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The Tipping Point: Young Professionals and the Energy Future

“We are in the early stages of what could be a sea change in the oil and gas industry, driven by digitalization and decarbonization. Younger workers will likely spend much of their careers steering their organizations through transformation.”

- DNV-GL, “The outlook for the oil and gas industry in 2020”

Many feel the oil and gas industry has reached a “tipping point,” where a culmination of challenges requires significant changes to the way we do business. Tisha Schuller, principal and founder of Adamantine Energy, believes the younger workforce is vital to us transcending the risks that lie ahead. In fact, Tisha writes: “If we don’t collectively mobilize to retain and ultimately rehire our millennial work force, reinventing the energy future will be extremely difficult — or damn near impossible.” Join Tisha as she moderates a panel discussion on what sets Millennials apart from Baby Boomers and how we can effectively harness the power of young professionals to positively transform the industry.



Principal, Adamantine Energy


Tisha Schuller founded Adamantine Energy to provide thought leadership to future-proof energy businesses against rising social risk. Tisha consults private clients from Fortune 500 energy companies to non-profit environmental organizations in energy policy, business strategy, politics, and community engagement. She also serves as the Strategic Advisor for Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative. In 2017, Tisha chaired Stanford’s symposium to reduce energy poverty in the developing world using natural gas. Previously, Tisha served as President & CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and as Principal and Vice President with Tetra Tech, a national environmental consulting and engineering firm.  She has a B.S. from Stanford University. Tisha serves on many academic and non-profit boards including The Breakthrough Institute, The Energy for Growth Hub, The Denver Museum of Nature & Science Institute Strategic Council, and she is a member of the National Petroleum Council, an advisory board to the Secretary of Energy under both the Obama and Trump administrations.  Tisha’s book, Accidentally Adamant was published in 2018. Tisha authors a weekly series entitled Both of These Things Are True and hosts the Energy Thinks podcast.



Muhammad Hassan Furrukh

Hassan is a student of chemical engineering, with a minor in petroleum engineering, currently at the University of Calgary. He recently completed an internship at Stantec, where he worked as a Pipeline Integrity Engineer. As an international student, Hassan comes from Islamabad, Pakistan, where he gained some experience working in Mari Petroleum – an Oil and Gas exploration giant in the country. His involvement in corrosion and crack prevention projects at Stantec allowed him to develop an appreciation for the process behind maintaining pipeline integrity. Hassan aspires to further his education in the field and secure a placement upon his graduation in May 2021. He enjoys playing sports, music, and camping up in the Rockies!


Sukhi Gill

Ms. Sukhi Gill is a Professional Engineer and Program Lead for Pipeline Construction Governance and Technology at TC Energy. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering BSc. from the University of Calgary and has worked at TC Energy for over seven years in a variety of different roles such as engineering, project management, construction management, quality and technology. Sukhi is the responsible Engineer for TC Energy’s pipeline construction specification for Gas and Liquid pipelines and is responsible for overseeing construction inspection practices for all Canadian pipeline projects. In this capacity, she has led the implementation of new construction technologies that provide real-time construction quality and compliance reporting to drive better business decisions. Sukhi is involved with industry committees such as CEPA Foundation and the Young Pipeliner’s Association of Canada (YPAC).  She recently co-wrote a paper describing the implementation of new technologies on pipeline construction practices for the International Pipeline Conference (IPC).  Sukhi is born and raised in Calgary, enjoys reading and playing sports, and is passionate about innovation and sustainability in the energy industry. 


Jerry Rau

Jerry Rau is a veteran of the oil & gas industry with 40 years of experience, primarily in the field of pipeline integrity, specializing in developing and implementing programs for corrosion control, integrity management, threat assessment and risk management programs. He has also authored and presented numerous papers to industry associations and managed pipeline research through various PRCI committees. Jerry started his career at Exxon, then worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline, which then became Energy Transfer from where he retired. He now works part-time for RCP, a pipeline compliance and integrity consulting firm as well as JTrain, a business he co-founded with his wife Jane, focused on the transfer of knowledge within the pipeline industry. In his spare time, you can find Jerry relaxing at his lake house in North Texas and doting on his adorable grandkids.