Jenna Adams

Jenna Adams

Supervisor, Emergency Response Planning, Penn West

Describe a typical day

One of the things I enjoy most about my job is that each day is different from the last.  Over the past year Penn West has undergone significant organizational changes and although my title may say “Emergency Response Planning”, my role within the Health & Safety department has evolved along with the company.  In addition to my Emergency Management role, I also support our company’s Certificate of Recognition (COR) and Vendor Safety Management programs, among others.  There is never a dull moment, which allows me to be constantly learning and developing my skills as a safety professional.

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

One perk of being in Health and Safety is that your work has the potential to impact everyone across the company in some way.  I have been fortunate within my role to be able to work with and learn from so many different groups, engaging with leaders from across the company and in particular, the great group of people in our Health & Safety group; both in the head office and out in the field.  Penn West as a company has undergone significant change over the past year, including a new President and changes to the Board of Directors, significant layoffs and divestitures, as well as a shift in strategic focus.  The silver lining however, throughout this period of change, has been our leadership’s  clear focus on our organizational goal – to be the company that redefines oil & gas excellence in western Canada – and the steps we need to take to get there.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

At work I am most proud of my conscious effort to never stop learning.  My formal education includes both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Management degrees from the University of Lethbridge, as well as a recently completed Occupational Health & Safety Certificate through the University of Alberta.  I have also had the opportunity to learn from industry peers through my involvement in the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Emergency Management Committee, which I joined in 2010. I am currently the Chair of this committee and in 2013 received a CAPP Committee Recognition Award for my efforts and work with related sub-committees.

Outside of work I am most proud of my marriage to my wonderful husband.  We have travelled extensively to Europe, Australia, South America and throughout North America and the Carribbean.  I continue to look forward to many new adventures together in the future!

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

Health and Safety, along with Environment and Regulatory compliance, make up much of a company’s social license to operate. The field is always evolving with new technology and changing regulations.  During my time in the industry, I have been encouraged by the amount of sharing of best practices between companies through associations like CAPP, conferences, and other networking opportunities. A trend I expect will only continue and grow in the future.

Current community involvement efforts.

Through Penn West, I have engaged in community efforts including volunteering at the Mustard Seed, Inn from the Cold, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way. I live and work in downtown Calgary so I like to support community associations that help those less fortunate in our community, which I see on a daily basis.

Why YWE?

Young Women in Energy is a great demonstration of the power women have to support each other and raise each other up.  I have attended the events and have taken the opportunity to engage through the peer-to-peer mentoring as well, which I highly recommend.  It is so inspiring to engage with other young women in the energy sector who are faced with the same challenges and opportunities, and to learn from their experiences.

What are you reading?

I am currently reading “The Start-up Of You” by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, which is the book selection for YWE’s third book club meeting, taking place in July.  Our last two book club meetings have been a great success and I look forward to having another engaging discussion with my YWE peers regarding this book.  The next book club will be held at 5:30 on Thursday July 24th at Divino Wine and Cheese Bistro, located on Stephen Ave at 113-8 Ave SW - contact me @jennaadams to RSVP!