CFO, 3MV Energy Inc.
Although Billy Abbey was born in Calgary and considers this great city home much of his early youth was spent under the sunny skies of San Diego. Billy touched base in Ontario before eventually coming back to Calgary to stay. Billy treasures the various life experiences growing up and feels blessed with the ability to adapt quickly. Billy has always been involved in sports and excelled at soccer which took him across Canada to a little town called Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he earned a scholarship at St. Francis Xavier to play Varsity and complete his Accounting major. Billy notes the active involvement in extra-curricular brings balance to his lifestyle and allows him to keep a healthy mind.
After giving up on his competitive soccer days Billy focused much of his energy and determination on pursuing his Chartered Accountant designation in which he obtained from KPMG LLP Calgary. Billy’s new role with 3MV Energy has vastly expanded his knowledge and exposure to the oil and gas industry which he is driven to build on and cultivate further.
We asked Billy:
The OGM: Have you had a mentor?
Billy: I look up to many people professionally and personally every day. Everyone has a certain skillset to bring to the table and I try to identify the qualities in people’s actions that will allow me to further develop myself going forward.
The OGM: What does success mean to you?
Billy: Success is the ever changing goal or target we continuously set to allow ourselves to keep reaching higher.
The OGM: If you were to describe your career in three words what would they be?
Billy: Perseverance, determination, humility.
The OGM: What advice would you give to someone looking for a career in the Energy Industry?
Billy: All you need is a shot to be great and to do big things. The energy industry gives us that shot.
The OGM: Describe a challenge you faced in your career?
Billy: I face challenges every day. There are always questions or issues in which I don’t immediately have the answer to. Until you fully understand the issue, you will never have the right answer.
The OGM: What impact does Technology have on your career?
Billy: Technology rules my life. It’s scary how reliant we have become on technology.
The OGM: What do the next 5 years look like in your career?
Billy: I have no idea what the future brings but I hope to be happy and hope to be 5 years wiser from where I stand today.
The OGM: What is your favorite APP on your phone?
Billy: Don’t use APP’s.
The OGM: What impact will the Millennial Generation have on the Energy industry?
Billy: Generation Y has already made an impact on the industry. 15 years ago, computers in the work place were scarce. With the younger generation being so technologically adept, their predecessors are being challenged to keep pace.
The OGM: What do you think of Social Recruiting?
Billy: Social recruiting has taken over. The first thing a newly graduated student does when job searching is to search online for opportunities.
The OGM: Why do you love what you do?
Billy: I love what I do because I’m always learning, always adapting and always challenged.
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