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AVE Network's Fourth Annual Panel Series will feature expert panelists who will be discussing Whistleblowing & Advocacy in the Workplace.  

They are industry leaders with experience in oil & gas, geology, engineering, human resources and law. With their vastly different backgrounds, they will discuss how to challenge toxic work environments and the role of speaking up at the workplace to bring about positive change for both employees and employers. This panel will be expertly moderated, and questions from attendees are encouraged.

There will be light snacks and refreshments during a networking session before the panel and a “after-panel” party to continue the conversation with attendees, sponsors and panelists!

5:oo pm – Doors open and appetizers & networking session before Panel Discussion begins

5:45 pm – Panel Discussion Begins

7:3o pm – After Party and Networking Session

Meet Your Speakers

Moderated By

Kiersten Mohr,  P.Geol.

Manager, Geoscience Resource Development & Technology -  CNOOC International Ltd.


Kiersten Mohr is a professional geologist with over sixteen years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry.  Through this experience, and while being part of many high energy and talented teams, she has excitedly explored and unlocked many technical challenges through multiple basins in North America.  

Kiersten was raised in Moose Jaw, SK and later achieved her BSc. Honours in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.  Employment in the oil and gas industry led her to Calgary in 2002.  In an effort to increase the depth of her technical skill set she completed a Citation in Applied Geostatistics from the University of Alberta in 2008.  As her career progressed, Kiersten took on more responsibility and shifted into technical leadership roles.

In 2015, with some years of technical leadership and life experience behind her, Kiersten found herself with a heightened appreciation of the importance of the human side of the oil and gas industry.  She recognized that to be a successful leader meant doing all you can to support, understand and grow the people around you.  With this in mind, she began pursuing a Psychology degree at Queens University which she plans to complete in 2019.

Kiersten is an openly transgender woman and invests her time away from work giving back to her community.  She was inspired and emboldened by the positive experience of her own gender transition in 2017 and is now passionate to use her visibility and voice to help promote positive public awareness as well as understanding and inclusion of transgender and gender diverse individuals.  Kiersten is proudly the President of the Airdrie Pride Society which is focused on providing an accepting and safe place for anyone in the LGBTQ2+ community in Airdrie and surrounding rural communities.  Kiersten is also a proud board member of the Skipping Stone Foundation which aims to rewrite the narratives of today’s gender diverse youth by recognizing and celebrating the strengths and uniqueness found within their diversity.


Kiersten shares her life with her loving partner and two beautiful children in Airdrie, Alberta.  

Local Expert Panelists


Dr. Hong Yang,  P.Geol.

Production System Advisor for Groundbirch & Foothills Assets: - Shell Canada Ltd.

Hong Yang is currently the Production System Advisor for Groundbirch & Foothills Asset in Shell Canada Limited. Hong came to Shell Canada from Shell International in 2005. During the 13 years in Canada, she worked in Foothills conventional gas production, heavy Oil cold production and Heavy Oil thermal development and shale gas production. She has been Grosmont Business Opportunity Manager and Orion Development Manager in Heavy Oil. Prior to 2005, Hong worked in Shell International for 5 years in exploration and development for projects in Europe, Middle East, Africa and China. She has worked for Chinese Academy of Sciences for 4 years as an exploration geologist in her early career. 

Hong holds a Doctoral Degree in Applied Geology from Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands, Master’s Degree in Structural Geology from ITC in the Netherlands, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Geography from Peking University in China.  She is currently on the Board of Directors of Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation, and President of Calgary Peking University Alumni Association

Ross Plecash,  P.Eng., M.Eng.

Manager, Engineering Governance - Enbridge Pipelines 

Previous: Director of Corporate Affairs & Investigations - APEGA

Ross Plecash graduated from the University of Alberta in 1988 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and received his Master of Engineering in Engineering Management in 2006 from the same school. He has worked in the Alberta resource sector as a Rotating Equipment and Lubrication Engineer and in the electrical utility industry in a management capacity. He joined the staff of APEGA in 2002 as the Assistant Director of Communications & Public Affairs, and became the Director Corporate & Member Affairs in 2003. In 2007, a reorganization within APEGA changed his role again to that of Director Corporate Affairs and Investigations.  In 2016, Mr. Plecash rejoined the private sector as the Manager of Engineering Governance for Enbridge Pipelines.

Mr. Plecash is the Chair of Alberta Computers for Schools, a not-for-profit organization which, since starting in 1994, has refurbished over 200,000 used computers donated by government and industry and provided them to schools, libraries, other learning organizations and low income and refugee families free of charge.  He has served as the public member on the Council of the College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta, the Council On Alberta Teaching Standards and the Teacher’s Practice Review General Panel. Mr. Plecash is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, an honourary Fellow of Geoscientists Canada, and in 2010, was awarded the APEGA Summit Award for Community Service.


Anne-Marie Pham, MPA, SHRM-SCP

Director of Partner Relations - Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion

Anne-Marie Pham specializes in advising and training workplaces and communities on how to promote diversity and inclusion, develop and execute impactful strategies and partnerships, and support employment equity. She is passionate about fostering engaged, inclusive and ethical community and business leaders. Anne-Marie is currently the Director of Partner Relations at the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, a national charity that specializes in supporting Canadian workplaces to be diverse and inclusive. She is also the board director at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and on the steering committees of the Asian Professional Network of Calgary and the Calgary Diversity & Inclusion Network.  In 2013, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award for her community service.

Shaun Parker,  B.A., LL.B

Associate Lawyer, Employment & Labour  -  Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Shaun provides advice and representation to employers on a wide range of employment and labour matters, including advocacy and corporate aspects of employment and labour law.  His practice regularly involves employment litigation, employment-compliance, responses to and investigations of harassment complaints and other workplace matters, and mergers and acquisitions related work.



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