Miriam Clark

Project Manager, Liquids Development Projects at TransCanada

Describe a typical day

Like most, I would shy away from describing any day as typical. As a project manager in development, there is the opportunity to experience all sorts of project ideas and execution strategies.  My primary role is to define the project goals in line with the regional strategy, and coordinate the different activities and stakeholder inputs which are required to set a project up for success.  I spend a lot of time in meetings be it with my internal project team, with our engineering and environmental contractors, or with our business development team and customers.

Almost every day starts around 5:30am so I can fit in some form of exercise to ground my day prior to heading to work. I’m trying to end every day with a 10 minute seated meditative practice, but I’ll be a first to admit it’s not a well-established habit yet.

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

One of the things I very much appreciate about TransCanada is the opportunity to work with people who are truly invested in providing safe and reliable energy infrastructure to our country. I also really appreciate the opportunities to take on new challenges and stretch myself in my role.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

One of my proudest accomplishments was supporting myself through my Chemical Engineering degree and graduating debt-free. There were certainly some challenging times when I found myself enrolled in six courses with three part time jobs, but through that process I developed an invaluable set of prioritization and time management skills.

At work, I recently had the opportunity help lead a cross-discipline team to review and update our standard pump station layouts. The templates that we developed are being applied across the company for future liquids projects.

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

If only I had a crystal ball to answer this question. The truth is pipelines are a key component to Canada’s strategic future in energy.  I think the industry is primed for inclusive discussions regarding the environment, regulatory process, and market access. It’s a pretty dynamic time for the industry, and there are a lot of exciting opportunities.

Current community involvement efforts.

Last year, I had the opportunity to be on the planning committee for the North American Women in Energy Forum which was a great experience, working with an inspiring team of women to plan such an impactful event. I also volunteer with the Calgary Folk Fest, and for YWE.  Sometimes being involved in community just means being present, so you’ll find me at a lot of local music and theatre events.

Why YWE?

YWE is a great community of successful and motivating women. I strongly believe in the focus on peer mentorship as there is so much we can learn from each other and apply in our different roles.

What are you reading?

This is a difficult question to answer. I am a voracious reader, and the answer changes almost weekly. I’m currently reading The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World and The Jevons Paradox and the Myth of Resource Efficiency Improvements.  I’ve recently read and would recommend Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude and What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.