Where are you from and tell me a bit about yourself.
I grew up in Conception Bay South, where I live today with my husband, three children, two cats and one blue tongue skink. We have plans to add a dog to the mix this summer. As a family we enjoy camping and spending time outside and with family and friends. Outside of work I volunteer with the local Girl Guides Brownie Unit and also serve as a Level 2 Official with Synchronized Swimming, NL. Life is busy and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Give me a sense for your education and work experience. How did you end up as the Emergency Management Advisor at Suncor Energy?
I received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Memorial University where I majored in Geography and minored in Geology. I followed up my degree with a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrated Coastal and Oceans Management at the Marine Institute. A work term placement with Eastern Canada Response Corporation (ECRC) was my first exposure to Emergency and Oil Spill Response and Preparedness and after graduating, I held a number of environmental jobs that eventually led me back to ECRC where I supported their Offshore Operators Preparedness Program. Through my experience I established a great deal of respect and appreciation for the importance operators place on spill prevention and emergency response.
What exactly is your role as an Emergency Management Advisor?
As an Emergency Management Advisor, it’s my accountability to work with our business to maintain and improve our regional emergency response plans and processes. This includes coordination of emergency response exercises which test the team’s ability to respond. Should an incident occur, I support the provision and maintenance of offshore spill response equipment, including working closely with ECRC and other response contractors.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
With a focus on safe and reliable production, our operators are committed to mitigating any issues or incidents that could have an impact on our people or the environment. But if something were to occur, it’s important to be prepared. Emergency preparedness is an incredibly important function and I take pride in my role supporting the team.
Another important piece of my job satisfaction is work-life balance. My role is located in St. John’s and the location allows me and my husband to hold meaningful careers while remaining close to our friends and families… that gives me enormous satisfaction.