Robin Kudding is a Senior Construction Planner at Cenovus Energy, overseeing the upstream planning and scheduling team supporting various construction projects and ensuing that they are executed efficiently and within the allocated timeframes.
Throughout the first decade of Robin’s career, he supported five major projects in various roles such as Field Technician and Project Coordinator. In 2015, Robin transferred to Cenovus’ office in Calgary, where he seized the opportunity to receive mentorship and advance his career as a planner/scheduler. Robin recounts, “the construction industry has had a profound impact on me, particularly during the early stages of my career. I was consistently amazed by the willingness of my colleagues to share their knowledge and expertise. In a construction environment, there was a strong emphasis on collaboration and reaching project goals, rather than individual goals. I am grateful for those who mentored me, and I believe in the importance of paying it forward by sharing my own knowledge and experience with others.”
Robin believes that one of the significant challenges in the energy and construction industry is attracting skilled workforce to support Canada’s climate goals. The transition of the industry towards achieving net-zero emissions requires a substantial amount of tradespeople and professionals. The critical question is whether we can effectively attract, develop, and offset the retiring workforce in the next 5-10 years.
Robin’s fondest memories in the energy/construction industry stem from projects. During these assignments, Robin had the privilege of working closely with exceptional individuals who have become lifelong friends. The camaraderie and experiences have left a lasting impression on Robin, making those memories truly cherished.