It’s no secret that the energy sector is a male-dominated industry, and that’s particularly true when it comes to the composition of the average company’s C-Suite. Donna Garbutt, the president of Schlumberger Canada, is therefore a notable exception – and an important example. Garbutt didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming an executive at an energy company (she wanted to be a concert pianist). But her native pragmatism won out, and after working her way through the company’s ranks – she started in its software division, and doesn’t have an engineering degree – she emerged at the top. As such, she stands out as an important example, both for women who aspire to work in the field and for companies who might consider hiring them. Garbutt isn’t afraid to serve as one, either, and speaks regularly on the subject of women in business and the challenges they still face.
Donna Garbutt: Alberta's 50 Most Influential People 2013
Takeaway: Donna Garbutt is the president of Schlumberger Canada - and an important role model for women in the energy sector.