Dear JWN readers,
After almost 16 and-a-half years, today is my last day as a reporter and editor with JWN.
It’s pretty big for me personally, since my first day was while I was still in the final semester of my journalism degree at (then) Mount Royal College, in September 2003.
In part because of my father, long-time oil and gas journalist Gordon Jaremko, I already knew that Canada’s oil and gas industry was dynamic and important, but I had no idea how much. It took very little time for me to figure it out.
When I got hired at JWN, my dad took me to Mark’s Work Warehouse to buy me a pair of steel-toed boots. In addition to tens of gas plants and conventional oil production facilities, over the years those same boots have hit the dirt at almost every operating oilsands production facility in Alberta.
I was hooked on the oilsands industry the first time I went to Fort McMurray, and that’s because of the people that I met and their clear, sincere commitment to safety, responsibility, innovation, strategic success and the resulting broad generation of wealth across communities. Consistently over the years, the people I meet in the industry acknowledge the challenges facing them with an energetic view of collaborative solutions.
Even at the height of the boom times, oilsands executives said over and over that the industry is “not for the faint of heart.” I think that also extends now to Canada’s natural gas industry and our LNG prospects, but for different reasons.
The reputation of Canada’s oil and gas industry has been singled out and damaged by widely-spread, inaccurate information. I have an opportunity to help change that. Starting next week, I will be director of editorial content for the Canadian Energy Centre.
Thank you for connecting with me through my many capacities at JWN, including daily news on jwnenergy.com, oilsands coverage on the Daily Oil Bulletin, our Speaker Series events, the Alberta Oil & Gas Quarterly, and before that, Oilsands Review.
I am incredibly excited to see you again in my new role.