GRIZZLY COUNCIL OF ALBERTA
Launched in 2019, the Grizzly Council of Alberta is a voluntary partnership of private business leaders and professionals who have served as Grizzlies in the Higher Landing Grizzly Den, who are committed to helping Alberta’s un and underemployed professionals get back to meaningful work.
The Grizzly Council is committed to helping rebrand Alberta: not just the tarnished oil and gas image, but of the people who built that industry, with a focus on getting Alberta professionals back to work.
GRIZZLY COUNCIL MANDATE:
Communicate / Tell the Real Story: Raise awareness about the plight of unemployed and under employed O&G professionals in Alberta. Rebrand, de-stigmatize, promote the transferability, social and economic value of O&G professionals to other Alberta industries and businesses. (It's not all about moving these workers to the digital economy - many companies' hiring practices are filtering O&G professionals out)
Start a Movement: Mount a campaign to gain AB business/industry support and open opportunities in the AB marketplace to hire transitioning O&G professionals. Advocate for & market targeted workplace subsidies and incentives to help make this possible.
Emphasize Career Transformation: Build awareness of Higher Landing's Grizzly Certification and Grizzly Den Community, which have successfully helped O&G professionals return to the workforce for the past four years.
Seek Grizzly Council partners (governments, corporations, associations, education and community).
Callie B. Elwayns, Grizzly Council Chair, Grizzly Den Chair, CEO of Bold & Visible
Jackie Rafter, President & CEO, Higher Landing Inc.
Claudia Cattaneo, Grizzly Council Communications Chair, journalist (retired)
Terry Freeman, Grizzly Council Partnerships Chair, President, ATB Capital
Serena Staples, Grizzly Council Grizzly Certification Chair, HR Director, TAQA North
Royce Chwin, President & CEO, Travel Alberta
Shauna Feth, Executive Director, Alberta Business Family Institute University of Alberta School of Business
Paul Meek, Partner/Chief Commercial Officer, Blue Eden Clean Tech Solutions
Liz Stretch, Professional Director and HR Executive
Michael Stark, Sales Director, Welco
Alison Gray, Executive Director, University of Calgary Downtown Campus
Erin Wilkins, Higher Landing, Government Program Manager
Pauline Greenidge, Principal, Upward HR
Mike Davies, VP Business Development, Reveal Energy Services
Julie Falls, Director of People & Culture, BURNCO
Kim Davies, President, Roshone Energy Ventures
Heidi Schubert, Executive Director, Alberta Court of Appeal
Evelien Spoelstra, Manager, Talent Acquisition & Global Mobility, Pembina
Kathy Kopelchuk, Manager, Corporate Services, Surge Energy
COMMITTEE MEMBERS & CHAIRS:
Grizzly Council Chair: Callie B Elwayns, Director Higher Landing, President Bold & Visible
Higher Landing President & CEO: Jackie Rafter
Communications Committee Chair: Claudia Cattaneo, Bureau Chief
Strategic Partnership Chair: Terry Freeman, President ATB Capital
Grizzly Certification Chair: Serena Staples, HR Leader TAQA North
Claudia Cattaneo – Chair
Callie B. Elwayns
Strategic Partnerships Committee:
Terry Freeman – Chair
Callie B. Elwayns
Grizzly Certification Committee:
Serena Staples – Chair