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Member Spotlight - August 2010
Kym Fawcett

This month we introduce you to Kim Fawcett, Manager of Health, Safety, Environment, Regulatory and Stakeholder Relations at Enerplus Resources, one of the members who helps make our network so unique.

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1. Why did you join NAEM?

I joined NAEM to get a broad industry perspective on health, safety, environment and sustainable development practices that I can use to take our company to the next level-- towards a truly sustainable development culture. I really believe that you can learn from other industries, practices and experiences, so a lot of it was really, "What are others doing? What's worked and what hasn't worked?" NAEM also is focused at the leadership level, and that's important too. There's lots of health and safety groups and organizations out there but this one really focuses on management and leadership, which is important for me.

2. What do you like about your job?

I really like the variety of everything I do and the chance to make a difference at both EnerPlus, but the oil and gas industry as well. I think it's really important that the industry takes it up a level and communicates what it's doing, how we're doing it and highlights its good practices.

3. Has your environmental program received any awards or recognition? If so, what?

We have obtained Platinum-level recognition for our Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) program from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Our health and safety programs have also been recognized and approved by Alberta's CORE system, which is a fairly stringent requirement. Going forward, I'm expecting more as we continue to develop our program

4. What is your biggest challenge in your current role?

Right now? Doing more with less. With the recent downturn, we have fewer people to do the work, so we need to make sure we're doing the right work. I guess another challenge would be building that culture of health, safety environment regulatory performance. Part of that involves transferring some of that ownership to the operators, the guys out in the field, and that's a challenge. And going from a reactive culture to a proactive culture --that's a really big focus of my role right now.

5. What motivates you at work?

I like to be the best and I want my team to be the best. I also want to I don't like to give up on problems -- I see them as challenges and how can we make things better--not to look for excuses but to aim for answers. I love engaging employees and making sure that we don't just talk about having high standards for health and safety, regulatory performance and stakeholder engagement but that we actually live this culture from the senior leadership down.

6. What advice would you have for someone entering the field today?

Learn from history. Take that bit of time to do your research, make sure that anything that you're proposing is well-documented. You need to be able to back things up with examples based in research that will substantiate it. Also, you need to think about how your proposal affects the rest of the organization. Start developing your strategic thinking skills early in your career.

7. What aspect to the natural world/environment impresses you the most? Why?

I guess the diversity of it. Diversity from the environmental perspective, the land and the water and the air, the habitats. It's amazingly different wherever you go.

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