Join us for the Future Workforce Trends in the Oil Sands Information Session

On September 11th, as part of the Oil Sands Conference and Tradeshow, OSCA will be hosting a workforce information session featuring panelists from Petro LMI, Suncor, MEG Energy, Mikisew Group of Companies, and Worley. The Future Workforce Trends in the Oil Sands information session will take place from 2:00 to 3:30 pm on the Main Stage at the Suncor Leisure Centre.

The session aims to provide an understanding of workforce practices in the oil sands industry highlighting current and future trends as well as opportunities and challenges related to recruitment and procurement. The event is free of charge. To register to attend, please visit the website Exhibition Only Pass and use code OSTOSCA for free admission.

Meet the Panelists 


Carol Howes is Vice President, Communications and Petroleum Labour Market Information (PetroLMI) division of Energy Safety Canada. Carol is responsible for stakeholder relations, brand and communications management. She is also responsible for providing leadership and strategic oversight in all aspects of management and operation for the PetroLMI division. More than 30 years of experience in all aspects of business gives Carol a unique perspective on the workforce issues of the oil and gas industry. Carol currently serves on the board of directors of Hospice Calgary. She is also a member of the National Stakeholder Advisory Panel for the Labour Market Information Council, a federal initiative to identify pan-Canadian priorities for the collection, analysis and distribution of labour market information.


Shelley Powell is Senior Vice President, Base Plant, and is responsible for providing overall leadership for the safe, reliable operation of the Base Plant assets. Shelley began her career with Suncor in 1995 at its Sarnia refinery and has since held roles in operations, maintenance, reliability and process engineering.  She moved to Fort McMurray in 2007, working at Suncor’s oil sands operation, and then in 2012, Shelley moved to Calgary and took on the role of Vice President, Operational Excellence and Technical Services where she was accountable for leading and enabling transformation across Suncor in the areas of Operational Excellence Management System governance. From 2014 to 2017 Shelley led operations at the Denver Refinery and provided oversight for all Suncor Energy USA (SEUSA) activities including Board Chair for SEUSA. Shelley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and two Masters Degrees – one in Business Administration and one in Science (Finance) from the University of Michigan.  Her interests include skiing, travel, jogging, and reading.

Rory OConnor

Rory O’Connor joined MEG Energy in 2008 when the company was still private and building a pilot project to demonstrate its capacity in steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) production. Today the company is publicly traded and produces nearly 100,000 barrels per day of bitumen and two (2) percent of Alberta’s electricity via cogeneration. Located about two hours south of Fort McMurray along secondary highway 881 at the Christina Lake Regional Project, the operation is in an area acknowledged as the traditional territory of several Indigenous communities. In his role as Manager of Community Relations, Rory has spent the last decade traveling up and down the highways and airways of northeastern Alberta, as well as the corporate offices of the province’s major cities, collaborating with communities, companies, governments, contractors, and employees. Rory’s core areas of expertise include consultation, community development, supply chain management, and training initiatives. In his spare time Rory is a volunteer Board member in the health sector and is working on a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business.


Edward Courtoreille is the Chief Executive Officer of Mikisew Group of Companies. Owned directly by the Mikisew Cree First Nation, the Mikisew Group of Companies is comprised of two main operating entities (wholly owned) and 11 limited partnerships and joint ventures (majority owned). The MGOC services the Alberta oil sands in various industries including site services, fleet maintenance, transportation services, emergency medical response and fire response, camp and catering services, construction services, structural steel, electrical and instrumentation services, aerodrome handling and facilities maintenance.


Joe MacNeil is a General Manager with Worley, a leading global provider of professional project and asset services in the energy, chemicals and resources sectors.  Joe’s oil sands career spans two decades, the majority of which has been in leadership roles on maintenance, turnaround, and construction projects. Joe is proud to call Fort McMurray home and believes in giving back to the community where his four children were born and raised.  His community engagement in Fort McMurray over the past 28 years has included volunteering on multiple local Boards, social profit organizations, and coaching minor hockey.



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