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Aug 26, 2021

Sector: Young Professionals

Young Professionals


Representing nearly 40,000 young and emerging professionals working in the energy sector across Canada, young professionals in energy work together on a variety of initiatives designed to foster a viable, progressive and inclusive new energy future through leadership development, collaboration, innovation, investment and advocacy.

The continued success of the Canadian energy industry requires both the development of future leaders and the engagement of their current skills in new ways. Given young professionals have on average 30 years left in their careers in oil and gas, they are the first generation of leaders who will be working in a net-zero energy future. As such, their eagerness to work on emerging technologies and engage in new ways is one example of how they will shape the future of our industry and realize our most ambitious goals.

Highlights of your ecosystem and CRIN membership growth work April 2020 – March 2021

Three of the major young professional organizations representing 20,000 members across Canada – Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC), Young Women in Energy (YWE) and Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) – banded together with Avatar Innovations to run the 3rd Avatar Program in collaboration with the University of Calgary. This ground-breaking energy innovation project resulted in close to 600 applications from young professionals across Canada. Through this most ambitious Avatar Program ran yet, 270 emerging leaders worked across a 12 week curriculum on 45 semi-autonomous, multi-functional teams generating 45 new, emerging energy technologies – 8 of which received industry sponsorship and pre-seed capital to turn into a prototype. This initiative expanded the CRIN network to a previously unconnected sector, advancing the vision of clean hydrocarbons.

What’s coming in 2021-2022

Avatar Program 2022 will be launched in January with 2022 with even more young professional groups.

Sector Leaders

Kevin Krausert, kkrausert@avatarinnovations.energy

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