Speaker Series - calgary

Why Male Mentors Matter

Event Details:

Gender equity and equality are not women’s issues, they are human right issues. To change society and start moving forward, people of all genders must be a part of the conversation. Hear from a panel of men and women who discuss mentoring/having mentors of different genders to learn the importance of new perspectives.


7:00 – Registration & Networking
7:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast, Networking & Panel Discussion
9:00 – Breakfast Concludes
9:00 – 9:30 – Optional Networking


Michael Crothers, Shell Canada Country Chair and Vice President, Canada Integrated Gas

Effective January 1, 2018, Michael Crothers will take on lead responsibility in Canada for Shell’s Integrated Gas business which includes an interest in the proposed LNG Canada project. Michael will have a dual role as both Vice President, Canada Integrated Gas while remaining Shell Canada President and Country Chair.

In 2017, Michael held the position of Executive Vice President, Oil Sands leading the organization through the oil sands divestment. Michael returned to Canada in January 2015 as Vice President, Unconventionals North America after spending more than three years as the Managing Director of Shell E&P Ireland leading the Corrib gas venture.

Michael joined Shell in 1987 as a Process Engineer and during that time he has built a broad operations experience base including roles in manufacturing, chemicals, supply, distribution, HSSE, unconventionals, and offshore wells. Michael has led large, complex operations, joint ventures and the development, execution, commissioning, and start-up of mega projects. Leading teams across Shell’s upstream and downstream businesses, his assignments have taken him to over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and North and South America.

Michael was born and raised in Calgary and graduated in 1984 as a Chemical Engineer with distinction from University of Alberta. Michael and his wife Cheryl have three children – twin girls and a son. When he is not on an airplane, Michael enjoys cycling the hills in NW Calgary or do-it-yourself jobs around the house.

Erin Elofson, Group Lead, Facebook Canada

As the national lead for the Financial Services, Technology and Media, and Travel and Tourism verticals at Facebook Canada (and acting lead of the CPG and Automotive verticals), Erin reports to the Country Director and leads an organization of teams that develop innovative partnerships with Canada’s leading companies to accelerate their growth. Building on her passion for technology and our transition to a mobile-first world, Erin and her teams collaborate with Canadian business leaders on how to use Facebook’s platforms to grow their businesses domestically and internationally.

Previous to Facebook, Erin was the global lead for Microsoft’s partnership with BMO Financial Group. She also led the transformation of Microsoft Canada’s national partnership with HP Canada, spanning both organizations’ respective software, hardware, and consulting businesses. Erin also has a significant track record in product management across many infrastructure and productivity technology portfolios.

In 2008, Erin earned a M.A. at York University with a specialization in Technology in Practice, completing a thesis on media choice theory.

Andrea Brecka, General Manager Retail, Shell Canada

Andrea Brecka has more than 20 years of experience at Shell Canada enjoying a diverse career from refining, to trading, to retail. Andrea currently leads the Retail business for Shell Canada, where she inspires her organization to fulfil its purpose: making Life’s Journeys better for Canadians by enriching today and creating a more sustainable tomorrow. Andrea is passionate about leadership and has long been an advocate for closing the gender divide. Not only has Andrea served as the President for Shell’s Women’s Network, and participated as a global mentor in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, but she also represented Shell at the 2015 Governor General Canadian Leadership Conference, is the Shell representative for Catalyst Canada and Diversity Champion for WXN-CBDC.

Andrea’s purpose is to help everyone she meets discover and activate their personal purpose in the aspiration of reaching their fullest potential.

Andrea has two daughters, who show her every day what is truly meaningful in life. She enjoys being active, reading and travel.


The Westin Calgary
320 4th Avenue SW,
Calgary, AB T2P 2S6
403 266 1611

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October 12, 2018
7:00 am - 9:30 am
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