Juliette Gonzalez

Project Planner Specialist, Project Procurement, TransCanada

Describe a typical day

If possible, I like to get my workouts in early in the morning, prior to going to work. I feel more energized that way! That’s not always possible however, as sometimes meetings are earlier or project demands may require me to be at the office earlier than usual.

My days also vary depending on what stage we’re at in the project we are working on. Usually, projects are very fast paced and demanding at the beginning, when most of the planning is happening, and then tends to be more balanced towards the end. As a result, my typical day can vary widely from all day meetings, trying to facilitate the projects moving forward, to spending the day at my office drafting close out reports.

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

I’m grateful I work for a company that has assets across Canada and North America, including Mexico. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to travel for work and visit the field; where I get to see firsthand the positive impact our projects have on the local economy and the lives of our project stakeholders.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

At work, project managing the Mexico Integration Project has to be my proudest accomplishment. The project had been attempted three times prior with varying degrees of success but with proper management, the right support from leadership, and superior technologies, it finally succeeded, which was an incredibly rewarding experience.

Personally: Having played with the Women's Basketball Team at University of Calgary was definitely a highlight in my life. Playing at a varsity level in Canada, traveling to represent U of C, has been one of my proudest moments in this country.

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

We live in a fast paced world where change has become the only constant. The companies that will survive and thrive in the future will be those that adapt the most quickly to changes in legislation, the business environment and social issues. I also feel the industry will likely see companies that did not protect their balance sheets acquired by larger and more secure firms. This will, in turn, require business leaders to focus on the success of integration projects, in order to ensure the synergies promised are achieved. We are about to embark on a period of immense change and accordingly, I see a huge opportunity for professionals that thrive in ambiguity and have the ability to deliver on projects with very little guidance.

Current community involvement efforts.

Most of my spare time went to finishing my MBA while I was working full time. In the past I have been involved with the United Nations Association Canada, as a board member for fund development and with Junior Achievement, as an Advisor. I am currently looking for opportunities to support similar projects with time and also funding.

Why YWE?

So many reasons! The top three:

  1. Great group of women focused on being successful but more importantly, helping other women find success as well
  2. Excellent forum to share experiences and learnings on issues that affect women at work and at home
  3. The energy sectors is trying to be more inclusive, championing and promoting high potential. YWE is a great platform to celebrate these women and highlight the advancements we’re seeing in gender equality
What are you reading?

The Road to Character by David Brooks. It talks about the two Adams we all have. Adam I is career oriented and ambitious in nature, while Adam II is focused on inner strength and soul development. The book profiles different biographies of men and women in history.