Alishia Klein

Communications Coordinator, Public Affairs, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL)

Describe a typical day

No matter how early I have to wake up, I ensure each day starts out with some of the things I love most – my cat, coffee and Twitter. I catch up on world news before starting my work day, share stories related to industry with my followers and retweet positive posts from people and organizations I follow. My daily routine in Public Affairs may shift slightly in response to current events though the heart of my role is consistent. I am responsible for the internal reporting on the company’s management and performance in the areas of health and safety, asset integrity, environment and community stewardship.  This includes responding to numerous investors and research groups on our corporate social responsibility efforts, and facilitating internal and external stakeholder communications. As a creature of habit, I am constantly reviewing processes, making checklists and planning ahead – never static, never bored!

Perks of your job and things you like about your current company.

I am surrounded by good people every day, who know the true value of teamwork and hard work. While everyone wears many hats at Canadian Natural, our culture is built on working together, which means no one is ever too busy to help when asked. My colleagues have big hearts, a limitless ability to share ideas and an unwavering commitment to excellence - inspiring me every day!

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

My proudest accomplishments fall both inside and outside of work. I am proud of my relationships. At Canadian Natural, I have developed and nourished relationships with amazing people who continue to inspire, educate and help develop me as a person. At home, the strong relationships I have with the people I love most keep me wanting to do more, to do better. Together, these relationships are essential to my success and happiness.

Thoughts on the future of the industry as it relates to your field.

One of the biggest challenges we are facing from a Communications perspective is negative public perceptions of the Canadian oil and gas industry as it relates to environmental performance. As an industry, we need to enhance our communication efforts around the steps we are taking to improve our performance in this area, while providing energy the world needs in a safe, responsible manner. As individuals, I think it's important to be open-minded and understand that we need all forms of energy to improve our lives and it's not an all or nothing fix. Together, we have an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the world through innovative ideas, meaningful conversations and conscious actions.

Current community involvement efforts.

Volunteering is a big part of my life - I love spending time with like-minded, compassionate people who are helping make great things happen. Currently, I spend my time volunteering at the Calgary Zoo, my home away from home. I also volunteer with Young Women in Energy through their Book Club. More recently, I joined CARE Canada, an international humanitarian organization that is fighting global poverty.

Why YWE?

YWE brings together confident and successful women to share ideas and knowledge, creating a platform for women to collaborate and celebrate their roles in the oil and gas industry. Moreover, YWE encourages women to support one another, be true to themselves and choose their own path to success.

What are you reading?

The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg and Outliers by Malcom Gladwell.