greenergy is based, the company supplies more than 25% of the road-fuels market.

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BG Fuels to trade as Greenergy following merger

Fuel supplier Greenergy continues to make news. The company entered the Canadian market in 2013 as a price and service-based supplier that offered a unique approach to distribution. This year (February) Greenergy merged with gas and retail operator BG Fuels as they sought to expand in the national market. Now, the company has announced that together they will trade as Greenergy.  

Christian Flach

Christian Flach

“Over recent months our priority has been to support our customers through the challenges associated with COVID-19, while also moving swiftly to integrate our combined Canadian operations into one team,” says Christian Flach, CEO of Greenergy.  “As a fully integrated downstream fuels business, we are now best-placed to extend our presence across Canada and deliver on our ambitious growth strategy in the years ahead.” 

Altogether, Greenergy’s combined Canadian business now has significant capability and expertise spanning the whole supply chain, from fuel origination, infrastructure, and supply to gas and convenience retailing. The retail brand portfolio includes both company-owned and independent retailer sites, operating under the Mobil, Mr. Gas, Waypoint, Breakaway, and Inver brands.


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Greenergy announces merger with Canada’s BG Fuels

Screen Shot 2020-02-12 at 3.55.32 PMGreenergy and BG Fuels are merging.

Greenergy is an international supplier of transportation fuels and BG is a high-profile Canadian gasoline and convenience retailer that operates under the Mobil, Mr. Gas, Waypoint and Oops brands.

In a statement, the companies said: “By combining Greenergy’s supply chain expertise and growing independent dealer offer, and BG Fuels’ national retail brand management and site operation capabilities, the merger will create economies of scale and provide the industry with greater choice and flexibility for fuel supply and retail branding.”

BG Fuels will be integrated into Greenergy during the next 12 months and current Greenergy CEO Christian Flach will lead the combined business. Joe Calderone, CEO of BG Fuels, will join the board.

unnamed“Since entering the Canadian market in 2013, Greenergy has invested in strategic infrastructure in Ontario to deliver low-cost and resilient fuel supply to customers, and also introduced two new retail brands for the independent dealer market,” Flach said in a release. “The merger with BG Fuels will allow us to extend our supply footprint and retail offer across Canada, enabling significant future growth. The experience and resources of both businesses will further strengthen our retail offer to the independent dealer market.”

Calderone added: “Our extensive retail experience and commitment to consumers has seen BG Fuels become a leading fuel and convenience retailer in Canada. We look forward to leveraging Greenergy’s proven supply chain capabilities to enhance our portfolio of service stations across Canada.”

BG Fuels is a Mobil-branded wholesaler and wholly owns the Mr. Gas, Oops and Waypoint brands.

Established in the UK 28 years ago, Greenergy is a supplier and distributor of transportation fuels. The company entered the Canadian market in 2013 and has since invested in strategically important infrastructure assets across Ontario, including Concord, Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Johnstown.  With both sea and rail-fed terminals and storage in the US Mid-West, Quebec and Ontario, Greenergy can source product through multiple channels, thereby reducing dependency on any one third-party provider and minimizing the risk of supply disruption for customers.

tn-a27e1aa004d6567ee59e6bf6300a1888In November, Greenergy introduced the Inver forecourt brand to Canada and now has five Inver locations in Ontario (Inver is an established brand in Ireland and was acquired by Greenergy in October 2017).

The move was designed to extend Greenergy’s existing retail offer in Canada, where Greenergy also has developed Breakaway, a hockey-themed forecourt brand tailored to Canadian consumers.


Wallace & Carey renews partnership with BG Fuels

imagesFamily-owned, Calgary-based wholesale distributor Wallace & Carey will extend its three-year partnership with BG Fuels.

Wallace & Carey, which has close to 100 years of industry experience bringing service and selection to BG Fuels’ 235 locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada, called the contract renewal “a win for both companies.”

Founded in 1921, Wallace & Carey offers distribution and logistics expertise, making more than 1,000 deliveries per day.

“We are thrilled to continue, and to expand, our national supply relationship with BG Fuels,” Dan Elrod, president of Wallace & Carey, said in a release. “BG’s requirements for exceptional service and innovative supply chain solutions are a great fit for Wallace & Carey, and we are proud to continue supporting their growth for years to come.”

p6216000_3293348027_3“We’re delighted to further develop our partnership with Wallace & Carey,” added Olga Pigeon, director of marketing and strategy for BG Fuels. “Their commitment to support our growth as well as their passion for operational excellence aligns well with our future goals.”

BG Fuels, formed in 2017, is a leading retail gas and convenience company that operates under the Mobil, Mr. Gas and Waypoint brands. BG Fuels is an approved Mobil branded wholesaler within Canada.