It’s too often that the hard work, dedication and creativity of a young professional working in the energy industry are overshadowed by those established in the industry. The industry is also known to be attached to an intimidation factor which discourages the Millennial Generation to seek a career in our ever changing industry. Well, that’s about to change! The OGM wants to turn the spotlight on young professionals, who make a difference in our industry everyday. Their commitment, endless hours of hard work and passion prove that anyone can attain a career in the energy industry.
We are excited to profile individuals in every issue from various companies that truly deserve the spotlight. We want to show the world that these young professionals mean business as they have each achieved levels of success that are motivating, inspiring and rewarding.
Why do you love what you do?
"First of all, I love the people that I work with, and that makes all the difference in the world. But I also have the freedom to succeed and am lucky enough to work for a company that rewards me for my successes. Can’t get better than that!"
Melissa enjoys running, traveling, and is a self-described photographer from Houston, TX. She received a BBA in management in three years from Texas Tech University, graduating cum laude, with a minor in political science. Her passion for politics took her to Washington, D.C., where she worked on Capitol Hill with dreams of becoming a chief […]
Why do you love what you do?
"It is challenging and creative. Every day is an opportunity to learn. Dealing with a team of people who are also passionate about what they do. There is never a dull moment in the oilfield!"
Growing up in Nadym, Siberia, Alex Obvintsev has literally spent his entire life in the oilfield. Today, a long way from home, Obvintsev manages all drilling operations for Energy Partners Ltd. He is one of the youngest drilling managers in the Gulf of Mexico by approximately a decade. In his 15-year career, he has overseen […]
What interests you to sustain a career in the Energy industry?
"Simply put, it is a wonderful and rewarding industry. I have met and worked with many great people in this industry. I am thankful that I chose this path."
A native of Harbour Breton, NL., Stephen studied engineering at Dalhousie University, and then worked on offshore drilling projects in Nova Scotia. In 2006, Stephen joined Baker Hughes as a field engineer. Currently, he resides in Halifax, but regularly travels throughout Eastern Canada pursuing opportunities within the energy industry. We asked Steven: The OGM: Have you had a mentor? Stephen: Yes, in my […]
Describe a milestone in your career?
"It would be leading my company to the international markets and enabling its continued success. And gaining enough experience and expertise to be able to lead and mentor anyone who is looking to develop his or her career."
Samar Al Mafragy was born in Baghdad where she completed her bachelor’s degree in English Arts at the Al Mustansyria University in 1998. Samar is the business development and marketing director for Access Made Safe Scaffolding (AMS), which is considered one of the most professional scaffolding companies in the region following the high British standard […]
Describe a milestone in your career?
"Launching SURGE Accelerator, it brought me back home to Houston and placed me in a space for which I've always had passion."
Kirk is an entrepreneur and start-up advocate who has founded and run three companies. A seventh-generation Texan, he spent his earlier business and entrepreneurial career in Austin and the East Coast before relocating back to Houston to lead and join the SURGE project. Prior to leading SURGE, Kirk created and was the CEO of Chief […]
What do the next 5 years look like in your career?
"Lots of traveling, getting more international experience, perhaps moving to a different sector to broaden my horizons ... but apart from that, I’d like to leave it pretty flexible."
Kay is a government and policy advisor at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), which represents over 90 percent of Canada’s oil and gas upstream industry. In her role at CAPP, Kay focuses on the oil sands portfolio, with a particular emphasis on market access of oil sands to the U.S. and other international […]
What is your favorite APP on your phone?
"Nike Training Club, a circuit-based fitness app."
Emily, a recent graduate of civil engineering from Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, is a structural engineer in the local offshore oil and gas industry. She works currently on the site team for a major maintenance turnaround project. As a junior in the industry, she is eager to learn and explore new opportunities. We […]
Describe a challenge you faced in your career?
"One of the challenges I faced was the ability to gain the respect and confidence from industry experts such as an EIT (Engineer in Training)."
Bernard Madden was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he completed his engineering degree at Memorial University in 2008. Through internships, Bernard initially developed an interest in the construction industry; however, he found his niche in the energy industry through reservoir, marine installation and project engineering positions stationed in Calgary, Houston and St. John’s. Upon […]
What does sustainability mean to you?
"To me, sustainability is all about planning. That which is not growing is dying, and that which is dying gives life to something new. Therefore, the key to sustainability is to plan for the next phase and ensure a smooth transition."
Ashley has a unique and wide range of industry experience that uniquely positions him to bring meaningful innovation to the oil and gas industry. From a young age he was being mentored to take over the private family oil company. Starting in the field he worked his way into the office where he was put […]
What does success mean to you?
"Success to me is about going to work feeling challenged and going home at the end of the day feeling satisfied... I know I made the right career choice."
A communications professional by day and a photography enthusiast by night, Julia Turner is a born and raised Calgarian. She loves living and working in her hometown, but has a passion for traveling the world and venturing off the beaten path. Julia graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in communications and a […]
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