Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your current role?
Mark Little, VP Health & Safety at Cenovus Energy has a a background in Geology and Climatology, but came into Oil and Gas to "fundamentally apply his climate background where the rubber hits the road." He has worked across five continents, but has now settled into his current role, where he uses his lean manufacturing and operational excellence expertise to directly affect Cenovus Energy's health and safety.
We also hear from Emmanuel Giry, Manager, Enterprise Risk Management, Alberta Energy Regulator, whose role is to create a "framework to help the organisation do a better job of assessing and managing its risks."
The next speaker is Shannon Guterson, Senior Business Analyst, Transcanada who supports the company's operational management systems, and coaches the workforce to reach the necessary standards.
Finally, Francisco Soto, Manager, Wilson Perumal & Company, has an extensive background as an engineer, but has now transitioned into his current role where he manages the company's operational excellence programs. He helps create the culture needed for operational excellence to thrive.
When it comes to operational excellence, what do you think Canada’s oil and gas players should be focused on right now?
Mark Little, Cenovus Energy, points to the long period of growth which saw organisations monetize assets as a clear indicator of innovation within the industry, but that a new focus is required to take the industry to the next frontier.
For Emmanuel Giry, the Oil and Gas industry has a tradition of being "stop and go" by nature and that focus often shifts depending on the price of oil. When high, organisations favor production and volume, and when low, the core business is prioritized. Giry, however, believes that those which have a consistent focus on operational excellence - irrespective of the price of oil - will emerge strongest.
Shannon Guterson's focus is to make sure that Transcanada is running its operations in a reliable and safe manner. Wilson Perumal & Company's Francisco Soto agreed, but also highlighted the difficulty in defining how the journey to process improvement should start, with data management and process improvement key areas for examination.