Pat Hufnagel-Smith, Partner at Creative Links Inc.
Pat has over 20 years' experience offering expertise on social factors associated with energy development. She specializes in providing insights into the dynamics of Canada’s energy labour market, emerging trends and occupations, and workforce requirements. Two areas Pat is most passionate about include ensuring the effective transition of skilled and experienced workers as our energy economy diversifies and assisting clients in their use of labour market intelligence to develop evidence-based talent strategies. In addition to a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a certificate in adult education and facilitation, Pat holds a master’s certificate in project management.
Ruhee Ismail-Teja, Director Policy and Communications at Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Ruhee currently leads policy, advocacy and media relations for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. She works directly with businesses, governments and stakeholders to encourage policy adoption that strengthens the business community and the Calgary community at large. Ruhee has previously served as an economic advisor to the Government of Quebec, worked in government relations with the University of Calgary and in public affairs with MEG Energy. Ruhee is deeply involved in her community, currently serving on a number of advisory boards, including the YMCA Canada Board of Directors and Equal Voice Calgary Advisory Board, among many others.
About the Moderator
Andrea Christensen, BEd’99, CDP Alumni Career Development Specialist in Alumni Engagement at the University of Calgary
Andrea Christensen is the alumni career development specialist at UCalgary, where she supports alumni in all stages of their career and professional development through coaching and program development. Andrea, who also holds a Master of Education from the University of New Brunswick, has worked in various roles within career development and education and is a sessional instructor at Mount Royal University. She truly enjoys helping others at different points in their career journey, whether it be to discover their value, find meaningful work, support career pivots or work out next steps.