December 4, 2005Her job: Mechanical Engineer, Petro-Canada
Describe what you do in your current work situation?
I work for Petro-Canada, a large Canadian integrated oil and gas company, which explores for and produces oil and gas and also refines oil into gasoline and diesel for sale. I am the Vice-President of Western Canada Development and Operations in the sector of the company that does the exploration and production component. I have overall business and operational responsibility for this part of our business which generates over $1 billion in revenue and has capital expenditures on wells and facilities of about $400 million per year.
Why did you choose engineering?
Engineering was not my first choice of career - because I had been very ill and was hospitalized during most of my high school years, I had originally planned on entering medicine. However, after the second year of university, I decided medicine was not for me and started to look at alternatives. I knew very little about engineering but had always enjoyed and excelled at math and physics, so a number of my friends who were in engineering urged me to consider it. I did consider it, enrolled in mechanical engineering and have never looked back or regretted my choice.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston Ontario
What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
Ultimately I would like to put all the cumulative learning I have had in my career and become the President and Chief Executive Officer of a company or start my own company. I think that this would be the ultimate challenge.