Melissa is a born and bred Newfoundlander who has always lived within 5 minutes of her childhood home in beautiful Conception Bay South. Although she doesn’t consider herself much of an athlete, she spent many of her teenage years in the karate dojo, earning herself a brown belt in Kenpo. While completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Memorial University, Melissa spent one summer working at K&D Pratt, where she was asked to “help out” with the administration of their HSE and Quality management systems. That summer of helping out turned into working full-time there coordinating the HSE and Quality management systems for their St. John’s-based operations while completing her degree, which grew to managing HSE and Quality for their Atlantic Canada operations including Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
After 5 years, an available position in stewarding HSE and Quality in offshore drilling on the Hibernia Platform became very intriguing. Melissa spent 5 years as the HSEQ Advisor with Noble Drilling, who provided her the opportunity to really gain an understanding and respect for the offshore industry, sending her to the Hibernia Platform almost monthly to work with the drilling and maintenance teams as well as to offshore drilling units in the Gulf of Mexico, Qatar and Dubai to learn the operations of jack ups, semi-submersibles and submersibles in those locations. Along came Hebron, which drew Melissa away from offshore drilling to become the Senior Safety Advisor for the Hebron Topsides Project for WorleyParsons, which then led to her current position as the HSE and Quality & Risk Manager for WorleyParsons’ Atlantic Canada operations.
Melissa is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, a proud wife to her equally hard-working husband who also works in the oil and gas industry, dedicated mother to two beautiful children as well as a photography enthusiast who loves to take photos of her family, and who also enjoys golfing, fishing, spending time with her family and friends and traveling.
Melissa: Sustainability means taking care of our environment and our prosperous natural resources to ensure that our children and their children and society as a whole continue to reap the benefits they provide. Newfoundland is a beautiful place which provides us with so much opportunity. We need to treat it with respect and give back to it like it gives to us.
Melissa: I have been fortunate enough to have a couple of mentors throughout my career. One would be my father who works in the oil and gas industry and provides me with a wealth of experience and advice which helped me initiate and continue my career in the industry. Another would be a former manager of mine who taught me that giving anything less than 100% was not good enough. His attention to detail forced me to try to be one step ahead, be professional and be concise. I always try to conduct myself with these expectations in mind.
Melissa: Success to me is achieving your goals, whatever they may be, and being a good person in the process.
Melissa: Challenging, Opportunistic, Rewarding.
Melissa: I’m a fan of old fashioned professionalism; look people in the eye, have a firm handshake, smile, be positive, walk the talk, build enduring relationships and do the right thing – not what’s easy. You have to earn a seat at the table; no one is going to give it to you. Also, safety is of upmost importance both on and off the job; it’s a mindset – get on board.
Melissa: I feel I have achieved many milestones in my career, but one that is particularly memorable is my first visit to the Hibernia Platform. It changed the way I think and feel about the Energy sector and gave me a better appreciation of it. The general public rarely gets to see that side of the business so it is difficult to comprehend the planning and preciseness required to get oil out of the ground.
Melissa: I’ve faced many challenges in my career. Being a young female in the safety field starting out 10-15 years ago was not what it is today. Every position I held presented its own challenges – managing HSE and Quality in a sales and warehousing environment to offshore drilling to major engineering and construction projects – but without these challenges I would not have evolved as a professional.
Melissa: Technology certainly helps me be more efficient with respect to transmitting information and staying informed, but it has also presented the need to manage the concerns with having access to too much information and the societal inability to function without it.
Melissa: I’m not one to look ahead in my career; I’d rather take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves. I prefer to ride the wave and see where it takes me, relishing in opportunities to learn new things along the way.
Melissa: I think I have always been interested in the Energy sector, but working in it makes it even more interesting. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on both the construction and operating sides of an oil project. I find it fascinating.
Melissa: I am definitely interested in the prosperity and the opportunities, but also the diversity and abundance of things to learn to grow your wealth of knowledge, skill and experience.
Melissa: The role models that I look up to are the hard-working career moms out there who try to balance it all -successfully raising a family and having a rewarding career. I love to swap strategies and success stories; it revitalizes me.
Melissa: Energy makes things happen.
Melissa: My calendar is the single most important application on my phone so I know where I need to be and what I need to do. Other than Facebook, LinkedIn and the weather app, I don’t use much else.
Melissa: I think the Millennial Generation will have a huge impact on the Energy industry. The Millennial Generation is trying to make things more efficient through the use of technology and is more focused on the greater societal good. I think as they move up the career ladder, we are going to see a corporate shift in priorities; looking at different ways for companies to be financially prosperous but also being creative in maintaining high employee morale and work-life balance, as well as bringing corporate responsibility to the next level. We are already starting to see this.
Melissa: I think it is a great way to stay connected and informed when used as intended. It also brings more information than we need so that has to be managed.
Melissa: I check Facebook and LinkedIn daily, mostly to stay informed on daily events.
Melissa: I use LinkedIn to connect with industry professionals and colleagues as well as keep up to date with industry news.
Melissa: I think social recruiting is the best avenue for hiring in this industry, as long as you are taking advice from those who you trust and respect.
Melissa: I love what I do because I feel I am making a difference in people’s lives and also directly contributing to a project’s success. We need to take care of our people, meet our customer’s needs and deliver a quality product in order for a project to be successful. Anything less than that is not good enough.
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