Women in oil and gas: 5 questions with 1 of Canada’s top investor relations professionals

Trinidad Drilling’s Vice President of Investor Relations, Lisa OttmannThis is the second post in a two-part series. 

The Canadian investment community voted her Best Investor Relations Officer among small-cap businesses earlier this year.

Trinidad Drilling’s Vice President of Investor Relations, Lisa Ottmann, may work in a male-dominated industry, but the IR Magazine Award proves she’s the best person for the job.

“The people at Trinidad believe in the importance of our reputation with investors and want to make sure we always put our best foot forward,” said Ottmann, who has been with Trinidad since 2008 and was promoted to VP in 2011. “I think that doing a good job is what matters and whether I am a man or a woman is irrelevant – which, in my mind, is how it should be.”

A couple weeks ago, we interviewed Trinidad’s CFO, Lesley Bolster, about how the industry is moving away from its “all boys club” reputation, the role Trinidad is playing in that change and the value women bring to the drilling business. In this post, we talk to Ottmann, another female leader in our organization, about how excelling at your job is what matters at Trinidad ­– not a Y chromosome. 

5 questions with Trinidad Drilling’s VP of Investor Relations

Q: IR Magazine named you “Best Investor Relations Officer (small cap)” in 2015. Was that a career highlight for you?

Receiving the award was a big highlight for me. We work hard to give useful information quickly and accurately to investors to help them understand Trinidad and make informed decisions about their investments. The award is voted on by the investment community, so it is nice to know they see the effort we put in and appreciate it.

Q: What do you think was key to your success?

Understanding our company is the most important part of my job. I need to know what is happening in our operations, how our financial results are looking and what our strategy for the future is. By keeping up to speed on what is happening at Trinidad and being prepared for areas that might become issues, I am able to answer questions quickly and accurately.

Q: Do you feel that being a woman is a barrier to success in the drilling industry?

I don’t feel it has hindered my career. In my position, it really comes down to doing a good job. Although, I have to admit that the investment industry and the drilling industry are both very male dominated, and it is not uncommon for me to be the only woman at meetings, events, etc. It’s something I have had to get used to over the years.

Q: Why do you like working with Trinidad?

Investor relations is sort of like sales; I am encouraging shareholders to buy shares in our company or keep the ones they already have. I have never been good at selling something I don’t believe in, but Trinidad has a great story that is easy to sell. We have good quality equipment, great people and strong future opportunities. I like being part of that story and helping shareholders understand our future.

Q: What advice would you give to other women who may be interested in working in the industry?

Don’t be discouraged by trying a career that has been male dominated. The world is changing, and as my Mum always told me “you can do whatever you put your mind to.” Once you start down that path, you need to believe in yourself, work hard and have a good attitude. If you want to be taken seriously, you need to earn respect by putting in the effort – that should be the same no matter if you are a man or a woman.

To be the best, you need the best

At Trinidad, we aim to lead the drilling industry. We strive to always have the best equipment, the best service for our customers, the best safety record . . . and the best people for the job.

Want to learn more about the women who help make Trinidad a success? Read the first post in our “Women in oil and gas” series:

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