MEET 2016’s

OF THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

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Every year, Oilweek highlights the trailblazers unafraid of challenging industry’s status quo and forging a new path for oil and gas. That’s what makes a Rising Star, and for this year’s class, a rock-bottom price is nothing but a chance to make the sector better than ever.

 

Whether it’s negotiating with a doubtful landowner, changing the industry’s tone on climate action or searching unexpected places for the next great oil exec, this year’s class of Rising Stars never hides from a challenge.

Kim set out from Ontario more than 10 years ago to become a paramedic in Alberta but ended up finding her footing in the fast-paced, challenging field of land brokering. Now, with her dynamic energy and exuberance, she is helping champion a culture of community support and volunteerism at Britt Land, a key to the company’s success.

“Her unique personality and empowering leadership style allow her to see and use the individual strengths of our team, encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones, face challenges and excel.”

“Kim’s initiative and drive mean she never backs down, never shies away from a challenge.”

MANAGER OF LAND OPERATIONS,

BRITT LAND SERVICES

“She leads with a bold and unconventional vision.”

 

Dayna Morgan, direct supervisor //

vice-president, Britt Land Services

Kim Lindsay

Though he’s already the

co-founder and current CFO of a successful junior oil and gas producer, John’s aiming for his first build-and-sell triumph. Tangle Creek might be just that, but first it needs to weather this downturn. John isn’t letting fate dictate his company’s course; instead, he’s actively working with CAPP to help industry come out swinging on the other side.

John Pantazopoulos

“People identify with his geniality and want to be a part of his success and internal drive.”

 

Gregorio Oberti, co-volunteer // senior manager of deal advisory, KPMG

“John not only serves his industry through volunteer and committee positions, but also his community through a tireless focus on promoting and improving public education.”

“He is well-respected for his intelligence and leadership, but most importantly for his unwavering and uncompromising ethical standards.”

VICE-PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND CHIEF
FINANCIAL OFFICER, TANGLE CREEK ENERGY

Angela Thompson

DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY,

ENVIRONMENT AND LAND, GEMINI

With a strong work ethic fostered on the basketball court and a natural sense of leadership as the eldest sibling in a single-parent family, Angela isn’t afraid to show up as herself. That confidence and her successful push to grow Gemini’s regulatory and environment department have made her a trusted consultant in the oil and gas industry.

“Angela can quickly recognize talent and tailor her mentoring approach to provide the feedback necessary to build her staff’s awareness of themselves and their expertise within the field.”

“She genuinely cares for the people who work for her and her determination to deliver unwavering results is unparalleled.”

 

Cailee Ellis, former coworker // executive adviser to the executive

vice-president of operations,

Alberta Energy Regulator

“Angela is an authentic leader.”

Chelsie Klassen

MANAGER OF MEDIA RELATIONS, CANADIAN ASSOCIATION
OF PETROLEUM PRODUCERS

From once negotiating tricky land deals in northern Alberta to now representing industry on the world stage at COP21, Chelsie never stops advocating for oil and gas—clearly and confidently. She’s tackling negative perceptions head-on and working to change the face of energy by appealing to the public in fresh and innovative ways with solid facts and grounded reasoning.

“Chelsie is one of the best emerging leaders

I have worked with over the past 20 years, and without question, she is going to be a star in Canada’s oil and gas sector for decades.”

“In one of the most turbulent years in the oil and gas industry in decades, Chelsie has consistently been cool under fire, resilient to change and focused on results to lead her team and peers.”

“Chelsie is a positive force for change of the public perception of our industry.”

 

Jeff Gaulin, direct supervisor //

vice-president of communications, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Laura Weeden

ACCOUNT MANAGER OF DRILLING SERVICES,
BAKER HUGHES

Laura’s been working tirelessly to educate Quebec’s energy regulators and public interest groups on both the technical and environmental dimensions of drilling and establish a positive oil and gas presence in the province. Through that initiative and her work with the Girl Guides of Canada, she’s also inspiring and empowering the next generation of girls to explore their own potential.

“Laura is dedicated to mentoring other young girls in our community, ensuring they recognize their potential and encouraging them to pursue their dreams.”

“Laura delivers strong results while she leads her peers and the next generation of young professionals.”

“She exemplifies the type of leader we need within our industry and our communities, particularly as we move through extremely challenging times.”

 

Shellie Cunningham, co-worker //

director, Baker Hughes

Matthew Goegan

MANAGER OF COST CONTROL
AND PROJECT PERFORMANCE,
ENBRIDGE

Matthew cast off his father’s shadow at Canadian Pacific Railway to chart his own waters and build a successful career in oil and gas. But what he’s truly passionate about is the human element of business, and he’s driven to help those with untapped potential by providing them with opportunities to shine.

“It is his passion and humility that show he genuinely cares about his team and has enabled him to break down silos across the organization.”

“Matthew has taken chances on countless individuals by providing them with a safe environment in which they are able to take chances and develop without fear or apprehension.”

“Matthew is tirelessly driven, passionate and creative. His dogged pursuit of excellence enables him to be successful in his personal and professional life.”

 

Stacie Goegan, spouse // educator, the Renert School

Morgan Campbell

ASSOCIATE PARTNER,

BOYDEN CANADA

Morgan knows that having the right people in the top jobs is crucial for any industry to evolve and innovate—even more so in a downturn. By finding those ideal candidates for countless oil and gas executive teams, he’s helping shape the industry’s path forward from the inside.

“To know leadership, it helps to be a leader, and that’s Morgan’s magic.”

“He’s part of a new generation of energy leadership whose vision is broader and deeper than the generation that preceded him.”

“It’s comforting to know that leaders like Morgan are working ‘in the shadows’ to ensure that value-driven leadership finds its way into critical industry roles.

 

Bill Whitelaw, fellow board member // chief executive officer, JWN

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