Keystone XL Moves Along Even as Opponents Continue to Fight it in Court

Big news today in the energy industry as TC Energy Corp, a major North American energy company, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, plans to begin pre-construction work on the Keystone XL oil pipeline next month, despite having opponents that continue to fight it in court.

According to a Bloomberg article, This long-delayed project will be moving forward as worker campsites and pipeline storage sites will be moving to Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska in February. TC Energy plans to start building the part of the conduit that crosses the U.S. to Canada border in April.

This may come to a shock to some people as the $8 billion project is currently tied up in a legal battle from environmental activists and some landowners specifically in Montana, and TC Energy still needs additional authorization and permits to build the border-crossing segment.

The Keystone XL will be 1,200-miles and help carry 830,000 more barrels of crude oil a day from Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners. Though this will help ease the pipeline shortage that has hurt Canada’s oil industry, environmentalists have opposed the project, arguing that by allowing more oil production, they will be contributing to an increase effect to climate change.

This pipeline would provide hundreds of career opportunities for people across the United States and Canada, but it may seem like a risky move since they are currently going through the lawsuit.

Though some might disagree with the way they’re going about the situation, in a recent article it states that not all feel that way. “TC Energy rose 0.3% to C$68.96 in Toronto on Tuesday. The shares have advanced 28% in the past 12 months, compared with an 8.5% gain for the S&P/TSX energy index.” Though it might be a bold move, the market seems to be agreeing with TC Energy, despite their legal situation.

How do you feel about TC Energy going ahead with the project before the legal process is determined, and how do you feel this will impact the energy industry?

How to Actually Achieve your 2020 Goals

The new year welcomes a fresh start, often filled with goals and resolutions to encourage personal growth in all areas of life.  

Unfortunately, the all too common story is of a once energized, positive, goal-seeking adult whom soon becomes complacent, discouraged, with a goal that is put off until the next new year.

While creating a goal is a noble effort, below there are three mains recommendations we believe will help you can reach the goals you made in 2020.

Make a Plan, and Plan it Well

Don’t just make a goal, plan your goal. Put together a plan on how you will be able to realistically reach your desired goal.

Daniel Fryer, a psychotherapist and author explained this well by saying, “Setting ourselves big goals like “get promoted” or “save money” may seem tempting as we enter a new year, but when we fail to break those large-scale ambitions down into smaller, achievable steps, we set ourselves up for failure.”

To expect results without a plan is asking for failure. If your goal was to “be more present” by decreasing your time on your cellphone, consider thinking of ways of how that would be possible. Perhaps you could create time limits on your phone that you don’t have the password to, decide to put your phone in a separate room when you go home from work, or just simply decide not to bring your phone to certain public events.  

If you have a strong desire to reach a certain goal, but you don’t have a plan on how you’ll execute that plan, more likely than not, that won’t be a goal, it’ll just be a dream.

Determine What is Realistic

In addition to creating a plan to fulfil our goal, there’s also the nature of the goals—and how realistic they really are—to consider.

In a Forbes article, they recommend that we first need to make a distinction between realistic goals and changing habits. It reads, “If you’re addicted to something—like tobacco or booze—you can surely change, but it will take a sustained effort. Don’t expect to do it alone. Get some help.”

This help can range from a reliable friend or family member, to a doctor, or a therapist. Though this goal may be harder than a more passive goal of let’s say “writing in your journal for five minutes every day”, it still is possible by creating celebratory milestones.

Nicki Louise James, a woman entrepreneur, said, “I’m a big believer in having big goals, and always striving to hit them–but also making sure I have smaller ones to help me get there. Then when I tick something off–when I hit my target–I know that I’m moving forwards.”

If you have a habit or addiction you’re trying to quit, don’t give yourself an “all or nothing” mindset. Create small goals that will help lead you to your big goal. Each small goal will give you confidence you need to push a little harder and become that much closer to reaching your desired goal.

Be Deliberate

Though change can be exciting and new, it’s better to give your all to a couple of goals than to set several. If you created 15 New Year resolutions for 2020, chances are you’ll barely hit three. Decide on one to two main goals you would like to achieve – and break those goals into the five or six flexible steps you need to take to get there.

By being deliberate on your specific goals, you will be able to really commit the time and energy necessary to help make your goals a reality.

Make 2020 the best year yet. Create goals and reach them by planning your goals, being realistic about your goals, and being deliberate while you execute them.

A Letter From our CEO, Kathy Eberwein

As we wind down in 2019, I reflect on what a year it has been for The Global Edge. This time of year is very special to me, as I am sure it is to all of you. Like no other time, we all feel the overwhelming “spirit of the season” that comes from thankfulness, generosity and joy. I write this letter to express my sincere gratitude to you for being a part of the Global Edge journey and family.

It is hard to believe as we close out 2019, that it has been over a decade since I started the business. Growing out of my home office to now being on the global stage in the energy industry with the biggest players, it is humbling to see the incredible growth and accomplishments of The Global Edge team.

 My message has always been that we strive to be the agency of choice for everyone. For our employees, for our clients and for our candidates. We are seeing that come to fruition in a big way because our bottom line doesn’t drive our business but rather the people do. 

In this day and age of electronics, technology, and fast-paced living, we continue to be the business that treats people like people. We value relationships and will continue to do so regardless of how big we get. 

Looking back on the year at The Global Edge, I am filled with a profound honor as I was able to see the benefits of our words being put into practice. We were nominated for several awards, and even won a few of those, that recognized excellence in the workplace and respected our core values. From being awarded the Best Energy Workplace at the GRIT Awards to Recruitment Agency of the year at the Oil and Gas awards to being a finalist at the prestigious ExxonMobil LNG Power Play awards, our peers have started to catch on to what we have known since day one- we truly have the best team in the industry who don’t just talk the talk, but walk the walk.

On the personal front, 2019 was a year of pushing myself out of my comfort zone as I was able to watch a passion and vision come to life through the launch of the Doyenne Initiative. The Doyenne Initiative is a non-governmental organization (NGO) created to provide and support higher-level education and knowledge growth opportunities for women in developing countries. Through my professional experiences and travels over the years, I have seen witnessed such a drastic gap in women who were experienced technical experts in their field in the Energy industry.

My heart has always been called to giving back and I felt that a focus on elevating women to ‘take their seat at the table’ through higher education is where I could make the most impact. I am thrilled to see this program develop in 2020, stay tuned for more updates!

Our success of 2019 is a credit to you. Thank you for being a part of our Global Edge family, for trusting us with your careers and business, and for allowing us to continue our journey to redefine excellence in recruitment. I am looking forward to turning the corner into a new year as well as new decade and as always, have audacious plans for our business.  

A big thanks to all who have helped us on this journey, it is our privilege to work with you and we look forward to continued successes for all!

Kathy Eberwein, CEO of The Global Edge Consultants

2019 Global Edge Gala: Masquerade Ball

On November 8, 2019 The Global Edge celebrated the wonderful year we have had, and the people who helped make it so.

With a Masquerade Ball theme, the Global Edge family, and those who have worked with us this past year, came together in downtown Houston to celebrate our success and thank those who have helped make the company what is it today.

It was a glamorous and memorable night that started with a happy hour and sit-down dinner, followed by endless entertainment with a live-band, photo booth, caricature artists, and more.

While guests were thrown into a Masquerade atmosphere, they also had the chance to learn and donate to the non-government organization we were supporting this year: Doyenne Initiative. The Doyenne Initiative is an NGO created by our CEO, Kathy Eberwein, to provide and support higher-level education and knowledge growth opportunities for women in developing countries. To learn more about the Doyenne Initiative, please visit their website.

Kathy, our CEO thanked those who attended by saying, “Thank you to all those who support The Global Edge and were able to attend our 2019 gala.” She continued by saying, “Not only was the gala this year the biggest one we’ve had with a big support from our clients in the industry, but I was able to share the launching of the Doyenne Initiative, an NGO I created. It was a great evening, and I am looking forward to the biggest and best year yet to come in 2020.”

We all had an amazing evening and are looking forward to 2020!

The Global Edge Staff dressed beautifully to theme
Guests enjoying the evening
The Global Edge marketing team
The Champagne Diva was a big hit!
Guests dancing the night away
Kirsten, one of our Global Edge employees, and her lovely family

GIPEX 2019, A Great Success With Global Edge Guyana

The Global Edge Guyana Team was so honored to be a part of GIPEX 2019, Guyana’s largest oil conference, as an associate sponsor this past November 20-22, 2019. This event attracted over 600+ delegates and 150+ exhibitors from around the world at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana.

Throughout the conference, our team was able to meet phenomenal individuals and companies who are key players in the oil and gas industry, and who are eager to make their mark in the upcoming opportunities available in Guyana.

The event was an enormous success, and The Global Edge Guyana team loved meeting and conversing with all those who were able to attend. It was a pleasure teaching people about our company and services, while also learning more about the oil and gas industry and the impact and opportunities it is bringing to local Guyana talent.

For those who were not able to attend GIPEX and learn more about our company, Global Edge Guyana is a local firm of natural gas recruiters with world-class standards in recruitment, supporting and promoting local employment and development. We are a full-service firm specializing in both hire and contract recruitment. People are our passion, and we were thrilled to be a part of GIPEX 2019.

We are already looking forward to GIPEX 2020!

Global Edge Gives Back: Supporting Movember

Movember is more than just an excuse for men to grow out their beloved moustaches. It is an annual event, the whole month of November, involving the growing of to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health and suicide prevention.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men (us.movember.com).

At The Global Edge, as social responsibility is one of our core values, we support such initiatives, and are please to have two of our contractors, Graham Sutherland and Jason Edwards who are fundraising for the cause. You can donate to their fundraiser by clicking on this link.

They said, “I’m raiding funds and awareness this Movember for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives. I need your help. Please donate to support men’s health.”

We support Graham and Jason in their efforts to educate and support men’s health through Movember and hope that you too can donate and become more familiar with the cause.

The Global Edge to Attend at GIPEX, Guyana’s Largest Oil Conference

The Global Edge Guyana is excited to be an associate sponsor and participate at the Guyana International Petroleum Exhibition (GIPEX), Guyana’s largest oil conference, from November 20-22, 2019 in Georgetown, Guyana.

As Guyana continues to be a major contributor to the oil and gas industry, it’s no surprise that GIPEX remains the largest oil and gas conference and exhibition in the South American country. It serves to place a spotlight on the rapidly growing investment opportunities and avenues for partnerships that exist, which are crucial to the growth and development of local industry.

Global Edge team members including our CEO Kathy Eberwein, will be attending GIPEX as we will have a booth set up to engage with attendees and answer any questions about The Global Edge and our capabilities to connect Guyana’s top talent with opportunities in the Energy sector.

The Global Edge is looking forward to connecting with Guyana’s professionals and other influential players within the oil and gas industry.

For more information about GIPEX, or to register for the exhibition, please visit their website by clicking this link.

Awarded Best Energy Workplace in 2019 GRIT Awards!

The Global Edge is ecstatic to announce we were awarded as one of the Best Energy Workplaces at the 2019 GRIT Awards!

This award is a tremendous honor, as it recognizes those who are difference makers in energy – the people, teams, and workplaces who champion progress in the energy industry.  The awards gala was held on October 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas where some of the most influential players in the industry within the region gathered.

At The Global Edge, we pride ourselves on being a company founded on integrity, high-quality service, and superior commitment to our clients. We believe these are some of the strongest elements that characterize the services provided by our firm, which helped pave the path to receiving such an award.

In a hugely competitive market place, we are humbled and excited to be a winner of the Best Energy Workplaces at the 2019 GRIT Awards and are excited to continue making a difference in the recruitment agency.

To read more about the GRIT Awards, please click on this link.

So grateful for part of fearless team who were able to attend the GRIT Awards on October 10, 2019

The Global Edge Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is a bustling month filled with crisp air, changing leaves, and Halloween candy on grocery store aisles. However, this month is more than just pumpkin spiced lattes and costume preparation, it’s a month to recognize a devastating disease affecting thousands of Americans each year: Breast Cancer.

 The Global Edge supports the campaign that Breast Cancer Awareness Month has, which is to increase awareness of the disease. With 1 in 8 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and an estimated 42,260 deaths (41,760 women and 500 men) from breast cancer in 2019 (cancer.net), it’s necessary that men and women become more aware of the disease and highlight the importance of breast awareness, education, and research.

With social responsibility being one of the core values at The Global Edge, and being a woman-owned company, we understand the significance supporting such causes may have.

Devynn Dayton, an employee at The Global Edge, has a mother who is currently battling severe breast cancer. She said, “I’m glad to be a part of a company that recognizes and supports causes that are near to their employees’ hearts.” She continued by saying, “Though the process of my mother battling breast cancer has been long, painful, and emotional, it’s encouraging to have a community who is so     supportive.”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide annual campaign taking place from October 1st-31st, involving thousands of organizations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month please press on this link.

The Global Edge Guyana Gives Back by CANI Shoe Drive

On August 24, 2019, The Global Edge Guyana team participated and donated in the giving and fitting of shoes for less fortunate children.

Social responsibility is one of the core values at The Global Edge, thus we make an effort to take advantage of opportunities to give back to our global communities. We are thrilled our Global Edge Guyana team was able to participate with Come Alive Network Inc (CANI) through a shoe drive and make a positive difference in their community.

Come Alive Network Inc. (CANI) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Ryan Hoppie, ExxonMobil’s Socioeconomic Advisor. CANI was established to actively support youth development and enable youth using applied global perspectives to effectively contribute to genuine and progressive community and global development.

The CANI Shoe drive is an annual event held since 2014 that supports less fortunate children by allowing them to have access to new school shoes, backpacks and stationery in preparation for the new school year.

The contribution to the Shoe and Stationery Drive made by Global Edge Guyana fitted 44 students from along the remote Pomeroon river area and 20 students from the Golden Grove area on the East Coast.

We are proud to be working to give back to our global communities and to be partnering with great initiatives, such as CANI and hope to continue working with like initiative in the future.

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