Julie Lang







Julie Lang

Market Research Analyst, Rainmaker Global Business Development

Describe a typical day

My role is incredibly dynamic, making every day completely different. As a Market Research Analyst, I am responsible for building proposals for potential clients both domestically and internationally, conducting research and analysis (specific to different areas within the industry) and maintaining client satisfaction and communication. My role also requires me to network as much as possible, so many of my days are spent meeting with industry professionals. I spend a lot of time putting myself in networking situations where I will have the opportunity to make meaningful relationships with other industry stakeholders.

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

The versatility and independence my role affords me is a huge benefit. My company places a lot of trust in its employees, empowering us to excel in our project management and delivery, without any hand holding. While autonomy is important, I’ve still continuously received the support I need from both the company’s leadership and my colleagues, so it’s really the best of both worlds. I have had many opportunities to take part in meetings with CEOs and Directors, attend several trade shows and conferences, and work with a variety of clients; many of which are internationally headquartered, exposing me to different business cultures.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

Within the workplace, I am definitely proud of the adaptability I’ve brought to my role. I do not have a lot of experience within the industry, yet am proud of how much I have learned and how far I have come in the year and a half I have been working with Rainmaker. As an example, I had the opportunity to work with a multi-billion dollar European pipeline contractor, which resulted in an EOI (Expression of Interest) with a Canadian midstream company and a partnership with a local contractor in the Canadian pipeline space.

My versatility is something I also take great pride in outside of the workplace. I have been an athlete my entire life and won athlete of the year at my high school. Musically, I have accomplished a high grade in piano lessons, and academically I graduated University with a Dean’s Honor Roll status. I have traveled to many other parts of the world and in the summer, I am an avid golf player!

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

Given the current market conditions and impacts of globalization, the future of energy is going to be incredibly interesting. Working in an international organization, I think there will be an added focus on globalization and the impacts of geopolitical factors on the industry. China, for example, is a huge player in the energy world and its influence is growing, as in the future, they will use almost twice as much energy as the U.S.

I also think we need to adjust our new normal for the next couple of years by becoming more innovative through new technologies, alternative energy sources and internal company supply chain processes.

Current community involvement efforts.

Currently I took on helping out with the YWE Niners Golf League, which is something that is very important and exciting to me. I grew up surrounding myself in golf and think it is something that can be used for a young women’s advantage in the energy industry. Because a lot of business can be done on the golf course, why not learn how to swing a club? Plus who can turn down a day being outside in the sun!

In the past, I have been involved with Calgary’s Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids- an organization that works in partnership with Calgary schools to make and deliver free healthy lunches for students who would otherwise go hungry.

Why YWE?

I signed up for the YWE in the summer of 2015 and have found it very rewarding. I think it is such a great idea (and incredibly empowering) to get young women in the same room to speak on a variety of topics and issues in relation to the energy industry. It has also been great for networking, which ties in nicely with my job. I really can’t speak highly enough of this organization and what it does for women in the industry.

What are you reading?

I am currently reading “11/22/63” by Stephen King, “Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me?” by Mindy Kaling, and “Before I Go to Sleep” by S.J. Watson. Each novel is completely different and I highly recommend all three.