Energy in Calgary

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Row call! Who here is in Calgary (and more broadly Canada)? I work in business development for a midstream / marketing company. Been at it for just over 3 years now. It's been a great experience with lots of exposure and responsibility (crude oil and ngl/lpg). Been thinking about long term opportunities, may try to eventually make switch to trading physical and then financial (spec).

Anyway, I'm interested in setting up a group for energy professionals specifically in Calgary. I've read some of the energy posts here, it seems like Monty has it all set up for Houston. Lots of info out there for the US side of things, seems like having a Canadian presence would benefit everyone interested in the industry and provide a great networking opportunity.

If you're interested, let me know by responding and give a a short bio of yourself. Let's start talking energy!

Comments (10)

May 25, 2011
May 25, 2011

It's "roll call."

May 26, 2011

Damn! You're totally right, my apologies. Was in a rush for a meeting, didn't even look wrong to me yesterday so I just posted lol. my bad

May 27, 2011

I've been looking to move into the energy sector out in Calgary, and would be interested in learning more about people working in the field. I'm a new graduate that's just about to write my Level I CFA exam.

May 30, 2011

What do you want to know about working in the field?

CFA is a great program, but some energy shops do not care much for it. Some shops specifically discourage it and wouldn't even look at someone with CFA on their resume. That being said, I'm still of the opinion that it's quite valuable and most firms would see it as a net positive.

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May 30, 2011

No one discourages it. If your resume has nothing else then the CFA is good. That said if you can find better uses with 300hrs of your time in getting into energy, then do so.

CFA has maybe 50 pages on commodities. 15 pages on energy in total. Those 15 are basis and contango/backwardation. Easy shit to learn.

May 31, 2011

I agree on there not being much about commodities or energy, but if you head into PE or ER with an energy focus, CFA will be useful.

Also agree that in general no one discourages it - BUT I work at a company with somewhat strange policies, and know for a fact that the last round of recruitment they took all the resumes with CFA on them and threw them out without further review. Dead serious. It was about a third of the resumes. (The reasoning being that CFA does not relate much, and most likely it means candidate wants to go into banking / finance, etc). Not saying I agree or that it makes sense (I think it's ridiculous), but I have advised anyone applying here to take CFA off their resume and keep it on the DL. The policy is likely an outlier and as marcellus pointed out, should probably not be generalized to other firms.

Marcellus, I think I read somewhere you are in nat gas trading? based out of calgary?

May 31, 2011

finops with oil major In Cowtown. Looking to transition into new business development or commercial upstream. Even after moving here 2 years ago it still surprises how much young money is in this city. Definitely the place to be if you wanna make the big bucks and still want a good work life balance.

May 31, 2011

Harsh firm, must be run by some old school peeps. Yes I am.

Jun 1, 2011