In this Member Spotlight, we hear from ICAEW member Raylene Whitford, a Cree-Métis finance professional talking about her career in the international energy industry.
Once one of the youngest CFOs on the London Stock Exchange, her career in the energy sector has taken her from being the only female roughneck on a drilling rig for Devon Energy for six months to her most recent appointment to the new federal Task Force on Women in the Economy, created to advise the Canadian government on equitable economic recovery from a pandemic that is disproportionally affecting women.
Raylene talks about her personal experiences of being a young woman of Métis heritage and the importance of creating diversity and inclusiveness on boards. She shares how her position on boards contributes to the work she now does within the indigenous communities, specifically helping the facilitation of their economic empowerment. This includes the creation of Canative Energy, a social enterprise which supports the economic development of indigenous communities impacted by the energy sector
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear again how the ACA qualification has helped shape Raylene's career so far and the opportunities it has given her along the way.
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Noah Pesci - Member Engagement Manager, North America and Australasia
Raylene Whitford is Cree-Métis finance professional with a well-established career in the international energy sector. She is the founder of Canative Energy, a social enterprise that supports the economic developent of Indigenos communities impacted by the energy sector.
Raylene's previous leadership positions include leading a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, as well as directing a USD 42 billion capital efficiency project for an energy company in the Middle East. She also spent several years working with BP’s Commercial Performance Improvement Unit where she advised on cost optimization in Europe and West Africa.
She currently is a member of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Women’s Task Force for Economic Recovery and is a member of the Deputy Minister’s Advisory Committee for International Trade. She is also on the Board of the Clean Resource Innovation Network.
Raylene is a Chartered Accountant, has an MBA from Aberdeen Business School in the UK. She is currently completing an interdisciplinary PhD in Indigenous Studies and Business at the University of Alberta.
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