Courtney Blackmore

Sr. Environment and Regulatory Coordinator, MEG Energy

Describe a typical day

One of the many things I really enjoy about my job is the variety in day to day tasks and the new challenges that present themselves. Whether it is working on our compliance assurance program, looking into waste management initiatives or being able to present to local communities about our environmental monitoring programs, each day brings new opportunities to engage with people in and outside of our company about the importance of environmental responsibility and stewardship.

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

MEG Energy is an innovative company which has focused on using different technology to maximize the recovery of our resource while also decreasing our Steam to Oil Ratio (SOR) which results in less water use. Win. Win. It is really exciting to get to be on the forefront of these technological advances, especially in a time when environmental regulations and policy are consistently challenging industry to minimize its environmental impact.

Obviously behind this innovation are the amazing and extremely talented people that work at MEG. MEG’s people and culture make it a standalone in industry, which I am very proud to be a part of.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

Although I don’t have a specific example, anytime that I am able to help someone understand the lengths that industry goes to in order to minimize environmental impact and the amount of monitoring that takes place by industry it makes me proud. Ultimately, conversations are the key to empowering people with the knowledge to understand that oil sands are not everything that the media portrays.

In my personal life, I was proud to successfully complete the 2015 Tough Mudder obstacle course in Drumheller alongside a few of my colleagues and friends. The sense of comradery and accomplishment really made it such a great experience. I still have mud that mysteriously appears in my washing machine!


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

We are in the middle of a very dynamic time in industry especially when it comes to environmental regulations and increased public scrutiny of the oil sands in general. These regulatory changes coupled with fluctuation in commodity prices over the last few years have made for challenging times. With these challenges comes a lot of opportunity and gratifying work. I look forward to Canada leading the charge towards better environmental protection legislation and industry further innovating to ensure our resource is recovered in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. These are very exciting times!


Current community involvement efforts.

In my current role I don’t get to have as much involvement with the community as I would like however, every once in a while I get pulled in by our great Community Relations team to provide some details on our various environmental initiatives and monitoring programs. I believe a huge part of changing negative perceptions of oil sands is to share all of the amazing environmental monitoring and mitigations that occur on a day to day basis in industry. I really enjoy any and all opportunities to talk about the great things industry does to protect the environment in which we conduct our business.


Why YWE?

I find working in the energy sector very inspiring, and anytime I have the opportunity to engage with other amazing women that are working in industry I always find it incredibly rewarding. Furthermore, golf nights in the summer are a great way to meet other women with similar interests and enjoy some of the great Calgary sunshine.


What are you reading?

I am currently reading A Dogs Purpose which was recently made into a motion picture. Being an animal lover it provides an interesting and heartwarming insight into our pets’ lives and potentially their thoughts.