Inspiring Youth About the Future

December 8th, 2016

Employees at Nalcor Energy do more than come to work and get the job done. We also care about taking the time to reach out and inspire young people about their future in the oil and gas and engineering industries.

Many of our employees were involved in Oil and Gas Week 2011 and National Engineering & Geoscience Month. The theme of Oil and Gas Week 2011, held Feb. 22-28, was Exploring our Future and it provided the opportunity to reflect on the benefits the oil and gas industry provides to our province, while encouraging us to look to the future and new developments. Events and activities took place around the province throughout the week.

Nalcor was a silver sponsor of Oil and Gas Week and also participated in Energy Day, an information session at the Johnson GEO CENTRE in St. John’s, which provided students and the public with career information about the industry. Graham Dillabough, Chief Geologist with Nalcor Energy Oil and Gas and Duncan MacInnis, Contract Geologist for Nalcor spoke with high school students during Energy Day. Graham and Duncan provided valuable insight and advice to students about the exciting career opportunities in the oil and gas sector, and how their personal career paths have led them to experience new cultures and challenging work.

Oil and Gas Week also presented an opportunity to reach out to students in rural areas of Newfoundland and Labrador. Richard Wright, Geophysicist and Mike Roberts, a co-op engineering student with Nalcor Energy Oil and Gas participated in classroom information sessions as part of the Petroleum Industry Human Resources Committee Ambassador program. They spoke with students in Hare Bay and Wesleyville on the northeast coast of Newfoundland to share their work experiences.

“I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to present to these high schools for Oil and Gas Week,” Mike said. “The students were very interested in the potential career options – in fact, one student was recently accepted into a post-secondary petroleum program for the fall.”

Nalcor Energy was also a sponsor of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador’s 20th Annual Model Bridge Competition, held at the GEO CENTRE on Saturday, March 5, 2011 as part of National Engineering & Geoscience Month. This competition gives junior and senior high school students a chance to put their civil engineering skills to the test in a unique way, with the chance to win prizes that include cash and even tuition vouchers.

“Students built bridges using only Popsicle sticks and white school glue and then watched as the competing bridges were tested to destruction on Bridge Day,” explained Renee Hodder, engineer with Nalcor and organizing committee member for Model Bridge Day. “We had about 200 students participate in St. John’s alone with hundreds more across the province. Students brought along their whole families, making it a really exciting event, and we’re happy so many from Nalcor got involved!”

Nalcor employees Gerard Piercy and Rob Baker acted as judges, and Renee Hodder was an organizer of the event and served as one of two Master Bridge Builders. Ashley Bavis, Jessica Linehan, Evan Oliver, Frances Meaney, Caryn Philips, Brad Smith, Curtis Sturge, Jonathan Whelan and Merissa Wiseman manned a safety booth at the event where students took home giveaways and information.