CWIE MEMBER PROFILE - February, 2018 Valerie Stewart, Director of Business Development, SCOVAN Eng

Valerie Stewart - Director of Business Development for Scovan Engineering has over 15 years experience in business development within the industry. Her experience spans across a number of specific areas which include; oil and gas engineering, supply chain management, data analytics, and business intelligence.

Valerie has a keen focus on managing business relationships, negotiating contracts, delivering targeted revenue and team leadership. Her strategic and professional approach have helped her achieve her goals in this market. She graduated with her MBA from the Haskayne School of Business at U of C and was a recipient of the Jason Lang Scholarship. Previous to her MBA she finished her Bachelor of Arts from UBC before moving to Calgary to continue her education and career.

In addition to her success in the industry Valerie has many personal accomplishments that have helped her maintain focus and devleopment while budiling her career. As an avid runner, she has completed 3 half marathons and finished top female in her age category for a 5 KM road race AFTER having her third child! She continues to bring that commitment and determination into her work world.

Scovan Engineering is a young, dynamic and innovative organization that has experience working on SAGD facilities, well pads and conventional gas plants. Valerie's role is largely focused on delivering value in the oil and gas industry, but she also spends her time on positioning the company for the future. She works with a talented group of professionals, and is able to leverage their strong skill set for alternative energy related industrial projects. With a clear vision and strategic management of growth and diversification, she is providing new and unique opportunities for the company.

There are always challenges that each professional faces in the industry especially in oil, gas and energy. One of the challenges she faces is balancing the new with the traditional. The core of the business she represents is still focused in oil and gas facilities. This is a traditional approach to what the company has always done and always focused on. Her strategy is to ensure that there is a relevant mix of both old and new industries such as renewable energy that make up her business development model. This is a challenge she sees across the market and throughout the industry.

In addition to being very successful in her career and identifying these challenges, Valerie really enjoys being a part of an engineering firm. Working at Scovan has exposed her to new technology and industry leading innovations for the energy sector. These innovations range from new technology such as cogeneration, solvent recovery, evaporators for produced water treatment, to much more. Being a part of this environment has created a catalyst for continuous learning which has benefited her both professionally and personally.