Suncor Energy production planner Tulika Gupta is one of Oilweek's 11 Rising Stars of 2017. Image: Colin Way/JWN

The last two years have seen western Canada’s oil and gas workforce whither away as the investment drought forced both operators and service companies to hack back their operations to survive.

But, despite the climate of uncertainty pervading the industry, work continued and people built careers and hunted for opportunities.

The 11 members of this year’s Rising Stars class have survived the downturn. That is an accomplishment in itself, but more than just survive, they have thrived, and they have positioned themselves to help lead the industry as it moves into a slow recovery.

And that is worth celebrating.

Check them out here.