Calgary is the oil and gas capital of Canada and many of the adults in my life work in the oil and gas industry. Before my internship, when I would hear discussions about oil and gas, I would never be able to fully connect with their conversation. Now, with my wonderful internship at LandSolutions still ongoing, not only can I connect and listen to these conversations, I can also participate and contribute my knowledge to further my own learning.
LandSolutions is a company delivering land acquisition and negotiation services for various industries integrated with environmental assessments and reclamation assistance. They service the petroleum, power generation, transmission, transportation and public infrastructure industries. Working at LandSolutions, I get the opportunity to learn about the industry and be able to contribute to the growth of the company.
Throughout my internship, I have been involved in numerous projects that have helped me learn and challenge myself. One of my mentors, Suzanne has always been supporting me and delivers me projects that teach me new skills every day. Currently, I am performing an initial market entry feasibility analysis, requiring me to research Canada’s energy and environmental sectors to assess possible expansion into new areas. Some of my other projects throughout the internship included creating spreadsheets to consolidate and simplify data and helping to evaluate a commuter app that may be used in the future.
Throughout my internship, I had the pleasure to meet with each department lead and various experts in the company and get an understanding into what their role and responsibility was in the company. Melanie, the CFO of LandSolutions also took the time to welcome me and shared some insights with me about finance and business. As an aspiring entrepreneur, today I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to meet the CEO and President, who himself was an entrepreneur who had founded two successful start-ups. Hearing his story and the journey that he had taken to get to where he was now gave me a transformed perspective on what the business world was like and inspired me to take my own step forward in chasing my dream. As well, at the end of my second week, I was treated to a Teppan lunch by the staff which was really yummy! :)
At UBC SHAD, we are an Ohana. At LandSolutions, I have another Ohana. From my first day, the staff at LandSolutions has always been extremely friendly, supportive and treated me like one of their own. Their company values have resonated with me; a caring community and network of friends, striving for excellence and having a culture of accountability and integrity. I am eagerly looking forward to my last week of working in a professional environment and when my internship finally comes to a close, I will truly miss everyone at LandSolutions.