Women in oil and gas: Career advice from director, Nancy Laird

Nancy Laird

Originally from central Canada, Nancy Laird knew when she moved to Calgary, Alberta after grad school, she wanted to be part of what made the city tick. In the early 80’s, oil and gas was the “it” industry.

Today, with more than 30 years’ experience in senior positions at major energy companies, Nancy serves on a number of public and not-for-profit boards both provincially and nationally. She joined Trinidad’s Board of Directors in June 2016, which, prior to her addition, had always been an all-male team.

“There’s so much value in workplace diversity,” said Nancy.

“In the oilfield services sector, Trinidad really is leading in that regard; both with the number of women in senior management positions, and now introducing women onto the board of directors.”

We asked Nancy about her role as a director and the evolving ‘women in oil and gas’ environment. Read on as she offers insights and advice to those considering a career in energy. Continue reading

Women in oil and gas: Meet Rig 39 medic Erin Johnson

Erin on horse


Erin Johnson is passionate about taking care of living things, human or animal.

That passion originally put the oil patch medic on the road to a career as an emergency medical technician (EMT), but something intervened.

“I became a medic because I was thinking that I wanted to become an EMT,” said Johnson. “Now I’m realizing that I don’t really want to do that, and I want to stay in the oilfield. I love the work and I love the people I meet.”

Johnson, just 21 years old, already has two years of experience as a medic. She is a qualified Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), and has taken a number of extra safety courses with her company, including petroleum safety, safe driving practices and even how to land a helicopter.

Johnson was recently the medic on Trinidad Rig 39, where she was impressed by how the rig workers had mastered Trinidad’s safety culture. Johnson spent May until November 2015 on the rig near Hinton, Alberta, and in that entire time, she never once had to provide medical services to a crewmember.

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Women in oil and gas: A Trinidad Drilling safety leader

Erika Rocha, Trinidad Drilling’s Canadian HSE Compliance ManagerThis is the third post in our “Women in oil and gas” series. 

Erika Rocha, Trinidad Drilling’s Canadian HSE Compliance Manager, started working in the oil and gas industry almost 12 years ago because she was living in Fort St. John, B.C., and there weren’t a lot of other career choices. But Rocha has stayed because, it turns out, she loves the work.

“I’ve been able to understand and learn so many things within the industry, including manufacturing and drilling. I love the challenge. I love how you can learn something new every day and have the opportunity to be creative within the job,” said Rocha, who works out of our Canadian drilling offices in Nisku, Alta., and has been part of Trinidad’s safety team for six years.

The fact that Rocha is female in a male-dominated career path doesn’t really cross her mind. She’s focused on ensuring Trinidad’s operations are in compliance with OH&S standards and industry guidelines and is busy working to continuously improve our company’s safety performance.

“The wonderful thing about Trinidad Drilling is they don’t care if you are a male or a female; they trust that you can do your job and that you do it right,” she said. Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

Women in oil and gas: 5 questions with Trinidad Drilling’s CFO

Lesley BolsterIt’s no secret that the oil and gas industry has, historically, been dominated by men. But times are changing. Companies across the industry are working to shed the “no girls allowed” image as they realize that giving skilled and talented women a seat at the table helps organizations thrive.

Lesley Bolster has a seat at the table, and it’s an important one. She’s Trinidad’s CFO.

“Trinidad prides itself on selecting employees based on their skills, experience and knowledge – regardless of their gender,” said Bolster, a New Brunswick transplant to Calgary, who shot to an executive suite after only three years with the company.

We asked Bolster, who became Trinidad’s first female CFO in 2012, a few questions about the value women bring to the industry and the role Trinidad is playing in making drilling more diverse. Continue reading