Engineering Co-op Student: Gulf Canada, Edmonton Power, Dow Chemical
Initial entry into oil and gas industry. Learned about storage of hydrocarbons and activities involved in maintaining quality. Executed small project work gaining experience in managing capital budgets.
Site Project Engineering (Sarnia/Windsor, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta
Various small project engineering roles supporting operations at the Sarnia Fractionation Plant, Windsor Storage Terminal and St. Clair Storage Terminal.
Site Implementation Coordinator in NGL Operations Excellence change management program implemented, with the support of Celerant, improvements in production, energy usage and maintenance.
Eastern Operations - Operations Team Lead
Led the operations team responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the 120kbpd Sarnia Fractionation Plant and St. Clair (MI) Terminal. In addition to Process Team Leads (4), direct reports also include: Planning, Scheduling, Day Ops Coordinator, Process Skills Trainer & Assessor.
Wells & Construction HSSE Team Lead
Led 4-person team in driving HSSE leadership, quality incident investigation/learnings and improved HSSE performance within the Drilling, Completions and Construction Teams.
Maternity Leave - 9 months
Project Engineering Lead - Sunrise Ph 2
In an 'Operated by Others' environment, support the Sunrise Phase 2 concept development project deliverables while ensuring alignment with BP Major Project Common Process requirements. Interface with Operator project team to ensure alignment on scope and funding approval timelines.
Maternity Leave - 10 months
Activity Planning Manager
Support the multi-functional planning process for the Terre de Grace asset. Develop weekly and monthly activity schedules integrating multiple function activity sets. Manage schedule execution via weekly integration meetings.
Maternity Leave - 7 months
Sunrise Surface Facilities Team Lead
Support the development of the 'Operated-by-Others' business within BP Canada to manage the start-up and operations of the Sunrise oil sands asset. Represent Operations in partner JV interactions and provide recommendations on Operator approval requests. Manage the capital and operating budget process.
JV Performance Manager
Non-operated JV front-line contact responsible for developing and managing annual capital and operating budgets. Provide technical recommendations for Operator capital investment requests. Coordinate monthly JV performance reviews identifying key focus areas to query and potentially influence the Operator with respect to production, operating or financial concerns.
I was never one of those super technical people. I have used my engineering degree (and other tools) to support the different roles that I've been exposed to. I find that having that technical background - and being able to understand technical processes at a high level - allow you to communicate effectively with all types of business personnel.
Energy and utilities
Don't be afraid to try something new - even if you don't have all of the skills! Ask questions, reach out for support. If you think that you are part of a team, you can get more done than a single individual.
Chemical Engineering Co-op BSc Hons
University of Alberta
Business Administration MBA
P. Eng (Professional Engineer)
PMP (Project Management Professional)
University of Windsor
Ponoka Composite High School
Liked Math and Science. Less keen about English and Social Studies as the answers were less right / wrong.
Communication skills to get / give information from others. Basic excel, word and power point skills
Understand basic operational processes so that we can discuss with Operator
Practice, practice, practice. Watch how senior leaders carry themselves and present their information. Ask for feedback.
I knew I wanted to go into something where I used my brain. I liked math and science. Also, I didn't want to go to school for 10 years.
I wouldn't change anything - but I would have more comfort in knowing that an engineering degree opens up a whole set of opportunities.