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Gillian Savage-Knight

External Relations Advisor

ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.

Sector: Engineering, Natural Resources

Born: ON

Location: NL

Education: University

Type: Career Profile


Business & Economics, Chemistry, Earth Science, English & Language Arts, Math, Physics

Careers, Civil Engineering, Earth’s Interior, Engineering, Fossil Fuels, Oil & Gas, Regulatory Agencies

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Gillian Savage-KnightExternal Relations Advisor
I am motivated by

I am motivated by affiliation and achievement. I love being part of an amazing team of people working towards the same goals. I also like when I have achieved those goals. What I like about my current role is that every day is different and challenging and I get to use a variety of skills such as problem solving, effective communication, organization, and influencing. Working in the oil & gas industry has afforded me the ability to work in multiple locations across the country from my home base of Calgary and now St. John's.

I am motivated by
My career path is

I always wanted to be a teacher like my mother but that changed when my older brother went to Queen's University to become an engineer. I decided to follow in his footsteps and in my last year of high school I applied only to engineering programs. I got into my number one choice and joined my brother at Queen's where I completed a BSc in Geological Engineering. I loved the program, people and experiences. I am still very good friends with many of my classmates. How I ended up on the environmental side of oil & gas was a bit of happenstance. I was offered a job as an Environmental Consultant and moved to Calgary after graduation. To further my knowledge I completed a MSc in Civil (Environmental) Engineering with a focus on contaminated groundwater. A couple of years after finishing my Masters I found and was given the opportunity to move to Imperial Oil then ExxonMobil Canada.

My career path is
My advice to others

Push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

My advice to others
How I affect people's livesMy passion is developing people whether it be my direct reports, mentees or other employees. I think formal and experiential training is very important and look for opportunities to provide these to those I work with. I am also passionate about providing an inclusive work environment. One way I do this is by being the co-chair of the PRIDE committee. As example of a new initiative this year, every week during PRIDE month I created and posted a "Did you Know?" to raise awareness and provide information about the LGBTQ2SIA+ community.
How I affect people's lives
Outside of work I

Most of my leisure time is spent with my family. I have two young boys and a large dog, which keep me active. I love running, cross country skiing and reading.

Outside of work I
What I do at work

I do a lot of networking both internally in my company and externally to make decisions on the advocacy position of ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. We believe that regulatory policy should benefit society, be based on sound science, transparent, have a clear and reasonable regulatory framework, and be cost effective. A key part of my job is to be a good supervisor and put the needs of my employees first in decision making.

What I do at work
About me

I was born/grew up in: Born and raised in Toronto, ON

I now live in: Paradise, NL

I completed my training/education at: BSc in Geological Engineering from Queen's University, MSc in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Calgary

About me

When I was

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Math
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Science
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Brought people together
  • Liked helping people
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Played on a sports team
  • Was motivated by success
  • Wanted to be in charge
  • Liked being given specific instructions
  • Liked reading
  • Played video games
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Went to an outdoor overnight camp every summer

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