Get to know Justin deMontarnal, Calgary Chapter Co-Chair
- Your tried and true coronavirus cabin-fever buster? Getting a good workout in. Physical fitness has always been a big part of my life regardless of what is going on in the world. I’ve been involved in athletics, sport and competition my entire life. To me there’s nothing better to get my mind right than throwing around some weights or going for a good hard run. It’s an opportunity for me to disconnect from the outside world.
- Name one item you can’t travel without and why? A pair of running shoes. It’s fairly common for me to put on 15 – 20 km walking/running in a day especially while on personal travel.
- How would you spend an afternoon in a new city? Exploring the city like a local.Whenever I go to a new city I like to go to check out neighborhoods/hot spots and explore them by foot popping into all sorts of random places. For me this usually involves some good eats, local coffee and a good craft beer or three. I’m also a really big kid at heart and always seem to make my way to the zoo. Hand feeding giraffes is definitely on my list of all time favorite experiences.
- Outside of YPAC, I’m passionate about… On a professional level I would say that teaching and mentoring junior and intermediate engineers is something I’m extremely passionate about. I’ve been volunteering with APEGA as part of their EIT mentorship program for a number of years now. Additional, my career has put me in a great position to also capitalize on this.Outside of work my main passion is travel and the outdoors, especially when there’s water involved. In the Summer you can find me out on the water pretty much every weekend on either my SUP or being pulled behind a boat. In the Winter months I’m often somewhere warm with great hiking and beaches. I’m also a hobby photographer and really enjoy capturing landscape photography, for me this is one of my creative outlets.
- Why did you join YPAC? I joined YPAC because I’m at the sweet spot in my career where I have both experience and knowledge that I think would be valuable to YP while also still being young and relevant enough to connect with them. Over the past few years I’ve developed a passion for teaching and mentoring and I saw YPAC as a great opportunity to give back and pay tribute to some of the great leaders and mentors that I’ve had in my career.
- Do you have any professional regrets? If so, what advice would you give Young Pipeliners? Fortunately at this point in my career I don’t have too many professional regrets but when I reflect on my career so far there’s one that really sticks out in my mind. My entire career to date has revolved around major projects in both the industrial mining and midstream sector. Although my responsibilities and accountabilities have grown substantially, I’ve effectively been in a similar role throughout my career. A number of leaders in the industry that I both admire and respect have worn many hats in their careers which has given them valuable experience, diverse viewpoints and allowed them to grow their networks both internally and externally. One of my professional goals is to change roles at least three times in the next six years. New challenges and experiences force growth.