Carmen Benoit

Senior Specialist, Risk Management at Enbridge

Describe a typical day

My passion is connecting employees with the knowledge and tools they need to make risk informed decisions. I love talking about how the discipline of risk management can be used to ensure effective resource allocation! A typical day involves collaborating with other teams to enhance risk tools, analyzing risk management system requirements and assisting colleagues with risk assessments.

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

My current role hits all my engagement drivers: people, learning and progress. I’ve come to enjoy transformational change. Enbridge is being proactive in light of current and future industry conditions, and never loses sight of our values and strategy. There are also numerous opportunities to give back and get involved with the communities in which we work and live.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

One of my greatest accomplishments was designing custom risk assessment tools, training and implementing a process for risk informed capital allocation. I had the opportunity to do this work with a brilliant team and stakeholders across North America in 2015, and it has since changed the way we do business.

Before my second maternity leave in 2013, myself and a colleague founded Enbridge’s Parent Employee Resource Group (PERG). The group’s vision is to create an avenue for Enbridge employees to share information and support each other as parents, while also managing our careers. I don’t chair the group anymore (a very driven group of employees has taken it to the next level), but enjoy sharing my experiences and mentoring expectant and new mothers in the workplace. After all, we’re in this together and can learn from each other!

I think the conversation is changing as it pertains to women working outside the home. I want my daughter to see me succeed so she knows she has options, and I want my son to have a healthy opinion of women in the workplace. I’m pretty proud of them and how resilient they are with my husband and me working outside the home.

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

Enbridge is working really hard to build risk management capability and for the most part, we take a decentralized approach. That is, we want all our employees to know what risk is and how to manage it to create and protect value for Enbridge and our shareholders. My vision for the future of risk management is that all industry stakeholders endorse risk informed decision making.

Current community involvement efforts.

Enbridge provides numerous opportunities to volunteer in the community (one of my perks above). Sometimes I find it difficult to squeeze in volunteering around my kids’ school, sports and activities, so a friend and I decided we’d each take turns choosing a charity important to us, and one evening a month, we get a group of women together to volunteer. Step 1 was easy – we recently contributed and donated to Calgary Walk-in Closet.

Why YWE?

As women, we need to support each other and learn from one another, and YWE provides a great platform for making those invaluable connections. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to accept a completely different role which meant tapping into a completely different network than what I had spent nearly ten years building! I hope others choose YWE to connect and share experiences so we move our industry forward together.

What are you reading?

I toggle back and forth between “The Tipping Point – How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”, by Malcolm Gladwell, and “Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins” by Annette Simmons. Both these reads are great if you’re working on transformational change.