Shayne Meechan

Stakeholder & Aboriginal Relations Advisor, Suncor

Describe a typical day

Prior to last spring I was based in Fort McMurray and my day to day involved providing direct community engagement and support in the Aboriginal communities of the Wood Buffalo region.

Relocating to Calgary has shifted my priorities from day to day support and engagement to stewardship and management of our community agreements; working collaboratively internally and externally to develop implementation plans.

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

My role in Suncor’s Stakeholder and Aboriginal Relations Team has exposed me to a variety of stakeholders and amazing people, which has been an invaluable experience. I’m truly passionate about people and having the opportunity to engage with individuals of varied backgrounds on a regular basis in a variety of settings is a perk!

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

At work, I would have to say directly improving stakeholder perceptions of Suncor, oil sands development, and Fort McMurray as a great place to live, work and play. This has been validated by the positively shifted perspectives of multiple stakeholders and application approvals awarded from Alberta’s Aboriginal Consultation Office.

 Personally, it has been rewarding serving the community of Fort McMurray in lead volunteer roles critical to the successful execution and management of charity initiatives and events. We successfully raised close to $2,000,000 over the past five years for the community of Wood Buffalo.

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

My hope for the future is an increase in positive, productive and mutually beneficial relationships between Aboriginal Communities and energy industry leaders. Aboriginal Communities are vibrant and capable; they are looking to have a real stake in how Canada’s energy future is developed. Energy industry leaders can certainly benefit from providing collaborative business and community based opportunities.

Current community involvement efforts.

My ties to Fort McMurray are still very strong; I continue to support initiatives with the Northern Lights Health Foundation remotely from Calgary and travel to the region to volunteer as the Stage Manager for all of their large-scale fundraising events. I’ve worked with the team for about 4 years now and am still in awe of the generosity, at all levels, the community continues to display.

As I’ve settled into life in Calgary I’ve been getting my feet wet volunteering with several organizations including; the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, National Aboriginal Awareness Week Celebrations, REAP and the Calgary Trail Runners.

Why YWE?

Initially, the golf nights caught my attention, I’m not the best golfer, but I’m the best at having fun on the golf course! From there I saw it as an opportunity to connect with a variety of young driven women from whom I can learn and draw inspiration from.

What are you reading?

I’m a big news buff; I try to stay current with local, national and global news. Given that the news these days can be rather heavy, I enjoy lighthearted fiction books to balance my perspective. I recently picked up a couple of paperbacks from the lending library here at Suncor; I look forward to lounging in the spring sunshine and enjoying them!