GeoWomen is excited to have Amanda Obodovsky who will be sharing her story on:
How to not just survive, but thrive during a downturn in the industry: A case study of my life and what I have done to thrive in the past 5 years.
It’s a well known fact that the oil and gas industry is cyclical, and downturns are inevitable. The downturn that we have been in since 2015 has been especially bad. Everyone wants to keep their jobs and not end up unemployed. But what do you do? How do you keep your job, survive the downturn and make it through to the better times? And what if you are just starting out or what something more from your career? Using Amanda’s own life and experiences as a case study, she will give concrete examples of what has worked for her and what you can try in your own life to not just survive but thrive during a downturn.
Details of the event:
WHEN | Monday, June 11, 2018 Noon-1PM
WHERE | geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW
AGENDA | 11.45 – 12 Networking | 12 – 1PM Presentation by Amanda
NOTE | This is a free event, no registration required. Bring your lunch & questions.
Amanda obtained a B.Sc. Astrophysics in 2008, and an M.Sc. Astronomy (Planetary Science) in 2010 from the University of Western Ontario. Since 2013 she has been working as a seismic processor for Divestco. During this time she has given several presentations for her project that looks at impact structures in seismic data; the perfect union of her seismic processing work with her love of astronomy. She is a member of the CSEG.
In celebrating International Women’s Day 2018, GeoWomen will have Julia McElgunn presenting a very interesting topic titled Reinventing Your Career.
Details of the event:
WHEN | Monday, March 19, 2018
WHERE | geoLOGIC Classroom, +15 Lvl, 2nd Floor, Aquitaine Tower 540 – 5th Avenue SW
AGENDA | 11:45am – Networking | 12:00pm – Presentation by Julia
Numerous job or career options are available for geoscientists within and outside the oil and gas industry. Although the opportunities are not always the traditional jobs we’ve been accustomed to, these opportunities are out there but require a new approach.
Firstly, innovation happens through transformation. To create the necessary innovation, you must learn to transform how you view your experience and knowledge into a new wholistic and more general perspective. Much like horizontal drill technology transformed and revolutionized the gas industry into a liquids-rich gas industry. It’s through recognizing failures and asking questions that you can truly transform and be innovative about career opportunities.
Secondly, your expertise and knowledge are unique to each individual and become the differentiators. By recognizing your expertise and knowledge, they become your assets. Understanding your assets creates an opening to see the potential and the transferability of those assets. We must know what we own. For example, geologically speaking, once knowledge is gained about a particular formation owned (or one wishes to own); decisions can be made to set the individual or company up for economic success, but the unknown can result in missed and lost opportunities.
Lastly, it’s important to couple passion with demand. Understanding what your passions are, what gets you excited and what drives you each day is fundamental to being engaged and fulfilled. Bringing the passion and drive into an area that has demand will increase the COS (chance of success) of finding satisfying employment.
In summary, there are options available. Three factors differentiate those who recognize these opportunities from those who don’t: 1) innovation through transformation, 2) owning your expertise and 3) understanding where passion meets demand.
Julia is a professional exploration and development geologist. She has broad geotechnical experience from across Canada, including exposure to the Wolfcamp Basin. Julia has worked the entire Western Canada geological stack: Devonian, Mississippian, Triassic, and Cretaceous. Her strong technical skills are the foundation of her mapping, and although, her primary focus has been on mapping large exploration-based prospects, she has also enjoyed success with integrated detailed mapping required for good development.
This mother of 4 is extremely passionate about the dance between science and human behavior. Her strong connection to critical thinking causes her to constantly question both sides of a story, seeking to understand before providing a creative win-win solution.
She is an Advocate for Environmental Sustainability and works continuously to build awareness, education, and dialogue around the integration of multiple priorities, including equity, inclusion, environmental, health and economic. Julia strongly believes all of these can be achieved if we think and lead from our most creative, innovative and engaged selves.
In a time where the oil and gas industry is under political scrutiny, Julia sees an opportunity to bring a voice to how Alberta oil and gas lives up to the standards.
GeoWomen is excited to have Astrid Arts who will give a presentation on The Future of the Oil Industry in Canada. Details of the event:
WHEN | Monday, February 12, 2018
WHERE | geoLOGIC Classroom, +15 level, Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Avenue SW
AGENDA | 11:45 AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Astrid Arts
This is a free event – no registration required. Bring your lunch and questions
If you believe the media and vocal environmental groups – the Petroleum Industry is a sunset industry and we are at the end of the fossil fuel era. But are we really?
We use energy every day and yet most of the population doesn’t understand where it actually comes from. Even so, many people emphatically believe that we can get off fossil fuels and completely convert to renewables for ALL our energy needs by 2030.
Globally, we use energy for two broad categories: Electricity and Transportation. Electrical demands are currently met by a combination of coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, wind, solar and geothermal. Transportation demands are dominantly met by oil. Recently, there is momentum to convert vehicles from internal combustion to electric engines. This switch would put all energy needs on the electric grid. This is the dream, but can it be done in the time frames suggested? Will people really be willing to give up their addiction to oil? Is this the end of the Oil Industry in Canada?
The energy business is about supply and demand. Global energy demand continues to increase. There are still 1.3 Billion people worldwide who don’t have access to electricity. With population growth, increasing numbers in the middle class and a developing third world; energy demand will only continue to grow. Social license plays an import role in Energy. Coal, Oil and Natural Gas are not the first energy sources to play on the social conscience. Nuclear power lost its social license in the 1980s and continues to be phased out globally. At the end of the day, there is a huge gap between the amount of energy we consume now and in the future with the amount of energy, we can produce from “socially acceptable” sources.
Astrid Arts, Staff Geologist, Cenovus Energy
Astrid Arts is a Staff Geologist at Cenovus Energy. She is a native Albertan who moved to Calgary to pursue a career as a Petroleum Geologist. Astrid studied at the University of Alberta earning a BSc (Hons) in Geology and an MSc in Carbonate Sedimentology. After 8 years in the industry, she took a 5-year leave to stay at home with her boys and made the transition back to work 7 years ago. She understands the unique challenges women face in the Petroleum Industry in balancing life and a rewarding career.
Join us on December 13, 2017 at noon for a panel discussion on:
Boardroom Diversity Impacts Profitability; Is Diversity a Factor in Energy Investments?
WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
WHERE: geoLOGIC Classroom, +15Lvl, 2nd Floor, Aquitaine Tower 540 – 5th Ave SW
WHEN: 12:00 Noon
Some topics will be discussed:
Women on boards and the ‘comply or explain’ rule
Companies listed on the TSX (but not the TSX Venture Exchange) are currently required under securities law to provide disclosure regarding the representation of women among their directors and executive officers (Caroline Moreau, February 27, 2017)
Companies With More Women in Management Positions Are More Profitable
A recent study shows that having at least 30% of women in leadership positions in companies results in greater profitability. Analyzing 21,980 publicly traded companies in 91 countries, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY demonstrate that having a management group comprising of at least 30% women will add 6% to the company’s net profit margin. “The evidence on women in the C-suite is robust: no matter how we torture the data we get the same result: women in the C-suite are associated with higher profitability.” (Marcus Noland, director of studies at the Peterson Institute)
Has this information influenced the number of women on boards and in leadership positions in the Energy Industry? If not; why not?
We have asked a number of professionals to come and discuss this topic from the perspective of investment banking, legal implications of board governance and disclosure of Boards of Directors.
1- Erin Poeta, Manager at Hugessen Consulting
2- Roger Serin, P. Eng. Managing Director and Senior Energy Advisor TD Securities Global Energy and Power Investment Banking Group
3- Janel Young, Associate – Corporate Group Stikeman Elliott LLP
Moderator: Wendy Shier, P. Geol., Strategy Advisor, WCP Strategy, Chair, Women’s Leadership Network-Action Committee, Husky Energy.
Erin Poeta, Manager at Hugessen Consulting. Prior to joining Hugessen, Erin worked in the operations and business development department at a Canadian manufacturer of environmental protection technologies. Erin later worked as an implementation-based management consultant across a variety of industries, namely, healthcare, and financial services. Throughout her university and professional tenure, Erin also spent time working with organizations within the realm of social finance, impact investing and corporate sustainability. Erin graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2010 with an Honours Business Administration degree and a certificate of Global Leadership for her academic and professional experiences abroad. Prior to Ivey, Erin spent a semester abroad at Menéndez Pelayo International University studying Spanish and international business.
Roger A. Serin, P.Eng., Managing Director, Senior Energy Advisor, TD Securities Managing Director and since August 2013, Senior Energy Advisor to TD Securities Global Energy and Power Investment Banking Group, located in Calgary. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and the Head of Energy Research, also at TD Securities. Roger joined TD Newcrest (the predecessor to TD Securities) in January 2003 as an oil & gas analyst covering the mid-cap E&P sector. During his time at TD Securities he also provided research coverage for the oilfield services sector. Roger is a professional engineer who has over 25 years of oil & gas industry experience with various large and small oil & gas companies and over 15 years in sell side research and Investment Banking. He was consistently top ranked in Brendan Wood surveys as an analyst in a number of categories. In addition, he was a partner in the predecessor firm to GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd., one of Calgary’s premier evaluation consulting firms. Roger graduated with a B.Sc. (Honors) in mechanical engineering from Queens University in 1975.
Janel Young, Associate – Corporate Group Stikeman Elliott LLP. Janel Young is an associate in the Corporate Group of Stikeman Elliott LLP whose practice focuses on general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance and securities. She acts for private and public companies and investment funds on a broad range of matters including public and private offerings of securities, initial public offerings, asset and share purchase and sale transactions, plan of arrangement transactions and corporate reorganizations. Janel also acts for public entities with respect to stock exchange listings, corporate governance, and securities regulatory compliance matters. Janel attended the University of British Columbia (J.D. 2012) and Queen’s University (First Class Honours B. Comm. 2009).
Wendy Shier, P. Geol., Strategy Advisor, WCP Strategy, Chair, Women’s Leadership Network-Action Committee, Husky Energy. Throughout her more than twenty-year career, Wendy Shier has held various technical and leadership positions with small, mid-size and major oil and gas producers in Calgary. These include Geologist, Team Lead, Geoscience Manager, and Strategy Advisor. Wendy has developed a passion for mentoring, coaching and leadership. In addition to finding and developing hydrocarbon pools, leading teams through good and bad economic times, aligning and developing strategies and processes, Wendy has taken on additional roles that support career development, leadership development and diversity. In her role of Challenge Champion at BP, Wendy supported new graduate engineering, geoscience, and commercial employees by facilitating mentorship relations, coordinating job rotations, and advocating for training. Since joining Husky, Wendy has served on Husky’s Diversity and Respectful Workplace Council, coordinated and actively participated in formal and informal mentoring programs, Co-chaired an internal Technical Forum and is currently the Chair of Husky’s Women’s Leadership Network.
This coming October 5th, GeoWomen will be having Vanessa Stockbrugger – Founder of Womencents to talk about Building Your Financial Strength. She will share us :
– How to build your financial awareness, knowledge, and confidence
– Tips for improving your overall financial health and the positive impacts this has on your life today and compounded into the future
– How to decrease your financial risk against future life challenges
WHEN | Thursday, October 5, 2017
WHERE | geoLogic Classroom, +15 lvl, Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW
AGENDA | 11:30 AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Vanessa Stockbrugger
This is a free event – No registration required, women and men are invited to attend. Don’t forget to bring your lunch and questions
Vanessa Stockbrugger is the Founder of Womencents, where she helps her clients understand their finances and recognize how everyday decisions may be limiting their ability to reach their goals. Money decisions are based on mindset, knowledge, and attitudes, and will ultimately determine a person’s financial position.
Womencents focuses on developing financial security, confidence, and self-reliance for clients by providing independent and unbiased information and strategies. Womencents does not sell financial or insurance products. Clients can expect to achieve a better understanding of their financial position, recognize habits involving spending and saving and develop an effective system to meet their financial goals.
Vanessa holds a Business Administration Degree in Finance and spent a decade of her career as an Investment Banker at a major Canadian Bank. As a Vice President and Director, she was responsible for helping her clients make important strategic and financial decisions. Through her personal life experiences and a passion to help her clients reach their goals, Vanessa’s unique focus and expertise on helping women gain financial security and independence has improved the financial well-being of numerous women. Vanessa lives with her husband and two daughters in Calgary, Alberta.
Professionals from all geosciences and their companies are invited to a CSPG host reception to meet Charles Sternbach, President of AAPG. Students are also welcome to attend.
September 11, 2017 | 4 – 6pm
Calgary, AB T2P 4R5 Canada