People need energy for life. And most of us understand that, for the long-term, pipelines will continue to be essential infrastructure for moving that energy to where we need it.
In an increasingly complex world, Canada’s pipeline industry will need to ensure new and emerging leaders are well prepared to shape a healthy and sustainable future. That’s where the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC) comes in.
In this week’s blog post, we talk with Molly Beckel, YPAC’s President and CEO, about the ways her organization is working to shape the future of the pipeline industry.
Our focus is to build the next generation of the pipeline industry’s leaders. We are a cohort of early career professionals with common vision. And we want young people to see how pipeline careers are exciting, innovative, and positively serving society, especially at a time when they may be doubting whether they have a future in this industry. That means a good flow of industry knowledge to young people. It also means creating spaces for dialogue among all parties, with a focus on continuously improving the work environment.
Our mission outlines four focus areas…
Issues we think about include…. how can pipelines help to mitigate climate change? How can we actively engage and reconcile with Indigenous peoples? How can we help ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace? How do we integrate innovation into everything we do?
I can think of three YPAC initiatives that are already making a difference, which will continue to be important.
Three stories emerged through COVID. First, it’s hard to find a job – especially for young people. Second, many of our members and executives have lost their jobs because of the economic downturn. And third, it’s also become clear that pipelines are essential. People need energy, we need pipelines, and the industry needs its next generation of leaders.
Members of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) are enthusiastic YPAC supporters. We’re encouraged by the work they’re doing to prepare tomorrow’s leaders.
About Pipelines thanks Molly Beckel for participating in this blog.