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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


Preparing for the Brave New World of Work in Alberta

Managing Your Career in 2017 and Beyond

Jackie Rafter, President of Higher Landing, discusses how to manage your career in 2017.  Maintaining your employability and managing your career in an uncertain economic environment requires innovative approaches. Ongoing change and course correction has become the norm for nearly every organization and professional. For employees, contractors and managers, particularly in the oil and gas industry, never has it been more critical to manage one’s career strategically.

Whether you are employed or not, gone are the days of presuming a steady career path that progresses neatly from ‘hire to retire’ within an industry or an organization. Alberta’s job market today requires innovative methods for professionals to thrive under any economic conditions. Drawing on her experiences with coaching executives, athletes, and oil and gas professionals, career transformation expert Jackie Rafter will share the secrets of transitioning to a more fulfilling role in your existing industry or completely transforming your career. Learn to do more than survive the brave new world of work in Alberta.

This engaging lunch keynote will highlight:

  • Emerging work trends and the impact on Engineering and Geoscience

  • The value of identifying your transferable skills

  • Ideas to transition or transform your career

  • How to position yourself for the best opportunities

Provided Materials

  • Summary of Recent Alberta Work Trends

  • Employment Strategies List

  • Transferable Skills Identification Exercise

  • Career Transformation Model for personal branding

DATE:     April 27, 2017
TIME:     12:20pm - 1:00pm
PLACE:   Calgary TELUS Convention Center, 120 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary AB, T2G 0P3

HALF DAY WORKSHOP may 16, 2017:  Foundational Career Branding for the Future of Work – And Your Career.

Here’s the bottom line: North America’s energy sector is in the midst of a paradigm shift. Career management has changed. Job search has changed. Forever. To thrive in 2017, you MUST know how to communicate your value in a way that truly separates you from the pack.

If you don’t know what makes you exceptional, how can anyone else? This important workshop is your essential first step to prepare yourself to LAND HIGHER. Know who you really are and learn how to effectively brand yourself and articulate your value proposition. Find out how to start building your brand by knowing, believing and sharing what makes you extraordinary and learn the secrets of standing out to strategic prospects.

Discover the secrets to our 80% landing rate in one of North America’s toughest economies and brand yourself for the 2017 job market. Learn how to:

  • Build your brand for the 2017 job market and unleash your value

  • Identify transferable skills

  • Package your “secret sauce” to attract the best opportunities

  • Define your “WOW! Factors”

  • Make yourself more marketable and define what sets you apart

  • Articulate your unique value to an employer

  • Crush it in networking meetings

  • Stop playing the job lottery

  • See how one’s brand is tested in the “Grizzly Den”

  • Land HIGHER

DATE:     May 16, 2017
TIME:      8:05am – 11:30am
PLACE:   Calgary TELUS Convention Center, 120 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary AB, T2G 0P3
INFO:      email or phone 403.538.2686

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grizzly den at geoconvention may 16, 2017!


Think you know your brand? Try to convince the Grizzlies.

Think the Dragon’s Den is entertaining? Wait until Geoscientists pitch themselves to Calgary’s own Grizzly Den- a live panel of influential business leaders who will assess market readiness to land their dream job.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn what decision makers are looking for when assessing the unique brand value and marketability of a Geoscientist.

Join the fun and help assess market readiness by interactive audience voting.


DATE:     May 16, 2017
TIME:      6pm – 8pm
PLACE:   Calgary TELUS Convention Center, 120 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary AB, T2G 0P3
INFO:     Grizzly Den videos available here:

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“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

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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