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Defining moments

UToday HomeNovember 21, 2012

Helen Wesley is the 2012 recipient of the Haskayne School of Business’ MAX Award. Photo by Mark SkoganHelen Wesley, centre, is the 2012 recipient of the Haskayne School of Business’ MAX Award. Photo by Mark SkogenHelen Wesley, executive vice-president, corporate services, Talisman Energy Inc., received the Haskayne School of Business’ prestigious Management Alumni Excellence (MAX) Award Tuesday night at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel.

The MAX award recognizes the outstanding success of Haskayne alumni, celebrating personal achievement and extraordinary service to both the school and the community.

A 1991 graduate of Haskayne’s bachelor of commerce program, Wesley has nearly 20 years of experience in the international oil and gas and chemicals industries.

In her acceptance speech, Wesley spoke of the concept of life as a series of defining moments, and the role we can all play in changing the trajectory of the lives of those around us.

“One of the advantages of my current role is that I can play a part in the defining moments of those around me,” Wesley said. “I have the opportunity to talk to a lot of people about their careers, their lives, their hopes and their worries. And I have the opportunity to connect people, act as a mentor, or a sponsor, or provide a different perspective.”

Wesley joined Talisman in 2010 as executive vice-president, corporate services, with responsibilities for global oversight of human resources, supply chain management, business services and corporate communications. Prior to joining Talisman, Wesley was a vice-president and treasurer for Suncor Energy Inc., following the merger with Petro-Canada, and spent 10 years with Petro-Canada in a variety of senior strategic and operational leadership positions.

“A vibrant city and a vibrant university go hand in hand,” Wesley said. “The Haskayne School needs all of us, one way or another, to play a part, big or small, in shaping the future leaders of our community. How? By thoughtfully sharing a little bit of time, or advice, or being a guest lecturer, or playing a role in helping someone find a job, or keep a job, or excel at a job.”

Since 2000, Haskayne has presented the MAX award to 13 graduates.