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.
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.
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.