Panel: Young Pipeliners on the Forefront of Change

This forum is designed to focus on encouraging the next generation of leaders in the pipeline industry to take an active role in creating innovative solutions, and the challenges associated with developing better strategies for future pipeline projects.

Panelists:

Jibin Ammanethu, P.Eng.

Jibin Ammanethu is an Engineer with Enbridge. In her seven years of professional experience, Jibin has leveraged the diverse development opportunities Enbridge offers by rotating through a number of engineering roles in the areas of project management, field and control center operations and strategic planning. An ardent supporter of diversity and inclusion, she serves on the leadership teams of multiple employee-led committees, advocating for the voice of women and next-generation professionals in the workplace. Through this grass-roots work, Jibin and her colleagues have recently championed an innovative enterprise-level change initiative to support employee career development and develop a diverse, sustainable and robust talent pipeline. Jibin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and is currently pursuing an MBA, both from the University of Alberta.

Daryl Bandstra, P.Eng

Daryl Bandstra is a mechanical engineer and a co-founder of Integral Engineering, an Edmonton-based engineering consulting firm started in 2018. He works in the area of pipeline risk and integrity assessment, where he aids operators in applying probabilistic and predictive models to their pipeline systems. He has authored papers for various conferences including the International Pipeline Conference, Rio Pipeline Conference and most recently, the Young Pipeline Professionals Symposium where the white paper he co-authored won 'best paper' and was presented at the American Gas Association annual conference in Nashville. His current area of focus is pioneering the application of data science and machine learning methods to the pipeline industry.

Landon Lonsberry, P. Eng

Landon Lonsberry began his career in the pipeline industry as an Operations Engineer for Enbridge prior to moving into their Major Projects group. Therein, he assumed a Project Engineering role and managed all aspects of their 1100 km Line 3 Decommissioning project. This multi-faceted project exposed Landon to the myriad and nuanced concerns of Canada’s first 1000km+ decommission project, inclusive of its regulatory connectivity to the execution of the Line 3 Replacement project. Landon’s developed expertise in the area of pipeline abandonment and decommissioning was used on the U.S. side of the Line 3 project in addition to several other projects within Enbridge.

In 2018, Landon departed Enbridge to pursue a consulting career and has been requested on some of North America’s largest and highest profile abandonment projects. Landon has since founded Plex Projects, a company dedicated to providing engineering and construction management services for pipeline abandonment, decommissioning, and other change of service projects.

In addition to his work at Plex Projects, Landon has supported the evolution of how pipeline operators accommodate pipeline change of service projects in a maturing regulatory environment through conference speaking engagements, participation on industry committees, and contributions to industry research programs.

 Moderator:

Nancy Manchak, P.Eng.

Nancy Manchak is a Professional Engineer and has been employed with Enbridge since 2014. With Nancy’s current role in Enbridge’s Pipeline Integrity Department, she is responsible for project sponsorship and asset management for liquids pipelines. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering, with Distinction Honours, from the University of Alberta and is also a part-time student in the Queen’s University Master’s Degree in Earth and Energy Resources Leadership Program. Beyond the technical aspects of engineering, Nancy is an advocate for outreach that enables women to discover the possibilities of an engineering career. This includes serving on the WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) Board of Directors and Enbridge Edmonton FEMINEN (FEMales IN ENgineering) Employee Resource Group Leadership Committee. Nancy is also the Edmonton Chapter Chair for the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada.

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