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Calgary, AB, T2P 3E6


Higher Landing is leading the evolution of the outplacement and transition industry by offering our transformation clients a leading edge program with a multi-faceted team of professionals who will provide complete career transformation. 

We take the traditional transition process to a new level with a proprietary approach that aims to connect head with heart, and identify strengths, values, passions, and purpose.

Prior Events


“The Employment Crisis for Canada’s Energy Professionals: A Lost Opportunity for Canada”

The magnitude of the unemployment crisis among Canada’s energy professionals has often been misrepresented in media and by government.  Help us raise awareness and identify possible solutions for the worst employment crisis in over 30 years.  The drain on the local economy of these unemployed professionals is unprecedented. Our associations want to address this problem and we need you to BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!

DATE:     October 6, 2016
PLACE:   Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Macleod Hall C& D
TIME:      8:30am – 11:00am
FOR:        Energy executives, energy professionals and any stakeholder concerned about the future of Canada’s energy industry.
COST:     $20 (no charge for professionals in transition)
RSVP:     HERE or email: Cynthia Lamont at

Please consider becoming involved in this important initiative and respond to this request.


In true stampede fashion, kick back with a beer, hear from fellow athletes, and learn how to successfully transition your career.Be proactive and never let a good opportunity pass.  Find out what the HLI experience is all about and find out how our professionals can help you land higher if and when you decide to transition away from sports.

DATE:     Thursday, July 14, 2016
TIME:     1:00 pm – 3:30pm
PLACE:  Suite 5100, Suncor Energy Centre, West Tower 150 – 6th Avenue SW Calgary, AB

To register, contact our office at or call (403) 538-2686

Client Appreciation Event

Join our HLI Family and Alumni for drinks and appetizers

DATE:   Thursday, July 14, 2016
TIME:    3:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Suncor West Tower #5100, 150 – 6th Avenue SW Calgary, AB

Please RSVP at

Geoscience Executive Roundtable

A full house for this significant debate on the future of the industry and getting Alberta's Geoscience community back to work.

June 28th, 2016

Many thanks to our gracious and engaging panel for donating their valuable time:

John R Hogg, President, American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Marian C. Hanna, President, Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Anthony Cadrin, Past-President, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists
Dan Allan, President, Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources

 Jackie Rafter, President, Higher Landing, introducing the panelists.

Jackie Rafter, President, Higher Landing, introducing the panelists.

John Hogg telling the story of Geologist turned Brewmaster turned Governor, John Hickenlooper.

Event highlights

  • Capital won’t be back in Alberta market till 2018-2019
  • The market won’t look or be the same when it does
  • Conventional ways need to be assessed – look at more unconventional methods
  • 24-36 months until jobs are available – half of the people who were originally laid off won’t have jobs available to them
  • Important to have new things on your resume since lay off – papers, volunteering, getting involved with projects, schooling – ways of improvement


Being unemployed is a full time job

  • Stay connected – create networks of people you know in industry both employed and unemployed
  • Arrange lunches, meetings, stay current with people in the industry
  • Use social media to stay involved – expand network
  • Keep up with social events and workshops – look at free events in the industry
  • Keep a structured day
  • Read up and follow companies that could be potential employers – know what they are doing – use google alerts

There is going to be a knowledge gap in the industry once market picks up because their aren’t younger people getting jobs in industry – won’t have the same experience 

  • Young people are moving away from industry –moving into other sectors of employment or moving out of Alberta
  • Lots of opportunities in the middle east – has cultural and gender issues associated with it
  • Statistically more women in geoscience globally
  • The middle east are hiring more than ever with the economic downturn – they understand that some of the best employees are being let go in North America and are providing them jobs
  • Lack of entrepreneurial support for geoscientists in today’s industry
  • Larger companies are taking young talented workers and putting them into a specific role without any cross training and leaving them there indefinitely – creates skill gaps among workers


Need to understand how to transfer knowledge and skills to create value for companies

Engagement with the government to educate people – the government needs to understand the consequences of Canadian workers leaving Canada to go work in other countries like the Middle East – Canada is losing good educated workers

  • Networking with people in the government –example the mayor of Calgary
  • is essential to influence in a positive way for the benefit of public and Canada
  • To what end? – better policies, more educated decision makers, so that the average voter is educated
  • Canadian politicians need to understand low cost production strategy is not in the best interest of Canada – we will price ourselves out of the market with taxing
  • Start looking at unconventional markets


Look at transferable skills into other markets

Geoscientists: sell deals, project managers, management of companies, leadership roles, strategy, economics, problem solvers, do they have any minors,

  • HR needs to be educated on geoscientist skills – needs to be a push back on HR to look at geoscientist and understand skill sets they have – even if it doesn’t involve key words or phrases – understand skill sets
  • Stigma that “once oil field picks up these people will leave and go back to the oil industry” – how to convince employers that this won’t necessarily happen
  • Ageism and sexism in geoscience
  • People who are passionate will stay in the industry
  • If geoscience is a passion – take a lesser job in the industry
  • Get an MBA
  • If you have to work outside of geoscience stay in touch with the industry – volunteer, write a paper, work on projects, take a course, present or give a talk