Celebrating Success and Leadership on International Women’s Day: Patty Price

We’re continuing our profiles of amazing women across Petro-Canada with a conversation with Patty Price, a Petro-Canada Associate at two of Ontario’s busiest Petro-Canada highway locations.

Petro-Canada Celebrates International Women's Day

Hi, Patty! Please tell us a little bit about your role.

I am the associate for two of the Petro-Canada highway locations in Ontario. I’m self-employed, operating the gas bars, truck stops and A&W restaurants within these locations. I manage a team of 80 people who help to make these locations a success.

Q. What career highlights are you most proud of?

Oh this is a tough one. One is that I started working at such a young age. I was only 21 when I first started operating my own location on Cape Breton Island and that was a really big deal – at that point in time I was probably one of the youngest associates across the country.

When I first started out, I had one location that employed four people. Now I’m on one of Canada‘s major highways operating two large locations with 80 employees. I’m very proud of the great success I’ve managed to create within this organization.

Finally, I’m really proud of the strength of the team I’ve managed to build throughout the years. My team is a big part of what I do; they are strong, motivated people and create great success not only for me but also for Petro-Canada.

Q. How long have you been connected with Petro-Canada?

I’ve been with Petro-Canada for 20 years: three years as a cashier and 17 years as an associate.

Q. In your time with Petro-Canada, and from your perspective working in a traditionally male-dominated industry, what has helped you navigate the workplace and your career?

I believe that everybody is equal. I think that anybody who’s willing to put time, effort, motivation and leadership into something can certainly achieve greatness. During my career, I’ve been surrounded by both men and women who have been very supportive of my role and my success. That has helped to create the independence I’ve had and has enabled me to achieve many of my goals.

Patty Price

Q. The 2020 theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual – an equal world is an enabled world. From your perspective, how do you think Petro-Canada and Suncor are achieving #EachforEqual?

Petro-Canada does a great job in supporting all of their associates and helping them to achieve their goals. Within the Petro-Canada network you see many women in leadership roles – that’s great motivation for everybody, not only Associates but all Canadians.

Q. Why do you think it’s important we work together to create a respectful and inclusive workplace? How will you support our journey?

To achieve success, it’s important that everybody in the workplace supports each other. If we enable our people to do the best that they can do and support the decisions that they make, we will help them to achieve the goals that they most desire. I really encourage all of my team to think about setting and achieving their goals so they can become stronger, more motivated team members.

Q. What advice would you offer women in the workplace?

Believe in yourself. Think about what you want to do and where you see yourself, both short term and long term, and strive for that.

Q. How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?

I will be spending my time with other women who are strong individuals, share similar goals and inspire me to be a better person – supporting each other so that we can achieve great things.

Thank you, Patty, for taking the time to speak with us.

Our final profile for International Women’s Day is Janna Schrottner, the President of Jepson Petroleum (Alberta) Ltd. in Calgary. And if you missed our conversation with Darlene from Mastrangelo Fuels in Thunder Bay, make sure you check it out.

Celebrating Success and Leadership on International Women’s Day: Darlene Mastrangelo

International Women’s Day, March 8, is a celebration of the achievements and contributions of women and an opportunity to continue the conversation about supporting gender equity and inclusion. Recognizing and addressing barriers – including cultural, generational and gender biases – will help us create a better world and a great place to work for everyone. Today on PumpTalk, we’re profiling a few women across the Petro-Canada family to learn about their roles, their commitment to gender balance, and how they are supporting a respectful and inclusive workplace.

Petro-Canada Celebrates International Women's Day

First up is Darlene Mastrangelo from Mastrangelo Fuels in Thunder Bay/Dryden.

Q. Hi, Darlene! Please tell us a little bit about your role.

My positions within the company vary as I do relief work for all positions. My passion is Head of Health and Safety and Customer service.

Q. What career highlights are you most proud of?

When my husband and myself decided to purchase Mastrangelo Fuels (Petro-Canada) in 2006, I returned to school at the age of 41 and completed 3 years of Business Administration / Accounting - graduating head of the class.

With the help of our Wholesale Business Manager and an amazing staff, we implemented the

Petro-Canada Prudent Operations program. With a lot of hard work and co-operation, we have received two consecutive audit scores of 99.6%. We continue to strive for a safe working environment for all our employees and customers.

Q. How long have you been connected with Petro-Canada? 

I have been fortunate enough to be part of the Petro-Canada family for 30 years when I met my husband who was a gas attendant. We purchased our first division (Wholesale) in 2006 and our second division in 2018.

Q. In your time with Petro-Canada, and from your perspective working in a traditionally male-dominated industry, what has helped you navigate the workplace and your career? 

Hmm - navigate my career... Hard work, great listening skills, the willingness to learn, to admit my mistakes and respect our team. I ask questions and stand up for what I believe. 

Darlene Mastrangelo

Q. The 2020 theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual – an equal world is an enabled world. What does this mean to you?

My thoughts on EachforEqual: A workplace where having mutual respect for both genders, learning from all strengths and weaknesses, working together in fair, respected positions together = happiness and success. While progress has been made; there is still a long way to go.

Q. From your perspective, how do you think Petro-Canada and Suncor are achieving #EachforEqual? 

I think EachforEqual is an ongoing exercise. Petro-Canada and Suncor have no wage differential and I have noticed there are more women holding senior positions today then say 10 years ago – actually more women in all positions. Improvement – yes. Room for improvement – always.

Q. Why do you think it’s important we work together to create a respectful and inclusive workplace? How will you support our journey?  

Respectful and inclusive workplaces makes for happy, more productive employees and workspaces. I will "live what I believe". Equality, respect, hard work and team work = Success.

Q. What two key pieces of advice would you offer women in the workplace? 

Be true to yourself, work hard, and don't give up. To be respected you must also give respect (the old saying...respect is a two way street)

Q. How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day? 

I will be celebrating International Women's Day on Monday (as the 8th is a Sunday) at work with women and men that I admire and respect. I may even brighten up our offices with flower reminders that women are an important part of the Mastrangelo Fuels team.

Thanks, Darlene … we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us!

Our next profile is of Patty Price, a Petro-Canada Associate at two of the busiest Petro-Canada highway locations in Ontario.

Part 1: Clearing the Air on EVs – Q&A with Pat Lazenby

Back in December we asked about purchasing an electric vehicle and what would be your biggest barrier. Here’s what you said.

Barriers to Adopting an Electric Vehicle

To see how common these issues are, we consulted with Pat Lazenby, the Project Manager at Suncor and person in charge of building Canada’s Electric Highway.

Petro-Canada EV

Q. So, Pat, what do you think about the above?

A. These are definitely some of the issues regarding EVs that I hear about most frequently. Let’s take them in order:

First – that EVs cost significantly more than “regular” vehicles. While it is true that the purchase price is typically higher, overall operating costs can be significantly lower due to the reduced maintenance requirements and the cost of charging versus fuelling.  

Next – the driving range of EVs. Some of the earlier models of full electric and plug-in hybrids had a limited driving range but the reality is that many of the battery electric vehicles made today have ranges between 300 and 500Kms on a full charge, and this is improving every year.

And make sure you’re looking at up-to-date charging station infrastructure in your driving area so you can map out your route.

Finally – the environmental impact of EVs. The reality is that the manufacturing process for EVs creates more emissions and a greater carbon footprint compared to internal combustion vehicles (gasoline and diesel powered cars). This is based on the mining intensity and process for making the lithium batteries.

Where things improve for the environment is during the operating or driving of the EV where carbon emissions drop significantly. Since there are no emissions during the driving of the EV, this results in EVs having lower overall emissions over the life span of the vehicle.

Q. How has EV technology improved?

A. There have been many improvements recently in EVs and the most noticeable is improved driving range.

I do think that one step change will be in reduced charging times. As battery capacity and technology improves, drivers will experience significantly reduced charging times when they are on the go. This is a key reason why Petro-Canada recently installed DC fast chargers capable of delivering 350kW of power, the highest of any system available in Canada. This will increase the likelihood of charging times getting closer to 10 minutes, down from averages of closer to 30 minutes currently and will help EV drivers move more quickly to what matters most to them.

Thanks, Pat! Next week we’ll post Part 2 of our conversation where Pat discusses what to consider when switching to an EV.

~Braden H.

Join Us in a Random Act of Driving Kindness

The other day I was caught in some downtown traffic on a rare day when we had snow in Vancouver. It was pretty tense and tight and then it got even tenser and tighter when there was an unexpected lane merge. And I was in the wrong lane. My hands gripped the wheel; my shoulders tensed - I hate tight merges. During rush hour. In the snow. 

And then, just as I started to get all worked up, a car in the other lane slowed and the woman driving it made a big sweeping gesture, ushering me into her lane.

Relief washed over me. I smiled, waved a big thank you and pulled into the lane.

That lovely gesture really made my whole afternoon and it got me to thinking how the smallest things can turn a whole day around. Especially when we're driving. Driving can be stressful, even for the most experienced among us. These small kind gestures go a long way towards making the road a friendlier and ultimately safer place.

Commit a Random Act of Driving Kindness

Monday, February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. When we're out on the road on Monday, let's all agree to go the extra mile and be kind when we drive. A while back, we asked our fans over on the Petro-Canada Facebook page to suggest some "Live by the Leaf" courtesy driving tips. Some of them are perfect examples of a random act of driving kindness:

  • In a construction zone, smile and wave at the signal person.
  • Leave a gap, when stopped at a light, for vehicles to enter from the side streets.
  • When the gas station is busy and two of us pull into the pump at the same time, wave and let the other person go first.
  • Give a big "Thank You!" wave when someone lets me into a busy lane.
  • Move over into the empty left lane to make way for cars to merge on the right.
  • Leave the closest parking spots for those with mobility issues or young children.
  • Switch lanes if there is a cyclist traveling ahead. It gives them more room and helps other drivers see them too.
  • When you're leaving a busy parking lot and people are cruising for spots, wave and indicate you're leaving and that your spot will be available.
  • Pay for the coffee order for the car behind you in the drive-thru.

Any of these resonate with you? Even if your "thank you wave" is just extra big, I hope you'll join me in committing a few random acts of driving kindness on Monday. Maybe it will even become a habit!

~Rose R.

How Often Do You Get Your Vehicle Serviced?

I love my car – my trusty Saturn Vue, Chloe (named after a character from the series “24”). She’s a 2006 model and one of the reasons that she’s still in such great condition at fourteen years young is that I take her in for regular maintenance. Generally speaking we go in twice a year, Spring and Winter. Usually one of the appointments is just regular stuff – oil check, filter check, tire check, etc. – and the other will be a little more involved – tire rotation, fluid flush – you know, the good stuff.

Maintain Your Vehicle

I really like taking her in for service. The team at the auto shop has been looking after her for ten years now and they always do a great job. Plus I think she appreciates the attention.

Since I don’t have a long daily commute, with my twice-a-year-service, I’m generally ahead of the ten months or 10,000 KM schedule that my vehicle manual suggests – or required, really, at the outset to keep my warranty active. Felling pretty smug, I was surprised to hear about a recent case where Canadian owners are being required to follow the “Severe Usage Maintenance Schedule” (vs the “Normal”) simply because they live in Canada. [1] My Saturn manual states that I need to follow the “severe” schedule when I regularly drive in temperatures under -29 degrees Celsius. Which for most of the country happens at least once a year.

Out of curiosity I checked a few provincial driver’s handbooks to see what they recommend. When they do have a section on vehicle maintenance (about ½ of them do), it is quite generic. Ontario has one of the most comprehensive sections on vehicle maintenance, but it doesn’t state particular timelines or distance driven markers. Rather, it has tips on what to watch out for that would indicate that your vehicle may need service. And it admonishes drivers to check their individual driver’s manuals.

Do you have a particular maintenance schedule for your vehicle? Do you follow your owner’s manual to the letter or just when something serious occurs? Let us know in the comments.

~Rose R.