Career Agility in Alberta’s Transitioning Energy Sector

Career Agility in Alberta’s Transitioning Energy Sector

Time: 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. 

Location: Event Centre, first floor


Stream: The Future of Careers

The rapid decrease in oil prices in 2014 continues to impact the Canadian workforce, especially in Alberta, forcing many oil and gas workers to adapt and reconsider work options. But you must know how to apply your skills, knowledge and experience to successfully transition into an adjacent sector. Join us at this session to discover:

  • the broad range of sectors you could transfer to, including renewable energy, clean technology, supply chain, high-tech, petrochemical manufacturing and agribusiness;
  • how to assess sector-to-sector and occupational transferability insights to determine where to reboot or refocus your career; and
  • the innovative resources and the necessary “foot-in-the-door” occupational requirements to compete with experienced candidates.

Session Tip: 

By understanding how to assess your transferability across adjacent sectors, you can refocus your skills and leverage your strengths to remain competitive, and secure meaningful employment.


Meet the Speakers

Cheryl Knight, BA’80

Cheryl Knight, BA’80

Alumna Cheryl Knight is a consultant specializing in labour-market and workforce strategies. She has more than 30 years of experience in organizations of all sizes in the energy, financial, transportation and post-secondary education sectors. She holds a BA (Honours) in psychology, an MEd in counselling and a Strategic Workforce Planning certificate. She is the founding executive director and CEO of the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada (now Petroleum Labour Market Information), and led the organization to become Canada’s recognized expert in oil and gas workforce issues and labour-market intelligence.

Pat Hufnagel-Smith

Pat Hufnagel-Smith

Pat Hufnagel-Smith has been helping industry use labour market data and intelligence to inform their workforce strategies for more than 15 years. Pat is passionate about finding ways to effectively transition skilled, qualified and experienced workers between industries and optimize available talent. She has a BA in sociology, a certificate in adult education and facilitation, and a master’s certificate in project management.

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