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Young Professionals Workshop

Monday, 14 November 2011, 1200–1630

BMO Centre at Calgary Stampede, Arabian Room

Speed Mentoring / Design your Career

Have you ever had questions about the next step of your career, wanted advice on how to balance a career and family, or wished to talk to someone about first hand experiences?

If so, then this year’s YP Workshop is tailored for you! Young professionals will have the opportunity for breakout sessions with senior engineers and geoscientists. Topics such as work-life balance, leadership, and career paths will be discussed. Register Now »

Workshop Cost

Young Professionals     CAD 55



Keynote Luncheon: Dare to Accelerate Your Career


Panel Discussion


Speed Mentoring Session




Review of Major Learnings

Keynote Luncheon: Dare to Accelerate Your Career

What would an experienced professional in the oil and gas industry suggest to a younger worker to accelerate his or her career? Better yet, what are the most common suggestions from hundreds of experienced professionals? Key Energy Services reached out to 2,000 industry professionals to collect first-hand advice. The results are summarized in a “Words of Wisdom” white paper and available to young professionals. John Honeycutt of Key Energy will be presenting an overview of these powerful findings on 14 November 2011 at our upcoming session.

Keynote Speaker: John Honeycutt, Senior Director of Marketplace Development, Key Energy Services

John Honeycutt

John Honeycutt is the senior director of marketplace development at Key Energy, headquarters in Houston, Texas. Honeycutt is the author of two published books and is a frequent speaker at energy industry events. He has remained closely tied to the energy industry for twenty-five years as a management consultant with Andersen Consulting, CSC, and Deloitte providing advisory services to the oil & gas, utility, and the alternative energy sectors. Honeycutt started his career as a petrophysicist with Core Lab. He holds a bachelor of sciences degree in geology and masters of sciences in management, computers, and systems.

Panel Session


Heather Scott, General Manager, In-Situ Business Unit, Suncor
Choices Involved in Navigating Business and Technical Career Paths

Heather Scott is general manager in Suncor's In-Situ business unit, responsible for the development and optimization of the MacKay River SAGD resource. In her 28 years in the petroleum industry with Petro-Canada/Suncor, Scott has held various roles combining technical, business, and leadership skills. She began her career as an EIT and reservoir engineer, progressing into business roles in Natural Gas Liquids then as manager, Natural Gas Marketing. As senior director of strategic planning, Scott led the integration of a large international corporate acquisition. Over the past 10 years, she has held several general manager roles leading Western Canada Operations, Technology and Land, and Unconventional Gas Operations.

Scott is active in professional women and engineering associations. She earned her bachelor of applied science in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Bob Steele, Consultant
Starting Up and Running Your Own Business: How to Find Your Niche, Build a Team, and Find Effective Investment Capital

Bob Steele is currently an independent businessman with over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has previously held senior management roles with Imperial Oil Limited and Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd. In 1994, Steele formed Stellarton Energy Corporation, a unique blend of service and E&P. The company grew successfully and was sold in 2001. In 2002, he became the CEO of a technology company that was transformed in 2003 into Berens Energy Ltd. Berens was successfully built and sold in early 2010.

Steele is an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and is a professional engineer.

Sheila Reader, Manager, Resource Plays and Technology, ConocoPhillips Canada
Work-Life Balance and How To Re-Enter the Workforce After an Extended Break

Sheila Reader is currently manager of Resource Plays and Technology in the Exploration department of ConocoPhillips Canada. She enjoys mentoring young professionals within her organization.

Early in her career, she took a 12-year hiatus to raise her family and participate in various community organizations. Since her return to the workforce, Reader has held a variety of roles in oil and gas exploitation and exploration, including chief reservoir engineer for ConocoPhillips Canada.

Reader earned her bachelor of applied science degree in geological engineering at the University of British Columbia in 1980.

Dr. Jim Barclay, Geologic Advisor – Western Canada Gas, ConocoPhillips Canada

Jim Barclay is a petroleum geologist who is currently the Geologic Advisor – Western Canada Gas at ConocoPhillips Canada in Calgary, responsible for developing and executing mentorship and training programs for the geological staff. This is a new role in the company that Jim and others are currently defining. Jim has 37 years of experience in oil exploration & development, mining exploration, and geological mapping within a variety of companies and organisations. They include start-up, junior, intermediate & multi-national companies, the Geological Survey of Canada and also independent consulting work. Jim's previous positions include senior, chief geologist and VP roles. Jim's work has centred mainly on regional-scale mapping and petroleum exploration, often looking at new plays and new core areas. Jim has worked mainly throughout Canada.

Speed Mentoring Session

Small groups of young professionals will breakout with experienced industry professionals to discuss various career related topics. Feel free to bring your own questions to discover how to best design your career!