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  Owners are looking to work with firms who encourage their people to question the traditional way of designing, so I like to ask why do we always do it like that? How can we do it better?

Mark Griffiths

Principal, Oil & Gas Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatchewan

Throughout his career in oil and gas, Mark’s spent a lot of time in the field—building, commissioning, and turning over highly complex upstream and downstream facilities to clients all across Alberta. During that time, he’s noticed that there are two key opportunities in the industry.

First, there’s optimization. With the constantly improving field of software tools available, there’s always something non-traditional that can coordinate work processes or manage large quantities of work. The result? Cost and schedule predictability for his clients.

The second opportunity is the integration of other technologies like renewable energy principles. For Mark, it’s not just smart thinking, it’s quite simply the right thing to do. By combining renewable energy sources and other innovative technologies with oil and gas work, Mark is guaranteeing a bright future for his industry.

When Mark was offered the job of starting up and managing a new oil and gas subsector based in Regina, Saskatchewan, he saw it as an opportunity to integrate those two opportunities from the ground up. In Regina, Mark fills two rolls: he’s the business development manager (responsible for winning work) and he’s also the one executing the work.

When Mark isn’t on jobsites or converting preliminary designs into constructible facility plans, he’s working on his latest hobby: ranching and growing produce with his wife, daughter, and sons. It’s a small-scale, organic operation right now, but he’s hoping to expand slowly over the next few years.

WHAT I'M UP TO

THE CONFERENCE TRAIL
I recently presented at the Saskatchewan oil and gas supply chain forum in Regina. He sits on the supply chain forum panel of experts as the EPC representative and has been an active member of that organization since arriving in Saskatchewan.

WHERE I’M PUBLISHED
Some of my work was recently presented at the 2016 Stantec Fall leadership forum held in Phoenix, Arizona. In pursuit of bringing together the engineer, fabricator, and constructor, Mark led a team of experts who created a design and work pattern to drastically reduce the costs and time to build above ground pipelines.

WHAT I’M READING
Canadians have been blessed with so many amazing resources, and it is our duty to ensure that they are used in a logical, sustainable, and environmentally responsible way so that many generations can benefit from them. I’m reading more about the topic in Jim Prentice’s book Triple Crown.

IN MY COMMUNITY
Being an Englishman by birth, I’m a keen footballer (OK let’s call it soccer!) and have followed Swindon Town FC for many, many years. I’ve coached youth soccer since arriving in Canada in the summer of 2005, and I plan to get back into coaching once I get established here in Regina.

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