Get to know Sukhi Gill, Co-Chair for the 2021 YPAC Conference
- How would you spend an afternoon in a new city? My husband and I love travelling and typically spend the first day exploring, find the closest coffee shops, local transit systems and getting familiar with locals in the area! We enjoy looking for new restaurants and unique foods/snacks to try during our stay.
- Best advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I’ve received is to be patient and it’s okay if thing’s don’t go as planned in your professional and personal life. Years ago I had a significant injury that really set me back mentally and physically, and I was really hard on myself that I wasn’t hitting all the key points in my “five year plan”. I learned that sometimes its these unexpected journeys that offer you new perspective, and patience that it’s okay to hit pause once in awhile and enjoy the present instead of focusing on the future.
- Why did you join YPAC? When I first joined the industry as a young EIT I was fortunate enough to have several great mentors who offered me guidance throughout my career that have heavily impacted who I am today. I see YPAC as a way to connect and mentor young professionals and also to continue my development by gaining new perspective and insight into the energy industry that I don’t necessarily get exposure to in my day-to-day role. Being exposed to a group of young professionals who are knowledgeable, driven and passionate about the energy industry is one of the key ingredients to promoting positive change in the industry, and I’m grateful to be apart of this dynamic team!
- How do you measure success in your career? Success for me means constant learning and growth and motivating others around you to be the best they can be. Mentorship is extremely important to me, whether you are the mentee or mentor. Having a safe space where you can exchange ideas, career aspirations, experiences and obstacles is essential to a successful career. I would consider myself successful in my career if people viewed me as a mentor who listened, celebrated successes and helped overcome difficult situations for my peers/team mates.
- From who or from where do you draw inspiration? I draw my inspiration from my parents. They came to Canada in the 80’s as immigrants with little money and not understanding the Canadian language or culture. They worked hard to build a life for my siblings and myself and taught us the values of integrity, humility, hard work and resilience. If I ever feel unmotivated, I think of how many challenges they were able to overcome with little tools in their toolkit to be successful. Sometimes its not worrying about what you don’t have, its about using the tools you have effectively to get the outcome you are looking for.