Chrissy Evans

Buyer, Keyera

Describe a typical day

I’m not sure a typical day exists in the energy industry. My schedule depends on the status of Keyera’s many capital projects. If a project is gearing up for construction, we’re busy buying all of the required materials. As part of the Supply Chain Management department, I am involved in purchasing and developing contracts, negotiating terms and conditions, and assisting our operations team. I work closely with the engineering team to ensure we order the correct goods and services in the right sequence. One of my current projects involves a spend management initiative.  We are re-designing and improving processes and procedures for our receiving functions to improve workflow and reduce overall project costs. I am also working towards my Supply Chain Management Professional designation so I am applying those theories to my work at Keyera.

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

The best thing about Keyera is the corporate culture! The leadership team promotes personal growth within their employees. In the past year, I have transitioned from a co-op student to a permanent employee and continue to have the support of our leadership team to develop, personally and professionally in a collaborative work environment. Keyera was featured on Alberta’s Top Employers list for the fourth consecutive year and I strongly believe that all employees take Keyera’s corporate values to heart in everything they do.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

My proudest accomplishment professionally was co-founding Keyera’s New Grad Committee. This committee brings together the new graduates to network and learn about the different business units. Through lunch ‘n learns and volunteering events, we are able to inspire Keyera’s New Grads to immerse themselves into the corporate culture.

Outside of work I am an avid runner.  There is no better feeling than waking up on race day and feeding off of the energy of the fellow runners. My next race is the half marathon in the Rocky Mountain Soap Women’s Run and Walk in May 2016. I am always looking for a running buddy!

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

The energy industry was hit hard in 2015.  With most companies looking into ways to reduce their overhead, Supply Chain Management is well-positioned to help reduce spending by negotiating contracts that are mutually beneficial. It’s really exciting watching the savings that are negotiated on contracts grow. It can have a significant impact on an organization’s bottom line.

Current community involvement efforts.

Keyera provides all permanent employees with two volunteer days a year. Last year, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Country 105 Caring For Kids Radiothon answering the phones and recording the donations. That was one of the most rewarding experiences because I was able to see firsthand the impact the donations made on the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the patients and their families. This year, I’m going to volunteer with the Calgary Drop-In and Rehabilitation Centre and hopefully the Shaw Charity Classic golf tournament.

Why YWE?

I love being a part of a group that offers a forum for communication between intelligent and passionate women in the energy industry. When I attend the YWE events, I learn something new from each person I meet.

What are you reading?

I just finished reading Malcom Gladwell’s The Outliers (this month’s YWE book club book).

I’m going to start reading Red Notice by Bill Browder next. A story about high finance and murder, what’s not to love?