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International Women’s Day Interview with Jamie Reddekopp, Team Leader – Biofuels Optimization at Suncor

When I started my professional career, I was really lucky to have a tough but fair-minded boss who showed me the ropes and encouraged me to do my best. She also rocked a fabulous wardrobe, more so that you would expect from the notoriously stodgy Ministry of the Attorney General. And while some of my experiences at MAG are the stuff of legend, for International Women’s Day I thought it would be better to interview someone from Suncor, the proud owner of Petro-Canada.

Jamie Reddekopp

Meet Jamie Reddekopp, Team Leader – Biofuels Optimization!

Biofuels – that sounds exciting! Can you describe what your team does?
Our team is involved in a number of areas that relate to biofuels. There are many different renewable fuel regulations across Canada, both provincial and federal. We are responsible for ensuring that Suncor meets the requirements of the regulations, optimizing our biofuels portfolio and keeping us moving towards our sustainability goals.

As part of this we work closely with our commercial team – the people who buy, trade and sell renewable fuels to ensure we are getting the products we require to support our business objectives.

That must be fascinating - being involved in the emerging space of biofuels! What do you love most about your job?
Three things; first in the work that I do, I love being part of the solution. We are addressing important issues like climate change and developing a path forward. We don’t put our heads in the sand; instead we look for opportunities to lead change.

Second, the talented people I get to work with. I’m grateful to be part of a broader Suncor team who is passionate about what they do.

And third, to be part of a principled Canadian company that wants to be a leader in sustainability and make a positive impact on peoples’ lives.

So what's the one thing that would surprise people about working at Suncor?
I think there would be two things. First, people assume that oil and gas is a “dinosaur” industry. But it’s not. Suncor is extremely innovative and the work we’re doing will impact the future. And second, there is a real diversity of roles within Suncor and support for cross-functional development. You could essentially have multiple careers all within one company – from biofuels to marketing to operations and so on.

How did you get started in your career?
After university, I started working for a global consumer packaged goods company. But I really wanted to have a career at a Canadian company that has an impact on Canadian lives. And one that has values - that they put into practice and were evidenced - that match my own. So I made the move to Suncor.

What's the best piece of career advice you've received?
Be your authentic real self. Don’t be a carbon copy of someone else.

And be humble, always looking to learn. The moment that you stop learning is the moment you stop growing. Know what your strengths are but always be willing to learn.

Do you have any heroes or mentors?
I’ve been really influenced by the works of Brené Brown. She’s written a number of books and given speeches around the power of vulnerability, courage and leadership.  I love all her books but in particular Rising Strong and Daring Greatly both really stuck with me. As Brené highlights in her work, vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. She also speaks to the importance of courageously owning our own story in life vs. seeking external affirmation.

One of my favourite quotes from her is: “Integrity is choosing courage over comfort. It's choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy. It's choosing to practice your values rather than simply professing them.”

In terms of my career, I am lucky to have a strong role model and mentor in my mom. She is a senior leader in the energy industry, starting her career in a time when the industry was very male-dominated, particularly for leadership roles. From her I’ve learned strength, courage, perseverance and humility. She showed me what is possible while staying true to yourself and your values. She also was diligent in finding balance between her career, family and passions. Not always easy – but something I strive to do as well.

 

Thanks, Jamie, for sharing your perspective on International Women’s Day! Do you have a mentor or someone who influenced you in your career? Share it with us in the comments below!

- Rose R.


Don’t be shocked! Electric vehicle (EV) chargers are coming to a Petro-Canada near you

There’s a Karma Revero in my neighbourhood. I notice it because the other cars range from student beaters (I live close to the community college), a couple of giant, tricked-out F150s (seriously, do we need to have tires that big?), my vintage Saturn VUE (oh, Saturn, I miss you) and a mini van. The Revero definitely stands out (it’s hot!). I’m considering leaving a copy of this post on its windshield because there is some exciting info that its owner will be keen to hear: Petro-Canada is building a network of fast-charging EV stations across Canada!

Petro-Canada EV Fast Charging Station

Construction is slated to start this spring and when complete, the network will span more than 50 Petro-Canada locations along the Trans-Canada Highway from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.

Petro-Canada stations will offer DC fast chargers with both CHAdeMO and CCS/SAE connectors. The chargers can provide up to a 200 kilowatt charge – enough to provide an 80 per cent charge to most EVs – in less than 30 minutes. As we choose the sites we are making sure our guests will have amenities during their stay. So, you will be able to enjoy an A&W burger (maybe even the beyond meat burger!) and Wi-Fi while waiting. The chargers will support a broad selection of vehicles and are built for future electric vehicle capabilities. 

A test site is currently operational at 235 Steeles Ave. in Milton, ON. Check out this video of its construction and learn more about Petro-Canada’s EV network at petro-canada.ca/ev.

With more than 90,000 electric vehicles on the road in Canada and more than 4,000 EVs added each month, we know that this is an important step in meeting the current and future driving needs of Canadians. We plan to bring you more info about our EV network as progress continues. If you have any questions about our plans or about electric vehicles, leave them in the comments below – we’ll try to answer them in future posts!


New year, new website! Petro-Canada.ca gets a makeover

I am constantly whipping out my phone: to check an address, to look up who starred in that weird TV series from my youth, to find out the hours my massage therapist is open ... you name it; I've looked it up on my phone. And it is super-frustrating when websites don't work on your phone. Or, they show up like they do on desktops and you have to do the old two-finger pinch 'n spread to try to read anything.

Yeah, you know what I mean. The petro-canada.ca site is like that.

Oh .. wait! No, it isn't! Not anymore, gang!

 

We have launched a new version of our website. And it's not just pretty pictures and marketing speak. We built it in collaboration with several key customer groups and it has a lot of things that you've been asking for:

  • usable on any device (mobile, tablet, desktop - it works!)
  • more efficient secure self-serve transactions
  • improved station locator, including clearer display of site and car wash hours (when they differ)
  • streamlined navigation for both retail and business customers

Since this redesign wasn't just cosmetic, but a rebuild from the ground up, we have plans to continue to improve delivery of our digital services through 2019.

So when you get a chance, please swing by the new petro-canada.ca on your device of choice and check out our updated site. Let us know what you think in the comments below!


More than my ice cream dealer: Petro-Canada associates make communities better

My local Petro-Canada station is quite close to where I live in Vancouver - only 3 blocks away. So when I stop by, it's not just to fill up our car. Other visits are prompted by things like: an empty propane tank (running out of propane while hosting a BBQ for your in-laws is not cool), a last minute hostess gift (everyone loves a gift card!) and a late-night craving for ice cream (they stock my favourite brand of pints).

Through all these visits, I have developed a congenial relationship with Harpreet and his family who run this particular station. He's always so friendly and, embarrassingly, knows a little too much about my ice cream preferences. One time when I walked in, he smiled and pointed to the freezer: "Fresh stock of Caramel Cone Explosion!" Oh, Harpreet ... you know me so well.

Harpreet is not unique amongst Petro-Canada's operators. All across Canada, Petro‑Canada associates create a positive impact on the communities where they work and live. A few of their stories are highlighted in the videos below. From growing a four-generation family business to inspiring immigrant women to live their dreams; from supporting a community of long-haul truckers to giving kids in the community a safe place to play – our associates share their amazing stories of expertise, inclusion, safety, and customer experience. We're proud of our associates who #LiveByTheLeaf every day!

Do you know the Petro-Canada team in your community? Share a story in the comments!

- Rose R.


Tell Us Your PumpTalk Ideas for 2019!

Happy New Year, faithful PumpTalk readers! As is the custom at this time of year, I like to make resolutions, including some over here at PumpTalk. We're going to try to be a bit more consistent about posting this year. And we also want to make sure we're posting what YOU want to read.

I've gone through our stats and made a list of what was most popular with you last year. The posts that you read the most in 2018 fall into six categories:

Gas Prices - these are the whole reason this blog exists. No one is surprised these are the most popular.

Fuel Efficiency - these were posts that shared ideas on how you can drive more efficiently and possibly save fuel through your driving practices and upkeep of your vehicle.

Driving and Safety-Related Content - these posts discussed being safe when you drive and protecting others on the road in different circumstances (weather change, time change, holiday time, etc.)

Information about our Stations and Fuels - we shared a variety of content about our stations and our fuels, including how our gas pumps work, whether we still have full service stations and using octane boosters and high octane gasoline.

Newsy Items - this was a bit of a catch-all group of posts, ranging from different Canadian cities' plans for congestion pricing and how much gasoline Canadians use. Posts that our news and data wonks really like to get crunchy with.

Fun Content - ok, I'm not going to lie, these ones are the most fun to write. They had to do with cool road trips to take in Canada or the history of driving in Canada.

For 2019, we'd like to hear from you – so we’re doing a PumpTalk survey! Please take a moment to let us know what you’ve enjoyed reading on PumpTalk this year and weigh in on some ideas we have for future posts. And if you have any topics of your own, please leave them in the suggestion box at the end of the survey. Thanks!