Hi! I'm Deidra,
I advocate for smart policy for the oil and gas industry and the people who work in it.
Energy Advocate | Sustainability Explorer | Writer | Speaker | Researcher
I’m passionate about responsible energy development and sharing information to support balanced, respectful, fact-based conversations about energy.
I've had the good fortune of working in the oil and gas industry for almost 20 years. I don’t work on a drilling rig, I don’t work in the oil sands, and I’m not a male executive sitting around a boardroom table.
I don’t fit those stereotypes. I am a female who works in an office tower in downtown Calgary, and I’m proud of the work I do.
I am currently the Manager, ESG & Sustainability at an oilfield service company.
As a sustainability explorer in the dynamic world of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), my knowledge is ever-expanding, requiring a focus on evolving reporting standards, risks, and best practices to help improve operational performance to meet sustainability objectives.
In my role, I get to tell the world how my company sustainably contributes to unlocking reliable energy to improve our day-to-day lives.
Prior, I held roles of varying seniority in joint venture contracts at exploration and production companies.
I was responsible for working collaboratively with stakeholders to negotiate access to pipelines, compressors, plants, and batteries.
My role required drafting and interpreting contracts for business deals to ensure they were completed accurately and were administered throughout their life-cycle.
My job took me out to sites including plants, compressors, oil batteries, pipelines, and drilling rigs. I've seen first-hand the pride the operators take in ensuring these sites are maintained, and this is why I speak up to dispel myths and mis-truths about Canadian oil and gas, the workers, and the energy sector, in general.
I believe a diverse, regionally-focused energy mix is essential to ensure energy security and self-sufficiency.
Oil and gas can co-exist with renewables and alternative sources of energy. However, we have to be realistic about the capabilities of the sources of supply and the energy delivery systems.
I am not anti-renewables, but I am pro-reality.
Outside of my professional commitments, I'm an energy advocate and thought leader who influences through researching, writing, and public speaking on social and public policy issues that affect the energy sector, and oil and gas in particular.
I advocate to embolden energy supporters to have confidence to speak up proudly for the Canadian industry from coast to coast to coast in an effort to have balanced, honest, fact-based conversations about energy because I believe a collection of voices can influence policy and public perceptions.
If you want to get involved but don't know what to do, check out my tips on the advocacy page.