Meet the DOB's Rising Stars Class of 2021

The breadth of opportunities in the oil and gas sector is demonstrated by the Rising Stars Class of 2021 that includes not only engineers but also a research chemist, a regulatory lawyer and a supply chain expert.

Also part of the group that includes five women are consultants in emissions reduction management, Indigenous inclusion and ESG (environmental, social and governance).

The Rising Stars program, presented by the Daily Oil Bulletin and sponsored by Fluor Canada and geoLOGIC systems ltd., celebrates the talented young leaders who represent the next generation of energy professionals.

Here is the DOB’s Rising Stars Class of 2021:

  • Paolo Bomben: senior manager of Clean Technology Development at Alberta Innovates
  • Shannon DaCosta: AWP (Advanced Work Packaging) regional manager for Fluor Canada
  • Justin deMontarnal: senior project engineer at Enbridge Inc.
  • Brad Densmore: project manager with Landmark Resources Management Ltd.
  • Thomas Fox: president, co-founder and director of innovation of Highwood Emissions Management Inc.
  • Gillian Hynes: director of Indigenous inclusion at Rise Consulting Ltd.
  • Devin Lacey: a senior business analyst at GLJ Ltd.
  • Jennifer Lewis: lead, engineering & survey services at TC Energy Corporation
  • Brendan Paton: vice-president of engineering at Spartan Delta Corp.
  • Martha Peden: vice-president, regulatory and public affairs for NorthRiver Midstream Inc.
  • Jessica Shumlich: chief executive officer and co-founder of Highwood Emissions Management Inc.
  • Jeff Tomaszewski: manager of engineering and process safety at Suncor Energy Inc.

Working in an industry under increasing scrutiny from governments and the public concerned about climate change, members of the group acknowledged the need for an energy transition or transformation and a more sustainable industry. However, they also believe there will be a role for fossil fuels for some time yet and see their role as working to reduce the environmental footprint of industry through new technologies and approaches to decarbonization. As for the social aspect of ESG, some winners also cited the need for more diversity and inclusion within the industry.

A number of the Rising Stars are concerned about what they see as an increasingly polarized energy debate and want to help bridge that divide.

As Suncor’s Tomaszewski put it: “It doesn’t have to be an ‘us versus them’ discussion, which is what social media portrays. It can be an ‘all of us’ discussion which I think is super exciting.”

We will be profiling a Rising Star daily, starting Thursday.

Rising Stars: Sponsors

Fluor Canada

Fluor has provided engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and project management services to Canada’s energy industry for 72 years. Its 43,000 employees globally (and 3,000+ across Canada) deliver comprehensive services — from conceptual design through to commissioning and maintenance — for all types and sizes of facilities. Fluor applies its broad expertise, extensive experience, and proven technology to benefit Canada’s energy transition in areas such as liquefied natural gas, carbon capture, hydrogen, renewable fuels, small modular reactors, and minerals mining. Fluor is committed to positively contributing to Canada’s energy tomorrow by focusing on safe and sustainable solutions today. This commitment includes focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure opportunities represent the diversity of Canada’s population and support reconciliation, partnerships, and benefit-sharing with Indigenous peoples. 


 geoLOGIC systems ltd.

geoLOGIC systems ltd. is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and has been providing high-quality, integrated data and analytics to the upstream oil and gas industry in Western Canada and elsewhere for almost 40 years. geoLOGIC’s relentless focus on innovation, quality, and service has made it the trusted standard in the upstream Canadian industry. Customers include exploration and production companies in oil & gas and related products; pipeline and midstream companies; service companies; the financial sector government and regulatory organizations, and educational institutions. Key products include geoSCOUT, a decision-support tool providing high quality data and analytics for all disciplines within the oil and gas industry, and gDC, geoLOGIC’s comprehensive upstream oil and gas database. 

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