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Changing the Face of Energy: Young Women Are Building Alberta’s Energy Future

2020 YWE Awards Announcement

YWE is recognizing 10 young women who are transforming Alberta’s energy industry. 

CALGARY – November 17 – Young Women in Energy (YWE) is thrilled to announce the ten (10) winners of its seventh annual YWE Awards program.

Since 2014, YWE’s Awards Program has shone a spotlight on more than 60 women’s contributions to and accomplishments in Alberta’s energy industry. This year’s winners were selected based on their commitment to challenging the status quo through new and innovative initiatives, leadership (with or without the title), performance, and their impact in the greater industry and community.

“Now, more than ever, we need innovative and driven people at the forefront of Alberta’s recovery”, said Katie Smith, executive director, Young Women in Energy. “Women are leading our province’s energy industry to be cleaner, more sustainable, and more equitable for all, and we can’t wait to recognize them”.

The 2020 YWE award winners are (alphabetical by first name):

Ana Villarreal-Escudero, Mechanical Design Engineer, Canada Gas Projects, TC Energy
Candice Paton, Executive Director, Clean Technology, Alberta Innovates
Cheryl Johnson, Manager, Sustainability and Policy, TC Energy
Kirsten Baker, Director, Digital Operations, PWC
Megan Marshall, Senior Community Programs Advisor, Cenovus Energy Inc.
Nagwan Al-Guneid, Communications Lead, Energy Futures Lab
Nicole Wiedman, Indigenous Relations Manager, MEG Energy
Robyn Seetal, Principal Consultant, IkTaar Sustainability
Sarah Waseem, Real Estate Services Manager, Shell Canada Ltd.
Vanessa Goodman, Manager, External Relations, North West Redwater Partnership

The 2020 applicant pool was especially inspiring as these women are continuing to lead amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A robust review process involving both a peer review and scoring by the 2020 YWE Awards Executive Selection Committee was carried out. The Executive Selection Committee included Gitane De Silva, Chief Executive Officer, Canada Energy Regulator; Grant Wilde, President & CEO, Spartan Controls; Jolienne Guillemaud, Vice President & Treasurer, Suncor Energy; Kevin Krausert, President & CEO, Beaver Drilling Ltd. and Avatar Innovations Inc.; Nancy L. Brennan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Keyera; and David Milia, President & CEO, The Canadian Energy and Climate Nexus.

Each award winner will receive the following benefits:

  • Honoured with a YWE Award keepsake to display
  • Letter of award recognition sent to a superior of their choice
  • Paired with an industry executive mentor for a year
  • Welcomed into the Award Recipient Alumni peer mentorship network
  • Professional headshot by Katherine Calnan Photography
  • Speaking opportunities
  • Complimentary admittance for one year to YWE events
  • Profiled in partner industry publications

The 2020 YWE Award Winners will be honoured at a virtual reception in January, 2021.

For more information on the winners and the event, please watch for updates on


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About YWE

Young Women in Energy (YWE) believes young women have the power to change the energy industry for the better. Our mission is to increase the female voice, presence, development and leadership in Alberta’s energy industry. We serve our 4,500+ members through events and programs aimed to support them as they work tirelessly to improve the industry in their chosen professions. The annual YWE Awards program recognizes and rewards Alberta’s top young women who are ‘changing the face of energy’.

For more information please contact:

Kelly Parker, Awards Manager
Young Women in Energy (YWE)

Katie Smith, Executive Director
Young Women in Energy (YWE)

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