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Reinventing Your Career | GeoWomen March Event

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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

Overview

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.

Biography

juliaJulia 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.

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February Event | The Future of the Oil Industry in Canada

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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

Abstract:

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.

Biography :

AstridAstrid 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.

Boardroom Diversity and its impacts on Energy Investments

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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.

Panelists:
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.

Biographies:

erin'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.

rogerRoger 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

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).

wendyWendy 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.

 

 

 

 

Building Your Financial Strength

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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

About Vanessa:

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.

 

Meeting AAPG President at CSPG

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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

Barley Mill, 201 Barclay Parade SW
Calgary, AB T2P 4R5 Canada
How to register:

Check in CSPG website,  or contact Laurie Brazzoni, labrazzoni@hotmail.com

Price Includes: One drink ticket and appetizers.

GeoWomen September Event : The Power of Entropy in Building a Career

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GeoWomen are back!  We hope all of you have a great and wonderful summer. This coming September we are excited to have Hilary Foulkes, Professional Geologist & Chair of Tudor, Pickering Holt & Co. Securities Canada. Hilary will give a talk about the Power of Entropy in Building a Career.

WHEN   |  Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WHERE |  GeoLogic Classroom, +15 level, Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Avenue SW

AGENDA | 11:30 AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Hilary Foulkes

This is a free Event – No registration required, women and men are invited to attend.  Don’t forget to bring your lunch and questions

About Hilary:

hilary

Hilary began her career over 35 years ago as a hard rock geologist, working in remote exploration camps and then transitioned to the oil and gas industry. She worked on the oil rigs, and had technical roles in exploration, development and corporate planning over an almost 20 year time frame.  Her career then evolved from the technical application of geoscience, to the strategic. As a financial advisor, she brokered many merger and acquisition transactions and later, in an executive role, was the architect and lead negotiator of trend setting and award winning multi-billion dollar, international joint ventures.  She has had a number of executive roles in both investment banking and oil and gas operations, including Managing Director at Scotiabank and Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Penn West Exploration, which at the time was one of the largest Canadian oil companies.

Hilary is the founder and currently, Chair of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. Canada, a local branch of the global energy advisory firm based in Houston.  She is a Corporate Director for Enerplus Corporation and for private equity company, Modern Resources.  Hilary is also the Chair of “Let’s Talk Science”, a national science education foundation that promotes science literacy for children.

She served as a member of the Crude Oil and Liquids Advisory Panel during the 2015 Alberta Royalty Review, is a “Deloitte Women of Influence Speaker” and University of Waterloo Distinguished Alumni.

Hilary is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. She has a unique perspective on life, leadership and governance in Canada’s oil patch.

 

GeoWomen September Event : The Power of Entropy in Building a Career

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GeoWomen are back!  We hope all of you have a great and wonderful summer. This coming September we are excited to have Hilary Foulkes, Professional Geologist & Chair of Tudor, Pickering Holt & Co. Securities Canada. Hilary will give a talk about the Power of Entropy in Building a Career.

WHEN   |  Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WHERE |  GeoLogic Classroom, +15 level, Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Avenue SW

AGENDA | 11:30 AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Hilary Foulkes

This is a free Event – No registration required, women and men are invited to attend.  Don’t forget to bring your lunch and questions

About Hilary:

hilary

Hilary began her career over 35 years ago as a hard rock geologist, working in remote exploration camps and then transitioned to the oil and gas industry. She worked on the oil rigs and had technical roles in exploration, development and corporate planning over an almost 20-year time frame.  Her career then evolved from the technical application of geoscience to the strategic. As a financial advisor, she brokered many merger and acquisition transactions and later, in an executive role, was the architect and lead negotiator of trend setting and award winning a multi-billion dollar, international joint ventures.  She has had a number of executive roles in both investment banking and oil and gas operations, including Managing Director at Scotiabank and Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Penn West Exploration, which at the time was one of the largest Canadian oil companies.

Hilary is the founder and currently, Chair of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. Canada, a local branch of the global energy advisory firm based in Houston.  She is a Corporate Director for Enerplus Corporation and for private equity company, Modern Resources.  Hilary is also the Chair of “Let’s Talk Science”, a national science education foundation that promotes science literacy for children.

She served as a member of the Crude Oil and Liquids Advisory Panel during the 2015 Alberta Royalty Review, is a “Deloitte Women of Influence Speaker” and University of Waterloo Distinguished Alumni.

Hilary is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. She has a unique perspective on life, leadership, and governance in Canada’s oil patch.