Darcy Cosgrove

Mineral Lease Analyst, ARC Resources Ltd.

Describe a typical day

As a Mineral Lease Analyst, it’s my job to administer and support portions of ARC’s mineral land base. On a given day, this would have me creating a map to distribute to the asset teams, reviewing a file to answer a partner’s query, submitted a continuation application to the appropriate regulatory body, or meeting with the area Landmen to strategize tenure. In my role, data integrity and accuracy are key, so I spend a lot of time reviewing our land system to ensure the information presented there is accurate and accessible. Our business is also heavily affected by the regulatory regimes in each of the four provinces, so ensuring that I’m up to speed on any changes or new interpretations of the regulations in my areas is a big part of my job.

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

Hands down, the best part about working at ARC is the people. ARC’s commitment to its corporate culture runs deep, and the environment that is created at work because of that commitment is truly one of a kind: positive, respectful, engaging, and impactful.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

My proudest accomplishment has been the growth I’ve experienced as a professional during these first five years of my career. It was ARC that introduced me to Land, and to the world oil and gas – and then supported me while I balanced a full-time course load at the University of Calgary with a full-time job. Making it through those two years, and coming out the other side with a business degree and a career – that felt good!

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

Honestly, it’s a little scary right now. Historically, Mineral Land professionals had a substantial role to play in the exploration and development of oil and gas resources. Now, with so much changing – the scale and complexity of our resources, the political climate, and ever-increasing competition– it can be difficult to see how we’ll fit in as the oil and gas landscape continues to evolve. But what I do know is this: we do not have the luxury of sitting back and riding on the coat tails of another oil run. We, as land professionals, must ensure that we remain competitive, and make every effort to develop our cross-functional business skills. There is a place for us in this business – we just need to make sure we’re equipped to fill it.

Current community involvement efforts.

I am currently involved with a variety of CAPL (Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen) and CAPLA (Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Administration) committees, and also with YWE’s blog. During these difficult times in industry, it feels great to connect with these professional organizations, and do some good! It’s been so inspiring to work with so many wonderful and driven men and women; I’d highly recommend it to any young person starting in industry.

Why YWE?

Girl. Power.

What are you reading?

I’m a sucker for productivity hacks, and am currently enjoying Laura Vanderkam’s “I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of their Time.”