Rising Stars 2020

Daily Oil Bulletin’s Rising Stars Class of 2020 highlights the excellent work done by young, emerging energy leaders. Whether it’s new thinking, fresh attitudes or technical solutions, showcasing their work and vision is of tremendous value to the entire energy industry.

In partnership with Fluor Canada, the Rising Stars program provides an essential celebration of the dynamic young leaders that continue to make the industry a destination of choice for a new generation.


Meet the Rising Stars Class of 2020
The 16 individuals making up the Daily Oil Bulletin's Rising Stars Class of 2020 shows the depth and breadth of this effort to reinvent the energy industry.

Rising Star Proud To Be Gay, Indigenous In industry That Hasn’t Always Welcomed Diversity
As a gay Métis man, Gregory John has faced his share of personal and professional barriers, but he continues to overcome them and now heads a successful company that focuses on Indigenous economic development. 

Rising Star Gives Back Through Mentoring, Volunteering
The accent in Alan McCarthy’s voice is unmistakable. It’s the lilt he carried with him when he moved to Canada in 2008 from Ireland — but it’s his talent as a leader in the environmental services field that made him one of this year’s 16 Rising Stars. 

Finding Solutions, Staying Flexible Key For Rising Star
Karla Ingoldsby got her start in the energy industry when she applied for a summer role as a relief operator.

Rising Star Champions Young Professionals, Advancing ESG
Her command of Spanish proved to be an asset when Ana Villarreal-Escudero was assigned to work with TC Energy Corporation’s compression station projects in Quebec.

‘Mentoring Is Two-Way Street’ Says 2020 Rising Star
For John Hirschmiller becoming involved in the oil and gas industry seemed almost inevitable.

Sense Of Community, Helping Others Drive 2020 Rising Star
For Melvina Stacey the oil and gas industry represented opportunity. It meant moving away from her native Newfoundland, but it also meant opportunities for a young woman interested in the health and safety field.

Oilfield Safety, Capitalizing On Opportunities, Priorities For Rising Star
Garrett Gramlich may be one of the youngest members of the distinguished Rising Stars group this year, but his maturity and performance in the field makes his age irrelevant.

2020 Rising Star Harnesses Project Management Expertise And Entrepreneurial Spirit
Breanna Richard was born and raised in Calgary. So how did she end up earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S.?

Rising Star Happy To Play Role Helping Canadian Energy Industry Adapt And Grow
C. Brett Stevenson’s academic background has prepared the native Calgarian to build a successful merchant banking firm and fund that has financed several midstream and energy infrastructure projects and others.

Rising Star Turns Side Hustle Into New Career
Jocelyn McMinn is the managing director of Cevian Technologies Ltd., a software company that develops real-time fracturing data acquisition, visualization, standardization and reporting tools.

Rising Star Proud To Be Part Of Oil And Gas Sector
Shortly after graduation in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, Brian Van Vliet had an opportunity to experience something few new graduates are able to do.

Possibilities, Innovation And Hands-On Experience Draw Rising Star To Canadian Oil And Gas Sector
Seventeen years ago, aspiring engineer Farheen Akbar left her native Bangladesh — where few opportunities existed for the determined young woman – for Montreal in order to pursue her dream.

Ability To “Cut Losses And Pivot” Aids Rising Star
Mark Ashton has an unusual academic background for someone who is involved in the Canadian oil and gas industry, but that hasn’t stopped him from succeeding in a sector facing challenges.

Rising Star Duo Share Passion For Creating Change In Industry
In the spring of 2019, brothers-in-law Ben Klepacki and Connor O’Shea took a gamble and left their jobs to develop power-on-demand technology to enable the use of compressed air on remote wellsites to eliminate methane emissions in their new company Westgen Technologies Inc.

Rising Star Stresses Importance Of Digital Innovation
Growing up in Calgary with a keen interest in environmental issues, Jill Viccars vowed that she would never work in or for the oil and gas industry, even though her father and two siblings work in it.