External Relations Advisor
ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.
Sector: Engineering, Natural Resources
Type: Career Profile
Business & Economics, Chemistry, Earth Science, English & Language Arts, Math, Physics
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 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.
Push yourself beyond your comfort zone.
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.
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.
When I was
- Physical Education/Health
- 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