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Krista Pell, Vice President, People & Performance – Americas/Europe, Ausenco
Sarah Walters, Vice-President, Human Resources, Cenovus Energy Inc
Nancy Foster, Senior Vice President, Human & Corporate Resources, Husky Energy

What does it take to make it to the senior executive ranks of the most powerful energy and engineering corporations in the country - or build your own? How does one break through corporate roadblocks to achieve a seat at the boardroom table? And once at the top, what can senior leaders do to help build a gender inclusive future for the next generation of leaders entering the industry?

On October 4th we sit down with three HR thought leaders to hear about the best practices and transformative thinking that is supporting the hiring and advancement of women, accelerating organizational change, and ultimately building a stronger, more equal, and more diverse energy workforce:

  • Krista Pell, Vice President, People & Performance – Americas/Europe, Ausenco, is an experienced business leader with 17 years of Human Resources and Talent Management experience. As a passionate leader who has dedicated her entire career to energizing and developing high potential teams around the world, Krista is keen on challenging traditional thinking to build engagement.

  • Sarah Walters, Vice-President, Human Resources, Cenovus Energy Inc, has more than 20 years of international strategic HR and organizational development experience gained within the rail, National Health Service and oil & gas industries. In this role, Sarah has become an advocate for sponsorship and recently engaged as a mentee herself.

  • Nancy Foster is Senior Vice President, Human & Corporate Resources, at Husky Energy, an integrated energy company that ranks among Canada's largest petroleum companies. She has a personal passion for mentoring the next generation of female leaders.

Each of our panelists share a lifelong commitment to their careers in the oil and gas industry, as well as unique stories of professional success – but perhaps even more critically, they share decades of combined thought leadership on how to shape a more inclusive future for the industry at large. Through candid personal insights and years of insider experience and perspective, they will educate and inspire both the individual striving for career advancement and the organization looking for strategic guidance on how to achieve a more diverse and inclusive environment.

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October 4, 2017
11:15 am - 2:00 pm

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[woitab title=”ABOUT THE WOMEN OF INFLUENCE LUNCHEON SERIES” active=”active”]Join Women of Influence as we showcase North America’s most accomplished and influential women who share their stories of professional success and personal triumph on their rise to the top. Since 1994, the series has shared the dreams, accomplishments and challenges of high profile women in business, government, sciences and the arts. Our highly regarded speakers provide proven advice and inspiration in an environment that promotes networking, learning and growing. This flagship event series is hosted in Toronto and Calgary and inspires over 5,000+ aspiring women leaders each year.[/woitab]

[woitab title=”Sarah Walters Biography”]

As Vice-President, Human Resources, Sarah is accountable for building the appropriate organization capability and capacity to deliver upon the business strategy. 

In her role, Sarah is responsible for working with key stakeholders to create effective organization design, organization development, strategic workforce planning, performance management, leadership development & effectiveness, technical development, culture, succession planning, recruitment and providing strategic and operational advice on all people and organizational matters.

Sarah has more than 20 years of international strategic HR and organizational development experience gained within the rail, National Health Service and oil & gas industries.

Sarah earned a Master of Science from Dearne Valley Business School in the U.K.[/woitab]

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As Husky’s Senior Vice President of Human and Corporate Resources, Nancy Foster is responsible for Human Resources, Diversity, Real Estate, Corporate Services, Information Services and Corporate Responsibility.

Career History and Key Accomplishments

Appointed as Vice President, Human & Corporate Resources in 2011, Ms. Foster is an experienced human resources practitioner with extensive oil and gas experience, both domestically and internationally. In 2012, she was made Senior Vice President. Before joining Husky, Ms. Foster was Country Manager, Norway for Nexen Inc., responsible for the direction, management and corporate strategy of Nexen’s Norwegian operations.

Prior to that, she was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services at Nexen, responsible for strategic oversight and operation of all human resources functions for a global employee base of 4,000. She also provided oversight of the supply management and corporate administration functions. She worked for Husky from 1984 to 1993, becoming Manager, Corporate Planning & Economics.


Ms. Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program.

Professional Memberships, Associations and Designations

Ms. Foster has served on a number of industry related committees, including the Alberta Economic Development Authority, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Conference Board of Canada. She has worked on numerous charitable committees, including the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Child & Youth Friendly Calgary, Hospice Calgary, the United Way of Calgary & Area, and the YWCA of Calgary.[/woitab]

[woitab title=”Krista Pell Biography”]

Krista is an experienced international business leader with 20  years Human Resources and Talent Management experience. She is recognized as having a strategic, exuberant, hands on approach that has the drive to develop, implement and lead people management and organizational development strategies and solutions that leads an ongoing systematic change and renewal process that enhances engagement and increases the organizations effectiveness.[/woitab]