Spotlight on Women Leaders in Sustainability - Kym Fawcett, Enerplus

by David Connor
Apr 17, 2015 1:30 PM ET
Kym Fawcett, Manager Safety & Social Responsibility at Enerplus Corporation


In the second installment of a three part series on women leaders in the spotlight, David Connor speaks with Kym Fawcett, Manager Safety & Social Responsibility at Enerplus Corporation.

Hi Kym. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with the CSRwire community. We’ll get straight into the questions to discover the highlights of your professional and particular Enerplus stories to inspire and guide the future women leaders of tomorrow… 

Everybody has a different career history in the world of sustainability. What were the individual eureka moments that have steered your journey?

An early eureka moment was in the early ‘90s when I was working on a large scale, multi-year aquatic ecosystems study for the pulp and paper industry. The experience made me realize how critical collaboration is in our discipline and that collaboration needs to exist between both an organization’s internal and external stakeholders, regulators, academics and industry peers. Collaboration can result in solutions that are good for everyone, lead to the better or best result, and an increase in trust and acceptance. 

Another eureka moment for me was that the environment, health and safety, regulatory and stakeholder engagement teams need to be structured so that sustainability benefits and everyone is on the same path. At Enerplus, we brought these teams together to complement or mirror what we know is a sustainable structure, one that supports external collaborative relationships. 

Lastly, but a very important eureka moment for me, is that the art of influence is an essential skill for sustainability professionals.

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