Born in London (England not Ontario), and raised in Montreal. Returned to the UK and graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in Archaeology and Prehistory. Starting as office manager with Schlumberger it soon became apparent that my skills didn’t rest in running the office but entertaining the office. I became Event’s Coordinator and moved up to Marketing and Events Manager working for such organizations as Ernst & Young, The Royal College of Physicians, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and the Investor Relations Society. In 2008, I returned to Canada, following my heart.
Three years later it was still the best decision I ever made, and not just because of my sweetie. Working for Saxon in their business development team has been the most enjoyable position I’ve had, and it only promises to become more interesting, more exciting, and more challenging. A wanderer by nature, Calgary has given me the opportunity to put down roots and grow both personally and professionally.
Marise: Sustainability to me means growth, innovation and adaptation. If we’re talking about the environment, you have to add protection too. At Saxon protection of the environment we work in is a brand promise. Our new rigs have very small footprints, their electric and they are highly mobile without causing damage in some of the most unforgiving terrains.
Marise: No; but personally I’ve been very lucky to have had had some amazing managers throughout my career who have helped and guided me.
Marise: A sense of achievement; we have a very open and honest culture at Saxon that allows anyone to have an impact on the organizations running and success.
Marise: Progressive, creative, and constantly evolving.
Marise: Worldwide the energy industry is a tight-knit community always looking for new blood to help shake things up. If you are prepared to work hard, the energy industry is prepared to reward that hard work.
Marise: The day I that I moved into marketing; providing the public, your clients and investors, with your organizations brand promises is a big responsibility. It can also be a lot of fun!
Marise: When I moved to Canada in December 2008 I couldn’t have timed it worse to look for a job. Christmas and a global economic melt-down, and it was snowing!
Marise: I think technology is vital to anyone’s career. Saxon provides their clients with innovative drilling solutions through advanced technology rigs, and my career is dependent on that technology being in demand within our industry. On a daily basis I think we have to embrace new technologies because they are changing the way we do our jobs.
Marise: I would very much hope to still be with Saxon in 5 years. It’s very exciting time for the company with unprecedented growth, and I want to be on the front line communicating that to our clients around the globe.
Marise: Actually I started as an archaeologist, so I always had an interest in geology, but what really attracted me to energy was the “controversy”. Here is an industry on which the whole world is reliant, and yet is still so mistrusted and often downright hated. I wanted to work not just to change people’s perceptions, but also help better the industry standards through quality, health, safety and environment initiatives.
Marise: To me the energy industry has always felt like a community, and as an area that I enjoy working in, sustaining a career seems like a real no-brainer.
Marise: Tony Stark (aka Iron Man); CEO of Stark Industries – genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.
WhatsApp; it lets me talk to my whole family through a messenger-type system, no matter where they are, for free. I just have to remember the seven hour time difference.
Marise: They seem to be very good at communicating openly and honestly. The energy industry needs this kind of input. Anything that can educate and inform people about what we do, and why we do it, can only be a good thing.
Marise: Personally I like it, and I use it every day. In terms of business I think it gives organizations a fantastic way to communicate with audiences and potential clients they might never have reached. The downside is that nothing is private on the internet, and once it’s out there, you can’t bring it back. It’s something that an organization needs to put a lot of thought into, before getting into.
Marise: Twitter; I love the immediate information from the news, and the hilarious updates from my brother, sister, and cousins. It makes me feel connected.
Marise: Not at the moment, as a private company we have tended to be just that, private. Recently though we have discussed the merits of it as a means of internal communications with our employees – anything we can do to make them feel more connected and part of the Saxon community is always beneficial.
Marise: I think using social mediums such as Linkedin are a great way to identify potential employees. It ensures that the you are looking at the right people with the right skill sets for your organization.
Marise: Anything that keeps me entertained, challenged, focused and happy is worth sticking with. My role and my organization provide me with just that; and I’m sure they still have more to come.
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