Malka Labell

Account Executive, CriticalControl Energy Services

Describe a typical day

Other than the typical response of “no day is really typical” my days are focused on my clients and their needs. Since my clients are Junior and Emerging Oil and Gas Producers, I try to stay current by starting the day reading the BOEreport.com and other media releases to get the latest in news and industry info. I frequently respond to both internal and external e-mails around my accounts, as well as attend several meetings inside and outside the office. While out, I sometimes see my clients in and around the +15’s of downtown Calgary and get a chance to have a quick chat or impromptu coffee. Back at my office, I schedule more meetings and presentations with clients and also work on custom solution proposals and contracts. Engaging my counterparts too is a focus in my role, as I work to ensure our clients are happy with our services and getting what they need to help their businesses thrive; even in these tougher times with the current commodity prices.

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

My company is in a growth phase now, which is such a breath of fresh air compared to the doom and gloom I am hearing on the streets of downtown Calgary. We are bursting with new ideas and are continuing to grow (and hire new staff). Since my company is relatively flat in organizational structure, I get to engage with the CEO and management about the direction we need to take to help our clients succeed. I like that with my company, my input actually counts and I always try to effectively convey the needs of our clients to upper management, so we are able to serve them better.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

At work, I am proud to say that since joining the company a year and a half ago, I have helped bring on and retain 64 new clients (Oil and Gas Producers) within our CriticalControl Family.

With YWE, and the help of the YWE Events team, I am proud to have played a part in pulling off an amazing 1st Year Anniversary event back in November, at which the Premier was the keynote speaker.

Outside of work my proudest accomplishment is definitely my daughter. I would not do what I do every day if it was not for her. Every day, as someone working within the energy sector, I try to help our clients to comply with the province’s regulations; which exists to preserve and protect our rich resources and our environment. A key part of this is trying to help them be more efficient in their oil and gas production practices and not just in this province but across the WCSB. It is my goal to help improve this industry, the environment and the world for my daughter, her children and those that come after us.

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

I think we need more people to see the bigger picture, as it is imperative that we in the oil and gas industry work together to better the industry for future generations. My work with producers allows me to see where those changes need to happen. We need to encourage the people around us to educate themselves and encourage our children to go into sciences and technical fields that can support innovation and change. We have to help the greater population understand how the Oil and Gas industry is foundational to our daily lives.

Current community involvement efforts.

I am the Events co-chair with Young Women in Energy. I also continue to plan grass-roots events and coordinate fundraising efforts for groups like Women In Need and The Mothering Project, and help with raising money and awareness for relief efforts in countries that have been affected my terrorism and other crises.

Why YWE?

I think, I see and I hear from the other women with Young Women in Energy the same beliefs that I hold about our future. I feel strongly that in order to succeed, we need to stick together and leverage our best assets— our Network— to make an impact in the industry. YWE strengthens that network and provides a platform for us to come together and unite around our common goals.

What are you reading?

This is a long list… I always have several books on the go!

On my Kobo - The Confidence Code (a YWE Book Club book) by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, as well as The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

In My Purse - Built to Last by Jim Collins

On my Nightstand - Superbaby by Jenn Berman and Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella