From time to time on this blog we like to introduce some of the faces behind the organization; in a previous post we met Cameron MacGillivray, Enform’s president and CEO. This week, we spoke with Paula Campkin, vice-president of industry development and chief safety officer.
At Enform, Paula helps plan and develop the initiatives and programs that make the oil and gas industry a safer place to work.
Paula’s always been committed to health and safety, although her career path originally started off in a different direction. With a degree in industrial psychology under her belt, she began her career in an HR role at Coram for PCL Construction. After a short time she was given a dual HR and health and safety role, and that was where she discovered a different purpose.
In this short audio clip, Paula explains how safety was ingrained in her from an early age:
Paula’s next challenge was an MBA, for which she studied here in Canada, as well as Australia and Europe. This was followed by a period as Bell West’s associate director of risk.
Impacting oil and gas safety at an industry-wide level
A little over eight years ago, Paula was looking for a new opportunity that would enable her to use her MBA and combine her HR and health and safety skills. A position as program manager in Enform’s Certificate of Recognition department was the perfect fit.
“The position at Enform appealed to me,” she said, “because it gave me the opportunity to impact the industry at a high level. If you work for a company you try and do everything you can to improve their safety statistics, but at Enform the things we’re doing have the ability to improve safety across the industry.”
Building on her understanding of oil field operations, Paula has recently had an exciting opportunity to work on a part-time secondment to ConocoPhillips. She has been travelling around Western Canada, working with people in all aspects of their onshore oil and gas business. She has learned about everything from field operations to planning and management issues, such as stakeholder and Aboriginal engagement and drilling rights.
“It’s been a great learning experience,” she said, “and I’ve been able to bring what I’ve learned back to Enform to help make our programs more relevant to workers in the field. Some examples of those insights can be found in this short audio clip:
Paula has served as a Board Governor for the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) since January 2013 and is the current chair of the professional conduct and enforcement committees.
Paula calls Calgary her home and when she’s not at work, she can be found playing flute in a concert band or volunteering with animals.