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Susannah Pierce is the president of Shell Canada.rob trendiak/Supplied

Development manager Colin Wickenheiser and his team of 25 engineers, geologists and economists from Shell Canada Ltd. explore and safely develop natural gas found 2,000 to 3,000 metres below the surface in Alberta and British Columbia. It’s exhilarating to drill into the time when Western Canada was an inland sea, spanning over 250 million years.

“Unlocking the geological potential in Western Canada is thrilling, and the other part of the story that’s really exciting is Shell Canada’s participation in the LNG Canada project. We produce the natural gas, and will transport it to the West Coast of B.C., supercool it, liquify it, put it in LNG cargo ships and ship it across the Pacific Ocean to Asia where it will displace higher greenhouse gas energy,” Wickenheiser says.

This LNG work is one example of the path to net-zero emissions, which is key to Shell’s ‘Powering Progress’ strategy driving the company forward. The goal is a net-zero world where society stops adding to the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and begins reducing them.

“We’re stepping directly into energy transition through investing in renewable energies and new energies,” says Wickenheiser. “We’re very much moving society in a march towards net-zero emissions. We’re constantly evolving to powering progress.”

The four pillars supporting Shell’s Powering Progress strategy involve generating value to shareholders through providing cleaner energy, working with customers at home and abroad to achieve the net-zero emissions goal, powering lives through diversity and inclusion, and, not least, respecting nature.

“What I’m really pleased to say is as a company we’re building and executing a business strategy that not only cares about returns to shareholders but we’re recognizing we have to be a force for good for the community,” says Shell Canada president Susannah Pierce. “We need our people to represent society so that we are inclusive and respect and reflect diversity.”

Shell is evolving from an oil-and-gas company to an all-round energy firm with a goal to become a net-zero emissions enterprise by 2050 or sooner. Replacing high-carbon intensity fuels with lower-carbon intensive energy such as biofuels, low-carbon hydrogen and renewable power are part of the net-zero emissions pillar. These new energies will eventually replace the current supply mix and provide more returns to shareholders, an essential pillar of the business.

What also enthuses Wickenheiser is Shell’s third pillar on powering lives. “It’s a real focus on our diversity, equity and inclusion,” he says. “As a company we strive to be a reflection of the society we serve. And we look at Canada as being so diverse that we have developed a workforce that reflects that diversity.”

Shell Canada’s “powering lives” goal is to become one of the most diverse and inclusive organizations in the world. A place where everyone feels valued and respected and has a strong sense of belonging. In support of this goal Shell offers flexible work schedules, hybrid work schedules and inclusive benefits. In addition, the company actively supports diversity employee resource groups and has an ombudsperson for any employees with work concerns.

The fourth pillar is respecting nature by protecting the environment, reducing waste and enhancing biodiversity.

“The energy we produce needs to be the energy that will meet the world’s needs and protect the planet,” says Pierce. “We have to recognize that when we build infrastructure, or provide energy to consumers, part of the production, transmission and consumption has an impact on nature. And our nature is exhaustible. We need to respect our air, land and water.”

She adds, “Our success depends on all four pillars.”

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