Carly Livingstone (3)

Carly Livingstone

Director, Academic Research Network at the Canadian Pipeline Technology Collaborative

Describe a typical day

I don’t really have one, which is what I love about this job! On any given day I may have a few phone meetings with a member of our provincial government, a researcher, or a Vice-President of Research at any one of the universities across Canada. I am beginning to travel more often, so I may spend the day in Calgary meeting with different stakeholders, or out east in Ontario visiting with universities, meeting researchers and students, and touring their research facilities. Our offices are located in downtown Vancouver, so you may find me in Vancouver, expanding CPTC’s network in the technology and innovation community. When I am in my office, I can be found researching and/or developing draft governance and operating structures for the Academic Research Network, or coordinating a committee of academia and industry members to receive input and advice in the creation of the network. There is a possibility that I will be making a more permanent transition out to Vancouver, so that is in the background of my day as well!

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

This job has created an incredible series of opportunities for me, right from the get-go. I joined CPTC before it was even incorporated, which means I have had the privilege to help build a non-profit company from the ground up. This has been a steep learning curve, but it is one that is instrumental to my development as a professional. Additionally, a new organization means a new corporate culture, and this is something that I have been able to help shape. I love the fact that CPTC is creating a culture that thrives on innovation, creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, and flexibility. It is definitely a university graduate’s dream job.

I also have the privilege of working directly with a mentor (Richard Wayken, CEO) that is very invested in my career progression and my development as a leader. My job is challenging and demanding, but above all rewarding, and I am supported 100% along the way.

I also have to mention the networking, because the networking I have been able to do in one year is astonishing. I meet incredible, successful, extremely intelligent people, from provincial and federal governments, to industry, to academia. These people impress and motivate me on a daily basis.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

Work: I was recently a keynote speaker at the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC), and I also recently presented at the CEPA Foundation Fall Meeting in Saskatchewan. The learning curve that I have experienced since joining CPTC one year ago has been incredible, and public speaking has made me realize just how much knowledge I’ve gained over the course of a year. It is a proud accomplishment for me to have the confidence and the knowledge base to speak to diverse audiences and answer challenging questions, speaking to the value and the importance of an organization like CPTC.

Outside of work: In my final year as a VP for the MacEwan United Nations team, I was chosen as the lead for our New York team of 26 students. This is an international conference, attended by universities from across the globe. Competitors include the London School of Economics, Beijing School of Economics, and Yale. Our team emerged from the four-day conference with the top award. As an executive team we were able to create a collaborative environment where everyone felt valued, welcomed, and challenged. It was a great reward for a year of hard work (and New York City wasn’t too bad either…).

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

The CPTC aims to establish a coordinated system for Canada’s pipeline sector, allowing us to move away from the silos that currently exist across the innovation curve (from academia, to applied research, to the supply chain). Instead of working independently and in a fragmented manner, we would like to see all players of the pipeline industry united, working collaboratively on priority areas and moving the bar on technology and innovation quicker and more effectively. If, as an industry, we can unite Canada’s pipeline operators, researchers and technology providers with the pipeline supply chain of manufacturers and equipment suppliers, we could begin to fully capitalize on our investments, close gaps in technologies quicker, make Canada the global leader in pipeline technology development, and develop skilled people simultaneously. This is what I would like to see for the future of our industry.

Current community involvement efforts.

Since graduating last year, I have been slowly transitioning out of the commitments I had in university. I was the Vice President of the MacEwan United Nations Club for two years, where I had the opportunity to lead teams in international competitions from New York, to the Galapagos Islands, to Seoul. This was a substantial part of my life for three years. I have also recently transitioned out of my position as the Youth Representative to the United Nations Association of Canada, Edmonton Branch. With past involvement in the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and Hope Mission, I am now looking for something new. I have a passion for international development and women in business and leadership, and I would love to find something that encompasses both. So if any women out there have any suggestions, please send them my way!

Why YWE?

I think that YWE acts as a platform for women, in a traditionally male-centric space, to come together and cheer each other on. We applaud each other’s accomplishments, we motivate each other to push further in our careers, and we share the resources that can help us get to where we want to be. As someone new to the sector and new to YWE, I cannot explain how encouraging it was (and is) to have a huge directory of intelligent, successful, driven women doing incredible things in the energy sector. All it takes to get that little motivational boost (which, I would like to think, we all need once in a while…) is to read one or two profiles on YWE. These women go above and beyond both in their professional and personal lives, and I can absolutely say that simply reading their profiles pushes me to take on more challenges and become more involved.

What are you reading?

I always have a few books on the go (I need different books for different moods/times of day). Right now I’m reading: Hard Choices, Hilary Clinton; Bossy Pants, Tina Fe; and Climate Wars, Gwynne Dyer