by Tina Olivero

    Lonita Judge: Supports & Elevates Women at WISTA

    Lonita Judge, Director of Safety and Compliance at Horizon Maritime Services Limited, has been appointed Regional Vice President, Atlantic of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA Canada).

    Judge is committed to helping WISTA Canada revive its presence in Atlantic Canada. “I am excited to take on this opportunity to unite women, and their supporters, in Atlantic Canada’s maritime industry,” says Judge. “A renewed presence in the region will benefit women, by providing networking, professional development, and knowledge opportunities.”

    Judge’s progressive career has included stops at Sempra, Ocean Rig, Remote Access Technology, Secunda Marine, J. Ray McDermott Canada, and Halterm Container Terminal, before landing at Horizon Maritime in 2017.

    Judge’s commitment to advancing a safety culture will now extend beyond her role at Horizon Maritime. “Lonita has been a profound contributor to the improved quality and safety outcomes of marine industries for the past twenty years,” stated Steve Widmeyer, Chief Operating Officer of Horizon Maritime. “I am confident that her leadership will make a notable impact on diversity and inclusion of women in our industry.”

    WISTA Canada hopes to provide and improve opportunities for its members in the region. WISTA Canada President, Vanessa Rochester, adds “I am thrilled that Lonita is taking the lead in developing the Atlantic Region. I am always inspired and impressed by the sense of community and the depth of professionalism demonstrated by my WISTA sisters here in Canada and around the world”

    WISTA Canada encourages more women to get involved – locally, nationally, and at international conferences. It’s first meeting in the Atlantic region will be hosted on International Women’s Day (March 8th) in Halifax Regional Municipality. To learn more, contact Lonita by e-mail lonita.judge@horizonmaritime.com.

    About WISTA: WISTA promotes diversity in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors, empowering women to lead through their unique perspective and competencies, with the conviction that gender diversity is key in providing a sustainable future for the shipping industry internationally. Formed in 1974, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) is a global organisation connecting female executives and decision makers around the world. WISTA International serves as a connector for its network of more than 3,000 female professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry. Please visit our website at https://wistainternational.com.

    About Horizon Maritime Services Ltd: Horizon Maritime is a Canadian company with deep experience in harsh environment marine and offshore operations. With locations across Canada and operations abroad, Horizon Maritime helps to solve the unique challenges of Canadian waters and the global ocean community. Built on a foundation of exceptional people and modern equipment, Horizon Maritime brings innovative solutions and provides industry-leading marine services to our customers.

    Tina Olivero

    30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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