Student Opening Keynote: Leading Yourself Strategically Through a Career: My Past, the Present and Your Future

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Sunday, October 22, 2017
12:30-13:30
SCC, Salon 8

Uttandaraman (U.T.) Sundararaj, CSChE President, will welcome the students to the conference. the student organizing committee will provide a summary of the 2017 conference activities.


New graduates have a choice.  You can let the industry pigeon-hole you into a career or you can be bold and strategically plot your own course.  The hard part is knowing what you are good at and what you like and want to do.  The road to success is complex and is fraught with barriers and detours.  For the most part, not too many people will help you or give you the right advice.  How you set goals and map your career is not easy.

Mr. Schneider will take you on a journey of his own.  A story of decision-making and getting the right experience all of which will help you navigate today’s new normal.  While every seasoned professional has their own story, as you will, Greg’s career path and the choices he made will provide you a framework that will enable you to translate his story into your own roadmap.  


Speaker Bio

Greg Schneider is a thirty year veteran of the engineering and construction business.  He currently serves as Senior Vice President of the Major Projects division of WorleyParsons, an Australian-based Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) contractor operating globally.  Based in Calgary today, Schneider has served internationally designing and construction projects in Kuwait, the Philippines, St. John’s Newfoundland, Montreal, Edmonton, Fort Murray and Sarnia.  He holds a B.Sc. in chemical and petroleum engineering from the University of Calgary.

His accomplishments are many and include the delivery of significant landmark Mega Projects that include the NOVA AST2 Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Project with a Total Installed Cost (TIC) of $2B, Shell AOSDP - TIC $2.5B, the Shell Upgrader Expansion 1 Project - TIC $8B+, ConocoPhillips Surmount Expansion Phase 2 TIC $7B+ and the North West Redwater Partnership Project Piperacks and Flare with a TIC of $0.8B to name a few.

Schneider brings proven measurable results and is always seeking to get the best out of people and organizations while continuing to seek workarounds to assure that integrity is maintained and things get done.  His leadership style has described by his peers as “leads like a Viking but with the heart of a mother”.  

Schneider has chaired and participated actively in a number of conferences encouraging and supporting advanced learning.  

He has been happily married to his hugely supportive wife Teresa for over 28 years and has one son, Branson, who is currently attending engineering at the University of Alberta.